Furman Laverne Crook
December 14, 1934 – April 27, 2021
Jacksonville, FL – Mr. Furman Laverne Crook, 86, husband of Patricia Baxley Crook of Orr Court, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Mr. Crook was the only son of the late Mr. Furman W. Crook and Mrs. Mary Lewis Crook.
He was born on December 14, 1934 in Columbia County, Georgia where he attended Evans High School. He married Patricia Louise Baxley on August 26, 1952 and spent the next sixty-eight years as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Crook accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1977 and was a member of the Southside Estates Baptist Church for over 40 years. Furman and Patricia moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1957, where Furman gained employment at the Jacksonville Shipyard as a fabricator and machinist. In the early 1960’s he worked for Southern Maid Paper Company as General Maintenance Superintendent and in 1972, became an entrepreneur for 14 + years as owner/operator of Maintenance Engineers and later retired as the Facility Maintenance Superintendent at Maxwell House in 2001.
Of all his accomplishments, his relationship with Jesus Christ and his family were what mattered the most. Until his last breath, he was a generous giver, a protector and gatekeeper of his family.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Crook, five sons and one daughter, Thomas Warren Crook and wife, Nelda, Moultrie, Ga, Randal Laverne Crook and wife Laurie, Evans Ga, Rhonda Crook Moulder and husband Joey, Jacksonville, FL, William Crafton Crook and wife Rene’, Jacksonville, FL, Scott Allen Crook and wife Karen, Starke, FL, and Jeff Wade Crook and wife Becky, Buford, Ga; 18 grandchildren, Carli, Catelyn, Russell, Joshua, Stephen, Jared, Patrick, Jeffrey, Kathleen, AmyJo, Andrew, Ethan, Zachary, Grace, Walker, Jackson, Macie and Josiah. 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Graveside services will be Friday, April 30, 2021 3:00 pm. at Chapel Hills with his son, Reverend Jeff Crook officiating. Pallbearers will be Thomas Crook, Randal Crook, William Crook, Scott Crook, Jeff Crook and Joey Moulder.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Furman Laverne Crook
May 5, 2021
Papa was one of my heroes and I am so thankful God gave him to me as a grandfather. When I think about him and how he lived, the Bible verse 1 Peter 4:10 comes to mind. It says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace...”
Papa used the gifts God gave him to serve his family, his friends and others. He was always willing to help me when I needed it most and I’m thankful for how he took an interest into everything I did with school, sports, and hobbies. He invested so much into my life.
I’m also thankful for the things Papa and I were able to share. Not only did I get his good looks, I was also able to share a love for animals with him. I wouldn’t have the small herd of cows that I have today nor would I have earned FFA awards and accomplishments without him.
Papa made an impact in my life and I will cherish all the memories we made together. Papa I wish I could tell you one more time, “thank you for everything and I love you!” I know this is not goodbye because I know we will be together again one day in heaven. The photo below is a picture of my Papa when he was 16 and I was 14 in the photo. Meme calls us her “handsome blue eyes”.
May 5, 2021
When I think about all the ways my Papa influenced and impacted my life the one that sticks with me the most is that he taught me how to be a good steward of everything that you have been blessed with, especially your faith and family.
Papa was faithful with everything that God blessed him with, he also worked hard for what he had and didn’t waste much.
He inspired me to understand the importance of a strong work ethic, the value of a dollar, keeping my word, having integrity and the importance of being content.
Alan Jackson’s song “Small Town Southern Man” reminds me of him. The part... “You can break the back but you can’t break the spirit of a small town town southern man”
Papa was resiliencent... He was dealt a lot of tough hands through his 86 years but he was always able to get through it all thanks to his resilient spirit, his loving and supportive wife (my sweet meme), his wonderful family and most of all his Faithful Heavenly Father!
Papa thank you for loving me, believing in me and setting an example for me to follow! I love you and I will see you again one day and we will never be separated again!
May 5, 2021
My Papa is a picture of the scripture that Jesus taught us in the Gospel of Matthew 6:19-21,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I believe my Papa lived these verses well. He invested in the things that mattered most in life, his relationship with the Lord and his family, both of these things are of eternal value.
My Papa worked hard for what he had here on earth but he knew that it all would one day fade away. Just as Jesus taught us he stored up his treasures in heaven and invested in his family, leaving behind a legacy for all the generations to come.
I learned so much from the example that he set, and I pray that I can carry on everything that he has instilled in me, I love you Papa and you will always be in my heart until we see one another again in heaven!
May 4, 2021
Today at 1:08pm marks one week my daddy went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. I never knew how much a heart could be so sad and empty of missing someone Through this sadness and emptiness I can still rejoice in my hope who is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior the one who is peace and gives peace and eternal life in that hope iam rest assured I will be reunited with my daddy one day and we will be rejoicing and singing together Our Holy Gods Amazing Grace I love you so much daddy and was a privilege and honor to be able to take care of you and share so many wonderful times and days with you that will always hold close iny heart may I never forget those kind Blessings from our Holy God
May 2, 2021
The brain does it’s best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. It shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people. I have been so fortunate to have had so many years with my Papa. But my brain somehow tricked me into thinking that I could have him forever. To say we lost a great man would be an absolute understatement! He was our Rock, our Lion, our family Monarch, one of the last of his kind. Man of God, an incredible son, husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather! He touched so many lives but for me, he’s the reason my name is Andrew. Not Andy or drew Andrew named after his best childhood friend Andrew Grimaud. I’ll miss my papa so much but will hold so tightly the memories I have and will do the best to carry on his irreplaceable legacy! Thank you for all the love and support those have shown my family over the past week.
April 30, 2021
It was truthfully my privilege to have known and shared a small portion of life with Mr. Crook. A somewhat stoic man who loved his family tremendously, and whose heritage that I was aware of...influenced several of his sons to enter the most noble calling on earth....full time ministry for the Lord!!!
An honor to have known him.
Your loving friend,