“He was there for people. You couldn’t help but be close to him. He would drop everything to be there for you when you needed him,” Plew said.
Crockett leaves behind his wife, Beth, and their four children: Josh, who will move into the lead pastoral role at the church; Nathan, who teaches theology at Bob Jones University; Isaac, who’s a senior pastor at a church in Hamburg, Pa.; and Luke, who will soon travel to the Ivory Coast to begin a ministry. When Crockett first began his bout with cancer in 2006, he had no grandchildren. When he died on Wednesday, he had eight grandchildren, with three more on the way.
Crockett’s sons said some of their fondest memories were at the family’s longtime home on Van Buskirk Road, which overlooks the White River.
“His house was somewhat like a cottage. It was a magical place,” Josh Crockett said. “It was filled with keepsakes he had collected from different missions around the world. He had antique books he would read to the kids. He was a wonderful grandfather.
“We’re going to miss his shepherd’s heart.”
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