Donald Ray Crews
Donald Ray Crews, 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in Meadows Place, Tex., following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on January 20, 1930, in St. Francis, Ark., to Aubrey and Klugh Crews, who preceded him in death. His wife of 53 years, Bonnie, and his wife of eight years, Marilyn, both preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Betty McKinney; daughter, Laura Foster; his two sons, Mark and David; seven grandchildren, Coleman, Meagan, Lauren, Clayton, Jonathan, Rachel and Grant; six great-grandchildren; brother-in-laws, Robert Evans of Palm Coast, Fla., Tony Evans of Bradenton, Fla. and Jack Evans, and sister-in-law Geraldene Evans of Piggott, Ark.
Don grew up in Piggott, and was proud of his Arkansas heritage. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1954.
After his military service, he worked for many years for the J.C. Penney Company in Missouri, Indiana, Nebraska and Texas; Graham Men’s and Boy’s Clothing and for Leopold, Price, and Rolle, in Houston, Tex. His entire working career was spent in retail sales management and he was the consummate professional. Don was “the man who never forgot a face” and “the man who never met a stranger.”
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 and “fought the good fight” against this terrible disease for 17 years. Don spent the last five years at The Hampton Meadows Place senior living facility where he was known as the life of the community and the “snappiest dresser.” He was loved by the Hampton caregivers and his sense of humor will be missed. The family wishes to thank his loving and gracious caregivers during the last years of Don’s life.
Don was a faithful Christian and in his later years attended the Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugar Land, Tex. He especially enjoyed seeing friends in his Sunday morning Bible Class and he looked forward to spending eternity with Jesus.
Don was wonderful at dispensing advice to his children and friends, but he will be best remembered for his favorite saying, “As you roll on through life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.”
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Piggott Cemetery, Piggott, Ark., for family and friends.
Expressions of sympathy may be left on the Earthman Funeral Home website at www.dignitymemorial.com/earthman-southwest-funeral-home
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate you considering a donation to Project SMILE, a charitable organization serving disadvantaged school children in the Stafford, Tex. area. This organization was supported for many years by Don and Bonnie. Please make checks payable to Bethel Ministry, memo line “Project SMILE”. Mail to: Bethel Ministry, P.O. Box 280, Stafford, Tex., 77477.