Reverend Harold Ray Crocker

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

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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 27, 2009
    Amy Lightner Smith says:
    Mrs. Crocker and family, I was so sadden to hear the news of Mr. Crocker's passing. Your family has always been such a huge part of my growing up. I remember him as a gaint of a man who always made me laugh. Whenever I think of Nanny, I always think of her and Mr. Crocker planning big events for the church! Always had something great between the two of them. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I know Nanny and him are having a glorious reunion and smiling on us all. Love Amy Lightner Smith

  • June 01, 2009
    Bruce Robinson says:
    Dear Crocker Family: Please accept our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy in the loss of Rev. Crocker. He was a genuine and loving man and minister to us when when first moved to Wilmington. We wish you and your family all joy knowing that he is receiving his reward. With deepest sympathy, Bruce and Sherry Robinson

  • June 24, 2009
    Jerry and Linda Register says:
    To Ginny, Ricky, Sherry and Gary: What a man of God Rev. Harold Crocker was - such an inspiration and always spreading joy and enthusiasm. All of my memories of attending Ogden Advent Christian Church are sweet and precious and I learned so much from his Wednesday Bible studies. I can still hear him singing and can hardly wait to see him in Heaven someday with others his pastored.

  • June 26, 2009
    Tom & Carol Dehlinger says:
    Pastor Harold was a good man, Pastor and friend. I enjoyed working with him while we were members of Living Water Ministries. Harold had a good way of teaching the word in a pracicle way. Time to rest my friend...your work is done here. Our sympathies Ginny, Sheri, Gary and Rick

  • May 19, 2009
    Janet E. Michael says:
    Ed and I were very sorry to learn of Harold's death and want to express my sympathy to Ginny and their children and grandchildren as well as to Harold's three surviving brothers, Bill, Gordon, and Bob. We will be praying for you all at this difficult time. Praise the Lord for the Blessed Hope that we have which assures us that we will see Harold again!!!