Marjorie Crowder

Marjorie Rea Crowder

1928 - 2020

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Marjorie R. Crowder of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away on March 7, 2020. She was born Marjorie Alice Rea on September 6, 1928 in Albemarle County, VA, daughter of the late Virgil Rice Rea and Essie Lena Hawkins. She grew up on a farm in Greenwood, VA, the youngest of eight brothers and sisters, all of whom predeceased her. Her mother died when Marjorie was only 18 months old. She also was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Dr. R. Vincent Crowder, Jr. , who practiced Internal Medicine in Lynchburg for many years.

     Marjorie graduated in 1949 from the Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse for several years until starting a family after her marriage to Dr. Crowder on December 31, 1949.

     She is survived by her three sons, Robert V. Crowder III (Anita), Richard Rea Crowder (Debra) and Bruce Campbell Crowder (Anne), as well as by seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

     Marjorie was formerly active in the Lynchburg Garden Club. Over the years, she adopted a number of cats from off the streets, whom she dearly loved.

    " Marge" was a natural athlete in her youth and took up tennis in the mid 1960s, becoming a prominent area player in the 1970s. She won women's titles in the City, Boonsboro Club and Oakwood Club tournaments numerous times. She was highly ranked in both Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic section of the USTA. She reached the finals of the MATA Women's 35 Singles Division twice.

     Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory on Wiggington Road is assisting with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 26 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family burial at Spring Hill Cemetery. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at


     "I will lift up mine eyes into the hills, from whence cometh my help.

         My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

                                                                                                (Psalm 121)


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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel
811 Wiggington Rd.
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States