Phillip Crouse Sr., 87, of Wharton, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sat., Dec. 21, 2013.
Born July 3, 1927, he was a son of the late Addie Osborne Lusk and late step-father Guy Lusk. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 47 years, Athylene; daughter, Betty Jean Beck; brothers, Roy, John, Robert and Lawrence Lusk, and Arthur and Jesse Crouse, and sister, Jenny.
Mr. Crouse was a retired coal miner with 24 years of service, last working as a Joy operator, a member of Local 1503, Lorado and a member of UMWA. Having only a 4th grade education he was a self-taught carpenter and did local carpenter work for about 25 years building several houses in the area. He worked in many of the local churches. One of his fondest memories that he spoke of often was installing a baptistery at the Gordon Missionary Baptist Church. He worked at the Cazy Freewill Baptist Church on their kitchen, did major renovation inside and out at the Greenwood Church of God and also worked several times inside and out at the Bim Freewill Baptist Church. He was an avid baseball and football fan and would watch any team. He had a heart of gold and great love for people.
Survivors include son, Phillip Jr. (Teresa) of Wharton; daughter, Shelia (Robert) Workman of Wharton; sisters-in-law, Velma Brown of Pageland, S.C., whom he reared as a daughter and Mary Stapleton of Madison, Ohio; brother, Russell Lusk of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Kevin, Jefff, Angie, Berea, George and Logan; three step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 27 at Greenwood Church of God with Donald Elam and David Osborne officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens at Madison.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Browning, George Workman, Logan Crouse, Jeff Browning, Jackie Hodges and Andrew Hodges.
Friends called on the family after 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com
Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home of Danville.