George Alexander Crum Jr. worked for State Farm, loved sports

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 4:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — George "Doodle Bug" Alexander Crum Jr. of Columbia died Monday, June 9, 2014. He was 55.

He was born on Aug. 23, 1958, in Columbia to George and Barbara (Johnson) Crum.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1976 and was employed by the City of Columbia in the water treatment division. He later worked for State Farm Insurance Co. for 18 years in Columbia, Tulsa, Okla., and Atlanta.

Mr. Crum loved sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Braves. He was the pitcher for the Harry All Stars baseball team for more than 10 years. He also enjoyed cooking and was known for his ability to fry turkey.

Mr. Crum is survived by five sisters, Helen P. Derrick of Bluegrass, Iowa, Sherley A. Crum Hayes of Columbia, Joyce M. Williams of Columbia, Frances M. Bush of Columbia and Dorothy E. Crum of Columbia; two brothers, William E. Crum and his wife, Mary, of Columbia and Herbert W. Crum Sr. and his wife, Eunice, of Columbia; two "like brothers," Meredith Vaughn of Columbia and Ed Tibbs of Columbia; three "special nieces," Ladonna Crum of Columbia, Trivia Crum of Columbia and Tammy Houston of Overland Park, Kan.; one "special nephew," Jabbar Crum of Columbia; two "special cousins," Beverly Gardner and Racine Vaughn, both of Columbia; 16 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces and great-nephews; 44 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and many cousins.

His parents, George A. Crum Sr. and Barbara O. (Johnson) Crum; a sister, Delmarae Crum; seven aunts; four uncles; two nieces; and one nephew died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Millard Family Funeral Home, 12 E. Ash St. Services, conducted by the Rev. David P. Ballenger, will be held at noon Saturday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1707 E. Smiley Lane. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

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