Browning Funeral Home

141 West Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS


Richard "Dickey" Lamar Crew

May 5, 1938March 6, 2020

Richard L. “Dickey” Crew, age 81, passed away at NMMC in Tupelo on Friday, March 6, 2020. He was born on May 5, in Crews, AL to Eugene and Robbie Jacobs Crew. Dickey enjoyed hauling dirt, developing subdivisions, buying and selling cars and collecting machinery. He was best known for his genuine love and kindness. He was at home among princes and paupers and left a legacy of love of family and friends. He lived “love thy neighbor as thyself”. He was the best of men. Dickey left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

A celebration of life service was held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 PM at Algoma Baptist Church, with Rev. Don Smith and Rev. J.J. McVay officiating. Visitation was at the church from 1 to 3 PM Sunday. Private burial was in the Crew Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc handled the arrangements.

Left to cherish his memory, his wife of 64 years, Shelia Simmons Crew; a daughter, Tabby Vaughn (Greg); two sons, Kerry Crew and Richie (Sherry) Crew; five grandchildren, Codi Crew, Bryer Vaughn, Max Crew, Kenny Houpt and Kassidy Houpt; twelve great-grandchildren; Ben Dowdy, Kase Groceman, Kendal Houpt, Laila Houpt, Zoey Houpt, Kannon Houpt, Waylon Houpt, Kale Houpt, Kash Houpt, Kullen Houpt, Carly Hodges and Ashley Hodges.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Mary Ann “Pat” Culbertson, Hazel Sue Bell and Christine Pearson and a great-grandson, Kolt Houpt.

Pallbearers will be Leo Mask, Mike Reese, Danny Patterson, Ted McVay, Peter Wilson, Sammy Barlow, Judge Tommy Garner and Johnny Crawford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Parker, Billy Wayne Fitzpatrick, Arthur Lusk, Gene Freeman, Clyde Roye, Mike Jones and Charlie Barber.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org or to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 848 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103.

“Dickey” stories may be shared with the family at www.browningpontotoc.com.


  • Leo Mask
  • Mike Reese
  • Danny Patterson
  • Ted McVay
  • Peter Wilson
  • Sammy Barlow
  • Judge Tommy Garner
  • Johnny Crawford
  • Billy Parker, Honorary
  • Billy Wayne Fitzpatrick, Honorary
  • Arthur Lusk, Honorary
  • Gene Freeman, Honorary
  • Clyde Roye, Honorary
  • Mike Jones, Honorary
  • Charlie Barber, Honorary

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital


  • Visitation Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, March 8, 2020


Richard "Dickey" Lamar Crew

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Terry & Barbara Howell

March 8, 2020

To the family of Dickie Crew, so sorry for your loss. Dickie was a good man always there to help anyone in need.He will surely be missed.

Bettye Butler

March 8, 2020

To the family of Dickie Crew I send my heartfelt condolences to the family and special memories. Coach Jim Butler and Bettye Butler loved Dickie and have many fond memories of him on Brooks St in Pontotoc.

Bettye Butler

Daisy Palmer

March 7, 2020

Papa Bear was like my granddaddy cause my dad worked for him and shelia for 30+ years til his death.