Joseph , Jennifer, Jacob, and Jillian Crenshaw
1970 - 2017
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The Crenshaw Family

Jackson, TN

Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw of Jackson, TN, along with their two children Jacob and Jillian, lost their lives following a weather-related aircraft accident on March 25th, 2017.

Joseph Connell Crenshaw, 46, was born on June 16, 1970 in Jackson, TN to Nancy Crenshaw and the late Dr. Tom Crenshaw. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Connell Crenshaw of Humboldt; his brothers, John Crenshaw and Tim Crenshaw; three nieces and two nephews; and his father and mother-in-law, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton. Joseph was a graduate of University of Tennessee at Martin. He was a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary of First Tennessee Bank. He was also a former Board Member of University School of Jackson where his children attended as well as an Instrument-Rated Pilot and a much beloved father and husband. Joseph hosted the neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza each year. He was an intelligent, ambitious, and funny Tom Cruise doppleganger. He fought for his family and truly was the glue that held them all together.

Jennifer Dawn Nance Crenshaw, 43, was born on January 31, 1972 in Jackson, TN to David and Lynn Caraway Nance of Trenton. She is survived by her parents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton; her sister Laura Lynn Springfield of Jackson; two nieces and one nephew; and her mother-in-law, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jennifer "Ginger" Crenshaw obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Tennessee at Martin and her Registered Nursing degree from Union University. Ginger was a Certified Private Pilot, who enjoyed painting and art, and entertaining family and friends. Jennifer was, first and foremost, a devoted mother and wife. Jennifer was a beautiful spirit who adored her kids more than anything and fiercely protected them. These Crenshaws were true soulmates and stayed together through thick and thin. This family lived well and were loved more than most. This is why they will be missed so very much!

Jacob Addison Crenshaw, 16, was born on August 10, 2000 in Humboldt, TN to the late Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton and his paternal grandmother, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jacob "Thunder Calves" Crenshaw was a sophomore and avid football player at University School of Jackson. He was a four-year member of the USJ band where he played the drums. He also enjoyed playing "Dungeons and Dragons" competitively with his friends. He was a loyal, dedicated, vivacious and handsome young man. He truly inspired those around him with his commitment and positive spirit. Jacob was a natural leader and role model to both his family and friends.

Jillian Celeste Crenshaw, 14, was born on February 17, 2003 in Jackson, TN to the late Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, David and Lynn Nance of Trenton and her paternal grandmother, Nancy Crenshaw of Humboldt. Jillian was an eighth grader at the University School of Jackson. Jillian was a USJ Scholar, a tennis club member, and a National Presidential Fitness Award Recipient. She was actively involved in both Kincaid-Gooch Voice Studio and University School of Jackson musicals and plays. Jillian was an incredibly talented and riveting aspiring young actress and singer. She was smart, funny, sensitive, kind and had an infectious smile that would light up an entire room.

The period of visitation will be held for two hours on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 11-1 p.m. at West Jackson Baptist Church.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at West Jackson Baptist Church with a private family burial to follow.

George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel, (731) 427-5555






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Published in The Jackson Sun from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2017.
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November 26, 2019
RIP family. Lord hold you and keep you !!
March 23, 2019
Still think of the this family. I prayer sent for the loved ones left. May God help you find peace.
Lucretia Jernigan
October 4, 2017
May God have mercy on their Souls. I am so sorry.
Henry Bemis
April 11, 2017
This tremendous loss has touched people all across this nation. From Wisconsin I'm sending my deepest condolences and prayers. Libby Cape Sheboygan,Wisconsin
Libby Cape
April 4, 2017
May you rest in peace.
Deborah High
April 3, 2017
To the family and friends of The Crenshaw Family please accept my heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences may you find comfort during this most difficult . Psalms 18:2,6
L W
April 1, 2017
My condolences. Greatest loss when it involves entire family.
T i
March 31, 2017
To the Crenshaw and Nance families,

We are so very sorry for what has happened. Joseph and I were in school together and attended the First United Methodist Church youth group together. What a great guy I remember!

We recently discovered that all 3 of our girls were at Lakeshore with Jacob and Jillian at the same time.

My mother, Pat Dunlap, sends her condolences as well. Many fond memories of Humboldt.

Much love,

Sally Dunlap Hendrick and family
March 31, 2017
Prayers for this precious family
March 31, 2017
Tragedies like this affect an entire nation and remind us to appreciate, love and hold close the ones dearest to our hearts. Mine breaks for this family and their community family. May God comfort you.
M Rowe
March 31, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
March 31, 2017
Over the past 7 years Jacob and my son Pat were best friends and constant companions. The Crenshaw's were like Pat's second family, and Jacob like my 4th son.

