Donnie Crumpton

September 8, 1949July 3, 2018
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Donnie Crumpton, 68, of Royal passed away July 3, 2018 at his home. He was born September 8, 1949 in Cedar Glades, Arkansas to the late Vivian Cain and Jeff Crumpton.

From 1969-1971, during the height of the Vietnam War, Donnie proudly served in the US Army. He married his sweetheart, Patsy, on a 15 day leave and found out he had became a father while back on duty in Vietnam.

Donnie loved bass fishing and his farm. He could grow anything- vegetables, flowers, trees- having inherited a green thumb from his mother and his cooking skills came second only to hers. Donnie was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Crumpton, and his sister, Joan Hixon.

The family will remember Donnie’s thirst for knowledge, daily quizzes, humor, and his love of time well spent with his family. He is survived by his bride of 48 years, Patsy; his sons Pete and Jason (Kim) Crumpton; brothers Wayne Crumpton and Doyle Cain; sisters Shirley Garrett,Judy Chitwood, Joanne Sims, Pam Murray; three grandchildren Carissa, Caden, and McKenzie Crumpton; pups Katie, Pudgie, and Pookie; and more friends than anyone should be allowed to have.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Crumpton, Caden Crumpton, Johnny Sims, Josh Baldwin, Jaime Crumpton, and Chris Murray. Honorary pallbearers are the Royal Shell morning crew, Piney Junction McDonalds afternoon crew, the staff at US Bank Albert Pike, and family and friends at NPMC.


  • Patsy McClard Crumpton, Wife
  • Pete Crumpton, Son
  • Jason Crumpton, Son
  • Kim Crumpton, Daughter-in-law
  • Carissa Crumpton, Grandchild
  • Caden Crumpton, Grandchild
  • McKenzie Crumpton, Grandchild
  • Donnie is also survived by his brothers Wayne Crumpton and Doyle Cain; sisters Shirley Garrett, Judy Chitwood, Joanne Sims, and Pam Murray.

  • Jeff Crumpton
  • Caden Crumpton
  • Johnny Sims
  • Josh Baldwin
  • Jaime Crumpton
  • Chris Murray
  • Royal Shell morning crew, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Piney Junction McDonalds afternoon crew, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Albert pike US Bank staff, Honorary Pallbearer
  • NPMC family and friends, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, July 9, 2018

Donnie Crumpton

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Jill Ray

July 8, 2018

I am sorry for you and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Georgetta Cates

July 7, 2018

Patsy, I am so sorry to hear about Donnie. You two were always such a fun loving couple I remember how nice he always was to me even when I screwed up in softball or bowling with you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Patty Klingsporn

July 7, 2018

Patsy, so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories.

Green Bay, WI

Pamela Burroughs

July 7, 2018

Hearing of Donnie passing away was so very sad. Patsy, we all enjoyed the two of you and most especially Dr. Peter Dornenberg when Donnie was in St. Vicent's to operate on Donnie's back. That was the last time I saw Donnie.

The years have passed for all of us. However: The two of you have always remained in my heart. Wish life wasn't so very busy for each of us. Certainly could have had more laughs and stories to tell and share.

You need to know. When the Beatles were popular, I considered Donnie to look just like Paul McCartney. What a crush I had on him at 13 years old! Donnie was always funny and kind.

Patsy, I love you. So very sorry for you and all Donnie's brothers and sisters, my cousins, the children and grandchildren and of course the fur babies.

Thank you for sharing pictures of you all. We are family. We feel the loss.

Praying for you most especially. Time does help heal some pain. Donnie resides forever in your heart.

Pamela Burroughs
Conroe, TX

Fannie Henderson (Bradshaw $

July 7, 2018

I remember him from school years ago, was a good guy. Hugs and prayers. May God wrap his arms around y’all and help you through your grief. 🙏🤗😍

Nancy Happy

July 7, 2018

We always had such fun with Patsy and Donnie. They both are childhood friends and we will surely miss seeing Donnie and hearing his many stories.
Love and prayers for Patsy and the rest of his family.

Frank Reynolds

July 7, 2018

Remember playing practical jokes on Donnie with Ricky and we got to Donnie every time 😆. When we worked for Pat together I wanted to be like Donnie , tough big guy with hairy chest, I was little skinny kid with maybe one hair on my chest! I remember lots of fun times with Donnie and the McClard clan❤️

Rhonda Fortier

July 6, 2018

Losing uncle Donnie is very hard. I have so many memories. When Donnie was away in Vietnam, my mother, Donnie's oldest sister Shirley Garrett. Would come into our bedroom at night, and we would all pray for his safety. We prayed every night with her. We wanted him home safe. Then when uncle Donnie had a tree fall on him while cutting one down in the field by mom and grandmas house. Mom heard his cries for help. She ran and got the old truck and grandma and went to find him and help him until the ambulance got there. We all loved him, and prayed for him. He was always a fighter, loved life, his family and nature. I have many wonderful memories. I will miss him everyday. I will never forget him, and will love him forever.

Teresa McClard Wernette

July 6, 2018

Many fond memories of Donnie watching boxing on TV with Pete ....Patsy ..and all his family our condolences and prayers are with you .. Prayers for comfort and peace ...Much Love ..Teresa and family ♥️

Leslie Sutton

July 6, 2018

Patsy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss!


