Andrew Robert-Cracker, M.D.-Obituary

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Andrew Robert Cracker, M.D.

1931 - 2018

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Dr. Cracker delivered my son in 1973. He was a good Dr and a very caring man. He was concerned about his patients. He will always be remembered by a lot of people . Praying for his family and May God Bless You All.

Dr. Cracker was a wonderful doctor. He was compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and a gentleman. My heartfelt condolences go to his family. He was a very, very good doctor and is missed.

Dr. Cracker was my mother's doctor before I became his patient over 50 years ago. During all those years he was kind, respectful, uplifting and a wonderful physician. Through many years of infertility in the early 70's, he lovingly tried to help me and my husband and in the end rejoiced with us in the adoption of our son. I can hardly wait to see him in Heaven with our Lord whom we loved dearly.
Comfort and blessings are prayed for his family.
A grateful patient,

Dr. Cracker was truly a good Christian doctor. He was my mom's doctor and delivered me and my sister. When I grew older, he became my doctor too. In fact, all the women in my family went to him. We all knew he was a man of God and cared about each of us. When it was time for my appointment, I knew I had God and Dr. Cracker watching over me. No matter what the situation, I always felt like I was taken good care of. I'm sure the doctors who had the pleasure of working with him will follow his...

My experience with Dr. Cracker began in the mid seventies, when his son, "Andy" worked with my brother, Ray Stanford, at what was then Ogden Rescue Squad. as a paramedic, along with so many other wonderful volunteers, like Steve Anderson, Nick Garrett, and Jay Taylor. Dr. Cracker was such a special advocate for his children, and in those days, encouraged his son in his volunteer work, and supported his educational pursuits. I recall a monumental experience, when Young John...

My deepest sympathies to all who knew Dr. Cracker. He delivered my oldest and was a true gentleman and counselor. His bed-side manner was above reproach...if only all physician's were like him, the world would truly be a better place. Rest in peace Dr. Cracker. You will be missed.

I saw Dr. Cracker for my first visit when I was 18, I am now 56. I saw him at least once a year since then except during my two pregnancies. My husband mentioned to me in the movie theater today that Dr. Cracker has passed. I cried, I was caught so off guard. I loved him because he always loved us. I never left his office that he didn't give me a gentle hug and kiss on the cheek. He always asked about my family and my life...he very much cared about his patients. There was only one Dr....

The medical society has lost the best of the best and the sweetest doctor who ever lived. This man delivered me into this world and saved my life more than once. I will miss him so very much. Rest in Peace Dr. Cracker. So much love for you, always.

It was such an honor to know this beautiful servant of Jesus. He was my doctor during the pregnancy of my first child in 2000. After delivery, I began to hemorrhage uncontrollably. Dr. Cracker grabbed my hand gently and whispered into my ear that he needed to do emergency surgery and he began to pray. I woke up from surgery with him at the foot of my bed praying out loud over me. It was a memory I'll always cherish. I will never forget his kindness and love. What a gentle soul. He was a truly...


Andrew Robert's Obituaries

Andrew Robert Cracker, M.D. was called home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2018.  Loved dearly by his family, friends and colleagues, along with countless patients and generations of children he delivered while practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Wilmington, North Carolina for 50+ years, Andy truly loved them back and will be missed.

 Born in Muscatine, Iowa on May 7, 1931 to the late Andrew Charles Cracker and the late Lillian Van Dyke Cracker, Andy grew up in Davenport, Iowa.  A track athlete and lifeguard during his youth days, he enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after graduating from Davenport High School in 1950 and served as a corpsman during the Korean War.  Eager to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a physician, he graduated from the College of Charleston (SC) in only three years and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina, ranked first in his class of 1962.  After completing his residency at the University of Iowa, Dr. Cracker moved to Wilmington in 1967 and joined the late Dr. William Weinel, Jr. and Dr. John Ormond as a partner in Glen Meade Obstetrics and Gynecology (now Glen Meade Center for Women's Health).  He was a well-respected pillar of the medical community passionately engaged in a profession of helping people.  Dr. Cracker sincerely enjoyed serving others with Christ-like compassion, using knowledge, wisdom and skill he recognized were gifts, blessings, and responsibilities from God.  At a 2012 induction ceremony that recognized Dr. Cracker and others, he encouraged a pre-medical student "your success will not be measured by the goods you accumulate and the honors you receive, but in the way you treat others, patients, colleagues and friends. Live this way, my friend, and you will be following in the path of the Great Physician".  Memberships included the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society (Lifetime and 50-Year Club); and the North Carolina Medical Society (Lifetime and 50-Year Club).   He cherished time with family and friends, had a number of special canines during his lifetime, explored a variety of travel destinations, and always felt at home "in" or "on" the water.

 Andy is survived by son Andrew John Edward Cracker, M.D., of Chapel Hill, NC and daughter Mary Anne Cracker of Wilmington, who are preceded in death by their mother Mary Holcombe Cracker; he is also survived by wife Penny Cherry Cracker of Wilmington and stepchildren Larry Richard Honeycutt, Jr. of Wilmington and Jane Honeycutt Crowder (Stan) of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Richard Andrew Crowder and Hallie Jane Crowder of Raleigh; sister Cintra Sue (Cindy) Cracker Carpenter (Bernard "Bernie") of Bettendorf, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews across the Midwest.

 In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to World Medical Mission-Samaritan's Purse; Save Our Kids Outreach (Wilmington); Wounded Warrior Project; CavalierRescueUSA.

 Visitation is Friday, February 2nd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St, Wilmington, NC.  A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00 AM, First Baptist Church, 411 Market St, Wilmington, NC.  After a brief private interment following the service, the family welcomes friends to Seapath Yacht Club, 330 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach, NC for a reception. 

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