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Bill Crider

bill-crider-1Bill Crider, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas passed away September 17, 2016 at home surrounded by family that loved him dearly.

Bill was born September 18, 1929 in Leaday, Texas to Artie May Bible Crider and Stanley Dexter Crider.  Bill worked in real estate in Ft. Worth, TX and a long career as an aircraft mechanic at LTV in Ft.Worth, TX and retired from Crider Aviation in Mena at the age of 81. Bill and JoAnn moved to Mena in 1969 and built a good life together. He was a member of the Mena Optimist Club, Ouachiata Arts & Crafts Guild, and volunteered at Potter and Dallas Valley Volunteer Fire Departments. Bill always loved a good joke and to laugh, he loved a good game of cards and dominoes.  He loved his family and life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Crider; and a grandson, Shane Owens.

Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sarah JoAnn Crider; daughters, Julia Conley and husband Bob of Clifton, TX, Mary Owens of Hillsboro, TX, Susan Rice and husband, Roger of Ft. Worth, TX, Brenda Ladd of Ft. Worth, TX, Patsy Abbott and husband Vernon of Hillsboro, TX, Twyla Millican of Grand Prairie, TX, DeeDee Matejek and husband Tom of Mena, AR; son, Rodger Crider and wife Cyndie of Mena, AR. Bill is also survived by eighteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; sisters, Jonnie Faye Nowlin of Minneola, TX, Doylene Ricketts of Ft.Worth, TX; and brother, Jack Crider and wife Cecily of Lone Oak, TX.

He will be sent for cremation by the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home with a Celebration of his life at a later date.


  1. Bill,Was a precious man! I meant bill when a bunch of us did cermics at JoAnn’s shop,Always smiling and loved a good laugh!!The Lord has gained a wonderful man. Praying for all the family!!!

  2. A great guy always friendly. He meant a lot to my son Lucas who worked with him at Crider’s years ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family.

  3. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR POP, Bill Crider, will be Saturday October 8th at 2:00 at 1122 Maple Ave in Mena. Its the old Crossing stone church on the corner.

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