Rev. Robert Williams Crowther Jr.

April 29, 1929May 24, 2018

Rev. Dr. Robert Williams Crowther Jr., age 89, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. Robert was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on April 29, 1929. During WWII, he lived in Wheeling, New Orleans, Arlington Virginia, and finally Trenton, NJ. After the war, his family moved to Mt. Holly, NJ where he attended Rancocas Valley Reginal High School. He was proud to be the only male in the school’s National Honor Society and to graduate second in his high school class. He served as a 1st Lt in the United States Air Force in the 3922 Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron of the Strategic Air Command. While in the service he found his call to the ministry. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, master degrees from both Drew University (M.Div.) and Princeton Seminary (M.Th.), a D. Min. degree from Drew University and was also a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University. Robert’s faith, church, and ministry were his life. He served South Jersey United Methodist Churches located in Bridgeton, Bridgeboro, Jacobstown Circuit, Camden, Atlantic City, Stratford, Spring Lake, and Avalon. He served as Chaplain of Cooper Hospital in Atlantic City, the Spring Lake Volunteer Fire Department, and at the United Methodist Homes for the Aged in Ocean Grove after his retirement. He truly enjoyed ministering to the elderly. South Seaville Camp Meeting was an important part of his life. Robert and his wife, Mary, attended almost 70 years of services there. Many of their happiest days were with friends that they saw every summer at Seaville. Robert treasured Rotary and his Rotary friends. He served as a member and President of the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape and as Chaplain of the Spring Lake-Brielle Rotary Club. He and Mary loved to travel to Maine, New Hampshire, Canada, as well as England, Ireland, Kenya, Italy, Israel and Singapore. He saw the passion play in Oberammergau twice and to St. Croix five times. Within the past eight months, he traveled with two of his children to Alaska, Maui, Seattle and Vancouver, and Canada. He loved to visit various Rotary Clubs when he travelled. He loved tending to his garden. The highlight of his week was bowling on a team with his oldest son and oldest grandson. He was an exceptionally personable man with a remarkable humor. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert Williams Crowther, Sr., his mother, Marjorie Louise Blodgett, his brother, Guy Winfield Crowther and his wife of 66 years, Mary Stevens Whitcher Crowther. Surviving are his four children, Robert Williams Crowther III, Barbara Louise Crowther Kent (John), Deborah Lynne Crowther Pritchard (Walter) and Jonathan Burr Crowther (Molly). He was also proud to have eight grandchildren and three great granddaughters. The family thanks various friends, neighbors, church members and fellow clergy who have been warm companions to Robert throughout the years and have look after him more recently. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 907 4th Ave. Spring Lake, NJ. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Please join the family at the Repass in Wesley Hall after the service. Burial will take place later in the day and will be private. Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ is in charge of the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. Andrew's United Methodist Church or the South Seaville Camp Meeting Association, PO Box 588, South Seaville, NJ 08246.



  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 1, 2018


  • Burial

Rev. Robert Williams Crowther Jr.

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Evelyn Sprowles Taylor

May 31, 2018

To my Sprowles cousins
I am so very very sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of your Dad and Mom and the Avalon Methodist Church.

Evelyn Sprowles Taylor

Regina Neil

May 29, 2018

To the family, sorry for your loss please accept my sincere regrets for your lost! Jesus christ demonstrated what he would do in kingdom power John5:28,29) also ps37:29)