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Originally published: 2012-12-26 15:23:42
Last modified: 2012-12-26 15:23:42

Tony A. Crowder

Tony A. Crowder, 64, of the Estatoe Community, went home to be with the Lord on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2012, at his home.

A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Arlind and Alma Townsend Crowder. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Terry, Alan and Arthur Crowder.

He was an environmental health supervisor with the Toe River Health District for 28 years and a member of River Valley Baptist Church, but attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and Lily Branch Baptist Church. He was also a member of Vesper Masonic Lodge #554 AF&AM in Spruce Pine. Crowder loved to fish, camp and spend time with his granddaughters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years, Polly Pitman Crowder; daughter, Lisa Houghton and husband, Tom, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; sons, Richie Crowder and wife, Paula, of Newdale, and the Rev. Toby Crowder and wife, Leslie, of the Arbuckle community; six granddaughters, Alyson and Jessica Houghton, Courtney and Kelli Crowder, and Emilee and Katy Crowder; brother, Alec Crowder and wife, Rose, of Spruce Pine; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Crowder and Lou Della Hoilman Crowder, both of Spruce Pine.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The Rev. Toby Crowder, the Rev. Nathan Silver and the Rev. Rocky Branch officiated. Burial was in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery on Bent Road. The family received friends from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

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