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James (Jimmy) Crow

Born: Fri., Sep. 7, 1923
Died: Sun., Jun. 21, 2020

Public Viewing

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 26, 2020
Location: Harris Funeral Home Memorial Chapel

Private Funeral Service

Sat., Jun. 27, 2020

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MR. JAMES "Jimmy" Crow, 96 of WAXHAW, NC passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Atrium Health - Waxhaw, Waxhaw, NC.

Private Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 Military Honors and Interment will follow.

A public viewing will be held 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm June 26, 2020 at Harris Funeral Home & Cremations of Monroe, NC.

Mr. James Crow "Jimmy ", was  a very special person to all who knew him.  He was a long time resident of Waxhaw, a devoted husband and a person who had an exceptional gift of befriending everyone.

James Crow was born on Friday, September 7, 1923, to Bertha Crow in Union County, North Carolina.  He was the fourth of five children.

Jimmy received his formal education in the Union County Public Schools.  At 19, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945.  After discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps August 19, 1946 and trained at the Montford Point Training Facility near Jacksonville, NC, becoming the first nearly 20,000 black men to desegregate the Marine Corps.  He served in the Asiatic-Pacific and Korean Era.  He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in September 1951 with rifle sharpshooter qualifications.  Wounded in action in the Hangnyong area, Korea, he received two Purple Hearts,  WWII Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.  He was scheduled to receive his personal replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to all Montford Point Marines in a ceremony originally planned for May 2, 2020.  He was also nominated to the N.C. Military Hall of Fame for 2020.

In 1941, James married his bride of 75 years,  Annie Faye Massey Crow.  He was a loving and dedicated husband until Annie Faye's passing February 16, 2016.  From that union, they had one child, Helen Gwendolyn Crow.  

Mr. Crow had a long civilian career at Trailways before retiring.  He then worked at Harris Teeter Stores until his second retirement.  He was also a member of the Waxhaw Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Crow  was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church Waxhaw, for many years.  He served on the Deacon Board, the Presbyterian Men and Usher.  Ushering was his passion because that was where he could meet and greet.  Mr. Crow remained a respected and admired member of the Waxhaw Community.  He enjoyed restoring vintage automobiles, working in his yard and engaging conversations where ever he dined.  We will remember his love of his life, laughter, kindness, sharp mind and the joyful memories he shared.  

He leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter, Gwendolyn Crow of Lancaster, SC; great-grandchildren, Taheerah Smith and DeShonne Staten; great-great-grandchildren, Tyantiana Smith, Stepfon Smith; great-great-great-grandchildren, Ja'Ana Flowers, Malaysia Hough and Maci Hough; sisters-in-law, Virginia Massey Johnson of Waxhaw, NC and Emily Massy of Warrenton, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  James Crow was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Willie Crow, John Henry, Paro Henry, and Nathaniel Houston and grandsons, Kevin Crow and Gregory Smith.



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Larry Haywood
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mr. Crow's passing. We enjoyed talking to him whenever we met him in Waxhaw. He was always so proud of his cars and truck. He was a fine man. It would be a better world if we all lived our lives as he lived his. Prayers for the family.

Larry and Beverly Haywood

Darrell & Cindy Tysinger
   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
So sad to hear and know we won’t be able to see his smiling face frequently in Quincy’s on Sunday. Always a big wave from such a fine gentleman. Beautiful photo of this proud Staff Sgt. Marine. John 15:13; There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends.
Rest In Peace Hero.... A good Christian that did love life. Heavens gain. Prayers for the family and all who crossed his path, had a friend for life. 🛐

Bro. Joseph & Michelle Blakney
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
We are so sorry for your family's loss, we will be praying for your family's strength and understanding. From the Blakney Family

Felishia Henry
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020


“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality”. With all my love, Felishia Henry

Catherine and Robert Cureton
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
We are saddened to hear that Mr. Crow has passed. We pray that the peace of Christ remains, and strengthens the family as you grieve. You're all in our prayers.

Toni Mobley
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Mr. Jimmy was a staple in our community and will certainly be missed. May his family find comfort in fond memories. Our prayers are with each of you.

Carolyn & Toni Mobley

Trena Hood-Clyburn
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
May the peace of Christ keep you during this time and always! Mr. Jimmy's warming smile and calm spirit will certainly be missed. ~ Trena

   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences to the family. Mr Crow was a hero to our country and a true gentleman. It was a pleasure knowing him. May God bless you with comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Harold & Emily Smith
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
To the family-with our deepest sympathy.Our Condolences for the loss of your father. To our Dear friend Helen Crow~Harold and Emily Smith

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