Kenneth Gilbert Crowder was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, August 17, 1942. He went to sleep on August 2, 2018.
Kenneth was predeceased by his Mother and then his Father, Junie May Boothe Crowder and William Gilbert Crowder. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maria Nichols Crowder, and his sister, Gail Marie Crowder Hudgins (Donnie W.) Children surviving are: Maria Tara Crowder Sanchez (Luis); Toby Bryn Crowder (Debbie); Micah Taze Crowder (Marisa) and Tedi Meredith Crowder Lilly (Justin). Grandchildren: Maria Tre'sa Sanchez and Nicholas Manuel Sanchez; Kara Crowder Bell, Toby Parker Bryn Crowder and Kenton Blake Crowder; Kinley Ada Crowder; Carson Marye Lilly and Jonah Allen Lilly; many nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was a man of many talents but considered his service to Jehovah God as an elder in the Troutville Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, and being a teacher and an evangelizer, as his most important endeavors to a well spent life. Loved by his family and many friends, he was known for his humor and laughter. He was a wonderful husband, a loving brother, devoted father and a patient, true friend to many.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Good Samaritan Hospice for their kind and caring services to Kenneth and our family and to the nurses who took such special interest in our dear Kenneth, Kathy, Cary and Sara. We especially thank Doctor Adams, Emily Couric Cancer Center, Doctor Callis, Jefferson Surgical Clinic and Doctor Fintel, Blue Ridge Cancer Center, and their wonderfully professional nurses and staff, for the extra four and a half years of time their efforts afforded us under their watchful, careful care. To our friends and family who comforted us, gave us support and lovingly fed us and watched after us during this last sad portion of the journey for Kenneth, our love and gratitude.
On August 10, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the family will receive visitors at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road in Daleville, Virginia, and on Saturday, August I l, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. a memorial discourse will be delivered by Joel Watkins. In lieu of flowers, donations to the worldwide work would be preferred on line at www.jw.org.
Online condolences may be made to the Crowder family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Donations may be made to:
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.
Attn: Accounting 900 Red Mills Road, Wallkill NY 12589-5200