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Ledyard Jeffrey “Jeff” Crocker

By Staff
MOBILE - Ledyard Jeffrey “Jeff” Crocker passed away at the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette on Feb. 9, 2010.
He was born in Lower Peach Tree on July 13, 1923. He was the fifth son of Mr. Bracket S. Crocker and Mrs. Birdie Sims Crocker. He had five brothers, William D., Alex B., Norman A., Roderick M. and Clarence L. and two sisters, Margaret Harvell and Beatrice Whearley Lucker, all who are deceased.
Survivors include two nephews, George and Cecil Harvell residing in Mobile and Fairhope and other numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeff was married to Mrs. Irma Beasley for 52 years. Irma passed away in August 2007. They had an interesting life traveling the world and playing golf. They made their home in Mobile and Daphne. They were members of Skyline Country Club for many years. They were members of the Fifty Funny Fellows men’s organization and the Lulunas Ladies Mardi Gras organizations. Jeff was a member of the Junior Chamber of Mobile.
Mr. Crocker joined the Navy on June 24, 1941 at the age of 17. He spent the next five years as a gunners mate and served on the U.S.S. Bernadou in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. His second assignment was on the U.S. War Hawk in the Pacific. They participated in many WWII invasions. He was recalled during the Korean War for two years. Jeff was extremely proud of his service career and delighted in telling stories of his many exploits and experiences. His second career was an auditor for the state of Alabama for several years until his retirement.
Funeral services were held at noon Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 from the Walnut Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. James Boyd officiating. Interment followed in the Walnut Hill Baptist Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Gary Beasley, George Beasley, John Harvell, George Harvell, Brack Crocker and Jack Ward. Family received friends from 11 a.m. until service time Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at the Walnut Hill Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walnut Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of all arrangements.