James Wayne Crowder, of San Angelo, passed away April 27, 2023, after living 79 beautiful years on this earth. He was born December 7, 1943, in California, to parents E.T "Truman" and Iva Crowder.
He graduated from Edison High School in San Antonio, TX. He went on to attend Lubbock Christian College and then Abilene Christian College where he met the first love of his life, Ruthie Allen Crowder. They had 2 beautiful daughters, Michelle and Renee. Ruthie passed in 1992 after a long bout with cancer.
In the spring of 1995, he met the 2nd love of his life, Sherry Jones. They were married on 0ctober 26, 1996. At that time, he gained another beautiful daughter, Angela Jones.
James spent his early years as a "man of the cloth" as he liked to joke, selling high end men's clothing, first at Gabriel's, and then as the owner of Crowder's for the Particular Man clothing store in San Angelo.
After the oil crash in the 80's he decided to try his hand at real estate, where he became one of the leading realtors in San Angelo.
In 2008, James embarked on another adventure – creating gourmet chocolates – and Sugar Daddy Desserts was born, later renamed Cowboy-Up Chocolates.
His love of marketing and his love for bringing smiles to everyone he met made him a huge success in both business and relationships. His love of God was shared with many through his passion for music, both as a worship minister and as a member of the Embers quartet.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry, his 3 daughters, Michelle Crowder Valentine, Renee Crowder, and Angela Jones Shanks & husband Jimmy Shanks, and his grandchildren, Chelsea and Stephen Valentine, and Arick and Jasen Brooks, as well as many extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3rd, at Harper Funeral Home 5-7 pm.
Service to be held Thursday, May 4, at 1:00 at Johnson Street Church of Christ, 2200 Johnson St, San Angelo, TX. Graveside immediately following at Fairmont Cemetery.
Flowers may be sent to Harper funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to:
Concho Valley Turning Point or Hospice of San Angelo.