Darrell K. Crotts

November 21, 1936April 12, 2019

Darrell K. Crotts, 82, passed away April 12, 2019.

Darrell was born November 21, 1936 in Spindale, North Carolina, but resided in Virginia for the past 77 years. He served in the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" in the Army's Official Ceremonial Unit and Escort to the President in Ft. Myer, Virginia for over two years. He met his wife of 58 years, Sue, at church in Arlington, Virginia, where they married on November 25, 1960. He returned to Newport News where he worked in the Newport News Shipyard and later for the U.S. Navy-Superintendent of Ships.

Darrell had a tremendous love for music and enjoyed singing in the choir, as well as singing solos. His other interests included working outside, gardening, fishing, and sports. He actively played fantasy baseball and football. He loved the Lord, his family and his country. Darrell was a Godly husband and father, and lived his life in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a former member of Denbigh Baptist Church and presently a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Hampton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Iva Crotts and sister, Suzanne Huff. Darrell is survived by his wife, Marlene "Sue" Crotts; sons, David Crotts (Sherry) and Thomas Crotts (Chelle); five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a brother, Douglas Crotts.

The family will receive friends 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church, Hampton followed by a celebration of Darrell's life at 12:00 PM at the church with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Extend the Vision" at Bethel Baptist Church, 1647 Briarfield Road, Hampton, VA 23669.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.


  • Marlene "Sue" Crotts, Wife
  • David Crotts and wife, Sherry, Son
  • Thomas Crotts and wife, Chelle, Son
  • Kermit Crotts, Father
  • Iva Crotts, Mother
  • Suzanne Huff, Sister
  • Douglas Crotts, Brother
  • Mr. Crotts also leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandsons to cherish his memory.

  • "Extend the Vision" at Bethel Baptist Church


4 May


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Bethel Baptist Church

1647 Briarfield Road
Hampton, Virginia

4 May

Celebration of Life Service

12:00 pm

Bethel Baptist Church

1647 Briarfield Road
Hampton, Virglinia


Darrell K. Crotts

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Audrey Morrison

April 18, 2019

I remember Darrell as a teenager, even then, he had high Christian standards. He and Sue have meant so much to me through the years. They provided the music , Darrell singing and Sue playing the piano, at my Mom's funeral and more recently my husband, Doug's, funeral. What a blessing to me!

My prayers are with the entire family during this time.

Much love to all.
Audrey Morrison

Amy Keatts

April 15, 2019

Mrs. Crotts and family,
When I think of Mr. Crotts I always picture him up in the choir singing his heart out. Even when I was younger I loved to hear him sing while you played. Know I love you and will be keeping you in my prayers.

Nancy Thomas

April 15, 2019

I was raised in Denbigh Baptist church.. As one of the Haughton kids, I had the privilege of knowing the Crotts family, and listening to the awesome baritone voice of Mr. Crotts. I never saw him without a smile and he will be missed. Heaven just gained another choir member. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jimmy Johnson

April 15, 2019

Heaven has gained another Saint and Darrell is rejoicing for being in Jesus Arms. The Saints in Heaven are Singing Hallelujah and Welcome to God's Kingdom . All Believers will be going to God's Kingdom when they are called Home as Mr. Crotts was. May The Peace of God be on his Wife Sue and all of The Family.

Don & Dee Adams

April 14, 2019

We are so sorry for the months of Darrell’s illness and the loss Sue, David and Tommy, their wives and families now feel. We have so many fond memories of being together with them at church. We appreciate Sue at the organ or piano and Darrell, with his gifted voice, singing solo or in the choir. He was always willing to sing, when asked, at funerals or weddings or other special occasions. Also we are grateful for fun times we had visiting in their home in Hampton and later in Denbigh. They are great host and hostess. Thanks Darrell and Sue for those memories.