From 1969 until 1971 Donnie proudly served in the U.S. Army.

It was the height of the Vietnam War.


Donnie's bed.



From Patsy:

My Donnie and I started our journey at Lake Hamilton High School. You might say we ran in different circles, his being mostly girls! He was strikingly handsome and definitely caught every girl’s eye. And I have to admit, I was one of those girls, BUT never did I tease myself with the thought of this crush going anywhere. He was outgoing, handsome, funny, confident, and charismatic, and I – on the other hand- was quiet, shy, had my friends, and was much more reserved. By high school, we had become speaking acquaintances as he would always find a seat behind me and through class, often resulting in teachers asking me,
“Are you dating him?!,”
To which I quickly replied, “No Ma’am!”
Fast forward to after high school graduation, we both lived in the Royal area. Both of our parents were into cattle and farming, and with me having 4 brothers, backyard football games at my house were routine. After high school, Donnie coaxed my brothers into convincing me to go out with him, to which I finally agreed to do ONE TIME to get them off my back. It wasn’t that I didn’t like him; I just knew he dated many girls, moved through them pretty quickly, and I did not desire to enter that circle. Well, I did go on that date almost fifty years ago. What I learned about him is that I didn’t know his true character or qualities at all.
Now the courtship, it was close to two years and ended with him being drafted into the Army. We married on a fifteen day leave around the holidays in 1970. He was sent home that spring for a 30 day leave prior to being sent into the Vietnam War. There in Vietnam, he would turn 21 and become a father before finally coming home when Pete was just 4 months old. Now we would begin our life together and welcomed Jason in 1972.
Marriage with Donnie was everything it should be, a devoted husband and father, involved in everything his boys and I did- be it sports, camping ,fishing, gardening, vacation- and we always had a home, garden, and yard admired by all. By no means am I sharing with you that our life was perfect and blissful all the time. We had the same issues al couples have when coping with the day to day trials and tribulations- a relationship, jobs, financial challenges, and raising kids bring. But, we always passed the test.
Donnie was in construction with my dad and also into farming just like our parents had been. Now fast forward to his accident at 32 years old, an accident that would change all our lives entirely, especially his! What I would have you know about him is this…he never gave up; he never quit; he simply reinvented himself to be the best he could be. He was on disability for almost four years (and I am sure he could have remained) when he found a job at the Rehab Center and dropped his disability and actually continued to work for another 12 or so years before he had to reapply for disability. They approved his second application for disability within days along with much praise for how he had re-entered the working class.
Now the retirement years for Donnie, once again he reinvented himself and continued with farming, cattle, yard work, and family, but at a different pace. In the 48 years we have been married, he has been the hardest working man I’ve ever known. Nothing kept him down for very long. The suffering that I know he endured after his accident with the 10 to 12 different major surgeries and all the complications arising from those surgeries was way worse than he could ever relate to us.
Our bond was something that even our family and children didn’t understand the depth of. Our marriage was as strong today as the first day. We survived military separation, the Vietnam War, birth of our first child while thousands of miles apart, a devastating and life changing accident, building two houses, raising two sons and welcoming three amazing grandchildren.
Our professional lives were very different; therefore, we had different interests but we each learned to enjoy what the other was interested in. Donnie was raised on horseback, and I finally learned to ride- being taught by him- several years into our marriage. I have to tell you of all the many things we did together, horseback riding was the one I enjoyed most. He would get frustrated with me because I told him I needed to be safe and could not afford to get hurt… I told him I wanted a horse that when it was moving at full speed I could still get on and off of. So, we put hundreds of miles on his truck looking for the perfect aged, gentle natured, western pleasure broke horse for me to ride, and of course once again, he succeeded.
I used to tell him and others that he was the one that kept me grounded in life and reminded me of what was really important. He reminded me- when my fast paced career or family life would lift me off the ground- of what was really important and bring me back down never allowing me to take myself too seriously.
In closing, I’ll leave you with a little humor to express how we were; we constantly picked at each other in ways understood by only the two of us. He always dreaded “my week off to spring clean.” It was out of pure fear of what I might have in mind to do next to our home and place. During the 29 years we have been in our current, here are just a few things I asked him to do: first, I wanted carpet, then I wanted 3” wood, then I wanted 5” wood, then I wanted tile. I wanted a rock wall with a wood burning stove then a few years later I decided I didn’t like the stove; I wanted a rock fireplace, (in the end, I really missed the stove but I knew even he had a breaking point so I never mentioned it)! Donnie has painted, repainted, retextured walls, and remodeled enough of our house to build 2 more! I know it drove him crazy, but he always delivered making sure I was happy with the results. It should be noted that I watched a lot of HGTV and would often make him watch with me for the few minutes he might sit down. And truthfully, I think he may have tried to get that channel removed from our service!
To most he was noted as gruff and growling man with an opinion about everything, but he was also a magnet for children and animals. They saw right through that rough exterior and they ALL gravitated toward him recognizing him as the gentle, helpful, loving and understanding man he was.
I will miss him more than I will allow my heart to recognize just yet, but I know he is at last pain free and standing up straight.