J. Norman Crowder
Published: November 11, 2017
J. Norman Crowder, 89, of Springdale passed away Thursday, November 9,2017 at Willard Walker Hospice. He was born March 18, 1928 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to James Marion and Myrtle Beaver Crowder.
He graduated Fayetteville High School in 1944 and U of A in 1948 with Bachelor of Business Education and a Masters in Voc Ed in 1954. He taught school in Jane, Mo., Gravette, Ark., and Skiatook, Okla., and worked in Springdale school administration for 25 years. He married Ruth Marie Simonds September 2, 1951 at 1st Baptist Church Springdale.
He served in the US Army in the 28th General Hospital from 1951-1953, spending 13 months in France. He was a devout Christian. He was ordained as a deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church, Skiatook, Okla. and served as organist at 1st Baptist Church, Springdale for 35 years. After retiring from Springdale public school system in 1982, he became the business administrator at1st Baptist for over 10 years. After his 2nd retirement, they travelled to over 40 states and went on multiple cruises. He enjoyed playing golf, gardening, and volunteering in the business office at 1st Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Nance. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Marie Crowder of the home; two sons, Jim Crowder and wife Debbie of Knoxville, Tennessee and Dr. Michael Crowder and wife Judi all of Springdale; one daughter, Mary Beth Cook and husband Johnny of Leesville, Louisiana; six grandchildren, Ashley Crowder, Hannah Moore Gaston, Chris Crowder, Sarah Crowder, Maddie Crowder, Bryan Cook; two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Cameron Cook.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale with Charlie Foster officiating. Private interment services will follow in Farmington Cemetery. Visitation was on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Senior Adult Ministry, c/o Cross Church, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762 and Willard Walker Hospice, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703. Online condolences may be left at www.siscofuneral.com.
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