Albert "Al" Lee Crow, 87, of Manassas, Virginia departed his life on this earth on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
He was the son of the late Archie Campbell Crow and Emma Julia Sawyer Crow, born on July 20, 1932.
On May 22, 1954, he married his beloved wife, Nevia Ellen Turner of Fulks Run, Virginia.
He graduated from Porlock High School in 1950, and then attended Staunton Military Academy for one year. Following that, he received a four-year athletic scholarship to The College of William and Mary in football. His career was interrupted as a result of being drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict.
He returned to William and Mary and completed his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education in Physical Education.
Al was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play Professional Football for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and the Boston Patriots prior to beginning his lifelong career in education.
Al was a Physical Education teacher, Driver's Ed Instructor, Coach of Football, Baseball, Wrestling, and Track before being named the Athletic Director of Osbourn High School.
When Osbourn Park High School opened, he became their first Activities Director and enjoyed a successful career there until his retirement in 1991. He was honored by the school naming the football stadium Al Crow Stadium.
After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Crow enjoyed eleven years on the Mission field in East Africa. He and Mrs. Crow have been active members of Manassas Baptist Church since 1961 serving as Deacons, Sunday School Teachers, Scout Leaders and many other roles.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nevia; his son Scott (Sandy) Crow; grandsons, Joshua and Matthew Crow; a great grandson, Greyson Crow; brothers Billy (Judi) Crow and Frank (Linda) Crow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Al's life will be held at Manassas Baptist Church on Saturday, September 21, at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation in Al's name to the Manassas Baptist Church Mission Fund, 8730 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA, 20110.
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Sep. 15, 2019.
Met Al Crow in 1971 and found him to be a wonderful down-to-Earth conversationalist who loved his students and his job. Would have loved to have re-met him these many years later. Gone too soon.
February 11, 2020
Albert Lee grew up in Norfolk hidhlands, went to school at portlock high with my brother Jimmy we grew up togather in the same neighborhood. We thought the world of the Crow family. They will always be thought of as our own family. We love them all and we will never forget them.
We send all our love and prayer to Albert Lees Family
Love Always Bobby Byrum & Family
September 22, 2019
Deepest condolences to the Crow family. Al Crow was a role model to all who come into contact with him. Both of our sons admired him while they were at OPHS. He was respected by all. God Bless His Family. Mike and Rosalie Sukeena
September 18, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Coach Crow's Family. I've always been in awe of him for his size and his football (pro) history. He was a kind man and great football coach. (I remember him in Drivers Ed, too!) May your hearts be filled with his memories to comfort you through the sad days ahead!
Bev (Frame) Calderoni
September 13, 2019
Godspeed to a true gentleman!
September 13, 2019
A great coach and excellent teacher. He inspired a lot of athletes to compete beyond their norm. Enjoyed seeing him years after I graduated high school. My condolences to his wife and family.