Joe G. Crouch

Joe G. Crouch

Funeral services celebrating the life of Joe Glen Crouch will be Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 10:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Pineville with Reverend Ricky Willis officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers in Pineville from 4:00-7:00 PM Monday. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Joe was born on July 9, 1917 in Providence, Tennessee and died on November 17, 2012 in Alexandria. He was the fourth son of Robert L and Belle Cole Crouch and was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Robert Crouch, Jr., William D. Crouch, and James M. Crouch. He was also preceeded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lell Gilliam Crouch.

He is survived by his children, Bonnie L. Vos of Bossier City and Joseph G. Crouch and his wife Cheri of Alexandria. Bopps, as his grandchildren called him, is also survived by his three grandchildren: Todd Tillman and his wife Kathleen of Huntsville, Alabama, Stephanie Crouch Johnson and her husband Keith of Athens, Georgia, and Grace Crouch Rumbley and her husband Charles of New Orleans. He delighted in his four great grandchildren Christopher, Gracie, and Henry Tillman and Elsa Miles Rumbley. He is also survived by his sister, Geneva Martin and his brother Orin Crouch and his wife Betty, all of Winchester, Tennessee. He was blessed to have numerous nieces and nephews and he and Lell were especially pleased to have played a significant role in the lives of their nieces Pam Pharis Baker and Myra Pharis Tosten.

Joe served his country proudly during World War II as a flight instructor for the B 24 Liberator. He declared that he was a VFW.....Veteran of Ft. Worth because he never left the United States. After the war, he began his sales career with Keller-Hyden in Ft. Worth. He and Lell moved to Pineville and he traveled the state as a sales representative for them.

As life-long Methodists, Joe and Lell joined the First United Methodist Church shortly after moving to Pineville and served as active members on various committees and teaching Sunday school until failing health limited their involvement. They lived their faith and made sure their children had a firm foundation of faith also.

Joe was known for his briskets and pie making skills which he shared with many over the years. He also loved golf and as Lell would say, it was never too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry on the golf course. After a long career of traveling, Joe thoroughly enjoyed time spent with family and friends especially around the dinner table.

Our family would like to thank Rev. Ricky Willis and Rev. Mark Martin and the congregation for their caring love and support and their prayers. We are also deeply grateful for Dr. Terry Buckalew and Dr. Wesley Davis who cared for Joe for many years. We also thank the administration and staff at the Regency House for taking such good care of him. We cannot begin to thank all the sitters who helped provide him with a quality of life that would have been difficult for him had they not been there.

Pallbearers will be Larry Baker, Todd Tillman, William Tosten, Harrison Baker, Charles Rumbley, and Orin Crouch, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Nelson Crouch, Robert Crouch, Keith Johnson, Mayor Clarence Fields, Rhone Hathorn, Ray McIntosh, Art Baker, Malcolm Tosten, Hank Smart, and Dale Harrington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 1st United Methodist Church of Pineville, Salvation Army, P.O. Box 829, Alexandria, LA 71309-0829 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1905.

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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 19, 2012