Jacob I will miss being your dungeon master, cooking your bacon just the way you like it on Saturday mornings, and taking you for paintball on the farm. To the family gone with him I was so thankful for the love you gave our sons. May you all be at peace with our Father.

To the family left behind with us, we grieve and mourn and lovingly remember them with you.
Paul Evans
March 31, 2017
Joseph was a great friend who always went out of his way to help. When he spoke to you he gave you his full attention and my family will miss him dearly.
We would speak of how Christ created this world and how blessed we are to be christians in this world. Joseph told me that as he flew in the skies, heaven was all around. I am at a loss so all I can say is
Joseph thank you for your friendship, you were a brother to me.
Love you and your family.
Mark, Tina and Jonathan White
Mark White
March 31, 2017
My thoughts and deepest condolences go out family and friends of Joseph,Jennifer, Jacob, and Jillian Crenshaw. Rom 15:33
March 31, 2017
Not sure why God took you and your family in this manner, He must have known your family would have elected to arrive in Heaven together. Sometimes, some people's hearts are just too good for one more day on this earth.
You and your family have shown your light in more ways than most. Thank you for being faithful till the end.
Sharon Haynes
March 31, 2017
Mr. David and Ms. Lynn and family. There are no words that can describe the sorrow you are going through in these times. I just pray that God will comfort you in these times and see you through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Greg Pillow
March 31, 2017
Joseph was a remarkable man and person. We felt immensely fortunate to have had him in our lives for the past 7 years. His personal contributions were as important as those he provided professionally.
His devotion to his family and his work was exceptional.
Bob and Becky Young
March 31, 2017
He is always there for you..
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Although I don't know exactly what to say,..I want you to know that we will be in Prayer with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember all the times spent with them.. God Bless In His Love and Grace The Gibes
Jane and Robert Gibe
March 31, 2017
We will miss your leadership, kindness and friendship. Prayers to all your family and friends.
Rosemary Walker
March 31, 2017
I remember Jillian from Lakeshore. We were in the same cabin. She had the nicest smile and was so sweet. We grew close over the week spent together. From paddle boarding to swimming, we had so much fun and the Lord was always involved! She was a strong Christian and spread happiness wherever she went. I know she is in heaven with no more pain forever worshiping our Father.
Ivy Reynolds
March 31, 2017
Prayers, and deepest condolences for the family, and friends of the Crenshaw's.
Karl Jones
March 31, 2017
So sorry for your loss ,Prayers for you every day .
Rickey Locke
March 31, 2017
Regina Coffee-Ross
March 31, 2017
On behalf of the State of Alabama, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Joseph Crenshaw Family during this difficult time.
Senator Shay Shelnutt
March 31, 2017
Prayers for all the family. Cori, thinking and praying for you.
Linda Elmore
March 31, 2017
May God comfort you in your lost. So sorry.
Betty Baker
March 31, 2017
Such a kind man and wonderful family, our loss is heavens gain. Prayers for family, friends and co-workers.
Kathy Oster
March 30, 2017
I am so sorry and have nothing but heartfelt condolences for the family of this precious family. They are together forever with their Heavenly Father in their eternal home, they will be fine, my prayers is for the existing family and friends, they are the ones that will forever miss them. Sincerely, Ruby Falkner
March 30, 2017
Prayers for the extended family ,my stomach turned inside out when we heard about the crash ,it happened just a few miles up the road...Know they are still together in the Lords arms..
John
March 30, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. GOD has them with HIM and they are walking the streets of gold in paradise. Larry and Donna Cotner.
Donna Cotner
March 30, 2017
The community of Hayden Alabama are praying for each of you. May the Lord wrap you in his comforting embrace.
Lynn
March 30, 2017
I am only a person that was saddened by the tragedy of this sweet family I have never met. May Gods healing arms hold the family and friends in comfort.
Molli Davis
March 30, 2017
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Crenshaw family. I didn't know them personally, but as a child in Humboldt, Dr. JIM CRENSHAW Was MY DOCTOR FOR MANY YEARS. I KNEW THE FATHER , DR. TOM , BECAUSE THEY SHARED THE SAME OFFICE. THIS IS HOME AND MY HEART FEELS YOUR PAIN. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND MAY YOUR LOVE ONES REST IN PEACE !
Mary Wynne
March 30, 2017
So sorry for the loss of this family. Praying for family and friends in such a tragic time!
Jayne Lovelace
March 30, 2017
My family and I are so very sorry for your loss! You will be in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time ! In Christ !
Patricia Irby Cash
March 30, 2017
Special prayers for the family and friends of this special family. All of our community and Blount County wish for you the peace, strength, and comfort of God's loving arms. They are with Him now and you will be meeting them again in God's time. That is our hope, and our hope is in Jesus! God bless you all.
Dolores Fort
March 30, 2017
Lynn, David, My heart goes out to you both as well as the entire family, friends. Words won't help, but know that you are in my daily prayers for peace, strength, and understanding. My thoughts go back to when Ginger was young, in school and so full of life. She was precious and so sweet. I pray you take comfort in knowing they are all in Jesus's lap, together......
Evelyn Neal
March 30, 2017
So sorry. Prayers for family and everyone . Love, Sandra Woods.
March 30, 2017
My thought & prayers go out to this family. A beautiful family together in Heaven safe in the arms of Jesus.
Jada Belcher
March 30, 2017
May God's love envelope you during these devasting days.
March 30, 2017
What a beautiful loving family that touched many with their lives. Asking The Holy Spirit to comfort you and yours with the peace that passengers understanding through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and Son of God. They are in their eternal home and have realized their Hope in Christ. God be with you all.
Gaye Overcast
March 30, 2017
larry fuller
March 30, 2017
They will always hold a special place in my heart along with some of my favorite memories. Jennifer was my roommate in college , and I was in their wedding. They were always so passionate for one another. They were easy to love and spend time with. My heart is hurting.
Dalana Hessing
March 30, 2017
Words cannot express how much sorrow I feel for the entire Crenshaw and Nance families.
My Parents and most of my extended family members knew and loved Dr.Tom and Dr Jim. My grandmother was a distant cousin to the Crenshaw Matriarch Mrs Kate Crenshaw.
Mrs Nancy actually taught me Jr high school Civics while Dr Tom was finishing Med school in Memphis. I loved"Mrs Crenshaw" and I remember her as a wonderful and sweet Woman.
I'm especially saddened for her in this great loss. May they Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.
With Sympathy,
James L Green
Jame Green
March 30, 2017
We are so very sorry for the loss of those beautiful lives. May family and friends of The Crenshaw Family find comfort in Almighty God's Word.
Clara Gilmore
March 30, 2017
Those of us who live in Hayden, Alabama are so very sorry for the loss of this family. It is always heart breaking to lose anyone we love. I am praying for all of you in your time of sorrow.
Carmen Melvin
March 30, 2017
No words can lessen the pain of this loss. I was one of the responders to this terrible tragedy. I have prayed since first seeing the crash and continue to pray for healing for the families.
Terry Turner
March 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss, All of us here at Hayden Alabama was praying for your family, We are asking God to comfort all the family. May God bless you.
Liz Farley
Hayden Alabama.
March 30, 2017
Praying for all of you as you grieve the loss of your loved ones. Cling to JESUS and HE will bring comfort.

