Jimmie Crowell
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Beloved husband of 53 years and devoted dance instructor of over 60 years, Jimmie Crowell, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at his home. He was born in Depew, OK, on an Indian Reservation on Sept. 18, 1930. He owned and operated his studio in partnership with Kotche until he opened his own at 1921 N. Meridian which he operated for 50 years. Jimmie served a tour in Germany in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. One highlight for Jimmie and his wife Carol Ann during the early 60's was a 6-month primetime show, "A Good Time for Music" featuring the Al Good Orchestra. He also danced on television with his first dance partner in 1950. National fame came to Jim and Carol due to creating a difference and becoming a teacher's teacher. They taught Ballroom, Jazz, Tap and Spanish dance as a team or solo on every major dance master organization in the US. He wrote the first American Syllabus for Spanish dance. Jim served as area Vice President for Dance Masters of America for 5 years. Many of his students have opened their own studios and are still in operation. He served as Eucharistic Minister and Announcer for over 25 years at St. Joseph's Old Cathedral. He was a member of St. Patrick's Parrish. He is survived by his wife and dance partner of over 53 years, Carol Ann; sister, Mary Fabra and husband Norman; sister-in-law, Ruby Mersman; nephew and niece, Duane and Karen Mersman; god-children, Layla Voth and Lisa Niemeyer; and countless students and friends. He loved each so much. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2121 N. Portland. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.


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Published in Oklahoman on Apr. 15, 2010.
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June 21, 2020
Jimmie was more than a dance teacher. He was like a father to me. I took dance at Crowells from the age of three until I was 19. He and Carol made their dance studio a home away from home.
To this day I can still hear him telling us not to eat onions in our dinner. Haha!
Salli Herriott Johnson
Student
June 9, 2020
It takes a village to raise a child, and Jim and Carol were a big part of mine. Their love of dancing and each other was inspiring. They taught me the importance of discipline, commitment, hard work, teamwork, having goals, sharing my joy, and being courageous. Being committed to these things, elevated my life. I had a 20-year career singing and dancing on Broadway, and it all began at The Crowell School of Dance. Jimmie's passion for dance was infectious. He loved to dance, and he was a master. I will never forget dancing with him in ballroom class. His partnering was a dream. He was in control, and all I had to do was follow his lead.
The only traveling I did as a child was with Jim and Carol. And, boy did we have fun driving and flying to competitions around the country. These trips were invaluable, showing me a broader picture of the world.
I hope he knew how important he was to me. Carol, I treasure the many hours spent under your tutelage. Your studio was my second home. What great memories I have of our time together. Thank you.
All my love, Stacey Loach Logan Lewis (maiden name, stage name, married name. Ha! At least, I kept the L)
Stacey Lewis
Student
April 9, 2020
I have had Jimmy on my mind more recently this past year. I have always been grateful for his commitment to me and fun/caring relationship, but as I have ventured into parenthood the brilliance of his way of making life fun and pure (good ole fun as Jimmy would say) has become more clear. Thank you Jimmy for offering such a great environment to explore life and come into adulthood with integrity. You are awesome my friend and I am grateful to m ow that you and Layla are dancing with our Savior.
Lisa Niemeyer
Friend
November 29, 2013
Rest my friend I will take this watch all is secure.
Hey Jim
Layla and I spent Thanksgiving with Carrol and her sister. You were missed at the dining table, but ever so present in out thoughts. For some reason a tear has just drop from my eye and so I will end with that.
You are missed my friend, but never forgotten.
Don Voth
October 4, 2012
Well Jimmy I truly do miss talking to you and hearing your take on something. You could always see the positive in most things.
I would love to set down with you and go over all that is happening in my life now.
My friend you are missed.
Don Voth
January 9, 2012
Jimmy, your smile is missed. I enjoy thinking about all the things you created in your lifetime. Thank you for bringing me in on the fun.
Lisa Barnes Niemeyer
December 11, 2011
Merry Christmas Jimmy
During this time of the year I remember the production of the little drummer boy you snf Carrol put on with your dance students. My friend I miss you, but know your happy and whole now.
That's it for now.
Don Voth
September 5, 2011
Jimmie you were smile often comes to mind. I continue to appreciate all that you did for me even more. I am so blessed to have come into your and Carol's path. Thank you dear friend. I imagine you at times celebrating Jesus in Heaven in your own unique way. I hope you and my father have gotten to share some laughter.
Lisa Barnes Niemeyer
April 11, 2011
Jimmie you were on my mind today. I was thinking of when you & Carol would get together with Layla and I for a dinner outting. I sure do miss your voice and laughter. I'll drop in again soon...
Don Voth
March 29, 2011
Jimmie...I am remembering you today because I feel and know that the anniversary of your death and life in Jesus is near. I feel sad because you are missed and I know Carol misses you very much. I just read over all the entries from past teachers and students and friends and feel that you have left your mark and legacy here on earth. Thank you Jimmy for blessing my life. I still miss you. Carol is hanging in there and is a trooper. You will always be the love of her life and believe that is how you felt too. See you later.
Layla Voth
April 20, 2010
Jimmie we will miss seeing you at the dance when you and Carol came in together you and Carol are such wonderful dancers. My husband and I both love to see and visit with you.
You will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family. rest in peace until we meet again.
Mary and Kennith May
Mary & Kennith May
April 20, 2010
Crowell Junior Company, One of Jimmie's signatures: Charlie Chaplin (with the glued on moustaches!)
April 19, 2010
I can't even begin to say how much Jimmie meant to me! He taught me everything I know. I started dancing with Jimmie and Carol when I was 2 1/2. Little did I know then what my future would hold. I continued dancing for 18 years! I will always remember seeing you and Carol seated at my wedding as I walked down the aisle. I hope you saw the excitement in my face! Thank you Jimmie for being a huge part of my life. I love you. Carol you are in my prayers.
Amy Bahan- Vosler
April 19, 2010
I will always remember Jimmy as a wonder dancer. I was very blessed to have danced at his studio for over ten years. I still have fond memories. He made me the best dancer that I could ever be. Carol is in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember seeing them dancing together at the reviews.
Rachel Gilbert
April 17, 2010
I have known Jimmy and Carol all my life because I have the honor and blessing of being one of their godchildren. There is such a warmth that comes over me when I think of Jimmy because he gave not only me, but countless people, many “good old clean fun “ memories to hold on to. The kind that build integrity and character and bring a smile to your face. That was because Jimmy had a desire to be what the Lord wanted him to be and he bore that out by being a man of honor and truth and using his gifts to bless others.

