L.E. Crites

January 21, 1925September 26, 2013

Ledyard Earl "Buddy" Crites was born on January 21, 1925 to Thomas Edward and Kate Winn Crites in Lubbock, Texas, passing away on September 26th at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ed Vivian Crites and sister Elizabeth Sue Crites.

Buddy was the Lubbock High School Class of 1943 Salutatorian and enlisted in the Navy that same year. Based upon his academic record and aptitude tests, he was discharged early from the Navy and graduated from Tulane University in 1947 with a BBA in Marketing with an Accounting minor.

On June 21, 1954 he married his best friend and love of his life, Patricia Eugenia Stearns and they had two children; Earl Eugene "Gene" Crites (wife Leta) of Lubbock and Thomas Arthur "Tom" Crites (wife Rubyanne) of Euless, Texas. Earl is survived by five grandchildren; Krista Crites, Nicole Crites Sharp (husband Grady), Andrew Crites, Abigail Crites, Leah Crites and two great grandchildren - Owen and Lanna Sharp. He is also survived by several nephews and nieces Bill Crites, Tom and Bernice Crites, Lee and Jan Crites, Linda and Randy Miller and Lota Diane Crites as well as numerous great nephews and nieces. Pat Crites preceded Earl in death on December 7, 2008 after 54 years of marriage.

In 1947, Earl started what would be a 20 year career with Montgomery Wards holding several positions within the store as well as regional management. In 1967, he and Pat moved back to Lubbock to start their dream of owning their own business, Snelling Staffing Services. Earl continued to work daily at the business through age 87 he was never one to retire. In addition to his business interests, he also owned a cotton farm in southern Terry County where he planted and nurtured a 40 acre peach and pecan orchard.

Earl was active in many organizations. Lubbock Lions Club (past President), Lubbock Economics Council, Lubbock Knife and Fork Club as well as serving as President of the Texas Tech Dad's Association, later known as the Parents Association. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees and boards as well as teaching adult Sunday School for many years.

Earl had a passion for Texas Tech athletics, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and fishing which he referred to as "hydro-therapy." He was happy chasing bass at White River or Alan Henry Lake, fly fishing for trout in Colorado or fishing the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. He also had a love of cars. He was known as an honest, hard-working, humble person with a quick wit who always had kind words for others and a smile on his face. He had many friends and will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to The Everliving Church Trust at First United Methodist Church of Lubbock or your favorite charity.

Condolences may be offered at



  • Visitation Sunday, September 29, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, September 30, 2013


  • Officiant

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Heather Wolfe

September 27, 2013

One of a kind in every way. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories he has left you. And may we all be so lucky to live life the way Mr. Crites did... to the very fullest!