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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