OBITUARY

Leatrice Elizabeth Crews

January 11, 1931March 21, 2014
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Leatrice Elizabeth King Crews of Richlands died March 21, 2014 after a short illness at the age of 83. She was born January 11, 1931 in Wilmington, NC and was a long-time resident of Richlands, NC. She was a graduate of Richlands High School and Meredith College.

“Lea” was the epitome of a life service. She began her career as a school teacher in Laurinburg and Richlands, followed by a long career as an Onslow County social worker. She was a member of the Richlands First Baptist Church where she served as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and deacon. She was a member of the Richlands Sunshine Club and an Onslow County Master Gardener. Most importantly, she was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend.

“Mother” was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Lee King and Mertie Ellen Shepard King, her sister Kathaleen Joy King Whaley and brother-in-law James Russell Whaley. She is survived by her son Charles Alan Crews and wife Elizabeth “Mimi” Crews of Raleigh, NC; son Donald Glenn Crews and wife Angelique Yvonne Weyrick Crews of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother Ottis Lee King and wife Nancy Faulk King of Teachey, NC; “Nana’s” grandchildren are Erin Michelle Crews and husband Nicolas Jacques Pirog of Atlanta, GA; Jason Patrick Crews and Joshua Wyatt Crews of Raleigh, NC; Christine Elizabeth Crews and Anna Marie Crews of Myrtle Beach, SC; several nieces and nephews, and numerous extended relatives.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 26th at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church of Richlands with the Rev. Gary McAbee officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers are Melvin Beard, Earl Huffman, Jeff Huffman, Clarence Humphrey, Kenneth Jarman, Roy Melton, Billy Smith, and Charles Tyson. Funeral arrangements are through Johnson Funeral Home in Richlands. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scholarship Fund c/o Richlands First Baptist Church, 100 Rand St., Richlands, NC 28574.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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March 27, 2014

Alan, Don and family:
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a very sweet person and will surely be missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Angela Thompson Jarman

Dee Babb

March 27, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. I enjoyed visiting with your mom,-- my Aunt.

March 26, 2014

Alan, Don, and family,
So sorry for your loss. Couldn't make the services today, but you are in our prayers. You had a wonderful mother.
Edna Branch (Uncle Buren's daughter), Lumberton, NC

Cathy Dorey Merrill

March 26, 2014

Dear Don and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a wonderful Lady!
My heart goes to you. I love you and miss you.

Cathy Dorey Merrill

March 26, 2014

Dear Don, Allen, and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady!
Roger and I are thinking of you.
You are always in my heart and I am so lucky to be a lifelong friend since our days at Richlands High School.
I love you and take care!

tracy dorey lausterer

March 26, 2014

Sorry to hear about your mom. Prayers to you all.

Edward, Sharon,Ashton & Shelby Evans

March 26, 2014

Don, Allen & Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. You now have a very special Angel to watch over you & your families. Let us know if we can do anything for you!

Virginia Baysden

March 26, 2014

Leatrice is at the top of memorable people who made the community we are pleased to call home. I'm sure you all will miss her and hold treasured thoughts of her in your heart. Prayers for all of you.

Barbara Marshburn Batchelor

March 25, 2014

So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief.

Connie Crocker

March 25, 2014

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family. I was saddened a few weeks ago when I learned that she was in a nursing home. Having worked with her at social services and seeing her through the years at NRBA meetings, I can say she was a great lady, always happy to serve her Lord, and her family, and the people of Onslow County. She was steadfast in her beliefs and assertive when she needed to be. I can truly say it was a pleasure having known her. May God bring to mind many wonderful and humorous memories to comfort you.