Charles Seawright Crowther, Jr. ’50

Charles Seawright Crowther, Jr. ’50, 84, of Sylacauga, Ala., and Sunset Beach, N.C., died June 30. He was born in Sylacauga, Ala., May 24, 1927, to Rebecca Byrd Crowther and Charles Seawright Crowther. After serving in the Navy during WWII, Crowther attended Davidson, and graduated from Auburn University. He was employed by Avondale Mills for 34 years in various sales and management capacities, living in Chattanooga, Boston, Charlotte, and Sylacauga. Upon retiring from Avondale Mills, Crowther became a consultant in risk management, and, most recently, was chairman of Seawright Farms, Inc., producer of livestock, and SeaBlu LLC, blueberry growers in North Carolina. Crowther served as a deacon/elder in five churches, and was most recently a member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. He was an elder emeritus in the Presbyterian Church in America. At the age of 66, he and Kathy lived one year in the former Soviet Union, where they served with Co-Mission, an educational ministry. They served for shorter periods in Belgium and China. Among his various associations, Crowther was a member of Rotary International, served as president of Sylacauga Habitat for Humanity, and served as chairman of Knollwood Christian School. He was an Eagle Scout with three palms. Crowther had a positive influence on many people throughout his life. Proverbs 11:25 reflects his character best: “… he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen Baxter Crowther, 119-2 Crooked Gulley, Sunset Beach, NC 28468; children, Cynthia C. Johnson (Ron), Charles S. Crowther III (Cindy), Gaye D. Crowther, and H. Bradford Crowther; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.