AREA OBITUARIES -- Richard A. Crider

February 04, 2020

Richard A. Crider, a resident of South Fulton, died Feb. 3 at Diversicare of Martin, in Martin, Tenn. He was 80.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel, in Fulton. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. Hornbeak Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Melody Brundige Crider, of South Fulton; a daughter, Cathy Fry (John), of South Fulton; a son, Michael D. Crider, of South Fulton; two grandchildren, Ashlee Elks (Bobby) and Harrison Fry, all of South Fulton; two great-grandchildren, Ellis Elks and Lucy Elks, both of South Fulton; a sister, Marilyn Hillis, of Nashville, Tenn.; and a brother, H.D. Crider, of Tipton County, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Lee and Mary Ethel Dunn Crider; a brother, R.D. Crider; and a sister, Helen Milam.

Born Sept. 8, 1939 in Carroll County, Tenn., he was of the Baptist faith and was a U.S. Army Veteran.

He received a Masters Degree from Memphis State University and retired in 1994 from Lennox Hearth Products in Union City, Tenn., where he worked in Human Resources/Management.

He umpired and was the announcer for South Fulton ballgames for many years.

He had lived in Obion County most of his life.

Memorials may be made to the South Fulton High School Athletic Booster Club, c/o Ted Barclay, 9042 Tom Counce Rd., South Fulton, Tenn. 38257 or to WLJT-TV, P.O. Box 966, Martin, Tenn. 38237.

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