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“To the Crowder family and friends, may God be with you all as you celebrate Rick's life here and everlasting. May the peace of our Lord Jesus be with...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Arrington - NC

“Dear Crowder Family, although i only know Rick from working with him at the Winery at Biltmore i considered him a friend. He always had a kind word...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: marco lane

“So sorry to hear about Rick Jr. He sure did live a wonderful life. Doug Beard ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Singing with the angels now. Rick will be missed. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Ginger Haselden - Asheville, NC

“Rev. and Mrs. Crowder I am so sorry to hear about Rick. I didn't know him as well as I did Ashley since we were in UMYF at Hickory Grove, Charlotte...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Chellyn Dulin

“I was very sad to hear about Rick. All of the Crowders are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Wally Miles

“Offering sincere condolences to your family. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Ps.147:3. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dr. & Mrs. Crowder; I was so saddened to hear of Rick's passing last week. The final victory is now his. I pray God's eternal care for him now. My...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Gray - Germantown, TN

“Sincere Condolences To The Crowder Family,So sorry for your loss. May, \"the God of all comfort,\" be with you and your family during this sad time. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: F. Taylor

“Rick was my first best-friend in elementary school. We were both in Mrs. Cottrell's first grade class at Appalachian Elementary School in Boone. ...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Haas - Greensboro, NC

“Rev and Mrs Crowder, sending you our love at this sad news of Rick's death. In reading Rick's beautiful tribute, I am reminded of how both of you...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Erskine Ardrey Ross - Hoover, AK

“Richard, Barbara, and family, we were saddened to hear about Rick's death, and pray that God's greatest comfort will be yours during these days. We...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Melvin & Anita McIntosh - Denver, NC

“I grew up with Ricky and Ashley at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. He was such a great friend. The Day they left our community was a sad one....Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Taylor-Washam - Charlotte, NC

“Hearing about your loss has deeply sadden me. I hope the promise at Psalm 9:9 and 10 comforts your heart. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Rick and I were best friends when we lived one street apart in Emerywood Forest in High Point. Both PK's, we had a lot of fun times playing...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: David Moore - Davidson, NC

“My brother Cam and I remember Rick from our summers at Lake Junaluska and always admired him. I was friends with his sister Lynn and continue to...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Richard, Barbara and all the Crowder Family,Our hearts are filled with love and prayers. Our memories of Rick's courage, faith and indomitable...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Jinny and Dave Mitchell - NC

“I was honored to meet Rick through his sister, Lynn. He was such a distinguished and inspiring gentleman. I send my love, support and prayers to all...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Orran Brown - Richmond, VA


Waynesville, NC - Richard ("Rick") Joseph Crowder, Jr. entered eternal life on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, after a brief illness of metastatic melanoma. At the time of his death, Rick was surrounded by his family, who loved him with deep devotion. As the son of a United Methodist minister, Rick lived in many places including Charlotte, Boone, High Point and Gastonia. With his winsome personality, his extensive athletic abilities and his love for music and sports, Rick made friends easily and brought joy and hope wherever he went. Throughout his life, Rick and his family spent summers at Lake Junaluska, NC where he worked as a lifeguard and tennis instructor. The community of Lake Junaluska has been a significant part of Rick's life and a source of enjoyment at every stage; it was a beautiful gift that he lived the last four years of his life there. While a student at Guilford College, Rick was in a tragic car accident that left him with head injuries and partial paralysis. He worked hard to relearn how to walk, speak, read and write, and he lived the rest of his life with a spirit free from bitterness and filled with a deep gratitude for every day. He offered his love, encouragement, tenacious spirit, hugs and laughter to all he met. His genuine love for life and appreciation for those around him was contagious, making him a hero and inspiration to so many. Rick was a staff member at the winery at Biltmore Estates, offering tours and working in retail sales, earning Employee of the Month several times. While working at Biltmore, Rick met the love of his life, Franny, and they were married in June of 2013. Franny and Rick lived every day to the fullest, filling their time together with laughter and joyful companionship. In addition to his job, Rick spent many hours making music with the church choirs at Central UMC in Asheville, at First UMC in Waynesville, and in the Asheville Choral Society, Waynesville Community Chorus and the Durham Choral Society. With his gorgeous baritone voice and love of all things musical, Rick was a valued member of each group. Besides music, Rick loved Duke Basketball, dancing to beach music, eating lunch at Apollo Flame, getting everywhere a few minutes early and doing his Christmas shopping in August. Rick is survived by his wife, Franny, his son Jonathan Crowder(Hickory, NC), his parents Rev. Richard and Mrs. Barbara Lowe Crowder(Asheville, NC), sister Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley and husband Dr. Thomas Stanley (Asheville, NC) , sister Lynn Crowder Greer and husband Hal Greer (Richmond, VA), nieces Laura Stanley, Catherine Stanley Ray and husband Andrew Ray, Julia Greer and nephews Jake Stanley, Will Greer and Ben Greer along with many cousins, aunts and uncles who loved him dearly. Rick spread light wherever he went. His life and light will be celebrated on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, NC with the receiving of friends to follow in the gathering place in the narthex of the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Lake Junaluska Assembly, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC, 28745.

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