David Lloyd Crews was born the son of Jonathan Lloyd and Ruby Lucille (Johnson) Crews on October 24, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life March 14, 2013, in Ripley County, Missouri at the age of 63 years.
He was united in marriage August 16, 1969 at Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy in Myrtle, Missouri to Sandra Whittenburg.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Crews of the home in Couch, Missouri; two sons, Michael Crews and wife, Pam of Alton, Missouri and Jeffrey Crews of Rolla, Missouri; three grandchildren, Timothy and Taylor Crews of Alton, Missouri and Isabel Crews of Rolla Missouri; mother-in-law, Alice Whittenburg of Couch, Missouri; uncle, Lee Crews of Crestwood, Missouri; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonathan and Ruby Crews; Myles and Beulah Dethrow and Hubert Whittenburg.
David will be remembered as a businessman and leader in his community. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. He was employed by Eaton Corporation for several years and was former president of the West Plains Rotary Club. David, along with his wife, Sandy, owned the Thayer Dairy Queen from 1990 to 1996. He was active in numerous organizations including Missouri Farm Bureau and Oregon County Extension Council. He also served as Republican Committeeman for the Jobe precinct.
David was a prominent farmer in the area. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends, life on the farm, deer hunting, and cooking for church dinners and family gatherings. He especially enjoyed making deer jerky for his grandchildren and cherished the time he spent with them.
He was a dedicated Christian, a Gideon and an active member of Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy in Myrtle. In 1995, he was baptized in Fredrick Creek on his own property.
David will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He will be truly missed by his family, many friends and the community in which he lived.
Funeral Services will be Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Missouri with Brother Jake Lawrence, Brother Charles Trantham and, Brother Russell Hensley officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home in Thayer on Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Cotton Creek Cemetery, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons or Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy Building Fund, and may be left at the funeral home.