Judge Edwin Paul Crider Jr.
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HAMPTON - Judge Edwin "Paul" Crider, Jr., widower of Evelyn L. Crider and a long time resident of Hampton, Virginia passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the age of 93. He was born on November 27, 1921 in Chatham, Virginia. He was the son of the late E. Paul Crider and Ethel Whitehead Crider. He was a graduate of Hargrave Military Academy, University of Virginia and Emory University Law School. Judge Crider was a public school teacher at the former Brosville High School in Pittsylvania County, Buckroe, Jr. High and Hampton High in Hampton, Virginia. He was an Army Air Corps WWII Veteran, serving in the 726th Bomb Squadron of the 451st Bombardment Group (H), Mediterranean Theater of Operations. In 1965, Judge Crider was invited to be a visiting teacher for the Georgia Governors Honors Program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Judge Crider was retired from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 8th Judicial District in the City of Hampton, Virginia. Judge Crider was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He is survived by his brother Walter Leslie Crider, two step-daughters; Connie Henderson (Jim) and Anne Storch. Other survivors include; Barbara M. Smith, Paul B. Reynolds (Marie), Michael L. Ryan (Brenda), Ethel R. Spady (George), Lee Davis, Anne Sandfort, Susan McLaughlin, Lucy C. Moore, Mary Mackenzi and other great nieces and nephews. A special thank you to The Devonshire for their care the last two years, especially Cheryl McCloud and Gladys Holloway. The family will receive friends from 11-11:45 AM Saturday at Historic St. Luke's Church, 14477 Benns Church Blvd in Smithfield. Immediately following at 12 Noon, a graveside service will be conducted at St. Luke's Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church building fund or Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, 757-723-3191.

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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 19, 2015.
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April 2, 2015
Mr. Crider was a great teacher and a great man. I had Mr. Crider at Buckroe Jr. High and Hampton High School and he was an inspiration to all. He made us reach and I respected him so much. Saw him about a year go at The Pickdilly Cafeteria in Hampton and when I approached him, he called me by name. We are all better off having known Mr. Crider
Bill Sasser
March 31, 2015
I am just in shock, I have waited on Judge for the last 12 years @ Piccadilly. He was such a inspiration & a joy to know. I am truly going to miss him. Sending prayers to his family.
Angie Jackson
March 27, 2015
Mr. Crider was my favorite teacher. He was an excellent instructor, very warm and approachable, and an honor to his profession. Rest in peace dear Mr. Crider.
Karen Ashbrooke Linett
March 24, 2015
Judge Crider, or Mr. Crider as we knew him then, embodied all the qualities that a teacher should have. He was an inspiration to his students and a fine gentleman.
Gretchen Howell
March 23, 2015
I would rate Judge Crider in the top 2 or 3 teachers I ever had. His Civics course was truly memorable. He taught me so much and I was never, ever bored. He was also a great guy. I will never forget him.

God bless your soul, Mr. Crider!
Sam Edwards (HHS '64)
March 23, 2015
After reading the entries to the family, I feel very blessed in knowing Judge Crider. We had some private conversations at times, and it was always an honor. Like everyone else, I feel blessed in knowing Judge Crider. He was a very honorable person who gloried God in many ways. He is now home and I truly am blessed in knowing him. God bless the Crider family, I know you will miss him very much. God bless you all!!
Richard Martin
March 22, 2015
Celebrating a life well lived! Seldom does an individual influence the lives of so many as did Judge Edwin Paul Crider, Jr. - Rare indeed is the person who can teach others the way he did - not only with his knowledge - but with conviction, kindness,fairness, and true concern for others. His teaching at Hampton High made many of us better citizens because we were not only taught how government is supposed to work, but also our rights, duties, and obligations necessary to make it work! Mr. Crider was indeed one of those rare people who could not only TALK -THE- TALK as a teacher, but also WALK -THE- WALK as a man!
Dan Schilling (HHS"64")
March 22, 2015
Leon Larson
March 21, 2015
Judge Crider often substituted in the Danville J&D Court after he retired. He was patient and helpful with young lawyers and offered wit and common sense in the courtroom. He was appreciated by every lawyer who appeared before him and will be missed ball.
Judge Brian Turpin
March 21, 2015
A truly memorable teacher! He taught me to not view civics or history as a boring series of dates and names but of a moving spectacle that often repeats itself but is never fully predictable. I wish his methods would have been available to my 3 grown children who still think the whole idea of studying the subjects he taught were the most non-interesting they had in school and are apathetic.
Dennis Carter '64
March 20, 2015
I appeared before Judge Crider as an attorney and he Substituted for me after I became a Juvenile Court Judge in Newport News. He was always patient, courteous and wise.He was a perfect role model for a JDR Judge.
Judge Judy Kline
March 20, 2015
Judge E. Paul Crider, Jr. was an excellent and wonderful teacher at Hampton High School. He made the Senior Government Class so interesting and fun. Over the last 52 years I have though of him often. Thanks to him I worked for 35 years with the Federal Government (Langley AFB for 10 years and the remaining 30 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Asheville, NC.
My interest in working with these Federal agencies was because of the many days that Judge Crider made so interesting in his senior Government Class. He was a wonderful man.

