GEORGE C. CROWDER, retired supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, a real-estate broker, Army veteran of World War II and a Mason, died Friday. He was 83 and lived in West Philadelphia.

George was born in Athens, Ga., to George Crowder Sr. and the former Eddi Mae Fears. He went to high school there and arrived in Philadelphia in time to enter the Army in 1942.

He served in Europe and attained the rank of sergeant.

Back in Philadelphia, he married the former Alice L. Bell and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, studying real estate and business.

He went into the real-estate business with a partner, Henry Addison, at 62nd and Market streets.

George continued to sell real estate even after he went to work for the old Marine Corps Supply Center, in South Philadelphia.

After about 30 years there, he joined the state Welfare Department, supervising caseworkers for about 25 years before retiring about 15 years ago.

George was a big sports fan, and devoted time to the Masons and his family.

"He was a very nice person," his wife said. "Easy to get along with. He liked to kid and tease. He had a lot of friends."

He also is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline and Brenda; a son, Calvin; a sister, Emma Kate Crowder, and three grandchildren.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 56th and Vine streets. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall. *