Larry Lee Crowder, 71, of Valdese, NC passed away peacefully in his home on April 2, 2023, after a battle with cancer.

Born in Cherryville, NC on July 13, 1951, he was the son of the late Iva Ruth Crowder and James Furman Crowder Sr. He was also preceded in death by sister, Janice Crowder Walters. Larry loved nature, being outdoors, fishing, hiking, and traveling to the National Parks. He also loved music, especially blue grass, and could be found thumping his foot at the Drexel Barbershop quite often.

Larry is survived by his wife, Katherine Pennigar Crowder and daughter, Meaghan Crowder Buchanan, son in law, Micol Ryan Buchanan, granddaughter, Eleanor Ruth Buchanan and siblings, James Crowder (and wife Pam Crowder) and Dennis Crowder (and wife Pam Crowder) and along with nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor Larry will be held on April 16, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Morganton, NC with Senior Pastor Mike Thompson officiating. There will be a gathering of friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amorem Hospice, 1721 Enon Rd, Valdese, NC 28690, The Nature Conservancy online at, or Faith Presbyterian Church, PO Box 605, Morganton, NC 28680.