James Frank CROWELL Jr.

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CROWELL, JR., James Frank Age 71. The Nashville native was born on September 14, 1941 and passed away on July 9, 2013. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, James Frank Crowell, Sr. and Ruby Threadgill Crowell. He is survived by son, James Frank (Yvonne) Crowell, III of Springhill, TN; and grandsons, Reid and Riley; daughter, Mary Margaret (Peter) Bourbeau of Larchmont, NY; granddaughters, Cate and Clare; and mother of his children, Carol Crowell (Bill) Bayer of Nashville. Frank attended Ransom Elementary and was active in Nashville Children's Theatre with his first role as the Dormouse in Alice & Wonderland. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy, and while there, Frank discovered a love of public address announcing, a pastime that he would pursue throughout his life. Frank graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to Nashville to join his family business, Crowell & Harris which later became Consolidated Central Supply. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Frank acted in and directed productions for the Circle Players and Theatre Nashville and directed the Nashville Gridiron Show for over 10 years. Frank founded JFC Enterprises, Inc., a real estate development, investment and management company as well as Main Event, Inc., an events management company that raised awareness and proceeds for local charities including Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, EAR Foundation, Leukemia Society, and the Tennessee Special Olympics. Frank continued to man the microphone, announcing for the Nashville Charity Horse Shows, Nashville Polo Club, and his children's alma maters of Oak Hill School, Harpeth Hall and MBA. Frank was the public address announcer for over 20 years for Vanderbilt football and basketball and the Iroquois Steeplechase. He spent 10 years announcing for Nashville Sounds baseball. Frank was a Charter Member of the Nashville Advisory Board for USBank, an active member of the Exchange Club of Nashville and was also a private pilot. A private Interment will take place on Friday, July 12th at Woodlawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at West End United Methodist Church located at 2200 West End Avenue, Nashville on Sunday, July 21st at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Reed Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The New Beginnings Center, 7277 Charlotte Pike, #332, Nashville, TN 37209.


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Published in The Tennessean on July 12, 2013
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