James “Bo” Crowder

James Edward “Bo” Crowder III, 80, of Savannah, GA, passed away on January 19, 2023, after an extended illness.


Bo was born on September 9, 1942 to James Edward Crowder Jr. and Alice Ligon Crowder in Winnsboro, SC.  He attended school in Winnsboro and, after wasting an entire year shooting pool and going to the movies at the University of South Carolina, attended Clemson University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Forestry after finally suffering through The Red Badge of Courage enough times to get his English credits.  He was an enthusiastic scholar of nature and especially loved anything to do with horticulture, a hobby that he indulged his entire life.  He spent his career with the Corps of Engineers, largely in planning and control and real estate appraisal.

During high school, he met his one and only love, Ann Bass, and they dated throughout college, cementing a devotion which would last both of their lives.  They were married on July 17, 1965, and Ann survives him along with their two children, Alice Ann Crowder (married to Andrew Thomas White), and James Edward Crowder IV (married to Melissa McKenzie Crowder).

He is also survived by four grandsons whom he nicknamed and loved with all of his heart – James Edward “Quint” Crowder, Joshua McKenzie “Jo” Crowder, Gryffin Andrew “CW” Crowder-White and Noah James “J-Bo” Crowder-White, as well as a step-brother, Dr. David Beckham (married to Mitzi Stoudemire).  He was predeceased by his step-sister, Anne Beckham Cathcart.

Services will be held at the church at which Bo spent many youthful Sundays assiduously avoiding the sermon, Greenbrier United Methodist Church in Winnsboro, SC.  The family welcomed all to attend the service on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 2:30 p.m., and received guests after the service. He was a unique and beautiful man who will be truly missed.

Pope Funeral Home is assisting the Crowder family.

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