Charles Steven "Steve" Crotwell
1963 - 2021
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Charles Steven Crotwell, "Steve" of Birmingham, Alabama passed away on Friday, February 26th, 2021, at the age of 57. Steve was profoundly dedicated to his family and cherished his roles as husband, father, brother, and son beyond all others. He was born in Midfield, Alabama on April 4th, 1963 to Charles Crotwell and Evelyn Bell Crotwell. He grew up with his sister, Pam Crotwell Phifer, and was known for being loud, protective and kind from a young age. Steve grew up being an avid athlete and went on to play college football at Livingston University. Steve maintained his athleticism throughout his life and developed strong passions for running and biking. He completed more than one marathon including the Mercedes-Benz Marathon and the Marine Corps Half-Marathon in Washington D.C. Steve loved his pets and dedicated hours each day to taking his dogs on long walks. As a young man, Steve worked as a monitor tech to put himself through Jefferson State Nursing School. Steve met Valerie Keeling Crotwell of Hokes Bluff, Alabama while working at Carraway Hospital and they were married in 1984. Steve developed many life-long friendships and was a natural storyteller. He would often light up a room with his tales. Steve and Valerie had two children, Tara and Kyle Crotwell, and moved to Clay, Alabama to raise them. He was above all things proud and supportive of his children at every step and he shared that with absolutely everyone he met. Steve spent his career as an RN at UAB hospital for almost 30 years. He was profoundly respected by everyone he interacted with and had a reputation throughout the entire hospital for being able to place an IV in even the most difficult of veins. He was obsessed with Alabama football and wore a suit and tie for every national championship game. He loved fishing and was at his happiest on the water. He loved loud 90's grunge music and pure rock and roll. He was independent, driven and sought to better himself and those around him always. He loved to laugh and spend time with those he loved. He is survived by his parents, wife, children, son-in-law, sister, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was taken from everyone far too soon and his love and life will never be forgotten by those close to him. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering to honor Steve and to pay respects to the family Sunday, March 7th, 2021, outside at the Veterans Park Barn Pavilion at 4800 Valleydale Road in Hoover, Alabama from 2-4 p.m. The family asks you to wear your best Alabama football gear and to please wear a mask, because it is what Steve would have wanted.

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Published in The Birmingham News from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
02:00 - 04:00 PM
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March 13, 2021
My deepest condolences to Valerie and the family . I didn’t know her husband but she always talked about him and I know the love she has for him is phenomenal. It saddens me to hear of this loss . Praying God gives you strength to move forward and cherish the lovely memories y’all made.
Katrina Colston
Coworker
March 8, 2021
Steve was the best about his passion for life ! A great nurse , friend and co- worker ! He talked about his family and I watched thru his eyes his kids grow up !!! Worked many a year with him -
Julie Bottomlee
Coworker
March 7, 2021
Condolences to the family from former coworker of Steve. He was one of the great nurses, very professional and always helpful in time of need. Our hearts are truly heavy, he will be missed by all.
Thelma Paige
Coworker
March 7, 2021
Valerie We are heart broken today as we pray for you and Tara And Kyle. It was always clear how proud Steve was of his family and how proud you were of him. I know that you will be comforted today by his many friends and coworkers. I so wish we could be there. Stay strong We love you.
Smitty and Marie
Friend
March 7, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss! I’ve known Valerie for many years. I didn’t know Steve I do know he was liked and loved by many. May God put his arms around you and your family and comfort you during this trying time.
Tin Givens
Tina Hivens
Coworker
March 5, 2021
I had the opportunity of sharing many laughs while working with Steve back in the 90’s. He helped make the shift go by quickly. May your faith comfort you and memories sustain you for days to come.
Cassandra Winston
Coworker
March 5, 2021
We are so sorry you have lost Steve. May the loving memories of him comfort you.
May God strengthen you in the coming days.
Christy VaughnVaughn
Family
March 5, 2021
Steve will be missed greatly, continued prayers for his family!!
Danetta Reese
Coworker
March 5, 2021
Steve was always such a nice guy in high school. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you during this time and give you comfort as only He can. I know Steve will be missed.
Beth Peterson Slay
March 5, 2021
Pam and I grew up together. Steve being the younger brother was usually around and carrying on silliness. I remember him smiling, laughing and just such a happy soul. I am so sorry for the entire family. So many angels in heaven that we know. Pam......I miss you and love you! Rona George Walker let me know how to reach you.
Tammy Langston Mixon
Friend
March 5, 2021
Valerie and family. May God comfort, strengthen, bless and keep you during this season of grief and sorrow. Remember the happy times that you shared together and trust God because God doesn't make mistakes. I will always remember the smile on Steve's face when Valerie would come to prep 7 to greet Steve in the mornings...Steve was a very loving, caring and excellent nurse. " Mr. Professional" will be missed by all who knew him. Enjoy the presence of the Lord Steve.
Earnestine Murphy R.N.
Coworker
March 4, 2021
Valerie, there is no words that we can say that will ease the pain I know you and the kids are going thru at this time. Please know we have you all in our thoughts and prayers. I wish we could be there for you, just know you are here if you need anything at all.
Cheri Hoffman
Friend
March 4, 2021
I am sorry to hear about this. I worked with Valerie at Carraway hospital for several years and I knew Steve too. Both of them were so great. I pray that Valerie and the family will be in God's hands and he will soothe their hearts.
