Mr. Edgar Elliot Crook

May 24, 1947July 5, 2018

Edgar Elliot Crook was born to the parents of Alma Louise Boozer Crook and Louis Linder Crook on May 24, 1947, in Brutonville, Alabama. . He attended a four room schoolhouse for grades one (1) through (9) nine and graduated from Calhoun County Training School in 1965. He was the youngest of three brothers. Edgar’s mother, Alma Boozer Crook, and two brothers, Alvon and Richard and niece Alana Michelle, preceded him in death.

Ed received his B.S. Degree from Alabama A&M University in 1969 with a major in Political Science. Edgar taught both High School American History and Economics for the Cleveland Public Schools in Cleveland, Ohio for three (3) years. He also completed further studies at George Meany Center for Labor Studies. Edgar began employment with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 1972 and continued his employment with them for 40 years retiring in 2012. Ed was a Senior National Representative working extensively in 42 states and the Virgin Islands, while traveling over 4 million miles.

Ed was a wonderful guy, always caring and finding a way to be positive, supportive and simply joyful in even the most difficult of circumstances. He was just plain fun to be around. He was also one of the most dedicated AFT trade unionists you would ever meet. Quiet and unassuming, he never complained or felt sorry for himself though he suffered for seventeen (17) years waiting in line for a kidney transplant. He survived 6 years of health after his transplant in 2012.

Edgar was an avid NBA LA Lakers fan and NFL Cleveland Browns fan. In May 2018, he attended his 46th Kentucky Derby!

Edgar loved his church though everything he did was with extreme acuity when it came to contributions. He used to tell people that he was taking his significant contributions straight to heaven and handing it over, personally.

A favorite memory of his wife was that while he was working that most mornings before leaving he would place on her nightstand his pennies, nickels and quarters as his father did for him as a child. It was an omen that his golden coins would later prove that Edgar was a one of a kind “million dollar man”.

Edgar leaves behind his beloved wife Ida (Pinky) of 29 years (21July2018) and those he grew a deep love for and claimed as his own are daughter's Christina Elaine Morgan, Dawn Crook Baily, grandchildren, Brittney, Courtney and Chaz; great grands Journi, Zahaan and Theodore III; nieces-Elmira Kristina, Kim; grandnieces-Lauren Jennifer and Ellie Keri; nephews T.J, Brian and Kenny and his beloved sister-in-law, Alva Lee Jackson.

Funeral services will be held Monday July 16 at 11 AM at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, with remains placed in state at 10 AM . Reverend Dr. Kevin R. Murriel, Reverend Dr. Sherry R. Austin and Reverend Dr. Marvin A. Moss will officiate. Interment will follow in Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery.

Those who desire may make contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, 2951 Flowers Rd S Ste 211, Atlanta, GA 30341, or at

Online condolences amy be made at

Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, 2000 Cobb Parkway SE, Marietta, GA 30060. 770-432-0771.


  • Alma Louise Crook, Mother
  • Louis Linder Crook, Father
  • Alvon Crook, Brother
  • Richatd Crook, Brother
  • Ida Ruth Crook, Spouse
  • Christina Elain Morgan, Daughter
  • Dawn Crook Bailey, Daughter
  • Edgar also leaves to cherish his memory, grandchildren, Brittney, Courtney and Chaz; great grands Journi, Zahaan and Theodore III; Nieces-Elmira Kristina, Kim; grandnieces-Lauren Jennifer and Ellie Keri; nephews T.J, Brian and Kenny and his beloved sister-in-law, Alva Lee Jackson.

  • Hudhayfah Abdullah, Active Pallbearer
  • Wayne Copper, Active Pallbearer
  • Asher Squire, Active Pallbearer
  • Asher Squire, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Stapleton, Active Pallbearer
  • Theodore Wood Wilder II , Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Butler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Morris Jones, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charles Williams, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Christian Rites of Passage Committee, Flower Ladies


  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 16, 2018

Mr. Edgar Elliot Crook

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Janice Mitchell-Woodward

February 24, 2019

I have just been told that Edgar had passed in July and extend my deepest condolences to his family. I was fortunate to have met Edgar when he, with AFT and I, with NEA attended a conference together - and later ran into each other when he was in D.C. - again on a business trip. I was so impressed with both his business acumen; but also by his very warm and giving nature. He fought a valiant 'war' in his desire to remain with us and also in his supreme efforts to give his all to the field of education. Edgar: It was indeed a blessing to have known you - however briefly.

Muriel "GoGo" Mitchell Lawrence

September 25, 2018

From the very first day that we met, Uncle Edgar and I were connected by a very special bond that flowed through family and friends all across the country! We shared so many wonderful times and laughs together. One that was most memorable to me was when I called my sister/cousin Stephanie out in California to tell her that Edgar had gotten a transplant, she just about ran her car off the road. She was like on the next thing smoking to Atlanta to hug his neck. That actually was in 2006. Stephanie passed away in 2007.
He was the light of our inspiration for 12 years from then. We had even more laughs and good times over and over again. The picture is from when he and Pinky came over to our Annual Holiday - "Over the Rainbow"- on Hilton Head in 2014. Miss you so much, Uncle Edgar, but you will always be with us in our hearts! Love to everyone!

Jackie Wolf

September 3, 2018

Edgar and I were friends for many decades via the AFT. In a backhand event of missing each other for lunch in NYC at a convention I meet my husband to be Earl Wolf. We danced at the wedding of Pinky and Edgar as a married couple.
Edgar's great humor and fabulous smile will be surely missed.
Rest in peace my friend.

Cynthia Reed Evans

July 16, 2018

Edgar and I grew up together in Brutonville, Al. Through the years we would catch up on what was going on in our lives at Christmas. Pinky please accept my sincere condolences. You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers. Cynthia Reed Evans

Jackie & Chris Milton

July 16, 2018

Ida and Family,
We are thankful to have known such a man, Edgar. We shared our last memories when we all attended “The Gladys Knight Concert” at the Botanical Garden on June 18, 2017. We will cherish forever.

Love Ya,
Jackie and Chris

Faye Edwards

July 16, 2018

To Ida and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God’s Peace cover you and Comfort you as you continue Edgar’s legacy of love, joy and family. He is forever with you in spirit. Loving you, Faye

Annie Cunningham-Sowell

July 15, 2018

I met Crook at AAMU and we became friends which extended to Cleveland, OH while he lived here. We lost contact after he moved to Georgia. If he was your friend, he could be counted on always. Sincere sympathies to his family and all who suffer his loss.

Frances Williams Abercrombie

July 14, 2018

I have fond memories of Edgar. I am from Jacksonville, Alabama. We both attended and graduated from Alabama A & M University from1965 - 1969. While at A&M it was always nice having conversations with Edgar about our hometowns. After all - We were "Home-Girl and Home-Boy!"

To the Crook Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. You have suffered a" loss." But be assured - Edgar is " not lost." He is with the Lord! May God give you peace and strength during this difficult time.
Francés & Melvin Abercrombie
Decatur, Georgia

Gauthra Taylor

July 13, 2018

From grade school, to high school, through college, and beyond, Edgar was a dear supportive friend and classmate. Over the years he became more & more like family. He was always there to help and console us when needed. Today my heart is heavy from the loss of someone so very special and kind. He is truly missed.
Love, Gauthra

Timothy/Kelly Jenkins

July 12, 2018

For the family our love and prayers are with you, Edgar was great guy and real friend with a loving heart and always a smile. May God comfort all of you in your time of loss. He will be greatly missed.
Our hearts are heavy but he is with the almighty God now and he is taking good care of and

Tim and Kelly Jenkins