OBITUARY

David Ellis Crenshaw

December 6, 1968March 13, 2019
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On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, David Ellis Crenshaw, loving husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and father of 3, passed away at the age of 50.

David was born on December 6, 1968 in Jacksonville, Florida to Carlton and Doris Crenshaw. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Valdosta State University in 1991. David was employed by Florida Blue as a Strategic Account Executive. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. David loved to fish and enjoyed watching and coaching his children play the sport of their choice. He was an active member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church and enjoyed helping with the Upward Sports Ministry. He was known for his quick wit, love for the Georgia Bulldogs, kindness, joy for life and great smile. David went by many names – Crenshaw, Coach, Cren, Mr. David and his radio name “Blazer Dave.” But his favorite name was Dad.

He is survived by his wife of almost 25 years, Stephanie Coursey Crenshaw and their 3 children: Bryce Erickson, Davis Carlton and Leah Frances Crenshaw. He is also survived by his parents Carlton and Doris Crenshaw and mother-in-law Margie Coursey. David also leaves his brother Michael (Selena) Crenshaw, sisters Fran (Allen) McPherson, Beth (Tim) Gaskin, Katana Crenshaw, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Danielle and Harold Boyett. He will be missed by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

We are especially grateful to a host of family and friends that have traveled this journey with our family along with his care providers – Baptist/MD Anderson, UF Health (Gainesville), Brain Tumor Network, and Community Hospice.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin 11801 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32223. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 18th at Fruit Cove Baptist Church 501 State Rd 13, Fruit Cove, FL 32259, followed by interment at Oaklawn Cemetery 4801 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Memorial Contributions preferred to the Brain Tumor Network, https://braintumornetwork.org/our-impact-old/donate/ , Community Hospice, https://www.communityhospice.com/give/ or Fruit Cove Baptist Church Upward Sports Ministry Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 State Rd 13, Fruit Cove, FL 32259.

Services

18 March

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Fruit Cove Baptist Church

501 State Rd 13
Fruit Cove, FL 32259

18 March

Committal Service

12:30 pm

Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel

4801 SAN JOSE BLVD
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
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Stanley Reaves

March 16, 2019

David was a wonderful friend and man! David and I were friends throughout middle school and high school. I am truly sorry for the loss of such a wonderful husband, dad and every other role he had in your lives. I pray that you will all speak of him frequently and know how much you were loved AND how loved he was amongst you. My deepest sympathies for the void you will experience in the days, weeks and years to come. Time truly does heal but the void remains. My prayers for you all as you move forward.

Stanley Reaves

Ben and Barbara Konopa

March 16, 2019

David , his mom and dad and siblings were part of our church family at Westminster PCA in Valdosta, Georgia years ago. David was a precious young child that grew into a wonderful young man. His smile could light up a room and his faith shone about him. He will be missed. He was loved!

Carla (Stanford) Davis

March 16, 2019

Davis was a classmate from high school. I remember his great personality and wonderful smile. So sorry to hear about his passing.

Michael and Carole Webb

March 15, 2019

David is a friend from church that shared my joy in making people laugh with his quick wit. I was enjoying getting to know David and calling him a friend. Over the last year we both traded brain tumor stories, and even with this tough subject he could always lift my spirits. I always looked for David when I walked into church. I will miss his greeting and his hand of friendship. We will be praying for his family. Mike, Carole, Aaron, and Caroline

Kim Hvizdzak

March 15, 2019

To the CRENSHAW family, There are few words that can give you comfort except in knowing that David is in Heaven rejoicing!
To the CRENSHAW children, My family passed away at 50 as well so I know the heartbreak, sadness and sometimes anger... It is all a part of grieving. Someone shared with me that Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith ... It is the price of love. Your dad was a great man and loved you all fiercely! I remember seeing the love and pride in his eyes when you all were at Bonaire Elementary! Take care of each other and know that I am praying for each of you🙏 Kim Hvizdzak

Janice Coursey

March 15, 2019

I didn't know David very well but Stephanie is my step-daughter and I knew if she loved him, then he was OK. Watching their children grow up through pictures and Facebook I could tell that David was a good husband and a great father. I want you to know that all my love and prayers are with you Stephanie and if you need me for anything I will be there. I will pray for you and your beautiful children. I love you dearly.

Janice

jim sebesta

March 15, 2019

we lived next door to David and Stephanie and the kids for several years. one week my wife and i were going on a cruise and I asked David to "keep an eye on the house" (bring mail up, etc). We drove my wife's car to the airport because I did not want to get a ding in my brand spanking new Tahoe in the airport parking lot, so I left it parked in the driveway under David's big (LIVE) oak. (Note: the "live" becomes important later). As I was driving home from the airport, David called my cell and asked where we were. I told me we were 20 minutes from the house and David sounded happy that we had a good trip. As I pulled into the neighborhood, it was obvious something was going on at my house as half the neighborhood was milling in front yard, observing a huge oak tree that had blown over and crushed my Tahoe! David had alerted everyone to quickly come over and watch me erupt! I asked him why he did not call his insurance company to get this tree cut up and off my truck and he responded, "well ya know, if that was a "dead" tree from my yard that fell on your truck, then MY insurance would take care of it, but because my tree was "alive"---then it is YOUR insurance company. and besides, we all wanted to see your face when you got home!" Everyone is roaring laughing---my "good friends" in the bible study, golfing guys---all there for the fun---thanks to David!!

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