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OBITUARY

William "Butch" Crook

February 28, 1949September 6, 2019

William Calvin Crook, age 70, of Bartlett, Tennessee died Friday September 6, 2019. Butch was born February 28, 1949 in Brownsville, TN. He was the son of W.C. and Ruth Robbins Crook, both preceded him in death.

Butch is survived by his wife Valencia (Val) Alley Crook, a brother Joe Lynn Crook (Janice Hardin) and many nieces and nephews who truly adored him.

He graduated from Ripley High School in 1967. He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN.

Butch's working career began with the Ripley Police Department. He was employed with the Tennessee Department of Revenue as a Sales Tax Auditor and criminal investigator supervisor. He retired with from the state with more than 30 years of service. He continued his career with the City of Memphis Board of Education as a Security Supervisor, Metropolitan Nashville School District as Assistant Director of School Security. He enlisted in the Army in 1969 serving our State and Country for 39.5 years achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. Mr. Crook was awarded THE LEGION OF MERIT and THE MISSISSIPPI MAGNOLIA MEDAL for his contributions during his 39.5 years with the Army.

Butch enjoyed his many travels working with the National Guard. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin and on his boat at Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas. Butch enjoyed life and never met a stranger, he was a true friend and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

A gathering of family and friends for William will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133. His life will be celebrated Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers to please make donations to St. Judes Children Hospital or American Heart Association.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Valencia "Val" Alley Crook, Wife
  • Joe Lynn Crook (Janice Hardin), Brother
  • He also leaves and many nieces and nephews who truly adored him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Ruth Robbins Crook.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude’s Children Hospital or American Heart Association

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

Memories

William "Butch" Crook

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LTC Joseph Lane

September 11, 2019

I served with Butch in the 194th Engineer Brigade and during Hurricane Katrina Deployment. He was a very intelligent and articulate individual with an infectious personality. I am very saddened about his passing and Val, my family has you in our prayers and in the days to come as well.
God Bless You!

LTC (R) Joseph Lane and wife Jenny

Billy Smith

September 11, 2019

I went to school with Butch from the 1st grade to HS graduation. A wonderful fella with one of the best sense of humor that I have ever known. He will surely be missed

Mick Wright

September 11, 2019

Butch Crook was a gem of a man. He was my campaign’s MVP and secret weapon, both times, because he was a true man of service who loved people. He was clever, personable, hard working and flat out hilarious. Campaign days can be difficult, hot, discouraging and monotonous, but Butch made them fun. He didn’t know a stranger.

But for me Butch was more than a campaign worker who jumped in because he just wanted to help his community; he was a true friend. We had lunch three weeks ago, just before the sudden ailment that rapidly took him from us. At lunch we just laughed and laughed, like always, and at the end he again invited me and Alison to join him sometime at his cabin at Greers Ferry Lake. I regret now it was always just “sometime.”

When I first met Butch, he didn’t know the first thing about me but decided to volunteer because he figured “there ain’t nothing wrong with him.” This was the best praise Butch ever gave me, and all that was needed. He never sought any spotlight; he just wanted to find reasonable people and help them. It was also signature Butch, because it was hardly a strong endorsement, but it’s a pretty funny thing to tell someone, and he didn’t want anyone to get a big head.

He was a man full of incredible stories, stories I was never sure I could believe, but all of them actually true. I think.

Butch Crook. There ain’t nothing wrong with him, except we’ll miss him terribly.

John Bucy

September 11, 2019

My military time coincided closely with Butch's service. Such a special guy and a delight to be around! Egypt, Honduras, even ole' Camp Shelby MS was better when pulling duty with Butch. A final Salute my friend.

Robin Hargrove

September 11, 2019

Butch was our neighbor across the street. We loved hearing him tell stories. He always made us laugh! He was such a good man! The world is a darker place without him in it. Our prayers are with his family. May God bless you!

Frank Zerfoss

September 11, 2019

I remember Butch, Maj Crook, during his NG service in HHC 30th Brigade in Jackson, TN. He was the intelligence officer. He always had a smile and a great attitude. I consider him a good friend.

American Heart Association

September 10, 2019

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Jerry Mowl

September 10, 2019

Butch brother, I only knew you for a short time but you became a friend quickly. So unexpected I don't know what to say. I will miss you greatly. Thanks for helping me learn the ropes, much love and respect, may God be with your family and help them through this time.

Shirley Boyd

September 9, 2019

Your days of chasing down state troopers are gone, you will be missed by so, so, many especially your loving wife. Your voice when attempting to imitate mine will always be in my head, we are so fortunate for the times we had together. Fly High and straighten Brenda out. All of our love,Crazy Shirley

Robert Anderson

September 8, 2019

"Butch" We have known each other for 30 plus years. Not only in the criminal justice world, but in the military as well. It was only a week or so that we spoke about you making a presentation to the criminal justice class at JSCC, I remember the great time we had when deployed in Central America, as well as our meetings in various airports, both going the same place under the same Federal contract. Amazing. As I've reached the age of 75, I've come to realize that time is short. However, our friendship and the great memories over the years we shared will be with me forever. Take care my friend, see you at the final formation, Bob

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Biography

William Calvin Crook, age 70, of Bartlett, Tennessee died Friday September 6, 2019. Butch was born February 28, 1949 in Brownsville, TN. He was the son of W.C. and Ruth Robbins Crook, both preceded him in death.

Butch is survived by his wife Valencia (Val) Alley Crook, a brother Joe Lynn Crook (Janice Hardin) and many nieces and nephews who truly adored him.

He graduated from Ripley High School in 1967. He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN.

Butch's working career began with the Ripley Police Department. He was employed with the Tennessee Department of Revenue as a Sales Tax Auditor and criminal investigator supervisor. He retired with from the state with more than 30 years of service. He continued his career with the City of Memphis Board of Education as a Security Supervisor, Metropolitan Nashville School District as Assistant Director of School Security. He enlisted in the Army in 1969 serving our State and Country for 39.5 years achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. Mr. Crook was awarded THE LEGION OF MERIT and THE MISSISSIPPI MAGNOLIA MEDAL for his contributions during his 39.5 years with the Army.

Butch enjoyed his many travels working with the National Guard. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin and on his boat at Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas. Butch enjoyed life and never met a stranger, he was a true friend and will be missed by everyone that knew him.

A gathering of family and friends for William will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133. His life will be celebrated Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers to please make donations to St. Judes Children Hospital or American Heart Association.

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