Crownover, E.J.

E.J. Crownover, 93, of Fort Sumner, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Care Center.

He was born April 6, 1912, in Clyde, Texas, to Jim W. Crownover and Lena L. Hargrove. He attended school at Fort Sumner. He married Helen Wright on Oct. 12, 1940, in Santa Rosa. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from June 19, 1944, until his honorable discharge on Dec. 21, 1945. His military occupation was Rifleman 745. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge for his marksmanship.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Sumner since 1957. He operated a school bus route for 47 years and owned and operated a wholesale and retail gas company in Fort Sumner.

Family members said he enjoyed camping, fishing and playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Survivors include his daughters, Jo Ann Schumaker of Surprise, Ariz., and Judy Hinde (and husband, Tom) of Las Cruces; sons, Alan Crownover (Dee) of Estancia and Russell Crownover (Nancy) of Clovis; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Anna Teeter is officiating.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

The family prefers memorial contributions to the Fort Sumner Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 180; Fort Sumner, New Mexico 88119.

Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner.