ADVANCE--Oscar Bernard Crowell Jr., affectionately known as "Nard," was born on July 3, 1929 in Hendersonville, NC to Oscar Bernard and Louise Thompson Crowell. He grew up in Hendersonville and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1947, having served as President of the Student Body and a member of the National Honor Society. He entered UNC at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1952 with a BA, LL. B, and Doctor of Law Degrees. He married the love of his life, Carroll Johnstone of Mocksville NC in 1956. He was drafted into the US Army in December 1953, and was honorably discharged in 1957 as Captain, Judge Advocates Corps, serving with 82nd Airborne Division headquartered in Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps. He returned to Hendersonville and resumed law practice with the firm of Crowell & Crowell Attorneys until retirement from active practice in 1974 because of illness. Then he and his family moved to Mocksville, NC. Nard and Carroll were both gracious in giving their time to the community in various ways and spent several years volunteering with Wycliff Bible Translators in Brazil, Canada, and North Carolina. Nard enjoyed spending time at Mission Aviation Institute in Davie County where he helped construct a hanger for the school's classrooms and aviation maintenance. He was proceeded in death by his devoted wife of 56 years in 2011. On February 7, 2014 he passed away at age 84 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC. He is survived by his two children, Knox (Laurel) Crowell of Hendersonville, and Elizabeth "Sissy" (Ken) Bingham of Advance; three grandchildren, Daphne Crowell, Michael (Kelsey) and Timothy Bingham; one sister, Martha Stewart of Greensboro, other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will be held at Blaise Baptist Church Mocksville at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 16, with the Rev. Ken Furches and Rev. Timothy Wolf officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at that time. The family extends thanks to the staff at Brookstone Assisted Living in Clemmons for their wonderful care of Nard during the past eight months. Memorial gifts may be sent to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Condolences can be made at www.GrahamFuneralHome.net
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Published in The Times-News on Feb. 9, 2014