Reverend Harold Ray Crocker

September 29, 1931 - May 17, 2009
Reverend Harold Ray Crocker

Rev. Harold R. Crocker passed away peacefully at Davis Health Care Center on Sunday, May 17, 2009.   He was a loving Husband and Friend, a Hero to his daughter and sons, a hilarious Grandfather, a caring Brother and Godly Pastor and Mentor.

Rev. Crocker served the congregation of Living Water Ministries at Ogden for 40 years, retiring at the end of 2003 to fulfill 50 years in ministry.  He also served Advent Christian Churches in Lenoir, NC and Eau Gallie, FL.  He was active in the community serving as chaplain in the fire department, and in helping to found the Wilmington Ministerial Association. Rev. Crocker served in many denominational and conference positions and was instrumental in establishing Camp Dixie in its current location near Fayetteville, and directed youth camps there for many years. 
He was a familiar face in area hospitals and civic events, and was a comfort and friend to many.

Rev. Crocker was preceded in death by parents, Albert, Sr. and Beatrice Crocker and older brother, Albert (Dick) Crocker, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Crocker; a daughter, Sherri Farrow and husband Mike; and 2 sons, Gary and wife Amy, and Rick; and 3 grandsons, Alex Farrow and Weston and Dalton Crocker, all of Wilmington; in addition to a loving extended family of brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. 

Harold was born in Medford, MA, graduated from New England School of Theology in Brookline, MA where he met “Ginny”, the love of his life.   While there he committed to a life calling in service of his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4 pm at Northside Baptist Church, 2501 N. College Rd, Wilmington, NC.  The Crocker family greatly appreciates the generosity of our friends at Northside in offering the use of their facilities. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Living Water Ministries, 141 Middle Sound Loop Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411; Camp Dixie, Inc. 373 W. Bladen Union Church Rd, Fayetteville, NC  28306 ; or Davis Health Care Center, 1011 Porters Neck Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411.

The Crocker Family expresses their deep gratitude to our friends on East 2 at Davis Health Center for all their loving care and kindness.

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  • May 25, 2009
    Joanna Byler (davis healthcare) says:
    Crocker family- my deepest sympathies at the passing of your husband and father. I just wanted to share a good memory I have of Mr. Crocker- shortly after he came to stay with us, one morning during breakfast, just out of the blue, he laid his hand on my arm and proceeded to pray for me- it was very sweet and a great reflection of the great man he must have been during his lifetime. I know you take comfort in the fact that you will meet again. God bless the family of our Mr."Crockerbarrel".

  • May 23, 2009
    Darlene (Scotty) Gay says:
    My heart goes out to your family in this time of separation, with Rev Crocker going on to glory. He will be missed by many, he has done so much for people in his lifetime. My prayers are with you. God Bless ~Darlene (Scotty)~

  • May 27, 2009
    Birty and Jim Lightner says:
    Our hearts are full of sorry at our loss and praise at having known and loved Mr. Crocker, a wonderful and inspirational friend and spiritual leader. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • May 28, 2009
    Paulette Niemann says:
    To all the family, I know Rev. Crocker will be missed by each of you as well as the many people whose lives he touched. Even though I haven't seen him in years I often think of him and have told people what a wonderful man and minister he was. God bless you through the coming days as you deal with your loss.

  • May 27, 2009
    Rev. Willie Batson says:
    Cindy and I send our deepest love for you all in your time of grief. I will long remember and appreciate Harold's love, encourgement, laughter, and contagious love for Jesus. May you be comforted by the God of all comfort.