In HIM
Lucy Overstreet
Jackson TN
Lucy Overstreet
March 30, 2017
Such a tragedy ; prayers for all family members and friends who mourn.
March 30, 2017
Nancy, I am devastated by your loss as I know Carole would be. You were such a treasured friend to her and I am sure she would be by your side now. I will continue praying for you and everyone involved, but I know neither I, nor Carole, could possibly imagine the loss and pain you are suffering. I pray that my sister is offering you comfort from heaven now.
Rosemary Hamilton
March 30, 2017
Such a terrible loss. Praying peace, comfort, and understanding for the families left behind to mourn. Glen and Debbie Pendergrass
March 30, 2017
I am in total shock and disbelief. Joseph was my financial go to guy for 12 years. I had just met with him a couple of weeks ago. He was a great man and loved his family. God has gotten four amazing angels. He and his family will be greatly missed.
Mary Ann Greer
March 30, 2017
My heart breaks for the Crenshaw and Nance families. My husband and I live 2 doors down from Joseph, Jennifer, Jacob and Jillian. We didn't know them personally but I had seen Jennifer in the neighborhood every once in awhile and we would wave to each other. I pass their house every day going to and from our neighborhood. I have heard wonderful things about them and they will be greatly missed.
May God bless you during your loss.
Neighbors at 23 Finnwick Cove
Dominick & Sherry Scheid
March 30, 2017
We here in Blount Count Alabama are praying for you all in the loss of this precious family.
Suzy Lowry-Geno
March 30, 2017
I didn't know this family personally, but that doesn't matter. They were a part of our community in Jackson TN, and I am praying for their surviving family members. What a beautiful family of four! I wish I had known them.
C Deaton
March 30, 2017
Tim, your HBG Design family is thinking about you. May the memories of your loved ones be a blessing now and always.
Terri Struminger
March 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss. The entire town of Hayden is praying for you and your family during this time of mourning. God is with you all.
Melinda Culwell
March 30, 2017
Tim, I am terribly sorry for your loss, our condolences to you and your family.
Raul Ramirez and Family
Raul Ramirez
March 30, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joseph and his family. We can't fathom the amount of pain that the families are enduring. Sending prayers for peace to each of you. Rest in Peace.
Randy and Tonya Elmore
March 30, 2017
Tim, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I remember Joseph as a fun, bright kid. From what I have read, his family was wonderful, too.
Caroline Emerson
March 30, 2017
My heart is so sad for this family..But I guess God had other plans for them to be with Our Good Lord .Praying for this family
Robin Taylor
March 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss, just know Hayden, Al is praying for you.
March 30, 2017
Praying for this Family. Such a tragedy.
March 30, 2017
I cannot imagine the pain of your loss. Our hearts break for you all. This precious family and all of you have been in our prayers from the moment we saw their plane in the sky of our community. May The Lord Jesus comfort you and heal your wounds like only he can.
March 30, 2017
We are so so sorry.
Yvonne & Bo Sylvan from Sweden
(Jonas Sylvans parents)
Yvonne o Bo Sylvan
March 30, 2017
MY prayers and thoughts are with the families and relatives during the loss of the Crenshaw family. Your strength will come from God and those that love you.
BOBBY COBB
March 30, 2017
BOBBY COBB
March 30, 2017
This is so very heartbreaking I'm so sorry to read about the passing of this Family to the tragedies of this world. Praying the Promises of Our Heavenly Father continuously sustain you through this most unimaginable difficult time and comfort you until you are reunited with your loved ones again...my heartfelt condolences to all....
Jane, a stranger, who cares
March 30, 2017
So sorry for your great loss... our prayers are with you...
Sue Jackson
March 30, 2017
We do not know the why but God does. I pray for God to surround your family with angels to walk with you each hour and day and when you think you can't go on may they lift you up and carry you. Praying for you.
Gladys Lewis
March 30, 2017
My grandson Ethan was a close friend of Jillian's. She, along with Ethan, Lili, and two other young girls were a part of the "Breakfast Club". They met each morning before school to begin their day together as friends. They were all in Lion King together also. I didn't know this family, but am nevertheless saddened by their passing. I know Jillian is everything the obituary says she is because Ethan surrounds himself the best and brightest! Know that your family is in my prayers from North Carolina. (Ethan is my grandson.)
Susan Eppers
March 30, 2017
So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the families. God be with u all.
Lucretia Jernigan
March 30, 2017
Prayers for the family
Candace Julian
March 30, 2017
Sorry for your loss praying for the family and friends to have peace and love from God and this tragic time.
Simpson Family
March 30, 2017
Along with so many others in our little town, we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers for comfort and peace at this most unimaginable time of grief.
The Everett Family
March 30, 2017
God apparently needed a beautiful family to grace the Heavenly home, and he certainly got one, of which will be dearly missed on this earth, but we know God will be watching over all of them and they will still be together as a family, just in a different location. God bless them and all their families whom loved them dearly and help them get thru this tragic loss.
Wanda White
March 30, 2017
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sorrowful time.
Donna Seymour
March 29, 2017
May God give you peace and comfort during this time. My prayers are with their families. Ann Merrill, Hayden, Al.
March 29, 2017
Sending our love and prayers to the Crenshaw family.

