Memorial Funeral Home

613 Bunch Street, Corinth, MS


Vernon Crowe

September 21, 1941May 18, 2020

Vernon (Pete) Crowe, 78, of Rienzi, MS died May 18, 2020 as the result of metastatic colon cancer. Those who knew Vern will forever treasure his sweet, sweet spirit and his fiery zest for life. He had a joy and love of life which he shared so generously with those whose lives he touched. Through his fierce five years of trials with the caustic cancer, he consistently maintained a peace beyond all understanding, which he always attributed to trusting in God for everything at all times in all things.

Vern was born on September 21, 1941 in Rienzi, MS to Bruce and Geneva Crowe. His childhood and most of his older adult life was spent in Rienzi, MS, but he lived in Cicero, IL for 25 years. Vern married his high school sweetheart, Jodie Davis on April 25, 1962 and they were blissfully married for 57 years. They had two wonderful sons Timothy and Shane. Sadly, they lost Timothy to a accident on February 14, 2012 and their lives were changed forever.

Vern graduated from Thrasher High School in 1961 in Thrasher, MS with a thick head of dark brown hair which he combed often with a black comb positioned in his back pocket. He worked at Wurlitzer in Corinth, MS for a brief time before relocating to Cicero, IL where he was employed as an mechanic at Emeril Denmark Cadillac for 16 years. He and Jodie returned to their hometown in Rienzi, MS in 1986 and Vern opened Vern Crowe's Service Station. With Vern's mechanical talents, the business was a huge success and remained opened approximately 30 years. In addition, Vern operated Vern Crowe's Wrecker Service for 35 years. He was very proud of his wrecker service, as he should have been. His wreckers were always spotless. The communication between Vern and the highway patrolmen, sheriff office and the Corinth Police Department were exceptional. One patrolman described it this way, "We love to use Vern's Wrecker Service because he knows how to deal with people fairly and honestly and he consistently cleans the scene of the accidents."

A major honor received by Vern was to be a Mason and a Shriner for 55 years. He loved classic cars and did an off the frame restoration of 1969 Camero which took 2nd place in a national car show in Chicago, IL. He was also honored as Grand Marshall in the Rienzi Christmas Parade in 2012. His "Heart of Hearts" was his two grandsons Forrest and Sean Tyler Crowe. He loved spending time with them and sharing his mechanical talents.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Crowe and his beloved son, Timothy Edwards Crowe.

Survivors include his wife, Jodie Crowe; father, Bruce Crowe; son, Shane Crowe all of Rienzi; two grandsons, Forrest Crowe of Tupelo, Sean Tyler Crowe of Rienzi; brother, Ellis (Glenda) Crowe, of Rienzi; three sisters, Hellen Adair of Tupelo, Barbara Lowery of Thrasher, Janet (Mike) Young of Rienzi.

A graveside service of death and resurrection celebrating his remarkable life will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Sardis Cemetery in Rienzi, MS.

Memorial Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Vernon Crowe

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Houston Brown

May 21, 2020

Jody I am so sorry for your loss . You must know how much I loved Vern and I will miss him also. Vern was a man that I admired in a lot of ways but most of all as a dear friend. I really enjoyed being around Vern and I learned a lot from him . He was a very wise man and a man that loved his family dearly . Jody I want to remain a friend to you and your family and if I can help you in any way please let me know. I love you Jody and God bless you and the kids.

John Meinardi

May 20, 2020

While growing up went to the shop with my cousins dad with his Cadillac for his assistance with problems with the car.

He will be missed, our prayers are with you.

Sherrie Pawley

May 20, 2020

I can share many examples of ways Mr. Vern helped me, but I fondly remember the friendship that he and Mrs. Jodie always extended to me. I enjoyed having dinner in their home and I have a beautiful handmade quilt that they gave me as a Christmas gift. Always kind and cheerful, always willing to help others.
~Sherrie (Vanderford) Pawley

Jack and Linda Gannon

May 19, 2020

We are so sorry for you loss. Vern was a great person and a great friend to Jack he will be dearly missed

Dale Leonard

May 19, 2020

I'm almost at a loss for words. I not sure if I have ever met a person finer person than Verne. Jodie, Shane I love you both and during times like this, please lean on God. I will never forget the summer I coached Little League at Rienzi. Verne and Jodie owned a store in Rienzi. They sponsored my team, bought uniforms and were there for each game. I informed them before hand that I had never coached baseball. They were not concerned with wins and losses. I distinctly remember them saying 'I know you'll be fair and let everyone play'.

Mitch and Frances Key

May 19, 2020

Jodie, Shane, and grandkids. We're so sorry for your loss. Vern was a good man and always so nice to us. I've known y'all for a long time and cherish your friendship. I know Vern will be greatly missed, but you have the assurance that one day you will see him again. Thankfully he's in no more pain and suffering. He's now in the arms of God. Y'all can have comfort and peace knowing that. Love and prayers for all.

Wendy Michael-Rickman

May 19, 2020

I grew up knowing Vern. He owned the store in Rienzi. We would take our cars for him to work on. He was a great man. And I'm blessed to have known him.

Lula Duncan

May 19, 2020

Veron was always a kind man. He always treated me with respect when I had car trouble or flat tires. Jodie my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Margaret Presley

May 19, 2020

You never saw Vern without a smile. The last time I saw him he was smiling and joking. Jodie is the same. One the sweetest people in the world. Vern will be missed so much. Jodie, we will be praying for you, Shane. and the grands. We love you and you will be in our thoughts.

Johnny Emerson

May 18, 2020

A good man, and a good friend. Thank you Vern for all the help when our daughter had an accident. Johnny and Adelean Emerson, Glen MS.


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