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“MY sinceress condolences for your lost. I passed you all on my way to Mother's not long ago. May PEACE from GOD be with you. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Joel Lorick - Greer, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Woodrow and Claire Huffstetler - SC

“Dear Sylvia and Heyward, The memories that I have with the two of you are some of the most kind and enjoyable moments I have had in my life. Sylvia...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Diane Watkins - Anderson - Friend

“I wish to express my sincere condolences to the passing of a wonderful man, mentor, and friend. Heyward was generous with his knowledge and willing...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Brothers - Liberty, SC

“Sylvia, Helene and I were sorry to learn of your loss. We remember you and Heyward as neighbors in Anderson,our good times together and our annual...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Tom and Helene Vaughan - SC

“Mr Crider was a joy to be around. I always learned somthing by talking with him. When I was starting out in the real estate business he was so...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Annette Taylor - Greer, SC

“Dear Sylvia: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of Heyward. I pray that God give you comfort during this time. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Terry Long - Clemson, SC - friend

“Our staff wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: The Mackey Mortuary

Heyward Franklin Crider, 75, husband of Sylvia Sexton Crider, passed peacefully at his home 16 Fudora Circle, Simpsonville, SC on April 14, 2010. His passing followed a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Heyward was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina and is the son of the late Joe Bachman and Lila Crider. One of six brothers and a sister he spent much of his early childhood around the Mill Village in Columbia. He graduated from Olympia High School with his sweetheart, love of his life and bride of 55 years.
While attending the University of South Carolina, Heyward joined the Army reserves during the Korean War and began working in the Richland County Assessor’s office as a draftsman. In 1966 he earned the position of Deputy Assessor in Charleston County and in 1976 began as the Assessor for Anderson County and later Greenville County. Heyward retired in 1986 as Greenville County Tax Assessor.

In retirement, he opened the firm of Heyward F. Crider and Associates, and later Crider & Associate Inc., performing residential and commercial real estate appraisals. He obtained the RM and later the SRA designations from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, collectively, now known as the Appraisal Institute.

Heyward served as President of the Optimist Club International, the local chapter for The Society of Real Estate Appraisers and coached for the YMCA in baseball and basketball during his time in Charleston. In his 60’s he ran his first marathon in Italy and totaled 4 marathons and numerous 5k and 10k races over the next 10 years. When he turned 70, he began learning to play golf, having lived at Chanticleer Golf Course for over 25 years. He was proud to have obtained a rated 25 handicap.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Chuck Crider and wife Sanda, of Simpsonville; Cindy Crider Miles, of Simpsonville; and Chris Crider and wife Michelle, of Haymarket, VA. In addition, he was proud to claim nine grandchildren, Matthew and wife Virginia; John Jr. (JJ); Leah; Taylor; Amy; Cassie; Callie; Halee; and Laura. The most recent gift in his life came with the birth of his 11 month old great grand, Lucas Heyward Crider, the first son of Matthew and Virginia Crider.

He was preceded in death by a sister Diane Carlson and a brother Elbert Crider. There are four surviving brothers, Albert (Floyd), Coy, Bobby Joe and Curtis.

Heyward will be missed for his wonderful sense of humor, caring attitude and an infectious smile that will live in the hearts of family and friends forever.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2pm at The Mackey Mortuary, with Reverend George Moore officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Diligent Hands, Gracious Hearts, 1823 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29605; or Upstate Homeless Coalition of SC, 150 Executive Center, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family would like to thank the staff at Solaris Hospice and especially Leah Blackwell and Franchetta McCarrell for their loving care and beautiful songs. To Mark Alexander, thank you for your daily care and generous spirit.