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Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX

OBITUARY

Mr. Gary "Crowman" Phillips Crow

February 11, 1955February 6, 2020
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Gary "Crowman" Phillips Crow was born on February 11, 1955 in Memphis, TN and passed away on February 6, 2020 in Houston, TX.

Services

17 February

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home

Chapel

18000 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384

17 February

Reception

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home

R. L. Wood Reception Hall

18000 Interstate 45 S
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Memories

Mr. Gary "Crowman" Phillips Crow

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Bob Vega

February 14, 2020

I met Gary way back in the early 80's as I started my management career at Kroger at the very young age of 20. Gary was always there to advise and support me and we quickly became very good friends, so much so that we ended up buying townhomes together just a home apart back in 1984. That's when I met Mary, the love of his life. He was never happier. They were inseparable. Rest in peace my good friend until we see each other again. I will miss all the times we had together.

Your friend,
Bob Vega

Annette Weston

February 13, 2020

Will and I had the honor of having Gary officiate our wedding. He did a perfect job, just exactly what we wanted. When I found out Gary had done this for others, I asked him if I ever got remarried would he do the officiating.
One of many memories I could share but most of all I will miss the big hugs. He always had the best hugs. Everything was rights in the world when he hugged.

Kelly Crow

February 13, 2020

Dad sitting at my kitchen table in The Woodlands.

Kelly Crow

February 13, 2020

Mom and Dad in Vegas - Jan 2019

Christian Gournay

February 12, 2020

Christian Gournay

February 12, 2020

Kelly Crow

February 12, 2020

Found a good Christmas Photo from a couple years ago, taken at Mom and Dad's in New Braunfels.

Kelly Crow

February 12, 2020

Was looking through my phone for photos with Dad, found a good one of Kristin and I with Mom and Dad in New Orleans for Thanksgiving a couple years back.

FROM THE FAMILY

Lovey in Dallas, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY

Rogers, AR house

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Lovey in Dallas, 2019

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Rogers, AR house

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1989

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Vickie, his sister

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Sourcing coffee WMI

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Jay, 1982

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Yvonne

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Christian

Biography

Gary Phillips Crow was born February 11, 1955 in Memphis, TN. He passed away on February 6, 2020 of complications from a stem cell transplant he received on September 10, 2019 at MD Anderson in Houston. He is preceded in death by both his parents Bobby Gene and Bonnie Lou (Phillips) Crow and his only sibling Vickie Louise Crow.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Ruth Breaux Crow, son Kelly Morgan Crow and wife Kristin Bitter Crow and daughter Mary Catherine Crow and her husband Andrew Kyle Gravit.

Gary started his 14 year career with the Dallas Kroger company by sacking groceries and worked his way up until he became a store manager. During his stint in Houston, he met and fell in love with Mary Ruth in 1982 and they tied the knot in 1984. He moved on to HEB Grocery and HEB Pantry Stores as unit Director and District Manager of Operations in Austin for 4 years. He moved his now complete family to Winston-Salem, NC to work at Lowes Foods as District Manager of operations for 5 years until he was asked to move to their parent company Merchants Distributing Inc. as Director of Purchasing.

He was always trying to get us back or closer to Texas, so when the opportunity arose to work with his long time friend and mentor Pete Netzel at Walmart International Division in Bentonville, AR, he took it. Gary spent 9 years as a senior executive sourcing all consumables from four continents around the world. This role had him travelling extensively to over 24 countries on a regular basis. An opportunity came up for Gary to work for The Wine Group (TWG), the world's 3rd largest wine company and still remain in AR. Rising to the level of Vice President, he was responsible for TWG's worldwide Walmart and Sam's Club sales. Utilizing his vast retail background, and his knowledge of Walmart's growing presence in wine retailing, he grew TWG's business a staggering 900% in 8 years. His efforts were rewarded with the coveted Vendor of the Year award in 2009.

After both his parents passed in 2012, he and Mary Ruth took this as a sign to retire and move back to Texas where they settled down in New Braunfels to continue golfing, travelling the world with great friends, cruising on the high seas and working at the Double C Ranch. He also leaves behind one nephew Christian St. Jon Gournay, wife Karen Booher Gournay, daughters Madeline and Caroline and son Ben and 5 grandcats: Roscoe, Tobias Bartholomeow, Fifi, Lumiere and Petey. His own cats Jaylee, Little Bits and his newest baby cat Smokey are heartbroken as well.

He had a wonderful and colorful life and leaves behind so many great friends, too numerous to name nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law who always knew they could call on Uncle Gary and he would be there for them no matter what they needed. His 149 days of being on the MDA transplant roller coaster have come to an end and he is once again whole and he can bathe in God's love and his beloved family that have been waiting patiently for him. Sweet dreams my love, until we meet again. All my love, all my life. MBC