John Dempsey Crooke

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John Dempsey Crooke lost his battle with Parkinson's disease and
Myasthenia Gravis on Dec. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Crawfordville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 1401 Centerville Road Suite 504, Tallahassee FL 32308.

He was born August 12, 1943 in Dundalk, Maryland to Viola Demarlien and Jack Crooke. He served in Vietnam in 1964 with the U.S. Air Force, and then received his BA from the University of Miami. He worked in various phases of computers and programming in Miami, Boone, N.C., and Greenville, SC. He was retired from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles as a computer analyst. He was a youth leader in Royal Ambassadors and with middle school Sunday school groups. He served as a Deacon at Edwards Road Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., and was a member of Crawfordville United Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors, especially hiking and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia F. Crooke; a son, John Whitfield Crooke II (Kimberly); two brothers, Jack Crooke of East Point, S.C., and James Crooke of Deerfield Beach; a sister, Linda Casper of Cleveland, Tenn.; and a sister-in-law, Sallie Crooke of Candler, N.C.; two grandchildren, Carson and Caroline Crooke; and other loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Anita; and a brother, Albert.

Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel, (850) 926-3333,, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Wakulla News on Jan. 10, 2013