Myron Dudley Crook, Jr.

July 10, 1936 – July 2, 2020

Myron Dudley Crook, Jr., 83 of Charlotte, NC, passed away on the 2nd of July, 2020. He was born on the 10th of July, 1936 in the old Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and was known as “Duddy” in his youth.  Dudley attended Swanson Jr. High School, Arlington, VA, where he was elected Mr. Swanson in the 9th grade.  He graduated from Washington & Lee High School, Arlington, VA, in 1954 and was a member of the Phi Lambda Epsilon fraternity.  While there, he was the Sophomore class Treasurer as well as Junior class Vice President and was a starting left-handed pitcher on the J.V. baseball team in his sophomore year.

He graduated from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1958 with a BS degree in Industrial Relations and a minor in Sociology.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity – serving as Vice-President during his Junior years and served two years in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp., having to drop out due to elevated blood pressure, which excluded him from advancing to pilot training.  He remained a “Tar Heel Bred” at heart.

He worked for 42 years in the Confectionery Brokerage business, for three firms, selling his portion of a partnership in 1998 and retired in 2001.  During his business career, he was past President of both The Carolinas Confectionary Salesmen’s Club and The Southern Salesmen’s Candy Club and was selected as a Southern Candy Knight by the Southern Candy & Tobacco Association and was honored as a Candy Ambassador by the National Candy Wholesaler’s Association.  He was the Treasurer of his company, Professional Marketing.

Dudley was a past member of Garr Memorial Church, where he served as a Board Member, Sunday School teacher, Choir member, and Chairman of The Men’s Fellowship.  He and his sons: Kyle and Rand were active in the Charlotte Council of Y-Indian Guides, Crow tribe for several years.  They were known as Big Buffalo Hunter, Little Buffalo Hunter, and Littlest Buffalo Hunter.  He felt a strong affinity to the American frontier West and especially the plight of our Native Americans.

He was a former member of the Gideon Society and a former Treasurer of the Woodberry Forest Neighborhood Association.  Being a member of the Sardis Swim and Racquet Club, where he enjoyed playing tennis with his other retired friends.  He loved to go fishing.  He was an avid amateur photographer and loved to take photos of friends and loved ones.  He loved Old-time Southern Appalachian Folk and Bluegrass Gospel, as well as Classical music.  He enjoyed shooting pool – especially with Vicki.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Hartsell Crook; son, Randolph “Rand’ Willis Crook; stepsons: Jeffrey and Chris Fowler and Phillip and Jason Meggs; one grandson, Miles Dudley DeNezza Crook; one granddaughter, Giorgia Ruth-Ann DeNezza Crook; four step-grandsons and three step-granddaughters.  Also, “Tuxedo”, the cat and Sassy & Ellie Crook.  He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Kyle Dudley Crook his father, Myron Dudley Crook, and his mother, Ruth Isabel Curington Crook.  Also preceding him in death is Gabby Crook, the Cairn Terrier, and Bella Crook, the cat.

The Crook family will visit friends and family from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Thursday, the 9th of July, 2020 at Ellington Funeral Service.  A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 AM in The Historic Morehead Street Chapel at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Philadelphia UMC Cemetery in Fort Mill, SC.

Memorials may be made to Camp Lurecrest

Dudley was a believer!

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Larry Cowie

2 months ago

Dudley was a real gentleman. He was an interesting and charming man to talk with. I am sad to hear of his passing.

James Crawford

2 months ago

I knew Dudley for only a brief period of my life but the memories of his engaging personality still resonate. He was a good person with a big smile and laugh. He I’m sure will be missed and my thoughts go out to Rand and the rest of his family.

Brian Cuff

2 months ago

I grew up in Spring Valley across from the Crooks and as a kid would always ask Mr Crook for candy samples- Zagnut was my favorite. He was a very nice man and it’s wonderful to see he was a believer! Prayers to Rand and the family!

Andy Anderson

2 months ago

I hardly knew Mr. Crook, but I knew he was a candy man, and that still makes me smile. I did know his boys, Kyle and Rand, and we had many a good time together, especially with Kyle, as he was closer in age to me. (I’m a proud and fortunate parent of two grown boys; my oldest is named Kyle.) I remember a late afternoon following baseball practice, our coach, Jake Wade, (who rests in peace just outside the third base line with his gray suit pants stuffed into his white athletic socks) gave me and my brother Kelvin and Kyle and Rand a ride home. We were playing “corners” in the backseat and turning left off Randolph onto Wendover when the weight of our corners game popped-open the right side back door of his Chevy Nova. Rand was closest to that door…and he began to exit the car – like an astronaut in a nightmare space movie – only to be yanked at the last second safely back inside by his older brother Kyle…Rand, condolences to you and your family in memory of your Dad. My memories of you and your family (on Sherwood) are precious.

Mike Shepard

2 months ago

I worked with Dudley and Vickie for a very short time at Bojangles Coliseum. It was a pleasure working with them. Dudley will be missed GREATLY…

Joyce W. Summerville

2 months ago

It was my pleasure to work with Dudley for more than 10 years on the CRVA Parking Team at Bojangles Coliseum.
He was prompt, courteous, always with a smile and friendly greeting . . . an absolute southern gentleman. We are
blessed to have had the privilege of knowing and working with him and Vicki. His presence will be greatly missed.

Cheryl and Steve Nemecek

2 months ago

Vicki, what a wonderful memorial video. 💞 We are thinking of you often and sending prayers of condolence. We only met Dudley a couple of times and it was a pleasure on all occasions. He was kind enough not to complain when we brought all of the kids to your wedding (lol), and we really enjoyed your visit to New York. He put up with our whole family and went to The Baseball Hall of Fame with Steve and then spent another day with him driving thru wine country so we could have some girl time. Both vacations and the memories fill my heart with happiness. You both were blessed to find each other and we are blessed to be a part of your life. Love you always. 💞

John Paul Kirsch

2 months ago

Duddy was my older cousin as we grew up together in Arlington in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Grandpa John and Grandma Hatti Currington came from the family home in South Dakota to split time living with each of their three daughters, Francis, Ruth and Jean, who all lived close to each other there. Each Sunday after church we had a big family dinner at one of the sisters home. I have special memories of Duddy watching golf on their round screen television, fooling us with his fake dog poop, and his gem studded motorcycle belt. Later, it was a thrill to receive a copy of his research on Grandpa John as a pioneer in South Dakota. He was a handsome gentleman who brought joy into the lives of many.

Joy cranford

1 month ago

Vickie, Rand and family,
You have experienced the loss of your husband, dad and loved one. Please accept my condolences during these days. “Duddy” was one of our Crook cousins, always fun to be around. We’ll surely miss him. Thanking God we’ll see him again one day.


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