Clyde Durham Crook

March 9, 1938March 9, 2018
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COLUMBIA – Celebration of Life Services for Clyde Durham Crook, 80, will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church. Visitation will take place at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service at the church. Mr. Crook was born in St. George, SC on March 9, 1938, and passed peacefully at home on March 9, 2018, surrounded by his family. Clyde was a graduate of Clemson University, a lifetime entrepreneur, and a member of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church. After graduating Clemson, Clyde joined the Upjohn Company for seven years. He and his wife met and married in Rome, GA. In 1968, Clyde returned to SC and settled in Columbia, where he owned and operated four Maryland Fried Chicken restaurants, two of which were the first in the franchise. He later owned several other restaurants, and a catering business. In 1980, he began a new venture in custom fabricated medical equipment, and other successful entrepreneurial endeavors. His love of family and togetherness persisted throughout his life. Clyde was known for his skills in the kitchen, and always strived to to make all those around him happy. He treasured his time at his family’s beach house on Edisto, making memories with his siblings and their families, his mother, and extended relatives. Clyde was the chair for the hospitality committee at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church for almost 20 years. He committed himself to doing all he could for the church. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Anne Perkins Crook; his son, Ronald Durham Crook (Daniel Kraus); his two daughters, Victoria Harris (Paul), Elizabeth Harris (Ryan); his three grandchildren, Beckett Kraus-Crook, Collin & Braden Harris; his brother, Charles Ronald Crook (Delaine); his sister, Judith Crook Bilton (Al). He was predeceased by his parents, Barney Durham Crook and Hazel Crook Walters. Memorials may be made to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church 530 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 or to a charity of one’s choice. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Wife of 54 years, Anne Perkins Crook

    Son, Ronald Durham Crook (Daniel Kraus)

    Daughter, Victoria Harris (Paul)
    Daughter, Elizabeth Harris (Ryan)

    Grandchild, Beckett Kraus-Crook
    Grandchild, Collin Harris
    Grandchild, Braden Harris

    Brother, Charles Ronald Crook (Delaine)

    Sister, Judith Crook Bilton (Al)

    Father, Barney Durham Crook
    Mother, Hazel Crook Walters

  • Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
  • The Charity of One's Choice


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, March 15, 2018

Clyde Durham Crook

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Stephen Bledsoe

March 14, 2018

You will be so missed Clyde. I am thinking of your whole family and am blessed that I was able to work with you all those years ago, and that I have so many wonderful memories with you and Ann, Victoria, Elizabeth and Ron, Jr.
Sending love to you all, Stephen

Melanie Webb

March 14, 2018

Anne and family, So sorry to hear of Clyde's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and the family!

Victor Perkins

March 14, 2018

Technically an in-law since 1964, Clyde was truly a brother to me. In actuality, Clyde became the patriarch of our family as well as the Crooks.
Clyde treasured his family and expressed that in many ways, but most lovingly with food. Clyde’s concept of food was always in the form of a feast, prepared as his gift to everyone.
I am grateful and will always remember his respect and love for my Mother, Ian and me. I will always remember the countless feast we shared and shall hear his laughter in my heart, always.
We send our condolences to my sister Anne, to her dear family, including the extended Crook family.
Vic Perkins and Ian Hughes

Coley Brown

March 13, 2018

Clyde and Anne were always there when I needed a friend. He was a good man and he will be missed by many. As we grew older, we grew apart, but I knew Clyde was always a friend that could be counted on.
Rest in peace old buddy.

Coley Brown

Keith Bradley

March 13, 2018

So sorry to hear of Clyde's passing. He was a true Southern gentleman, always upbeat and with a zest for life. Enjoyed conversations with him when I serviced the water purifier at the Edisto beach home. Peace during this emotional time.

Keith Bradley, Lugoff, SC

Tim and Ophelia Brown

March 13, 2018

We have fond memories of Clyde and the Crook family since 1958
when we lived in St. George. We were sorry to hear of Clyde's
passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Fletcher Spigner III

March 12, 2018

I remember Clyde well, just as so many do. Very nice... kind and loving. He was one of the first dedicated supporters of the aging services network here in the Midlands. It was my pleasure to have worked with him. I am so sorry for your loss.

Fletcher Spigner III
Columbia, SC

g c

March 12, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Jon Genier

March 12, 2018

I was sorry to learn of Clyde's passing. May his loved ones find comfort for their loss in the promise found at John 11:25.

Mary and Steve Smith

March 12, 2018

We have been next door neighbors of Clyde and his family for 40 years.....half of Clyde's life. We are truly going to miss his presence in our lives.