CRUTCHFIELD CLARENCE 87, most recently of Duluth, GA, died December 17, 2012. He was born in Lebanon, Tennessee to James and Hattie Crutchfield. He graduated from Wilson County High School. He joined the Navy in 1942, serving in WW II as a Navy ship signalman in the Pacific Theater. He completed his college education at Tennessee State University, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. He served as a teacher, football and basketball coach at WCHS. He married Anita Watkins (TSU'54), who shared his love of sports and education. They moved to Detroit in 1957 for better educational opportunities for their children. They raised three daughters who all went on to become college educated, successful women. Clarence joined the Detroit Public Schools and while teaching, he attended the University of Detroit and earned a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance. He retired as a counselor after 37 years of service. In retirement, he turned to his love of sports swimming, tennis, golf and closely followed his beloved Detroit Lions and Tigers. He moved to metro Atlanta in 2005 to be closer to two of his daughters. Initially reluctant, he enjoyed the climate and made many friends at his home at Parc at Duluth. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a life-long member of the Church of Christ, most recently the Duluth Church of Christ. Clarence was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Anita Watkins Crutchfield, brothers, Harry, Bill, Sidney, Carl and sister, Margaret Ashworth. He is survived by his three daughters, Wyndolyn Bell, M.D. of Sandy Springs, GA, Tamalyn Stewart of Croton, NY, and Cecilia Crutchfield of Peachtree Corners, GA; sister, Hattie Bryant of Lebanon, TN; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and many relatives and friends. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements are being made by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 22nd, at the Duluth Church of Christ, 3239 Duluth Highway ( GA-120), Duluth GA 30096. Burial will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, December 21st, at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Duluth Church of Christ in celebration of the life of Clarence Crutchfield.
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