Rev. Glenn Lee Crabtree Sr.
(July 14, 2013)
Rev. Glenn Lee Crabtree Sr. of
Athens, passed away Sunday, July 14, at Athens Regional Medical Center. A
native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late Edith
Jaynes Crabtree. He was a member of Niota First Baptist Church, and formerly pastored
churches in McMinn, Monroe, Meigs and Roane counties, the first church being,
Cottonport Baptist which always had a special place in his heart. He made
foreign mission trips until he had to retire from being a pastor due to his
health. He was also retired from Case Enterprise where he served as safety director
for more than 30 years.
He never hesitated to share
his faith and loved woodworking, growing vegetables and flowers, working in his
yard and sitting on his screened porch watching nature. God called home a great
warrior for Him. As head of our family he set a great, but strict example
to follow. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and his
children and grandchildren were his greatest joy in life.
He was 80.
Preceded in death by: his stepfather,
William James Crabtree Sr.; a brother, William Otis Crabtree, and a sister,
Survivors include: his wife,
Shirley Costner Crabtree;
Sons and daughters-in-law-Glenn
Lee "Wink" Jr. and Vicki Crabtree of Knoxville; Robbie D. and
Angela Taulbee Crabtree of Madisonville;
Brothers and sisters-in-law-James
W. and Lavonne Crabtree, Wayne and Rosezella Crabtree, all of Athens;
Sisters and brother-in-law-Maudie
and Jim Ratledge and Barbara Sliger, all of Athens;
Crabtree and Betsy Ann Crabtree;
Mother of his grandchildren-Janice
Funeral Services will be 7 p.m.,
Tuesday, July 16, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev.
Mark Sliger and Rev. Jimmy Jackson officiating. Graveside services will be 11
a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at Reed Springs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be
Wink Crabtree, Robbie Crabtree, Drew Crabtree, Jimmy Ratledge, Scott Sliger and
Tim Sliger. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, prior to
the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
International Mission Board, c/o Niota First Baptist Church, Niota, TN 37826.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is in charge of the arrangements.