Howard Vasco Crowder
Posted By Sparta Live | September 9, 2002 12:00 am
Howard Vasco Crowder, 75, passed away Sept. 4, 2002, at Life Care Center of Sparta.
Crowder was born Feb. 8, 1927, in White County, to John Vasco and Mallie Howard Crowder.
He earned a teacher’s certificate at Tennessee Technological University and taught at Cole’s Chapel and Macedonia Elementary schools.
Crowder left the teaching profession to serve in the 1st Cavalry in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After military service, he returned to TTU and graduated.
Three years later, Crowder earned the Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Middle Tennessee Presbytery at Robinson Chapel Presbyterian Church in 1956 and was called as pastor to his first church in Hanover, Ohio.
Howard retired from his career and came to live in Sparta in 1990, where he renewed old friendships and made many new friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Henry Crowder and one sister, Louise C. Tadsen.
Survivors include three sisters, Genevra C. Carter and Mary C. England both of Sparta and Bernell C. Clayton of Washington, Pa.; one brother, John R. Crowder of Crossville; 11 nieces and nephews; 12 great nieces and great nephews; and seven great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Services were held at 7 p.m., Sept. 6, 2002, at First United Methodist Church. Susan Gardner, Bruce Mounts and Jonathan Angel officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.