Pike Family
Hayden, AL
March 29, 2017
May the family continue holding on to God's hand for strength. Prayers to all
G. Millender
March 29, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I pray for peace, understanding and mercy to flow into the hearts of the family.
kaysi
March 29, 2017
Will miss them. Jillian and Jacob were the best kids that I've been blessed to know.
Kathy Weiner
March 29, 2017
We were stunned by this great loss. They were great neighbors and Jillian and Jacob were friends of my son. Just a very very sad day..
Keith Abrahamsen
March 29, 2017
These sweet people were customers of mine, So sorry to hear about this.

William Dempsey
Jackson Tennessee
March 29, 2017
Heartfelt sympathy for the extended families and all the many friends. May God provide the needs, as only He can!
Carolyn Rogers
March 29, 2017
You were a great Guy with lots of ambition's.. I didn't know your Family, But knowing you They were great.. You were a great classmate as well as a Friend..Fly High my Brother, You And your Family! Although we don't have the reasons why God took You and your Beautiful Family,I pray for Peace and understanding For All your Family and Friends and Classmates! You all will surely be missed! God Bless!
Timmy Rogers
March 29, 2017
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength during this difficult time. Our condolences to you and your family.

Elias Ekhtiyar
Elias Ekhtiyar
March 29, 2017
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.Praying that God will continue to strengthen and comfort you.

Love. Ms Angela Jones and Family from Bolivar,Tennessee
Angela Jones
March 29, 2017
God bless the family for the loss of such a beautiful family of four. Prayers for you.
Polly Darnall
March 29, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mark and Holly Hutchens
March 28, 2017
I don't know anyone in this family but as a mom, I'm so sad for those left behind. I send you prayers for peace and pray you choose to believe that God is still good. I am so sorry for the loss of this family so many clearly loved.
Rhonda Elford
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