Rosalind Johnson Ledford, Mills River, NC
March 20, 2015
Mr Crider was my Government teacher when I was a senior at Hampton High School (1962). I offer my condolences to a great and wonderful instructor!
John W. Hughes
March 20, 2015
Judge Crider was a wonderful man who was gracious, kind, and insightful. He always greeted us with a warm smile, and loved to engage in a friendly chat about the law and life. His charm, wit, and genuiness touched many people. He was a treasured human and he made the world a better place.
Larry & Sherri King
March 20, 2015
How could you not love Paul Crider. I too was in his government class at HHS. It wasn't like a "class" at all because he made everything so interesting that you couldn't help but to learn and especially from his stories. He was such a gentleman and such a sweet person. His voice was soft and comforting unless he was trying to get your attention and he certainly knew how to do that. What a loss for the world and a gain for heaven. God bless those left behind because they were surely blessed while Paul Crider was here. HHS class of '65
Pam Garrett Chalkley
March 19, 2015
I came to know Judge Crider while he was at The Devonshire. He was such a sweet and caring man. Judge Crider was a soft-spoken man and so polite...he is someone I will never forget. I loved to listen to his stories that he would tell me about his life...such an interesting man. I will certainly miss him. My sincere condolences to his family. May God bless him.
Bonnie Tucker
March 19, 2015
Judge Crider helped me thru one of the most difficult times of my life. He was a gentleman, a scholar and a true inspiration.
Michael Payne
March 19, 2015
Mr. Crider was so loved and admired as a govt. teacher at HHS. He helped us with the purchase of our house in Fox HIll, after we got married. I will always remember his sweet and gentle spirit~he will be missed by so many of us who loved him. Prayers for his family.
Sandy & George Anderson
March 19, 2015
A true Virginia gentleman. My prayers are with his family during these sad times . May god bless him .
HHS class of ' 64
Paul Galea
March 19, 2015
Mr. Crider was a great inspiration to me as my 12th grade Government teacher at HHS. I can vividly remember having lunch with him while a freshman at the University of Richmond, and after having decided to go to law school. My question concerned the undergrad courses that would best prepare me to be a good attorney. His comment, "Every lawyer should know Latin and Shakespeare". I took two years of Latin and did poorly, but excelled in my two semesters of Will Shakespeare (who I love to read to this day). Thank you for the sound advice. Esson M. Miller, Jr., Attorney at Law
Esson Miller, Jr.
March 19, 2015
Mr. Crider was a resident at the Devonshire when my late mother, Mary Ellis, lived there also. He was so very kind to me and my mother; always polite, friendly and gracious.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I know he will be missed.
Stacey Franklin
March 19, 2015
What a wonderful man, Mr. Crider was my government teacher in 1965 at HHS and I ill never forget how much fun he made the government class. I had the pleasure of having him handle a case for my family later on in life when he became a judge, and I will say THAT MAN KNEW HIS STUFF. He could be stern and still have a smile on his face. GOD REST HIS SOUL...
Barbara Hurt Banton
March 19, 2015
I was a student of Mr. Crider's government class at Hampton High School. He was the best teacher I ever had. He treated us like adults and taught some lessons that I will never forget. May God give his family comfort at this sad time.
Glynda (Hux) Whalen
March 19, 2015
Mr. Crider was a teacher at Hampton High School during the time that I was a student there, class of 1960. He was ALWAYS such a Gentleman and was well respected. May God comfort Mr. Crider's family.
Clarence Hargus
March 18, 2015
I remember the first time I met Judge Paul Crider. I had just started working at the Hampton Police Dept in 1970 when he came to the Records Section to get a record check on a client. He was an attorney across the street from the old Police Dept. at that time. It was a pleasure to always assist him when he came to get information from Records. Judge Crider was one of the most respected judges of all times. He was so kind to everyone and fun to be around. Judge Crider became my friend in 1970, and whenever I needed some legal advise or just go by his office to chat, he made time for me or anyone. Anyone that knew him, loved him. He was always so appreciative whenever I would take him something that he enjoyed eating when he lived on Threechopt Dr. and he would write me the sweetest thank you notes. We both loved Peter Paul Mounds. I have wonderful and great memories of Judge Paul Crider. God now has another special angel in his kingdom. My deepest sympathy to all of the family. May God be with all of you during this great loss in their lives.
Linda Withrow-Seely
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