Hixson Welsh

412 East South Street, Welsh, LA


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Robert Layne Crader Sr.

August 17, 1940July 1, 2020
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Robert Layne Crader Sr., 79 of Bell City, LA went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Robert was one of eleven children born to Joseph and Rosa Crader on August 17, 1940. He was a life long resident of Southwest Louisiana and attended Welsh High School. In 1959 he enlisted into the United States Army until 1962, when he received an honorable discharge.

It was on a faithful trip to visit his brother, Emile that he would meet Georgia, his sister in-laws sister. All it took was a family function at her church that they became inseparable, they would be married on June 29, 1963, making Welsh their home, working at Lyons Flying Service, then Louisiana Flyers. Together they welcomed two children, Robert Jr. and Lisa.

In 1974 he began working for Basell until his retirement 27 years later. He was a loving and dutiful father who found joy in spending time with his children and family. It was when he became "Paw Paw" that you'd find him following any school bus headed to a sporting event. He was an avid Bell City Bruin fan, no matter the sport, but hands down Golf was his favorite. When he wasn't their biggest cheerleader from the sidelines, you'd find him home laying and engaging with the "little ones".

He was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his siblings; John Crader, Hillius Crader, Norma Jean Crader, Beatrice Cormier, Mildred Andrus, Lloyd Crader, Nolan Crader, and Emile Crader

Those left to beat his Golf Score are his wife of 57 years, Georgia, his children; Robert Layne Crader, Jr. and Lisa (Tim) Poole, his grandsons; Timothy Poole, Jr., Ethan Poole, Jordan Poole, and Philip Poole, a great grandchildren; Lillian Mae and Ethan Ray; a brother Ernest Crader and a sister Renelda Joyce Crader and multiple nieces and nephews.

The family will welcome friends on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh from 4pm to 8pm. Visitation will resume Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8am until time of service. Funeral services will be led by Bro. Pat Deshotel and will begin at 10am. He will be laid to rest in Hayes Cemetery.

We invite you to sign his online registry, leave a favorite memory or sentiment of condolences on our website www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com


  • Georgia Mae Crader, Wife
  • Robert Layne Crader, Jr., Son
  • Lisa Poole (Tim Poole), Daughter
  • Timothy Poole Jr., Grandson
  • Ethan Poole, Grandson
  • Jordan Poole, Grandson
  • Philip Poole, Grandson
  • Ethan Ray, Great Grandson
  • Lillian Mae, Great Granddaughter
  • Ernest Crader, Brother
  • Renelda Joyce Crader, Sister
  • Joseph Crader (Rosa Broussard Crader), Parents (deceased)
  • John Crader, Brother (deceased)
  • Hillius Crader, Brother (deceased)
  • Norma Jean Crader, Sister (deceased)
  • Beatrice Cormier, Sister (deceased)
  • Mildred Andrus, Sister (deceased)
  • Lloyd Crader, Brother (deceased)
  • Nolan Crader, Brother (deceased)
  • Emile Crader, Brother (deceased)

  • Ethan Poole, Pallbearer
  • Timothy Poole, Pallbearer
  • Tim Poole, Pallbearer
  • Jordan Poole, Pallbearer
  • Philip Poole, Pallbearer
  • Marvin Crader, Pallbearer
  • Rayford Andrus, Pallbearer
  • Robert Crader Jr., Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, July 4, 2020


Robert Layne Crader Sr.

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Christine Cormier

July 15, 2020

Our condolences to all the family. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. Sorry we couldn't be there in attendance. Hate all this virus stuff going around.

Lindsey Barnes

July 7, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Robert's passing. My condolences to his family. I met Robert at the Mallard Cove golf course. He was a weekly player in the dog-fights held at the course. He was a tough golf competitor and a valuable team contributor. Robert played the game to win. He let me play in his golf group whenever there was an opportunity. He shared some of his life stories with me and others. I was blessed to have known him.

Wyona Toals

July 6, 2020

How many days did I spend at his home when we were in high school. We lived in the same neighborhood. I know you will miss him .
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Elanea Golmaryami

July 2, 2020

Such a beautiful loving man. I’ll never forget his kindness in church. He would go around church handing out peppermints to all the children. Such a wonderful man. Condolences and prayers to all.

Mike Crader

July 2, 2020

So sorry to hear this. God speed.

Tammy Price

July 2, 2020

My Condolences to the family of Mr. Crader. I am so happy that I got the chance to meet him. He was such a sweet person. I will always remember his smile and how he welcomed me.

Rhonda Thompson

July 2, 2020

I met Mr. Layne and Mrs. Georgia Mae at church. We had many nice visits over coffee. I always loved when they dropped by the house. RIP Mr. Layne. Mrs. Georgia Mae, come see me!! Love you all!!❤

Lloyd Broussard

July 2, 2020

He became an honorary grandfather and Georgia Mae, honorary grandmother, to our granddaughter Chloe. They bestowed love and gifts on her as if she were their very own. They chose to serve God by taking care of her in the nursery at church every Sunday. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Troy Clark

July 2, 2020

I am so sad to hear this. He helped me so much with the Bell City golf team. I am forever in his debt. A great man.