Wanda Lou (Eldridge) Crozier


Wanda Lou (Eldridge) Crozier, 80, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Cumberland Medical Center as a result of two rare diseases, Amyloidosis and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.
Wanda, daughter of Bynum and Laura Eldridge, was born June 20, 1939, in Guntersville, AL. She grew up in Trumann, AR, and graduated from Trumann High School in 1957. In high school, she was active in FHA (state officer), Beta Club (scholastic achievement), school annual (editor) and was the drum majorette for the first school band. She married Joe Crozier Jr. in 1960 in Trumann and they had two children, Joe III and Laura.
Wanda was a military (USAF) wife with her husband for 30 years and was active in many church/military chapels and military functions. She was an active leader in her children's endeavors including scouting, swimming, gymnastics and church. When they were stationed in Belgium, as a parent, she established a DoD High School Gymnastics Team that won the European DoD Schools Championship. She consistently opened her heart and home to others entertaining, cooking and helping others feel welcome. Wanda was an award-winning cook. She served with UMCOR, Bread of Life and was a Stephens minister. Wanda was also a devoted and passionate Tennessee Lady Vols fan.
Wanda is survived by her husband; her two children, Joe III (Emily) and Laura (Chris) Hood; two grandchildren, Rebecca Hood and Stephen Hood; her sister, Nila Widner; plus several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Billy Joe Eldridge.
Funeral services will be held at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church in Crossville on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. with Reverends Lanita Monroe and Moses Han officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville. Interment will be private at a later date.
Memorials in honor of Wanda Crozier may be made to The Amyloidosis Foundation (www.amyloidosis.org) or Crossville Bread of Life (www.breadofliferescue.org).
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
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Mitzi Keuter
Sep 05, 2019
Dearest Wanda....I can’t believe you are gone. You were more like a sister than my sisters. Together we navigated the life of AF wives and all that goes with it.
When joe called I was leaving the next day for a Danube river 🚢. Who knew the Nashville trip was our goodbye, my heart aches 😭. We will meet again in heaven,