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OBITUARY

Rev. Dr. Earl D Crumpler

October 28, 1933July 27, 2020

GREENVILLE - Rev. Dr. Earl D. Crumpler, born October 28,1933 in Roanoke Rapids, NC, peacefully passed away on July 27,2020 at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 54 years, Louise King Crumpler by 11 years. He was the son of OB Crumpler, Sr and Margaret Renn Crumpler. Rev. Crumpler is survived by a son, Dr. Ben Crumpler and his wife Marie and their two sons Dr. Matt Crumpler and his wife Allyn and their children Ben and Ellison. Dr. Jason Crumpler and his wife Meg and their children Whit, Jake and Cam. He is also survived by one brother Frank Crumpler and his wife Glenda of Atlanta, Ga. In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his older brother, O. B. Crumpler, Jr. Earl graduated from Wake Forest University, then obtained a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, Director of Evangelism for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the pastor of Edwards Road Baptist Church in Greenville, SC before his retirement in 1995. He was the interim pastor of Berea First Baptist Church, Greenwood First Baptist Church, and Ashley River Baptist Church after his retirement. He served on and was President of the Executive Board of the SC Baptist Convention, and a Trustee of the South Carolina Baptist Courier Earl never preferred or requested to be addressed as Reverend or Doctor but preferred to be addressed by his first name. He participated in multiple mission trips to Brazil, Canada, Africa and Argentina. His greatest mission field he considered to be his local community. He had a heart for spreading the gospel, ministry to his local community and building relationships that brought others to have a personal relationship with the Lord. He exemplified great faith, hard work and commitment to his mission and family. He deeply understood grace and forgiveness. His Legacy lives on in the lives of his family, friends and all whom he reached for the Lord. In his early years he enjoyed growing up around and being on the Roanoke River. He loved hunting, hiking and camping in the Smokies and later being at the lake with his family. In addition to a strong faith he instilled a love of the outdoors and adventure in his family. He provided example and opportunity for his family’s success and gave of himself for his family in so many ways to insure their success. We are grateful to have lived life with him. He is now reunited with his wonderful wife Louise and looking full on into the glorious eyes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a wonderful culmination of a life well lived in service, faith and grace. Because of the current environment the family held private graveside services at Graceland East Memorial Park where he was laid to rest beside his loving wife. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621. Condolences may be made to the Crumpler family at: www.MackeyCenturyDrive.com

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Ed Taylor

August 3, 2020

He was my pastor when I was a teenager at N. Trenholm Baptist church in the early 70's. His wife taught me Bible class. I have the deepest respect for both of them. True servants of Christ. My deepest condolences to Ben and family. Rest in Christ until the resurrection dear Dr. Crumpler.

Betty Wilkerson

August 2, 2020

Ben and Marie, I am so sorry to hear about Ben’s father’s passing. What a full and impactful life he had! Love from all of us!

Ann sechrest

August 2, 2020

Marie and family,
I want to extend my condolences to you and Ben and your children, you were so blessed to have him on this earth for so long. Cherish the good memories and hug your kids and grandkids. Praying for your family.

Ann Sechrest

Steve & Debbie Winter

August 1, 2020

Our love and prayers are with Ben and Marie and their family during this time. We spent a lot of our young married years at ERBC and loved having Earl as our pastor. We have so many treasured memories of the friends we had at this special church❤️
Thank you Lord for the opportunity we had to have this fine man of God as our pastor when we lived in Greenville.

Susan Rivers Williams

August 1, 2020

The Rivers Family sends condolences.

What a fine long life and a wonderful man!

alec and gail williams

August 1, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was truly a blessing to our family in so many ways. He performed the wedding of two of our daughters and he and Louise attended our daughters high school basketball games to support her. In every way he was a true gentleman and a wonderful Christian. Alec remembers the mission trips to Brazil with him and how tireless he was. Loved he and Louise both.

Katherine Alewine Pulliam

August 1, 2020

Heaven gained a sweet, precious man and rejoiced as Jesus welcomes his good and faithful servant. He was our pastor for years at ERBC. He married Lonnie and me and we certainly loved and thought very highly of him.

Tom Marchant

August 1, 2020

Dr. Earl had a long and storied career in the Upstate.

My sympathy to the family.

Tom Marchant+
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Karen Haltiwanger

July 31, 2020

Dr. Crumpler was my pastor during my youth and college years. How I loved him! He always had time for my questions! He knew the youth by name and came to many of our events. He and Louise welcomed me into their home on several occasions. He had a heart for my special needs brother and the special needs ministry. He married me to my husband, Lamar, in 1985. I saw Dr. Crumpler occasionally over the years and he referred to the ERBC days as happy days. I saw him again when my mother and Louise went through their cancers at the same time. Even in their time of need they were a support to my family. More importantly, their faith never faltered. How wonderful to know we will all see each other again one day!

Lisa Sherrill

July 31, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Earl’s passing. I have such fond memories of him. He wove a thread through my life I will always remember. We were ‘neighbors’ in Springwood Lake neighborhood in Columbia and I was the first one he baptized when he came to North Trenholm Baptist. Later in years we moved to Greenville where we joined Edwards Rd. Baptist and remained there until Earl’s retirement. He was a fine Christian man and leaves a wonderful legacy.

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