Anyone who knew Jimmy knew that he loved to do many things and liked to bring others into his world of fun and entertainment. Whether it was a new dance move he was excited about, a dance routine he and Carol choreographed, or discovering his Indian heritage, Jimmy stirred up interest in others about his latest adventure because he truly found it exciting. These adventures included learning how to remodel a house, water skiing with his boat, learning about German clocks, rebuilding a slot machine, making his own wine, teaching others how to dance or be a dance teacher, creating a game room for his many “children” and friends, building a coy pond in his back yard… and the list goes on and only Carol truly knows the countless activities Jimmy got his hands into. For his dance students, he and Carol provided an atmosphere where teenagers could gain self confidence, find support for their hard work and make a circle of friends that the Crowells tried to make sure stayed out of trouble while they were in their care.

So many memories flooded my mind the night I found out Jimmy had passed away. I can see his hair getting sort of misshapen because he was trying to coordinate the sound track with the record player. I can see him repeating a step again, again and again, hoping it would finally sink into our trunks and limbs. I can see laughter and sort of a youthful look on his face as he spoke about one of his many adventure mishaps. I can see the smile he kept on his face most of the time, even when I visited him during the past 2 years.

A few more things I’d like to say about Jimmy: he had a wonderful and elegant gentleman quality, however, he was not difficult to get to know. He freely opened up his heart to many and hoped they could become a friend or at least an acquaintance. Even behind the scenes when stressful situations arose and Jimmy lost the smile on his face, I could tell he aspired in his heart to follow the faith he had in Jesus and try to follow the Lord’s direction to be kind hearted to all people. And he considered all of his students to be one of his children of a sort. Almost every visit I made to the Crowell’s house after leaving Oklahoma City, Jimmy always bragged about one of his student’s achievements with pictures and the excitement of a proud father.

Sometimes, it is not until we are an adult that we realize how many good things were provided by someone in our youth. Jimmy helped form a good part of the world I ,and I believe many others, experienced, and it was rewarding and it was good. Thank you Jimmy for sharing yourself with us and for loving us the way you did. Thank you for being more than any godchild could ask from their godparent. It’s nice to remember you with so many smiles and so much enthusiasm for life.
Lisa Barnes Niemeyer
April 16, 2010
Jim was a great dance teacher but most of all a great man. I will never forget all my time in the dance studio, I have such great memories. I don't thinking dancing would have been as much fun or meant as much to me if it wasn't for Jim and Carol. My thoughts are with you Carol and my love!
Caroline Tradii
April 16, 2010
I have very fond memories of my days at Crowell Dance Studio. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Stacey Hipsher-Thomas
April 16, 2010
Jimmie was a wonderful man and teacher. Both of my daughter looked up to him and he taught them more than just how to dance. He shows them how to be a part of a team and to take pride in yourself and what you do. We will miss you Jimmie. Carol my God be with you and your family.
Linda Miller(Tradii)
April 15, 2010
Jimmie was such a wonderful man. An eternal optimist that always saw a silver lining. He and his wonderful wife Carol were such great mentors to me and my sister. I love them both. I miss Jimmie but am comforted that he is now at peace and with the Lord.
Layla Voth
April 15, 2010
Jimmie was a father figure and a mentor to so many of his students. He was always eager to share his love of dance working endless hours doing so. May the peace of God be with Carol Ann and family.
Elizabeth Atteberry-Parks
April 15, 2010
I danced with Jim and Carol for over ten years. They taught me to love dance and gave me a loving environment in which to train. I will remember his laugh and energy. Today I run a large school in OKC with over 350 students. I took today off - the dance environment would be something that would bring me to tears as I would only be thinking of him.
Daphne Cooper-Tardibono
April 15, 2010
He took all of his students in and treated them as his own children. When I think of all the great times I had dancing, all my memories are of Jimmie and Carol. What a great man! I will miss him.
Morgan Thomas-Wright
April 15, 2010
A gentle spirt with a large heart. Jimmy I consider it a honor to call you my friend. I will never forget you or all the fun times we shared together. Pease be with you. I know we will see each other again one day.
Don Voth
April 15, 2010
He was an amazing person and a great teacher. I learned so much from him. And have so many wonderful memories. He will be missed greatly.
With great love,
Melanie Tradii-Thompson
April 15, 2010
You are in our prayers. My girls Cynde & Wendye Tomlinson
took dancing at the studio. Lots of wonderful memories.
Love Always,
Barbara Tomlinson and my Girls
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