John Enoch Crutchfield

May 1, 1918 - November 17, 2007
John Enoch Crutchfield

GREENSBORO, N.C.—After an extended illness, John E. Crutchfield Jr. moved on to higher ground Saturday, November 17, 2007 in Wilmington where he had lived for the past 3 years.

“John E.” was born in Burgaw, N.C. In 1918. The youngest of 5 siblings, his family moved to Greensboro when he was 6 years old, where he resided until his recent move to Wilmington.

During his education at Western Carolina, he was elected president of his freshman, junior and senior classes. There he met and married the love of his life, Sara Avaline Patton from Swannanoa, N.C., who preceded him in death. After graduation, he served in the US Navy as a lieutenant during WWII.

He joined Burlington Industries after the war where he remained a plant manager for most of his professional career. He was a past member of the Greensboro Jaycees, First Presbyterian Church, and Starmount Country club where his golf talents led to his winning several club tournaments.

In the late 1940’s, he and a few neighborhood friends in the new development “Kirkwood”, celebrated the 4th of July by marching around the block with their kids, flags, animals and noisemakers. This was the first of the now annual Kirkwood Parade.

“John E.” loved music and dancing (in his earlier years), collegiate sports, and the ocean at Topsail and Wrightsville beaches, where he braved the surf up until his early 80’s.

He was loved and will be greatly missed by his daughter Martha Crutchfield Friesinger and husband Jim of Wilmington, a son John E. Crutchfield III (Jackie) and wife Rebecca Willitts Crutchfield of Greensboro. Grandchildren Kyle and Will Friesinger, and Sydney and Weston Crutchfield lit up his eyes and spirit like no one else could.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24th at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC

The family would like to give special thanks to Lower Cape Fear Hospice for all of their care and concern.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28401.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. Phone 910.791.9099


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  • November 23, 2007
    Bob Susan Crenshaw says:
    Jim and Martha, Wanted to send brief note since I have not had chance to personally speak to you. Please accept our sympathy and love for you and your family in passing of your Father. It is not easy yet at same time we know it is a reason to celebrate for finally he is at rest and without pain and suffering. Did not realize he was plant manager for Burlington Industries. I spent firt 10 of my career with Burlington with Susan faithfully following me around. We moved 7 times in 10 years and got chance to live in Greensboro twice . We always wished we could join Starmount, sounds like your Dad was an excellent golf. Jim must not have taken time to learn your Father's skills at game. I would imagine I met your Father sometime in my career and sounds like he was very successful, in addition to raising a wonderful daughter. Our love to both of you and our prayers and comfort. Hope to see you soon. Bobby and Susan Crenshaw