James "Jim"'s Story
James "Jim" E. Crowder, 89, of Elkhart, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Beardsley House in Elkhart.
He was born Nov. 13, 1927, in Gallatin, Tenn., to William and Nannie (Cardwell) Crowder.
In 1965, he married Doris Reed. She preceded him in death in March of 1997.
Surviving are five children, Tom Crowder, Emmett (Collette) Crowder, all of Goshen, Martha (Ken) Leach and Bonnie (Gary) Hartwell, all of Alexandria, and Shelly Reese of Three Rivers, Mich.; two stepchildren, Neva (Neil) Ross of Biloxi, Miss., and Jerry Reed of South Bend; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is a brother, Homer Crowder of Greenwood; and a special friend, Effie Thornsbury of Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beulah Hutchinson Crowder, on Jan. 8, 1986; daughter, Hattie Ozabelle Crowder; a stepdaughter, Paula Lightfoot; a daughter-in-law, Ann Crowder; and two stepbrothers, John and Monroe Miller.
Jim enjoyed Hymn Sings at the Sunnyside Baptist Church and at the Riverview General Baptist Church. He was a member of the Whosoever Shall Worship Center and was a very hard worker his entire life. Jim worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad for 12 years and the Marion Foundry for 15 years where he became a supervisor. Jim retired from the Elkhart Foundry in 1993.
Funeral services for Jim will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Pirtle from the Riverview General Baptist will preside and burial will follow in Rice Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family for three hours prior to the service.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at the Beardsley House for the excellent care they provided to Jim and also a thank you to the staff at AseraCare Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.wmzfh.com.
Published on  May 12, 2017