Rev. William Ray Crowder, Sr

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Rev. William Ray Crowder, Sr, age 84 of Asheville, NC and formerly a long time resident of Forest City, NC passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the home of his daughter in Asheville, NC. Born May 17, 1933, he was a son of the late Paul Kelly Crowder and Ruby Mae Humphries Crowder. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Story Crowder and sister, JoAnn C. Campbell.


William (Bill) was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and attended Fruitland Bible College. As a young man he was an employee of the old Forest City Livermush Plant, then a longtime employee of A&P Grocery in Lenoir, NC. He was a well known Taxidermist in Lenoir and Forest City. He is a former Pastor of churches in Caldwell and Rutherford Counties.

He enjoyed outdoor activities, seeing God's creations in his hunting and fishing. He loved to make squirrel dumplings!

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie C. Winebarger and husband, Rev. Bobby Winebarger of Asheville, NC, two sons, William Ray Crowder, Jr and wife Susan of Bostic, Alfred Paul Crowder and wife Kathy of Ellenboro. He is loved by 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren as well as two brothers, Hugh Crowder and wife Joyce and Earl Crowder and wife Betty.

A Celebration of his Christian Life will be held at Smith Grove Baptist Church of Forest City at 2 o'clock Friday, November 3, 2017 with Rev. Terry White and Rev. Bobby Winebarger officiating. Visitation will be in the sanctuary from 12:30 until 1:45 pm prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1730 Pisgah Hwy, Candler, NC 28715.

The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com