Robert Croom

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Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Croom - UNION CITY- Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Croom, of Union City. Georgia passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013. Bob was born in Dillon, South Carolina on July 24, 1932 to Lillian and Archie Croom, and lived his early lifein Savannah, GA. In addition to his parents, Bob is predeceased by his brothers, Archie (killed in action in Korea), Bill, and Freddy. Bob graduated from Savannah High School in 1950. After graduation he served in the U. S. Air force during the Korean War and in 1953, was a participant in the atomic testing (Project Upshot/Knothole (Dirty Harry) conducted in Nevada. After serving in the Air Force, Bob came back home to Savannah where he met his wife, Beverly Jo Croom. They were married in 1957 and are the parents of one daughter, Yashi Malenka. Bob became an ordained Baptist minister and was a pastor at Hiltonia Baptist Church while a student at Mercer University. The couple moved to Atlanta and Bob took a position at the Fulton County Juvenile court. His juvenile justice experience (1959-1971), included responsibilities as Probation Officer at the Fulton County Juvenile Court (Atlanta), Detention Center Director, Intake Supervisor, acting Referee, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, and Chief Probation Officer. Bob holds an undergraduate degree from Mercer University (1959 - psychology/philosophy), Masters' degrees from Atlanta University (1970 - Social Work) and from Georgia State University (1977 - Urban Studies/Criminal Justice), and a Ph.D. from Emory University (1983). Dr. Robert Croom was recruited by Georgia State University to join their institution as a Criminal Justice professor. In 1977, he was designated as Alumni Distinguished Professor. He was appointed to and elected Chair of GSU's Statutes and By-Laws Committee, where he brought University-wide closure within 18 months to a process which had been stalled for more than a decade. He served as President of the University's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. In the three years prior to his planned retirement, he served as Acting Dean of the College of Public and Urban. He then completed the 1994-95 academic year as Acting Chair of the Department of Social Work to lead the Department in what became its successful efforts during that year to gain full re-accreditation of the BSW program, as well as approval by the University System Board of Regents to offer the MSW program. Bob and his wife were appointed as Visiting Professors by the People's Republic of China in 1987 to teach in that country and to arrange continuing academic exchanges. He is a Past President of the Atlanta Chapter, U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association and served for many years as a member of the organization's Southern Region Board of Directors Bob was appointed in 1997 to Georgia's first Municipal Regional Jail Authority and served as Chairman to oversee the final design and construction of a $13 million regional jail with an accompanying public safety and court complex located in Union City, Georgia. Long-time members of the Fairburn Baptist Church, Bob's pastor requested that he and his wife begin the Celebrate Recovery ministry in their church, so they participated in annual training at Saddleback Church in California and co-led four sessions of this weekly, year-long recovery ministry. They later co-led the 13-week Grief Share ministry, offered twice each year. He and his wife have traveled extensively throughout China, in Tibet and other areas of the Far East, in New Zealand and Australia, in Mexico and Peru, and throughout Western Europe. Bob's hobbies/interests included classical music, fencing, Kodokan Judo, and the study of languages within and across cultures. Also, both he and his wife have many years experience as volunteers with the Builders for Christ in framing and finishing church-building projects in various states. In addition, they recently served through their church's summer mission programs in the Appalachian areas. Bob and Jo were also active and dedicated volunteers with the Advocates for Special Citizens in the south Fulton area. His beloved wife, Beverly Jo, survives Dr. Croom, as well as his dearly loved daughter, Yashi Malenka ( Lenka) and son-in-law Richard Warner; cherished granddaughters Katelyn & Cameron Warner. He is also survived by nieces Pam Croom (and Bud) Traynor; Billie Croom (and Gregg) Keller; Jenny Croom; nephew David and Wrae Croom; brother-in-law Larry and Amelia Eidson; brother-in-law Steve and Allison Eidson; brother-in-law Mike and Lori Eidson; nieces and nephews and other family members, friends and countless brothers and sisters in Christ. Bob's favorite quote was Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17) Visitation with the family will be held Sunday afternoon, December 29 at Parrott's Funeral home in Fairburn. From 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Interment will be on Monday December 30, 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Abbey East in Savannah Ga. A memorial service, A Celebration of Bob's Life, will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Fairburn First Baptist Church. Officiated by Dr. Justin Terrell and Rev. Neil Awbrey. Donations in Bob's honor may be made to Fairburn First Baptist Church, Summer Mission Programs. To sign the guest book, please go to Or Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory 8355 Senoia Road Fairburn, GA 30213 770-964-4800 Savannah Morning News December 29, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

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Published in Savannah Morning News on Dec. 29, 2013
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