Ray E. Crumpton went to be
with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at his home in Cumby,
Texas, with his wife of 60 years at his side.
He was born October 10, 1936 south of Cumby. His parents were Ofie and Vera Bennett Crumpton. He married Ann Lindsey on June 24, 1956 at
the Washington Street Baptist Church, Greenville, Texas. He was a Southern Baptist Minister for
He graduated from Cumby High
School in 1954. He moved to Dallas and
worked for Wilson Sporting Goods for two years and the United States Postal
Service for seven years. On August 24,
1962 during a two-week tent revival at White Rock Baptist Church, he
surrendered to God's call to preach the Gospel.
He attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas for three
years and pastored Hall Baptist Church.
He then served as pastor of Prairie Valley Baptist Church, Campbell and Union Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs. He graduated from East Texas State University
in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
In 1973 he received a degree in Religious Education from New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in the seminary he pastored churches in
Louisiana and Mississippi.
He moved to Beavercreek, Ohio
(near Dayton) to serve as pastor of University Baptist Mission. He lead them to become a constituted church
during his time there. God lead him to
pastorates in Ashland, Kentucky and Houston, Texas before leading him back to
the Greenville area in 1983. He returned
to ETSU to earn his Teachers Certification.
He taught Earth Science at Quinlan Middle School for 17 years.
During these years he served
as pastor at East Delta Baptist Church, Cooper; Peniel Baptist Church; First
Baptist Church, Campbell; England Grove Baptist Church, Commerce; Chapel Hill
Baptist Church and County Line Baptist Church, Rains County. He served area churches as interim pastor and
while serving at Point First Baptist Church, was given the title of Pastor
Emeritus by that congregation.
He loved studying the Bible, especially the
book of Revelation. He taught this book
in a verse-by-verse study in many churches he pastored and he also conducted
special week-long studies in other churches. While in Houston, he was one of
the first pastors to be certified to teach the Master Life Program.
He and Ann enjoyed traveling
in their RV with their beloved Boston Terrier, Dutchess. They spent much time
in the Gunnison and Created Butt, Colorado area, camping, fishing, site seeing,
rock hunting and just enjoying the beautiful mountains. Sundays were special because they attending
church in Tincup, Colorado, an old mining town.
In 2003 they enjoyed a 3 month trip to Alaska.
He is survived by his wife,
two daughters, Kay Stinson, Aurora, Colorado; Debbie Blakley and husband
Robert, Livingston, Texas, son-in-law Cecil Rowland, Georgetown, Indiana. Six grandchildren, Jamie Bodenbender and
husband Chad, Salem, Indiana, Michael Rowland and wife Nicole, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Dustin Beaver and wife Katie, Ft.
Worth, Samuel Blakley and wife Lizzie, Carrollton, Nathaniel Blakley,
Nachodoches and Danielle Blakley and fiancee Ed Brown, Huntsville. Five
great-grandchildren, David Hoggarth, Noah Bodenbender, Serenity AllieAnn
Bodenbender, Charlie Rowland and Samuel Rowland. Sister-in-laws, Georgia White,
Houston and Freeda Crumpton Brewer, Greenville, and numerous nieces, nephews
He was preceded in death by
his parents, daughter, Cindy Rowland, brothers, Murray A. and J. T. Crumpton,
sisters, Marie Bibby and Myrtle Ruth Keller.
Also, sister and brother in-laws, Martha and Billy Pope, Maurine and
Cecil Clark, Charles White and Gene Brewer.
Mother-in-law Eula Lindsey Parish.
Visitation will be at 6 to 8
p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home and funeral services will be at
2p.m. Wednesday at County Line Baptist Church, Hwy. 275 S of Miller Grove with
Rev. Benny Chaffin and Rev. Wayne Darty.
Burial will follow at Sunny Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rick
Berry, Dale Crumpton, Joey Crumpton, Mark Crumpton, Daniel Knight, Lee Knight and Darren
Money. Honorary Pallbearers will include
David Beasley, Woody Garmon, Doyle Glossup, Johnny Sampson, Marion Spurlock,
Lewis Watts and Chuck Wesson.
If you wish, in lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International Bible Fund and the
Christmas Child Shoebox Fund at County Line Baptist Church.