1925 - 2003


DR. J. B. “BILL” CRUM – 78 – Veterinarian & Former Mayor of Bartow
BARTOW -- The youngest Bartow mayor ever elected, Dr. J. B. "Bill" Crum of Bartow was a leader, not a follower. As former mayor of Bartow, serving two terms beginning in 1954, Mr. Crum was the youngest Bartow mayor ever elected at the age of 29. "He had three main loves in his life, his family, and especially his wife," said his son, Greg R. Crum of Bartow,²He would say his wife is the biggest saint in the world." He and his wife were college sweethearts during the 1940 s at Auburn University in Alabama. His son, Greg, a stockbroker, attributes his father's family oriented life to his great success, saying, "He shared his learning experiences with the family to prepare us, and all of us have become very successful as a result." "Watching him become successful in his business, he gave us the format to become successful," he said. Mr. Crum died of heart failure Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) at Florida Hospital Waterman, Eustis.
 He was born Jan. 24, 1925 in Bartow, he was a lifelong resident. He was a veterinarian for more than 50 years, working for Bartow Animal Clinic for 36 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the Veterinary Medical Corps, inspecting food. He was a citrus grower and rancher; past president of the Bartow Lions Club, Polk County Taxpayers League, May Bluff Hunt Club, National Sailing Club; former commissioner of Bartow; recipient of the Bartow Rotary Medal of Honor Award; past chairman of the Bartow Memorial Hospital; past board member of Bartow United Way, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Polk General Hospital. He was a member of Doctors of Veterinarian Medicine Society. His other two loves were sailing and hunting. He was an active sailor until the day he passed away, dying of heart failure during a race in Eustis. "He was as sharp as a tack until the day he died," Greg said.²If I could be half the man my father was, I would be happy. He was my hero, and my mentor."
  In addition to his son, Greg, Mr. Crum is survived by his wife, Betty Mac Crum, Bartow; sons, John M. Crum, Winter Haven, Stephen J. Crum, Arlington, Va.; daughter, Sharon Peterson, Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Ann Hammond, Port Saint Lucie, Mary Jean Dyrenforth, Atlanta; and 13 grandchildren. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Whidden-Mclean Funeral Home 650 East Main Street, Bartow. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church 455 S. Broadway, Bartow – Ledger, Feb. 3, 2003
Burial in Homeland Cemetery

Wife of Dr. J.B. Crum

Bartow - Elizabeth "Betty Mac" Crum, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 at her residence in Bartow of cancer. Born January 10, 1927 in Birmingham, AL, Mrs. Crum was a resident of Bartow for Since 1949, moving from Auburn, AL. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Bartow First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Crum was very active in the Bartow Hospital auxiliary for many years; she was a substitute high school teacher for several years; She was active in her husband's veterinary clinic practice for many years.
 Mrs. Crum is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. J.B. "Bill" Crum and her son Gregory Crum.
 She is survived by two sons: Stephen Crum (Monica) of Arlington, VA. and John Crum (Xuan) of Bartow; daughter: Sharon Peterson (Bruce) of Columbus, OH.; 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Special thanks to her care givers: Melinda Fleming and Nikki Browder & the staff of Good Shepherd Hospice. Family will receive friends Monday, March 31, 2014 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bartow First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave, Auburndale, 33823- Ledger, March 29-30, 2014

Son of Dr. J. B. Crum

>GREGORY R. CRUM – 61 – Financial Industry
Bartow- Gregory R. Crum, 61, of Bartow, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012 of cancer. A lifelong resident of Bartow, he spent most of his career in the financial industry, as a banker and later a stockbroker. He enjoyed serving the community and was past president of the Bartow Breakfast Rotary Club; member of the May Bluff Hunt Club, the American Heart Association and board member of the American Cancer Society. He loved sports and spent many hours coaching baseball and soccer. His greatest love was for his family. He lived vicariously through the lives of his four sons.
 He was preceded in death by his father Veterinarian Dr. J. B. Crum; > Greg is survived by a loving family that includes his mother; Betty Mac Crum, Bartow; four sons: Matt Crum, Bartow; Ben Crum, Lakeland; Josh Crum, Tampa; Zach Crum, Lakeland; two brothers: Stephen J. Crum, Arlington, VA & John M. Crum, Winter Haven; twin sister: Sharon Peterson, Columbus, OH. & two grandchildren: Emilio & Enzo Crum.
 Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St, Bartow. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Thomas Catholic Church, 2180 S. Kissingen Ave, Bartow. Memorials
may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1920 South Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803. –Ledger, May 12, 2012
Burial in Homeland Cemetery

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