Joycelyn Crumpton Obituary
 
In Memory of

Joycelyn McKay Crumpton

November 18, 1942 - September 9, 2017
Obituary

Joycelyn “Joy” Anita McKay Crumpton, of Oakland, California, passed away in her sleep at 3:40am on September 9, 2017 after a long and valiant fight against colon cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621. Joycelyn was born at Flint Goodrich Hospital in New Orleans, LA on November 18, 1942 to Annie Ruth McKay and James Frank McKay, Jr. She graduated from Southern University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, LA. After matriculating from Southern Lab, Joy attended Southern University where she pursued a...

Joycelyn “Joy” Anita McKay Crumpton, of Oakland, California, passed away in her sleep at 3:40am on September 9, 2017 after a long and valiant fight against colon cancer.



A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621.



Joycelyn was born at Flint Goodrich Hospital in New Orleans, LA on November 18, 1942 to Annie Ruth McKay and James Frank McKay, Jr. She graduated from Southern University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, LA. After matriculating from Southern Lab, Joy attended Southern University where she pursued a major in Music. After two years, Joy transferred to Dillard University in New Orleans and earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Sociology in 1965. Joy received her Masters in Social Work (M.S.W) from UCLA in 1980.



In 1963, Joy pledged and crossed the burning sands of the Beta Gamma Chapter (Dillard) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.



While at Dillard, Joycelyn met H. Eric Crumpton and on April 12, 1965 they married. They were married for 43 years. Of this union, Beryl Mignon Crumpton and Howard Eric Crumpton were born.



Joy held a lifelong commitment to being a social worker, mentor and educator to clients and colleagues alike. With over 35 years of experience in the profession of social work, her dedicated service to children, youth, families and adults is represented in her 20 years of work in curriculum development and training implementation in Child Abuse and Neglect. Her administrative leadership extended beyond the classroom and into community organizations. Evidenced in her service as Training Coordinator and Lead Trainer for the Bay Area Academy, Child Welfare Ombudsman for the Health and Human Services Agency of the City and County of San Francisco, and as Director of Social Services for Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Joy was also the founder and director of the Family Tree, a private organization that supported larger entities in creating deeper meaning in social work, and in training staff and clinicians to provide effective services to youth, adults and families in need. Her talents were also seen in her therapy work, providing direct services for youth, adults and families at El Nido Services in Los Angeles.



Joy retired in 2012 as the Project Coordinator for the CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program for MSW students in the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs and as an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Professor Crumpton taught graduate courses in Cross Cultural Awareness, International Social Work, Advanced Child Welfare Practice and the Child Welfare Seminar. She also collaborated with the University of Ghana to develop a cultural immersion and fieldwork internship for MSW students working in key social service agencies in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.



She was an inspirational speaker and lecturer and has made presentations to a variety of audiences including children and youth, parents, graduate students, social workers, Probation Officers, Public Health Nurses, Judges, Court Officers, community advocates, clergy persons, and university faculty and staff.



After retiring, Joy’s love of art, heavily influenced her decision to become a docent at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). In recognition of her tireless volunteer work, she was hired as a classroom coordinator for MoAD in the Classroom-a program which brings art education to third grade children in the Bay Area.



Joy enjoyed walking, dancing, African American culture, African Art and Music and traveling. Joy loved to travel. Her love of travel with family and friends lead her to Africa, Brazil, England, France, Jamaica, Spain and to numerous cities and states within the continental US. When Joy wasn’t traveling, she frequented Facebook, where she stayed in touch with her friends from all parts of her life, and watched various cooking shows. On many nights, she filled her time, playing a riveting game of Spider solitaire or watching Queen Sugar, Green Leaf, Dancing with The Stars or a myriad of other reality TV shows with her granddaughter Madison and the coldest Dr. Pepper you could find!



Joy was a proud member of the Todia Ladzekpo Dance Ensemble at California Institute of The Arts, where she learned and performed African dance. She was actively involved in the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she recently served as President. She served as a proud member [and Past President] of Jack & Jill of America-Los Angeles and Oakland Bay Area, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ebony Guild, Black Women’s Forum, and Dillard University Alumni Association.



Joycelyn was baptized at 8 years old by Rev. W.A. White at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Alexandria, LA. While growing up in Baton Rouge, LA, she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church under Dr. T.J. Jemison. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. Joy was a faithful Christian woman who shared her talents and good works with every community in which she was involved. She was a shining example of helping others and building the kingdom through righteous service. Joy enjoyed going to church and sharing her faith with her family. Later, when she was unable to physically attend church services, she streamed them on her computer. She could be heard listening to Allen Temple, Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX or chatting with her friend Rev. Chery Ward.



Joycelyn is survived by her children, Beryl Crumpton Potter (James) and Howard Eric Crumpton (Karen), grandchildren Madison Sinclaire, Miles Eric, Idris and soon-to-be born, Aviva Joy, nephews John Dixon, III (LaShon) and James Dixon, lifelong partner Eric Crumpton and many family and friends.



Joycelyn is preceded in death by her parents, Annie Ruth McKay and James F. McKay, Jr., and a sister Cheryl McKay Dixon.



In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the MoAD-Museum of the African Diaspora. Please contact Linda Harrison, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Condolences may be left in Joy’s online guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000186827452



The family of Joycelyn McKay Crumpton wishes to thank Kaiser Permanente Hospice Care, Allen Temple Baptist Church, the Berkeley Bay Area Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.



Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven (3 Nephi 12:16) I will help others and build the kingdom through righteous service.





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"Beryl and Howard, I'm praying for you and the family during this difficult time. I will always have great memories of the times we shared in Baton Rouge...." Kevin Walker (Baton Rouge, LA)

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