Edwin Eugene Crider, Sr. , of Hephzibah, GA, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Hephzibah on September 13, 2017, having reached the age of sixty-nine years, nine months and two days. Edwin was born in Houston, TX, on November 11, 1947, son of Charles Edwin Crider and Magdalene Crider nee Blanton. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have two children. In later years he was blessed to have another son.
Edwin is survived by his children, Edwin L. Crider, known to all as Ed, and girlfriend, Nancy Moore, of Union, MO, Marilyn Maxwell and husband, Jimmy, of Cedar Hill, MO and Edwin E. Crider, Jr., known to all as Eugene, and wife, Kathryn, of Pacific, MO; by five brothers, Kenneth Crider and wife, Darlene, of Augusta, GA, Richard Crider and wife, Violet, of Rock Island, TN, Melvin Crider of Cadet, MO, Michael Crider and wife, Mindy, of Hephzibah, GA, and Rev. Kevin Crider and wife, Charlotte, of Doniphan, MO; by one sister, Beverly Kelly, known to all as Becky, and husband, Tom, of Houston, TX; by ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one soon to be born, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Magdalene Crider; by one brother, Arthur Crider, and by one sister, Sharon Peters.
Edwin was a Christian having been raised in the Assembly of God faith. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, entering July 31, 1967 and receiving his honorable discharge on October 15, 1970. He was honored to have the Army commendation Medal for Heroism and a Purple Heart Medal. After his discharge he lived in the St. Clair area for about fifteen years and then moved to Hephzibah, GA, where he enjoyed being closer to some of his brothers. He did handyman jobs from time to time. Hunting and fishing were some of his favorite hobbies. He enjoyed the companionship of pets and treasured the times when he was able to visit his children and grandchildren.
A kind and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial services were held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Kevin Crider officiating. Interment with full military honors was held at 1:00 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.