He was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and East Tennessee State University. He managed restaurants for several years and then owned and operated Woody’s Bar-B-Que in Elizabethton for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dock R. Crowder. He is survived by his mother, Grace Proffitt Crowder, of Bluff City, his sister, Jane Crowder Fillers (Jim), of Johnson City, a special niece, Marie Fillers Johnson (Earl), of Johnson City, and a special friend, Howard Stout, of Mountain City.
Woody was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and owning hunting beagles. He was an active member of the Doe Valley Sportsman Club, the National Hunting Beagle Association and multiple other hunting clubs. He was recently inducted into the National Beagle Association Hall of Fame.
A service to honor the life of Woody Crowder will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in the Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Minister Tim Hall, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Wednesday.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the Garden of Devotion at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Art Smithdeal, Roby Phillipi, Jack Stout, Terry Reynolds, Frank Bass, Jeff Stacy, Jim Fillers and Earl Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be all members of the Doe Valley Sportsman Club, Smyth County CHC and Beagles, Creston Beagle Club, and Class of 1968 EHS. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Happy Valley Memorial Park at 10:50 AM on Thursday.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to: The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596 or The American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.
Words of sympathy and kindness may be sent to the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Home, 211 North Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, TN is serving the Crowder family. Office: 423-542-2232; obituary line: 423-543-4917