OBITUARY

Carolyn Willis Crowder

March 19, 1940June 12, 2021
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Carolyn Willis Crowder, 81, of Forest, went home to be with Our Lord and Savior Saturday, June 12, 2021. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Charlie Clemons Crowder, Jr. Born in Richmond, Virginia, March 19, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Earl A. Willis and Minnie Brumfield Willis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Dewey Willis and Earl Wayne Willis. Carolyn grew up in Danville, Virginia and graduated from George Washington High School where she was the Head Majorette. She then went on to attend the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Danville where she graduated as Valedictorian. Carolyn was the ultimate caregiver to her family and others. She raised three daughters in Newport News, Virginia and spent her initial grandparenting years in Clifton, Virginia before retiring in Forest. She dedicated her life to supporting her husband, raising her children, and spoiling her grandchildren. While enjoying numerous aspects of life, some of her favorites included going out for breakfast with her husband and family, attending Thomas Road Baptist Church, vacationing to the beach, taking afternoon naps, and pampering the family dogs. Carolyn was passionate about helping those in need, and her generosity touched many lives. Her selflessness shined through her acts of giving, words of wisdom, and endless love. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters: Coni C. Nowakowski and her husband Ken of Forest, Christin C. Page of Newport News, and Catherine C. Holland and her husband Sammy of Ashburn, Virginia. Carolyn is also survived by six grandchildren, her true pride and joy: Chad Nowakowski and his wife Amber, Blake Nowakowski, Chelsea Page, Lindsey Page, Addison Holland and Preston Holland. A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Jonathan Falwell officiating. Interment will follow at 4:00 pm at Danville Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider: Park View Community Mission https://www.parkviewcommunitymission.org/give-now or Tunnel To Towers Foundation www.t2t.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Earl A. Willis, Father (deceased)
  • Minnie B. Willis, Mother (deceased)
  • Charlie C. Crowder, Jr., Husband
  • Coni C. Nowakowski (Ken), Daughter
  • Christin C. Page, Daughter
  • Catherine C. Holland (Sammy), Daughter
  • Clyde D. Willis, Brother (deceased)
  • Earl W. Willis, Brother (deceased)
  • Chad Nowakowski (Amber), Grandchild
  • Blake Nowakowski, Grandchild
  • Chelsea Page, Grandchild
  • Lindsey Page, Grandchild
  • Addison Holland, Grandchild
  • Preston Holland, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chad Nowakowski
  • Blake Nowakowski
  • Ken Nowakowski
  • Sammy Holland
  • David Page
  • Bill Daniel
  • Preston Holland, Honorary
  • Bobby Hamilton, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Dennis and Ellen Nichols

June 20, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We remember many fun, happy times with Carolyn--she was indeed a special, giving, elegant lady.

Brian Ramaley

June 17, 2021

Charlie Crowder and family,

Corinne and I send our deepest sympathy and warm regards to you all. Mrs. Crowder was a wonderful woman, wife, mother and grandmother. We know she was the strongest force in your family’s life and she will be missed. Charlie, 59 years is a lifetime and take joy from the time you had together. Our deepest condolences and love to you all.

Brian and Corinne Ramaley
Newport News, Virginia

Traci Goldberg

June 17, 2021

My condolences to the Crowder and Willis families, I am sorry for your recent loss. Carolyn sounds like a wonderful person who lived life fully.

May Carolyn's memory be a blessing.

Sincerely,
Traci Goldberg
(Fairfax Water)

Claire Willis

June 16, 2021

I will always remember the first time I met her and she welcomed me as her sister from that day onward.

Ronnie Booker

June 16, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, Carolyn was one of my favorite customers. I will keep Charlie & the family in prayer.

Shawni Paraska

June 15, 2021

Resting in Heaven with her brothers. I already miss her calls. She was a wonderful mom and aunt.

Joanne Johnson

June 15, 2021

A mother's place can never be filled and her loss will be with you all forever. Treasure your memories of her and celebrate the amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend she was to everyone she met. She was special. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. We love you. Aunt Joanne and Uncle Dan

Deborah Williams

June 15, 2021

Charlie, Coni, Christin & Cathi & families, we wanted to tell you how sorry we are on the loss of Carolyn... We are continually praying for peace & comfort during this most difficult time. Carolyn will be greatly missed... She was definitely the leader of this pack, the Mama Bear taking great care of her family in so many ways. I loved that she allowed me into her circle & would give me motherly advice. I'll miss seeing her on her trips to Newport News... But thankful she's at peace & she's finally home to rest. Our love to you all.

Debbie & David Williams, Yorktown VA

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