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Jon K. Crow


Jon K. Crow died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the age of 90 in Greenville, S.C. surrounded by his beloved wife, Shirley Stixrud Crow, family and friends.

He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Birmingham, Ala. to William W. Crow Sr. and Elizabeth Smith Crow.

He graduated from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and then graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He married Flora Louise Worthington, also from Birmingham, in 1948. He began two churches near Danville, Va. before going to the mission field with his wife to Brazil for the Presbyterian Church from 1950 until 1966. He loved his work spreading the gospel in Brazil. He and his wife ministered in Recife, Fortaleza, Belem and Imperatriz, Brazil. They loved the work and were well loved by all they met. At the height of the civil rights movement, he told the Presbyterian General Assembly that “God was Lord of all or not Lord at all.” Because of this, he was quoted in Redbook magazine.

Upon returning to the United States, he taught Old Testament Bible at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga. until 1975. During this time he also began and pastored two churches North of Atlanta. After leaving his teaching career, he returned to pastoring. First, Jon served as senior pastor at Avondale Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, then as associate pastor at Casa Linda Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas. During this time, he returned to Brazil several times with Evangelism Explosion.

His first wife, Flora, died in Dallas in 1984, after 36 years of marriage. In the same year in Atlanta, he married Shirley Stixrud, a widow who had served as a missionary to the Congo for 20 years with her husband, Bing Stixrud. They retired to a home in Rosman, near Ridgehaven Presbyterian Church campgrounds. Both were active in their local church, Grace Covenant Church in Brevard, and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He loved the Lord and served him faithfully all his life.

He is survived by his four children, Libby Dayani and husband, John, of Brentwood, Tenn., David Crow and wife, Sherrie, of Stone Mountain, Ga., Janet Hodges and husband, George, of Birmingham, and Susan Petty and husband, John, of Stoughton, Wis .; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his wife, Shirley Stixrud Crow, of Greenville, and her five children, Roxann Rule and husband, Paul, of Phoenix, Ariz., Tom Stixrud and wife, Jean, of Rosman, Donna Crawford and husband, Carl, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Helga Lewis and husband, Pete, of Greenville, and Ginny McCall, of Rosman; 16 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

In addition, he is survived by his older sister, Evelyn Crow Watkins, of Montgomery, Ala. and an older brother, William W. Crow Jr. and his wife, Kathryn Warren Crow, of Birmingham.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Christ Covenant Church in Brevard on US 64, with Rev. Tom Arnold officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory (formerly Pisgah Gardens), 1017 New Hendersonville Hwy. in Pisgah Forest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christ Covenant Church, 48 Tip Top Road, Brevard, NC 28712.

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Moore Funeral Home & Cremation Services are caring for the family.


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