West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

David Crews
David Crews

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. 



  1. Terry and Sandy Williams
    March 15, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    Sorry for your loss, we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  2. Rachel Rothgeb Johnson
    March 15, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    Mrs. Crews,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I still can’t believe what has happened. I had seen Mr. Crews over at Harps not more than 2 or 3 weeks ago and was so glad I had spoken to him and told him how much I had thought of him and so very much appreciated how he had taken the time to coach my little league team. I had even told him that I wished he had been my dad. Looking back, I am so grateful that God allowed me to see Mr. Crews that day and to allow me to let him know how I felt. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers during this most difficult time. Love, Rachel

  3. Gertrude Jett
    March 15, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Sandy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time. Love you, Gertie and Dave Jett.

  4. Ron & Ann Cowens
    March 16, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Our prayers are with you at this time,God be with you .

  5. Rick & Missy (Collins)Howell
    March 16, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Sandy, Mike, Pam, & Jeff, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Shelley (Cheffey) Herrman
    March 16, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Sandy and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all so much!

  7. Betty Hand
    March 17, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.My prayers are with you.

  8. Mike & Shirley Roberts
    March 17, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Sandy and family, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  9. Mike & Shirley Roberts
    March 17, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Sandy and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  10. Norma Risner
    March 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Sandy and family,So sorry for your loss.May God be with you and comfot you.
    Norma Risner

  11. Rob "Hobbes" Tayloe
    March 17, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    My sincere condolences to the Crews family.

  12. Rob Tayloe
    March 17, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Condolences to the Crews family and friends.

  13. Mary Jo Robertson
    March 17, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Was truely saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. My sincere sympathies to you, Mike, and Jeff. Dave was one of the best bosses I have had. He taught me a lot during the time I worked for him at Eaton. And he was always happy and willing to take the time to visit when ever I saw him. He was well thought of by the people he worked with at Eaton. We all share in your loss. Please feel free to call me if ever you need someone to talk to. Many of his former co-workers will miss him. My prayers for your peace of mind go out to you and your family.

  14. Clifford & Shelia Mitchener
    March 18, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Sandy, Mike, Pam, Tim, Taylor, Jeff and Isabel, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. David was a wonderful person and will be missed by not only his family but many others as well. That is a testament to what a great person and Godly example he was. Allow God to comfort you at this time.

  15. Eddie and Jan Shields
    March 18, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Sandy and Family:
    We are all deeply saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. You family has been a wonderful role model for our community. Your faith and strong moral standards have set the standard to many. May God give you peace and warmth during this time of deep grief. Our family has yours in our prayers.
    Eddie, Jan, Harry, Cassie, Gene, Jamie, James & Jason Shields

  16. Audena Granger
    March 18, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Sandy & Family:
    So sorry to hear about David. What a wonderful Christian man. May you find comfort in knowing so many people love and care about you and your family.

    God Bless,
    Audena Granger

  17. Barbara C. Poulson
    March 18, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Sandy, you are in thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. David was one of a kind and will be missed by all that knew him.

  18. Darrell and Esther Strain
    March 18, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    Sandy and family, words are not sufficient to express our shock and sorrow at the news of David’s death. David was one of the finest men I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Our prayers for the family.

  19. Betty Wrenfrow
    March 21, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    Sandy and family have been thinking about you all. So glad that I got to know you and David. Enjoyed being with youns at church at Centerpoint so much. David was one of the nicest person’s I have ever know. After Truman passed away I remember being at the DQ eating and David came in and got him something to eat and come and sat and ate with me. I so appreciated that. God only picks the best.