1939 - 2019
Ollin Bryant “Buddy” Crumpler Sr., age 80, passed away on May 19, 2019. He was born in Town Bluff, TX on March 24, 1939 to Richard Lafayette Crumpler and Vivian Jones Crumpler.
Loving and personable, Buddy was a character. Always mellow, always happy, he lived in the moment and never got mad or held a grudge, contently giving his time and opening his heart to anyone. An unrepentant social butterfly, when Buddy held a conversation, whether it was with a stranger or long-time friend, it was as if you knew him your entire life. He lived his life to bring joy to others, often remarking “If I haven’t made you smile, I haven’t accomplished anything.” While growing up in Spurger, he met his soulmate and the love of his life, Sarah. While on furlough during his service in the U.S. Army, their two-year courtship led to a marriage on April 21, 1962 that would last 57 years and produce two children. To Sarah, he was everything rolled up into one, and she could not have asked for a better man and partner in life. From their first date until he breathed his last breath, if “Momma”, as he affectionately called Sarah, wanted it, “Momma” got it. He may not have had much, but whatever Buddy did have was his family’s. He was a hard worker, and after a career in truck driving, he owned his own company named C&C Sanitation, a trash pickup service. Buddy faithfully spoiled his customers and created many lasting friendships, and in return received bundles of homemade goodies, fruits and presents. No matter where he went, he would make a friend and was always cutting up and joking: acting as a chauffeur on trips or dates with Sarah, often accompanied by a carful of women; playing dominoes, poker and perch fishing with many friends and his son, Bryant; trail riding with the “Spurger Trailblazers” for many years, especially during the Dogwood Festival; and camping with his family at Barlow Camp, where the whole town would come down to visit. “Papaw” had a special place in his for his grandchildren, spending time with them and pouring his heart into them. Never a picky eater, he loved sweets, fruits, candy and cookies, but his all-time favorite meal was cornbread. He could eat cornbread with cornbread for a meal, though he often ate it with beans. Though he is gone, his selfless, flirtatious and caring nature lifted so many spirits and brought so much happiness; his life’s goal of leaving this world and the people in it with a smile was accomplished. Buddy, as you pass over, “let the Lord ride with you”, for you will be missed by all.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of 57 years, Sarah Crumpler; son, Ollin Bryant Crumpler Jr. and companion, Bertha James, of Spurger, TX; daughter, Kim Spell and husband, Dan, of Spurger, TX; brother, Richard Lee Crumpler of Spurger, TX; sister, Johnnie Faye Morris of Fred, TX; grandchildren, Danel Means of Spurger, TX, Honey Cravey and husband, Mitchell, of Spurger, TX, and Serenae Garsee and husband, Brandon, of Silsbee, TX; great-grandchildren, Landon, Brooklyn, Kaiden, Brayden, Brazis and Madilynn; a host of “girlfriends” from his business, family and life that he always made to feel special and smile; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Buddy is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Jim Morris; pet Chihuahua and his baby, “Cheyenne”; and his old stubborn jenny, “Strawberry”.
Visitation with family and friends will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at First UMC of Spurger, 13237 Fm 1013 Rd., Spurger, TX 77660. Buddy’s life honoring memorial service will be on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., also at the church, with Chaplain Hardy Dodson and Pastor John McKissick officiating.