Visitation for Mr. Crabtree will be held at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from noon until the service at 2 p.m. The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Gordon Lee. Interment will follow the service in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends from Hunters Point Golf Course.
Mr. Crabtree, born on March 18, 1938 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 after fighting a year-long battle with lung cancer. Mr. Crabtree was a resident of Lebanon for 35 years. He was a loving husband, father, and uncle.
He is survived by wife of 55 years, Phyllis H. Crabtree; daughter, Sue (Tim) Siens of Lebanon; step-grandsons, Timothy and Benjamin Siens; sisters, Betty Sue Crabtree of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Virginia (R.H.) Galloway of Hurst, Texas; nephew, Russell (Tammy) Galloway of Ft. Worth, Texas; nieces, Renae (Gary) Toles of Watauga, Texas and Rhonda (Frankie) Moeller of Richland Hills, Texas; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Anna Lou) Hickman of Lenoir City, Tenn.; nieces, Aimee (David) Sexton of Lenoir City, Bekki (Bryan) Campbell of Lenoir City; nephew, Michael (Ruth Ann) Hickman of Lenoir City; and niece, Jill (Frank) Hall of Lenoir City.
He was preceded in death by parents, John and Susie Oakley Crabtree and sister, Sarah Ann Crabtree, of Sulphur Springs and sister-in-law Cathy Yearwood, of Lenoir City.
Mr. Crabtree served in the U.S. Army. A proud Texas native, he graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in Sulphur Springs and was the Texas State Vice President of Future Farmers of America. He attended Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn. and the University of Dayton (Ohio). He retired from civil engineering work with the City of Dayton, Ohio, TVA, and Bechtel-Savannah River. He also worked for Donelson Home Health in Lebanon. Mr. Crabtree was a partner/owner and employee of Hunters Point Golf Course in Lebanon.
Mr. Crabtree attended the Church of God Worship and Ministry Center in Lebanon.
The family wishes to thank everyone for prayers and support during the past year and medical caregivers, Dr. James Bachstein, Dr. James Peyton and Tennessee Oncology staff and Centennial Medical Center/Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and University Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of God Worship & Ministry Center Building Fund, PO Box 1040, Lebanon, TN 37088-1040.