Henry Francis Crider, Sr.

August 29, 1923 - October 12, 2012
Henry Francis Crider, Sr.

Henry Francis Crider, Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 12, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Son of David and Bessie Hickman Crider, he was born on August 29, 1923, in Detroit, Mi.

He was superseded in death by his wife Eleanor Marie Herring Crider after 52 years of marriage, and an infant son Christian Finley Crider. Surviving are children Larry Crider, of Dundee, Mi., Laura Crider Parker, of Lavaca, Ar., and Rhonda Crider Knight and husband Reggie of Leland, N.C., Henry F. Crider, Jr. of Newton, N.C., and wife Eileen.

During World War II, Henry served in the Army Military Police as a medic and ham radio operator in North African and India campaigns and while there, he entertained troops with his piano skills. When he returned home he studied Pharmacy at Wayne State University in Detroit and received his degree in Pharmacy, worked for 30 years as Chief of Pharmacy at Hutzel Hospital, Detroit, MI. He was a virtuoso pianist and organist who attended Detroit Conservatory of Music and played the organ at Simpson Methodist Church for 30 years. He loved Ham radio and was assigned the call letters W8FWX which will now be off the air forever-73.

Henry Crider was an honorable man who loved the Lord, his family, country, profession, music, radio, and his dogs. Other survivors include six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (and one on the way). A dearly loved dad, he told the corniest jokes-laughed hardest at himself and left a long list of his sayings, “Dad-isms,” which will remain sweet treasures of a true family man. He appreciated, and his family gives special thanks to, one of his gentle caretakers and sister-in-law, Alice I. Herring Hughes Brantner of Cherokee, NC. Henry requested immediate cremation and requested a quiet memorial with his ashes being buried beside his wife in a small cemetery in Whittier, N.C., which was his quiet style.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a local Alzheimer’s agency or Liberty Hospice who took such wonderful care of him throughout the last nine and half months of his illness. Liberty Hospice, P.O. Box 200, Supply, N.C. 28462

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  • October 21, 2012
    Sue Glover says:
    Henry- I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Though I never met him, I shared many hours as your cubicle neighbor at Kitch and was always impressed with your sense of humor, Christian values and work ethic, and I'm sure you learned these qualities from your parents. Take gentle care, and rest knowing that your father is complete again.

  • January 18, 2013
    Ali Hajhassan says:
    Henry, may your family find peace with your dad's great memories. Seeing his picture took me back 30 years.

  • October 13, 2012
    martha henderson says:
    Rhonda and family we are sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Just want you to know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. To know your dad loved the Lord says so much about him and to know he will always and forever be with Jesus. I pray the Lord will give all of you peace and comfort at this most difficult time in your lives. Much love, James and Martha Henderson