Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo 

SAN ANGELO – When community organizer, community leader, spiritual leader, friend, beloved husband and pastor, Floyd Crider passed away last week, it coincided on the anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The connection between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pastor Crider was that both served and loved their city, their community. 

Pastor Crider passed away after a lengthy illness on January 15. A week later, Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018, Crider’s homegoing celebration 11 a.m. (funeral service) which was held at First Baptist Church, was greeted with a beautiful day and cool temperatures as a community gathered to pay their respects for a “well done thou good and faithful servant,” life.

Pastor Crider’s contributions to his community included being involved with the Ministerial Alliance and the NAACP Unit 6219, just to name a few. Crider also served as pastor of Galilee Baptist Church. And, he was the founder of the Galilee Community Development Corporation, not-for-profit corporation that provides decent, affordable homes for qualified workforce families in and around San Angelo, Texas. 

Left-to-right: Floyd Crider, Manny Campos and Terry Shaner

Galilee CDC Executive Director, Terry Shaner, posted on the organization’s Facebook, the following statement. “Floyd Crider was our dreamer. He founded Galilee CDC with a desire to help the community and make an impact on the lives of those who were struggling. He had a huge heart for the community and was always in the office with ideas of new programs to better serve the community. He had big dreams and a huge heart. Heaven welcomed a faithful servant last night who will be greatly missed.”

Conexión Hispana CEO, Gregorio Gutiérrez, who attended the Crider funeral, expressed his thoughts in a following statement.

“San Angelo has lost a community leader and spiritual leader who truly loved his City. When Conexión met last summer with Pastor Floyd at Fuentes Café Downtown Restaurant, he proudly spoke about his Chicago roots and his culture. At that noon lunch, Conexión Editor, Jim Sanchez, Pastor Crider and myself discussed with him, after his hospital stay in San Antonio and return to San Angelo about writing on the presence, development and cultural contribution to his community.” “We sincerely express our condolences to the Floyd Crider family,” said Gutiérrez.

Dudra Butler who knew Crider very well, spoke fondly of someone who impacted his community through his actions. “When I think of Floyd Crider, I think Floyd was one of the most selfless man that I have ever known.  From the time that he stepped foot in San Angelo in 1992, he was on a mission to improve life here in San Angelo for others.  Whether through pastoring, mentoring, educating, or being considered a community leader and wanting everyone to have an opportunity at fair housing, and of late his involvement with the Homeless Coalition, he was always more concerned with the needs and wishes of others than with his own needs." "I wonder, if Floyd had just a small inkling of what he meant to all of us.” “We will miss him and his jolly laugh and positive demeanor,” concluded Butler.

Pastor Crider’s funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23 at the First Baptist Church in San Angelo. Master of ceremony, Pastor Leo McCarty asked Pastor John Pope to read an Old Testament scripture followed by Pastor Joseph Suiters who read an New Testament scripture. The message of comfort, (eulogy) was given by Bishop Lonnie Green, III. 

Interment was at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Pallbearers for the service were: Anthony Crider, Christopher Crider, Robert Scott, Muqaddim Naseer, Damian Toms, and TJ Dennis.

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