Charles Crump: rest in peace, rise in glory

The Diocese of West Tennessee reports the sad news of the death of Charles Crump, well known Deputy to General Convention:

We regret to inform you that Charles Crump, longtime Chancellor of The Diocese of West Tennessee and 17-time deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, died last night at the age of 96. After 71 years as a practicing attorney at Apperson, Crump & Maxwell, Mr. Crump retired in December of 2008 and stepped down from his 25-plus-year post as Chancellor of the Diocese. Mr. Crump was the longest standing deputy to General Convention, having attended each triennial event since 1958, and he was instrumental in the founding of Church of the Holy Communion as a mission of Calvary Church in 1939. Charles Crump was an influential force in The Episcopal Church on a local, diocesan and national level. Read more about Mr. Crump in the December 2008 issue of Church News, found here, and in a feature on Episcopal Life Online… Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery this Thursday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Requiem Eucharist at Church of the Holy Communion at 11:00 a.m. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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    May light perpetual shine upon him. Sine die, Mr. Crump.

    Jan Nunley (added by ed.)

  2. Pan Adams-McCaslin

    What a wise teacher and mentor. We will miss him.

  3. Charlie managed to maintain what was best in the phrase, “a fine Southern gentleman,” and to turn away from the worst. His service was great and his death is a loss for his parish, for the Diocese of West Tennessee, and for the Episcopal Church.

    Marshall Scott

  4. My first General Convention, at age 23, was in 1991 in Phoenix AZ. I have many memories from that Convention; one that lasted through the next several GC’s (I then attended each Convention through 2006) was seeing Deputy Crump rise to the microphone.

    I am not a great mimic, but I cannot count the number of times I have enjoyed parodying that fine member of our church make an important point of order to the House of Deputies. His voice, and knowledge, will not soon be matched. RIP.

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