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Garland Randell Crowder, Sr., 85


Garland Randell Crowder,
Sr., age 85, of Lafayette passed away September 21, 2011 at Sumner Regional
Medical Center. Funeral services for Garland Randell Crowder, Sr. were
conducted Saturday, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Reverend
Steve Nelson and Reverend Don Jones officiating. Ashely Crowder, Nichole
Stoops, Macy Stoops, and Ally Stoops served as Honorary Pallbearers. Derek
Crowder, Nichalos Crowder, Neal Dozier, Earl Dozier, Dale Stoops, and Danny
Cullum served as Active Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Macon County
Memorial Gardens.


Garland Randell Crowder, Sr.
was born on May 19, 1926 in Macon County, Tennessee to the late William Earl
Crowder and Lillian O. Swindle Crowder. Besides his parents, he was preceded in
death by grandparents, Frank and Lula Swindle, and Vester and Betty Crowder. He
married the former Mary Lou Cullum on May 19, 1951, sharing sixty beautiful
years together and raising three sons. Garland was a family man, loving every
minute shared with his wife, sons, and especially the grandchildren. Garland
was an Auxiliary operator for the Tennessee Valley Authority for thirty-two years.
He worked out of the plants in Norris, Johnsonville, Kingston, and Gallatin;
during this time. Garland retired from T.V.A in the late 80’s. Garland’s second
job was time spent tinkering on his farm and taking care of his cattle. Being
the Tennessee fan that he was; Garland received great pleasure in watching the
team play football. He has been a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge #543
and also the Eastern Star for the past 50 years. Garland was a faithful servant
to his Lord and belonged to Lafayette First Baptist Church where he served as
Deacon and Sunday School Director for several years. He will be greatly missed
by his family and all those who knew and loved him. Garland is survived by;
Wife, Mary Lou Crowder of Lafayette, TN, Sons, Randy Crowder of Johnson City,
TN, Jimmy Crowder, and Mark (Carolyn) Crowder all of Lafayette, TN,
Grandchildren, Nichole (Dale) Stoops of Johnson City, TN, Randall Crowder of
Atlanta, GA, Derek Crowder of Lafayette, TN, Nicholas Crowder of Hartsville,
Ashley Crowder of Lafayette, TN, Great-grandchildren, Macy and Ally Stoops of
Johnson City, TN.