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Mrs. Linda Dale (Ayers) Crumpton

7 November, 19469 September, 2021
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Mrs. Linda Dale (Ayers) CRUMPTON, age 74, of Kennesaw, Georgia passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Linda was born November 7, 1946 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1968 when she commenced her career as a musician and music educator. Shortly thereafter, she married David Crumpton, her devoted husband of 52 years, and moved to Atlanta in 1969. Linda was a devout Christian and a long-time active member of the United Methodist Church which she served as a musician and Sunday School teacher.

Linda had many diverse interests and passions, but much of her energies were focused on music. She taught music in the public schools early in her career, served as conductor and accompanist of church choirs, provided vocal and piano solos, and composed and arranged the Christmas cantata “Christians Rejoice!”. Her first love, however, was the piano which she taught for over 30 years, after 18 years of piano training through the college level. Linda was active in professional music associations, having served as president of Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association and secretary of the state of Georgia Music Teachers Association.

The other great loves of Linda’s life were her family and her Tennessee Volunteers, as Linda’s childhood home was on the university campus within walking distance of Neyland Stadium. She was exceptionally proud of her family’s accomplishments and was fiercely committed to keeping her grandchildren happy. Her love for family was reciprocated by being a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Linda’s friends describe her as a happy and upbeat ray of sunshine who always had a smile for everyone. Her exceptional gifts and talent were a blessing to all who heard her perform. Heaven has gained an angel which will get to hear her beautiful music. She will be missed greatly by those of us she left behind.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Jeannette Hill Ayers. She is survived by her husband David and her two sons and their respective spouses, Bill and Julie Crumpton of Kennesaw, Georgia and Scott and Dawn Crumpton of St. Augustine, Florida, and her four beloved grandchildren (Avonleigh, Adam Joseph, Avery and Skyler). She is also survived by her brother Dr. Jesse Ayers and his spouse Katherine of Canton, Ohio and their two children Matthew and Michael and their respective families.

A memorial service celebrating Linda’s life will be conducted at H.M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill Chapel 1157 Old Canton Rd., Marietta, Georgia, at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 3, 2021. A reception by the family will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations or gifts to kindly be sent in her honor to The Pat Summit Foundation (www.patsummitt.org) to battle Alzheimer’s disease, a cause dear to Linda’s heart; if you so desire, you may request that acknowledgements be emailed to dhcrumpton@gmail.com.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com for the CRUMPTON family.

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Dan Langford, Jr.

3 October 2021

Dear David and family, I just learned of Linda's passing a few minutes before her service began today, and one can't get from Brooks, GA, to anywhere in ten minutes, much less to Marietta. Am so sorry to learn of her passing, and remember her warmly from First Christian Church back in the 1970s. She was always happy and cheerful, and brought light into each room she entered, as I recall. And her musical gifts -- oh, my mercy! I was thinking of y'all over the Labor Day weekend, when we were in the Knoxville area, and remembered to Lesley the time we were coming back from vacation and detoured through a Knoxville suburb (was it Maryville?) to get a photo of Mrs. Ayers's shop (was it a dress or clothing shop?) to include in the vacation photos my parents knew would be shared at the prayer group y'all were all part of, which met at the Williamses' house. May she rest in peace, and may your grief be assuagued and your memories enhanced. Told Mama, who is now totally homebound and suffering from some dementia, of Linda's passing just a bit ago, and she cried a tear at hearing the news. Dan Langford, Jr. -- Brooks, GA

Jenny and James Nall

22 September 2021

We will miss her dearly. She was so full of life! We will never forget her beautiful soprano voice and her many solos. The Crumpton Andrews piano duets were legend! We have sooo many memories of great Sumday School parties.

George A Bird

17 September 2021

Dave,
Linda was such a beautiful and vibrant person. She will be missed by many but she is at peace. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Fondly, George Bird

Elbert Durden

16 September 2021

David i know Linda had a long bout with declining health. She is at peace now. My prayers are for you. If i can help in any way let me know.
If you need to talk please call me.

Elbert

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