Joe Shelton Crider
Joe Shelton Crider
  • December 21, 1948 - July 1, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Troutman- Mr. Joe S. Crider, 68, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 1, 2017, another solider was taken home from exposure to Agent Orange.

Born December 21, 1948 in Iredell County to the late Lester and Thelma Webb Crider. Married the love of his life, Kathy Whitworth Crider on March 4, 1967. He entered the Army on June 3, 1968, took basic training at Fort Bragg, NC and combat medic training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He served in Vietnam in 1969-1970 with the 195th Assault Helicopter Company as a Combat Medic/Door Gunner. Came home March 21, 1970 and went to work for 25 years at Southern Screw and then went on to work 20 years at Davidson College where he retired. Joe was an avid car builder and loved drag racing, which he passed onto his sons and grandsons. He was a devout Christian and a scholar of God's word. He was a member of Mt. Mourne Church of God. Joe never met a stranger and had many friends.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by sister, Lucille Keller; brothers, Robert Crider of Houston, TX, and Donald Crider of Statesville, NC and brother-in-law, Rev. C Ray Parker of Clarksdale, MS.

He leaves behind his family he loved with all his heart, his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Crider; sons, Todd (Norma) Crider and Rodney (Sandi) Crider; grandchildren, Bradley Crider, Austin (LeAnn) Crider, Anna Crider (fiancé, Logan Robbins), Harrison Crider, Noah Crider and Owen Crider; one great-grandson, Jonathan Crider and one great-grandchild on the way; brother, Rev. Roger (Audrey) Crider; twin sisters, Glenda (Dwain) Souther and Brenda Parker; sister-in-law's Poh Crider and Alice Crider and many niece, nephews and other loving family members.

A celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday July 5, 2017 at 11am at Mt. Mourne Church of God officiated by Rev. Donald Caldwell, Rev. Lawrence Ownsby and eulogy by Rev. Roger Crider. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors.

The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Joe's honor to American Legion Post 65, 2446 Salisbury Hwy, Statesville, NC 28677.

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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Crider Family.