He was such a good man and a great Nurse. Love and peace!
Olivia Tuttle
Friend
March 4, 2021
I met Steve 11 years ago in Pre-Op and he was a huge presence on that unit. For those that may not know him he may come across with this tough exterior but we knew better. He was just a big old softy when it came down to it. We definitely shared our love for Alabama football. During the season, our last two words to each other on Friday and the first two words on Monday were Roll Tide!!! And yes, his IV skills were phenomenal. On the very rare occasion that he would ask me to get one for him, I’m like Dude!!! If you can’t get it what the heck am I going do?
I am deeply saddened by his passing and I am going to truly miss my friend.
I am sorry for your loss and I pray for comfort and peace.
Stephanie Henderson
Friend
March 4, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Steve’s family and friends. May the Lord be with you all.
Paula Edwards Reaves
Acquaintance
March 4, 2021
Steve was always welcoming in pre-op when I had a patient getting ready for surgery. He was great! UAB has lost a great nurse.
Diana Tate
Coworker
March 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
madelyn pope
Coworker
March 4, 2021
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Philip, Bambi, Kylee and Chad
March 4, 2021
Steve was one of my best friends at UAB in Pre-Op. He was always warm, friendly, kind hearted and ROLL TIDE! He made every day better just by being in it. What a great man and what a devastating loss this is for everyone who knew him.
Mark Pierce
Coworker
March 3, 2021
The world lost a kind, gentle, fun loving soul.
Please accept my deepest condolences.
Steve was one of the good guys.
peace be with you forever and ever.
Susan Patrick
Coworker
March 3, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Mary Williams
Coworker
March 3, 2021
I met Steve at UAB, he was such a kind soul...he was not “stingy” with his knowledge and was always willing to help and lend a hand when I needed him. He turned every moment into a “teaching” moment. Have learned many new nursing skills from him and every time I use them I think of him.... he did love to tell stories! I am so saddened by the loss of this man... he was truly an amazing nurse and ja probably “touched” countless lives! I hope to one day “grow up” to be an amazing nurse just like him. May his soul Rest In Peace. I hope his family finds comfort in knowing how much he was loved by everyone!
Soukanya Lily Rajbhandari
Coworker
March 3, 2021
Steve, you will truly be missed. Prayers for all your loved ones and friends & may loving memories of you live on through them.
Anita Freeman PACU
Anita Freeman
March 3, 2021
He always had a story to tell and knowledge to share. He will be missed dearly by family, friends, and coworkers.
March 3, 2021
How do you begin when your heart is so heavy ? I worked with Steve for 10 years in preop! Steve had a rough exterior but as Valerie his wife once told me ...he was a big “teddy bear” on the inside ! Whenever you needed Steve he would be there, he had excellent nursing skills and could always start an IV on the most difficult of veins! He often talked of his love for many things: his family ,his children , his beloved wife-Valerie , fishing , Alabama football and his beloved dogs! Walking into work after learning of his death was almost unbearable! He was such a big part of our work family and in our hearts. He will be immensely missed by all who knew him! Know that your sweet family are all in my prayers! In our darkest of hours turn to God for your strength! I’m praying for you all ! God be with you.... RTR Steve! Tell the Bear hello! Until we meet again .....
Beth Cather
Coworker
March 3, 2021
Steve was a mans man, he was a friend and a neighbor . He will be missed. The Baxter’s
Jeff and Beverly and Zeke,Lauren’,Alexa Baxter
March 3, 2021
All American Hero in Preoperative Sevices at UAB, His widom & kindness will forever be missed.
Rest on Steve....
Amy McClease
Coworker
March 3, 2021
Steve you are a great friend and one of the most intense Alabama fans I know. You will forever be missed by all. I love ya Brother and Roll Tide. You will never be forgotten! Leon & Kellie Peel
Leon & Kellie Peel
Friend
March 3, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the Crotwell family in this time of sorrow. May the peace of God comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead
March 3, 2021
I'm so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing! He took care of my daughter in pre-op at UAB many, many times. She had to have kidney stents replaced every 2 to 3 months and we were always grateful when Steve would show up to place the IV. He was a great nurse! Which tells me he was a great man. I know he will be missed!
Trish Acton
Acquaintance
March 2, 2021
What can I say...I worked with Crotwell for over 10 years! He was my coworker, running buddy, and friend. I loved talking about John Wayne movies and rock and roll songs with him. He was a strong, brave, and a big hearted individual! He also gave me great parenting advice!! His children were his pride and joy and he spoke of them and their accomplishments daily! He was always willing to help others and was a great person. I could go on and on...there is just so much to say about him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jill Proctor Utley
Friend
March 2, 2021
What can I say...I worked with Crotwell for over 10 years! He was my coworker, running buddy, and friend. I loved talking about John Wayne movies and rock and roll songs with him. He was a strong, brave, and a big hearted individual! He also gave me great parenting advice!! His children were his pride and joy and he spoke of them and their accomplishments daily! He was always willing to help others and was a great person. I could go on and on...there is just so much to say about him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jill Proctor Utley
Friend
March 2, 2021
Pam, I can attest that it’s so hard to lose a younger brother. May peace be with you and your family during this difficult time.
Karen Hammond Cataldo
March 2, 2021
I would have loved to have met Steve under different circumstances. Wonderful obituary. Met Steve the day that he passed. I’m so sorry for your loss! God bless you!
Harold Parker
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