James J. "Jim"
James "Jim" Joseph Crooke, Jr., 91, passed away at his boyhood family home on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 11:05am.
Jim was born on April 11, 1921 in Pensacola, FL to the late James Joseph Crooke, Sr. and Claude Tresa Milstead Crooke. He had an older sister, the late Norine Crooke Coleman and many extended family members of the Crooke and Milstead name.
After graduating from Pensacola High School in 1939, he began his College career at the University of Florida
in Gainesville. His education there was interrupted by the invasion of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and his enlistment in the Army
Air Corp (now the US Air Force) where he was a Second Lt. Navigator on his beloved B17 bomber. Shot down near Berlin, Germany on his third mission on September 12, 1944, he became a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany where he remained until the war ended in 1945. He mourned until his death the loss of many of his crew.
Jim returned to the University of Florida after the War, enrolled in the School of Architecture and graduated in May, 1950. He practiced Architecture in Pensacola and the Florida Panhandle area until he retired in the mid 1990's. His primary work was helping churches plan and build new or renovate existing structures to provide space for the growth in membership as a Thankful Nation began to rebuild.
His love of God, love for his family, his beautiful voice and gift of many talents were all used his entire life in serving others. A faithful Christian, loving husband and father and a true Southern Gentleman is how we will treasure his memory.
He leaves behind on earth, Theresa, his wife of 65 years; his children, daughter, Carol Ann Lord and husband Larry, son, James J. Crooke III and wife Deborah and daughter, Deena Crooke; grandchildren, Lucas and Wesley Lord, Lindy Kay Lord Hayes and husband Andy (serving US Army), Angela Crooke, Jeanie Peaden, William David Crooke (serving US Army) and James Joseph Crooke IV (serving US Navy); great grandchildren; Elaina Kay, Angel and Kevin Hayes and Caiden Lord; nephew, Randy Coleman and wife Lynn; nieces, Jane and Emmie Coleman and their extended families along with his many cherished friends.
Visitation will be held from 1:00pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013 until services beginning at 2:00pm at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, with Dr. Karen Evans and Rev. Herstel Carter officiating.
Interment will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:15am.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504 or the Living Trust of First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32501.
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