Claude William Crabtree "Bill" CHARLOTTE - Bill Crabtree, 88, died peacefully at his home in Charlotte, NC, on June 18, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anne Crabtree; son Steve Crabtree (Kim) and son-in-law Steve Wilson (Camilla); grandchildren Jeff Wilson (Kim), Kristi Speckman (Eric), John Crabtree (Christy), and Rachel Crabtree; and great-grandchildren Lilly and Emma Wilson, and Tuck and Brooks Speckman. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Wilson. Bill was born October 5, 1925, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Mary and Claude Crabtree. When he was three years old, the family moved to Atlanta, GA, where he grew up. Bill developed a love of music at an early age, playing the drums in a band, and later in life treating his family to an impromptu performance, singing "Good Hearted Woman," by Waylon Jennings, at his grandson's wedding. Bill earned his degree from University of Georgia in Atlanta and served in the United States Navy during WWII. In 1947 he married his wife, Anne Crabtree. Twelve years later, they moved to Charlotte, NC, where they raised their two children, Pam and Steve. He worked 35 years for Glidden as a district manager, earning many awards throughout his career, including being a member of the company's Million Dollar Club. Well accomplished in his professional life, Bill, or "Big Daddy," as his great-grand-children fondly referred to him, was most proud of his family. He found great joy in spending time with his loved ones, finding humor and fun in every moment he had with his children, grandchildren and great-grand-children. Bill was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church for 55 years where he attended church every Sunday. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 o'clock in the morning, at Myers Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in a reception at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Myers Park Baptist Church or The Pam Wilson Endowment Fund at Providence Day School www.providenceday.org. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.net.
Published in Charlotte Observer on June 20, 2014