Tolbert “Tart” Crowder, Jr.

April 15, 1936 - August 23, 2021

Tolbert Crowder, Jr., 85, known to most as Tart was born on April 15, 1936, to parents Tolbert Sr. and mother, Jeanette Reneau. Tart passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021, at his home in Fannett with his children surrounding him.

Tart lived most of his life in Port Acres where he grew up with his six younger siblings. Being the oldest, Tart spent many an hour helping his parents keep up with the active, mischievous younger brothers and sisters. The stories he could tell about this group were hilarious. Had the tales been captured in a book it would have been a bestseller. The whole family often jokes about this fact.

Tart attended Stephen F. Austin School which included 1st through 12th grades.  He may not have talked much about the academic side of things but he loved school sports.  Following in his father’s footsteps, he was a force to be reckoned with on the football and track fields.  School sports were not Tart’s only interest.  He was, also, an avid outdoorsman.   His father taught him how to fish and hunt at a very young age. Through the years, Tart, shared his love of hunting and fishing with his children, especially with Son, Mark, and his grandchildren.

On February 15, 1954, Tart married the love of his life, Dolores McFarland.  They had 3 children: Laurie, Mark, and Joanna.  Once the kids were grown, Tart and Dolores went fishing and hunting together.  The two were married for 42 years, when Dolores passed away.

Tart had a very successful work career.  When he retired, in 1996, he was the manager of the shipping department at Oxy Chemical in Beaumont.  He did not get there by having a college degree. He earned his position through dedication and hard work.    He often schooled his children and grandchildren on the importance of a positive work ethic.  Tart would, also, encourage the kids to get the education needed to make their career aspirations a little easier to obtain.

After retiring, Tart was able to spend time on another one of his interests.  Refurbishing old guns. He and his brother, Bob, often spent time together working on their guns.  Guns were not just for hunting, they were for collecting and displaying. He was always a firm believer in our 2nd Rights Amendment and felt like everyone in the family should own a gun.  He did his part to ensure this happened.

The family’s most recent memories of their Dad and PawPaw involved his love of the old western shows.  He especially liked Gunsmoke and watched the episodes over and over and over.  The family is not sure but feel that the neighbors may have been able to hear the episodes as well.

Tart, Daddy, PawPaw…. Was a very family oriented man.  He is loved and will be missed by all his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughters, Laurie Neal and her husband, Keith and Joanna Head and her husband, Larry; son, Mark Crowder and his wife, Beverly; granddaughters, Erin Laughlin and her husband, Jeff; Jessica Merendino and her husband, Ryan; Lacie Carter and her husband, Kaleb; and Rebecca Viator; grandson, Mack Crowder and his wife, Danyel; granddaughters, Cassie Rankin and Delani May and her husband, Porter; granddaughter-in-law, Shelby Neal; great-grandchildren, Emrie, Luke, Lola, Hazel, Colin, Carter, Drayton, Cade, and Gracie; siblings, Bill Crowder and his wife, Maria; Bob Crowder and his wife, Judy; Jeanette Clements; Bernie Crowder and his wife, Lynn; and Mike Crowder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores Marie Crowder; grandson, Eric Neal; and sister, Eleanor Spence.

A gathering of Mr. Crowder’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 30, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 or online at

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland
  • 505, North 12th Street, Nederland, Texas, 77627,
  • August 30, 2021
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Nederland
  • 505, North 12th Street, Nederland, Texas, 77627,
  • August 30, 2021
  • 2:00 pm


Oak Bluff Memorial Park
  • 100, Block St, Port Neches, TX, 77651,

Comments (4)

    Lois Hopkins Robbins says:

    Laurie, I am so sorry for loss.
    I went to Garnet Baptist church with you and your family back in the 70’s.
    I always thought a lot of you and your family. I pray that God will give you and your family strength for the days to come.

    Donna Standley says:

    Prayers for comfort for the family during this sorrowful time.

    Juanita Abshier Richey says:

    So sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Terrell and Carrie Rashall says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. We have lost a dear friend. May God give your family peace during your loss.

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