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BOILING SPRINGS — Rev. James W. Crocker, 91, of Boiling Springs, SC, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Born June 8, 1923, in Union County, he was the son of the late William Johnson and Annie Thelma Shirley Crocker.

Preacher Crocker served in ministry for over 70 years as active minister of Pacolet Mills Baptist Church, Boiling Springs First Baptist Church, and Fairview Baptist Church in Greer. He also served as interim pastor for more than 20 churches. He was a graduate of Union High School, North Greenville University — 1943, Furman University — 1945, Southern Baptist Seminary — 1948, and received his doctorate in 2006 from North Greenville University.

Survivors include his wife, Jerre Sullivan Crocker; son, James W. Crocker Jr. and wife Nancy Kirby Crocker of Boiling Springs; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Blake Sullivan and wife Tomoni of Bainbridge Island, WA, Kimberly Deering and husband Mickey of Spartanburg, Stan Sullivan and wife Tammy also of Spartanburg; two nephews; and one niece.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Vera Mae Morris Crocker; and brothers, Rev. Bobby Crocker and Harold Crocker; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Arthur.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at First Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at First Baptist Church-Boiling Springs, by the Rev. Dr. Hank Williams, the Rev. Scott Linnerud, the Rev. Benny Green Jr., and the Rev. A. A. Bailey. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James & Vera Crocker Scholarship Fund, c/o North Greenville University, PO Box 1892, Tigerville, SC 29688.

The family is at the home of his son at 250 Mudd Creek Road, Inman, SC.

An online guest register is available at

Floyd's Boiling Springs Chapel, 4161 Hwy 9 North.

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Published in Union Daily Times from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2014