OBITUARY

James Ben Crowley

September 17, 1968November 20, 2021

James "Scooter" Crowley, age 53 of Athens, Alabama died from impact of a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle home from work on November 20th, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 5th at 2pm. The family will receive friends beginning at 1pm at the McConnell Funeral Home, 1200 E. Forrest St., Athens, AL.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 3810-3678 ph. (800) 805-5856 https://www.stjude.org And / or Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780 ph. (866) 787-6677 https:// www.hfotusa.org

James "Scooter" Crowley is survived by his wife of 27 years, Starr (Johnson) Crowley; daughters, Amber VanLith and Jennifer VanLith; son, Cody VanLith (Katherine); grandchildren: Mason Madding, Dakota Murphy, Tia Watkins, Caitlin Murphy, and Isaac VanLith; father, Gary Moyer; sister, Katrina Lee (Eric); and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Linda Moyer; daughter, Jacqueline Booker; aunt, Nancy Johnson; and mother-in-law, Kathleen Johnson.

James “Scooter” was born in Superior, WI and raised in Roosevelt, MN. He enlisted in the Navy (1987) and continued to serve for 6 years (1992) as a mechanic. He served 3 of these years in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during Desert Storm.

In 1994 he married Starr Johnson in Roseau, MN and they eventually settled in Athens, Alabama. Throughout the years, James “Scooter” continued his education & training in the civilian sector obtaining “Master Technician” status, working for Freedom Sports and independent Harley Davidson Shops.

Scooter lived his daily life with passion few could match. He built his career on the things he loved: people & wrenching on motorcycles. He was very active in drag racing with the American Motorcycle Racing Association (ARMA). He was an avid fisherman with family & friends. He enjoyed wrestling and football and was known for his “Scooter Humor”. He loved music: he was the lead singer for a local band “Big Creek” Band which played at Biker Rallies, charity and volunteer events.

Scooter deeply loved his family, his military family, his work family, his motorcycle family and his community. But above all else, he loved his wife Starr. She was his shinning Starr, all encompassing love & joy. His rock.

James “Scooter” Crowley never met a stranger and always went the extra mile for anyone in need. In his daily walk of life he exuded love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (believing), meekness, and temperance. The fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Services

5 December

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

McConnell Funeral Home

1200 E Forrest St
Athens, Alabama 35613

5 December

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

McConnell Funeral Home

1200 E Forrest St
Athens, Alabama 35613

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Jimmie ( Jim Bob ) Kern

December 2, 2021

Words can’t begin to describe this pain of losing you my brother !! It was a blessing to have you in my life. It was a blessing working with you, we made each other that much better at the shop !! We always enjoyed our time fishing !! Our getaway from bikes !! I’ll miss you always and love you my brother !!

Highsalute aka Asha Lamy

December 2, 2021

Scooter:
Finding words to write here are still next to impossible for many of us.

We are having the most difficult time just wrapping our minds around the thought/reality that you are no longer here with us. We love you immensely. We miss you fiercely.

Rest assured: we have your shinning Starr here with us. We have her wrapped in the love & frienship you have given so freely to all of us. We got your watch from here.

You have impacted so many lives for the better. So much more than you realize! I am sure God is reading down that list of names to you. I believe at the end, He, God will say "Well done my Son."

I thank you for the love, laughter and friendship throughout the decades. It has been such an honor and privilege to be part of your journey. You are forever in my heart.

Ps... Since you are there, make sure you don't twist that throttle wide open while the angels sing! Say hi to God Almighty for me. I'll see you both there someday.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, my friend.

Kristin Ostercamp

November 28, 2021

Dear Starr,

Your neighbors in the Goodridge Area Lutheran Parish hold you in our prayers. May God’s gracious mercy surround you with peace.

Pastor Kristin

Michael Mayer

November 26, 2021

It was a pleasure knowing you in this life. Thanks for coming to my house and working on my scooter. I will always remember your northern accent which was worse than mine. R.I.H
Chicago Mike & Shannon

William Margotta

November 26, 2021

We have years of memories, working together at both dealerships, taking care of families are vehicles are bikes I don't know what to say I love and miss you brother RIP
Starr anything I'm here for you

Bonita Wayne

November 24, 2021

Starr, my heart breaks for you. I know Jim’s love for life kept a smile on your face. Sending you so much love and hugs!

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