Leroy F. Crutchfield
Leroy Floyd Crutchfield, 91, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation, following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jonathan Wallace officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery, in Sanford.
Leroy was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Durham County, to John Powell Crutchfield and Mary Catherine Rollins Crutchfield. He began his career as a Durham firefighter before enlisting in the Army Air Corps and serving in World War II. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal Award following an injury from the war.
As a disabled veteran he was unable to continue firefighting. So Leroy began a long career in the dairy business. He worked 40-plus years with Long Meadow Farms and Flavor Rich. He was also co-owner of the Ice Cream Shoppe in Carthage.
Since retirement Leroy had volunteered for the past 17 years at the Penick Village in Southern Pines. There he was known as “Bud” and led the residents in sing-a-long every Thursday morning. Besides Leroy’s love of singing and dancing, he will be remembered for his love of Duke basketball, NASCAR and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Powell Crutchfield and Mary Catherine Rollins Crutchfield; his wife, Elizabeth “Lib” Crutchfield; and sisters, Lenora Smith and Daisy Williams.
He is survived by three sons, Shelton Lee Crutchfield Sr. and wife, Martha, of Cameron, Michael Floyd Crutchfield and wife, Mary, of Napersville, Ill., and Gary Maurice Crutchfield and wife, Debbi, of Southern Pines; brother John Powell Crutchfield Jr. and wife, Jan, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be directed to a Humane Society of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.