JAMES VIVIEN II - 90 -
James "Jim" V. Crum, II, transitioned April 14, 2011 in Ocala, FL with his son at his side. He passed from the combined effects of Parkinson, a recent stroke, and heart failure. Jim was a long time resident of Ocala. He was born on July 6, 1920, in the family home of James Singletary outside of Ft. Meade, FL to James Vivien Crum and Una Singletary Crum. He attended high school at Summerlin Institute and graduated in 1939. He then attended Florida Southern College on a tuba band scholarship and worked on a campus building, Annie Phifer Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a pilot. Following WWII, he was in Germany and flew the Berlin Air Lift in C-54 four-engine transport planes. While in Germany, he traded cigarettes for a full Rosenthal china service which would become his wedding gift to his yet unknown bride, Gwendolyne Ruth Ramage. He enjoyed a 37-year marriage to Gwendolyne, who was a school teacher and county school administrator. She predeceased him in 1987 due to renal failure. Through over 20 years of combined active Air Force and Reserve service he attained the rank of Lt. Col. Jim also became a successful entrepreneur in agriculture, citrus, and trucking. He and his son built a regional trucking line, Crum Transport, Inc., which had the largest fleet of hopper bottom trailers in Florida when it was sold in 1997. Jim was active in Kiwanis. He was the founding president of the Lake Weir Kiwanis Club in 1954 then became Governor of Florida Kiwanis in 1966. He was involved in Kiwanis fund-raising, held numerous offices at the International level, and was a member of the President's Advisory Cabinet. He was also active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and was "Elk of the Year" twice. Jim was an avid football fan and supporter of the Florida Gators. A natural athlete, at the age of 71 he took up golf and had two holes-in-one. He enjoyed both pleasure boating and boat racing. He loved big band music, had a melodic voice and was an excellent dancer. Jim also enjoyed playing bridge, grilling, and being in nature. With his son he took many trips to national parks as well as destinations such as New England, Canada, and Europe. His son took him on a safari in Kenya for his 78th birthday. Jim generously donated to many causes, especially those related to youth, and was actively involved in Methodist churches in both Ocklawaha and Ocala. Although well known as a business and civic leader, he was perhaps best known for being the consummate "Southern Gentleman."
He is survived by his son, James Vivien "J.V." Crum, III, Esq.; one brother, Robert W. Crum, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces.
Viewing will be on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011 at First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL with Rev. John F. Few presiding. Eulogies will be delivered by: Thomas J. Falvey, long time friend; Clifford Eugene Ramage, nephew; Nancy Ramage Garrett, niece; and James Vivien "J.V." Crum, III, Esq., son. There will be a private family burial which will include a military honor guard. Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 352-629-7171.
|>FLORENCE MAY CRUM - 79 -
Florence was a resident of Homeland for 71 years, she died today ( December 3, 1950 ) at her home after a lengthy illness. Florence was born in Marion, Ill., 79 years ago, she moved with her family to Polk County when she was 8 years old. She was still active in affaris in the Baptist Church until about 2 years ago .
Florence is survived by her husband, D. W. Crum, and a son, M. B. Crum, and 2 grandsons.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 4, 1950, at Homeland Baptist Church, with the Pastor the Rev. Marvin Lynn officiating, assisted by the Rev. H. L. Wiggins, pastor of Homeland Methodist Church and the Rev. P. R. Wimberly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bartow. Whidden Funeral Home was in charge.
Burial in the Homeland Cemetery. ( Ledger, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1950 )
|>JAMES VIVIAN CRUM -
Weirsdale - Funeral services were held yesterday, Oct. 12, 1953, at First Presbyterian Church for James Vivian Crum, who died Friday morning atMonroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala, following a heart attack at his home in Lake Weir Thursday night.
Interment was at Homeland Cemetery yesterday afternoon.
James was born in Bartow on April 2, 1897 . Mr. Crum was the son of the late Charles Fletcher Crum and Mrs. Bess SWEARINGEN Crum, who were among the early pioneer families in Florida, having come to Marion County in 1839 and later moved to Polk County.
Mr. Crum and his family were residents of Polk County until 1943, when they moved to Weirsdale, where he was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Lake Weir Kiwanis Club and was active in many community activities. His life work had been with the sitrus industry and he was manager of the Weirsdale Packing Company at the time of his death.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Una Crum; 2 daughters, Lou Jean a graduate student at Florida State University and Patricia, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania; 2 sons, Robert W. of Fort Pearce and James V. II, of Ockiawaha. Also surviving are a brother, Dr. Dana S. Crum of Red Bank, N.J.; 2 half sisters, Mrs. Carmen Jones and Mrs. Allene McVey; a half brother, Norman Crum; his step-mother, Mrs. Inis Crum and a granddaughter, Gayle Ann Crum of Fort Pearce.
|>DANIEL WESLEY CRUM - 87 -
BARTOW - Daniel Wesley Crum, a prominent citrus grower, died this morning at 7:15 at a local hospital where he had been a patient here since mid-January.
Mr. Crum made his home at 1230 Lightsey Ave, he was born in the Homeland section and had lived in Polk County all his life. He was a steward-emeritus of the Homeland Methodist Church of which he was a life-long member.
Survivors are his son, M. B. Crum of Bartow, and 2 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Homeland Methodist Church, with interment at Homeland Cemetery. Whidden Funeral Home of Bartow in charge . ( Ledger, Feb. 2, 1954 )