Lawanda Crossman, 1930-2016

Lawanda Crossman

Lawanda Crossman

Lawanda Faye Goode Crossman, 85, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, formerly of Conway, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Faulkner County, Arkansas to the late Earnest Harris and Syble (Rorie) Taylor.

She grew up on the Perry County side of the Arkansas River, where her father was the owner and operator of the Toad Suck Ferry.

Lawanda and her husband Paul loved baking, and they taught baking classes for many years. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, crocheting, decorative painting, gardening, crafting and making things for others with her hands. She was a volunteer at the United Methodist Archives located at Hendrix College, and at Conway Regional Hospital for many years.

During their 14 years of marriage, she served with her husband Paul at numerous churches, including Wesley UMC Conway, Hickory Ridge, Austin, Oppello, Perry, Naylor, Overcup, Lanty, Cleveland and Graham Chapel. They also were among the founding members of Conway’s Grace United Methodist Church.

After Paul’s death in 1996, she moved to Reform, Alabama, where she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Pickens County Medical Center for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Raymond Wesley Goode, who died in 1981, and second husband, the Rev. Paul J. Crossman, who died in 1996; a sister, Ernestine Taylor King; and two brothers, Carl Gene Taylor and Jimmy Taylor.

She is survived by her sons, Richard “Rick” Goode, Paul N. Crossman and Robert “Bob” Crossman; one sister, Montine Goggins of northwest Arkansas; four grandchildren, Wes Goode and his wife Molly, Sam Goode and his wife Kristy, Charles Crossman and his wife Jessica, and David Crossman; 10 great-grandchildren, Taylor Goode, Gracie Goode, Pyper Goode, Rylan Goode and Colin Goode of Alabama and Blake Crossman, Grayson Crossman, Marlie Crossman, Owen Crossman and Cooper Crossman of Arkansas; and numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends.

Graveside service and burial were held Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway, Arkansas, with the Rev. Bob Crossman officiating.