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Charles A. Crabtree, 83, finished his journey and went home to be with his Lord, whom he served faithfully as a charter member and an ordained deacon of Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church for 54 years, on Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, at Community Hospital Anderson following a brief illness.
He also served the church as a song leader, chairman of the trustees and adult Sunday school teacher.
Devoted to his family whom he loved mightily, Charles also loved fishing, gardening and the Chicago Cubs.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1934, in Armathwaite, Tenn., the son of James Wesley and Nancy Ann (Terry) Crabtree.
Charles attended Armathwaite city schools and later married the love of his life, Norma Ausmus, on April 3, 1954, in Armathwaite. She survives.
He had worked in the cleaning room of Interstate Casting in Indianapolis for 10 years prior to his retirement in 1995. Before that, he had worked for Frank Foundry in Muncie for 31 years in the maintenance department.
Besides his wife of 63 years, Norma, he is survived by two daughters, Tamara Marie (husband, Mark)Sluss of Marion and Elizabeth Ann (husband, Gary) Purcell of Clarksville, Tenn.; two sons, Wendell (wife, Meleny) Crabtree of Indianapolis and Charles Brent(wife, Angela) Crabtree of Muncie; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Morris of Muncie; several nieces and nephews; and a whole host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mata Jean Crabtree, in 1957; one grandson, Shane Crabtree, in 2012; his parents; three sisters, Ova Sheppard, Opal Beaty and Mary Hall; and three brothers, Johnnie, Doc and Howard.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church, 7500 N. Wheeling, Muncie, with Pastor James O. McCowan and the Rev. James E. Sluss officiating. Burial will follow at the Jones Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Parson Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Olive Free Will Baptist Church.
Post online condolences at www.parsonmortuary.com.
Published on June 27, 2017
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