OBITUARY

James Newton Crouch

April 22, 1948October 3, 2021
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James Newton Crouch, known as Bebo to family and friends, passed away on October 3, 2021 in Jackson.

Mr. Crouch was born on April 22, 1948 in Jackson to the late, James T. and Lou Ellen Wright Crouch. He graduated from North Side High School in the class of 1966 and later went for further vocational training at Jackson Area Vocational School. He married Diane Lillard on October 28, 1972 and they would have celebrated 49 years of marriage this year. Mr. Crouch began his working career with Conalco and then later on went to work for TDOT where he retired after 30 + years of service. He was a lifelong member of Poplar Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Jennifer Crouch.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Lillard Crouch; three sons, Michael Crouch, Ryan Crouch, and Kevin Crouch; two granddaughters, Amber Crouch (Kari Smith) and Amanda Crouch; and one great grandson due in February; two brothers-in-law, David Woods (Cherie) and Allen Lillard (Debbie).

The family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. at the North Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., officiated by Bro. Richard Bragg. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

For those desiring, the family requests that memorials be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GeorgeASmithandSons.com for the Crouch family.

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • The Funeral Service

    Friday, October 8, 2021

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Sonny WITHERSPOON

October 11, 2021

Whenever I think of Bebo or hear his name it makes me smile!
Diane and family, so sorry for your loss.
You will be in my prayers!
God bless and comfort you.

Tony Moore

October 6, 2021

My Family and I met James about 10 years ago after He had retired. He said retirement seemed busier though. He was always on the move. We would run into James all over town and just stop and talk about just anything. James was a generous caring man who enjoyed life and talking about his family. Our day was always a little better when we talked with James. We will miss him and all his stories.

David Garland

October 5, 2021

I knew "Bebo" for almost 40 years everyone of which I thoroughly enjoyed and believe he did also. We worked together at TDOT in many different capacities. I will always remember the time we spent in the survey party on U.S. 412 and how we and another fellow nearly drove the party chief nuts. I will also remember the excellent coffee "Bebo" made every morning in the Materials Lab. "Bebo" was one of a kind a vanishing breed who left a great mark and who will be missed by all who knew him. Good bye old friend until we meet at the last day.

Peggy Hill

October 5, 2021

I've known Bebo for over 13+ years. Always the sweetest, kind man. It was an honor to have worked with him at TDOT. Prayers for his family.

Joanne Bunch

October 5, 2021

I have known Bebo since we were in the nursery at church. We have enjoyed having him at our monthly luncheons. Bebo will be greatly missed. Sending prayers to Dianne and family. May God bless you all.

Lindsey Skaggs

October 5, 2021

Bebo was a good friend and it was an honor getting to know him over the past 8 plus years. He will be missed.

Donna Cotner

October 5, 2021

Bebo was a sweet and kind man. Always ran into him at Kroger and Los Potaslas. We would talk about everything just standing in Kroger. He loved his Mexican food. Never said a harsh word about anyone. A good friend indeed. Larry and Donna Cotner.

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