James Edward Crump, Sr. of Hartwell, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the age of 85. His family helped him manage his terminal illness with dignity and grace in conjunction with Tugaloo Home Health Care, an Amedisys Company. He received hospice care at home where he wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his beloved wife, Carrie, and children who he adored more than anything in the world.
James was born in Cumberland County, Virginia on January 3, 1936, to father, Edmund Crump, and mother, Louisa Brown Crump. He accepted Christ and was baptized at New Hope Baptist Church in Cartersville, Virginia. The eldest of 10 children, James attended New Hope School but didn't have the opportunity for much formal education. He helped his family and worked any odd jobs he could find – at an early age. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led to Paterson, New Jersey where he worked at H&P Warehouse. The metropolitan area also allowed James to indulge in boxing as a hobby. During this time, he met and married Carrie Stowers. They were married in 1969.
Within a few years their family included James II and Freader Yvette. Their close-knit family settled in Carrie's home state of Georgia. Being a kind and dependable father was of the utmost importance to James and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his family. James accepted employment at First Baptist Church where he worked until retirement in 1999. In retirement, James enjoyed reading and studying the Bible; meditation and fasting; viewing boxing; and watching Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR racing.
James is survived by his wife, Carrie; his son, James II; his daughter, Freader Yvette; his sister, Katherine Bolling (Sam); his five brothers, Charles (Susie Robinson), Spencer (Barbara), Ernest, Joseph, and Aaron (Shelia); his sisters-in-law, Estelle Crump, Jeanette Tyler (John), Alma Jean Boggs (Robert Lee), Mary Frances Stowers, Juanita Brown (Sylvester), Shirley Simpson, Ollie Bell Jordan, and LaJoyce Parker; his brothers-in-law, Lorenzo Stowers, Jr. and Tommy D. Stowers (Vickie); his countless relatives and his friends. All held him in the highest regard and loved him dearly.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Constance "Connie" Sims; and his brothers, James Edward Perkins, Robert Crump, and Ulysses "Lessy" Crump.
A celebration of life homegoing will be held at Coile & Hall Funeral Directors on 333 E. Johnson Street in Hartwell, Georgia on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 2 p.m.
All arrangements are under the care and direction of Coile and Hall Funeral Directors, 333 E. Johnson Street in Hartwell. To send words of comfort to the family please visit www.coileandhallfd.com