Josephine G. Crabtree

Josephine G. Crabtree, 94, of Elkhart, IN, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Elkhart General Hospital. 


She was born on March 17, 1926 in Moore County, North Carolina to the late Hugh T. and Ocia (Cockman) Brown. She married her true love James C. Crabtree on July 8, 1949. He passed away May 29, 2019, after 69 years of marriage.


Surviving are two sons: Johnnie F. (Phyllis) Crabtree, Roy T. Crabtree; two grandsons: Chad M. Crabtree and Bryan S. (Alisha D.) Crabtree;  3 great grand grandchildren: Christian S. Crabtree, Adrienne L. Crabtree, Noelle E. Crabtree; brother: Tracy Edward (Sherry) Brown; sister: Emily Lois (Joe) Priest.


In addition to her parents and husband James, great grandson Noah B. Crabtree; brothers: George Brown Jr., Wesley Argene Brown, Hugh “Bud” Monroe Brown; sisters: Amanda Maxine Vest and Myrtie E. Kennedy preceded her in death.


Josephine and James have called Elkhart, IN home since 1958. Josephine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed antiques, gardening and raising vegetables and beautiful flowers. She enjoyed going on vacation and traveling, and carried a lifelong love of her home state North Carolina.


As her sons and family, we are very grateful for the foundation of life that our parents laid down for us.


Graveside service 2 PM, Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Reverend Todd Moore.


Local arrangements for Josephine are under the care of Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart, IN.


Funeral services and burial are entrusted to the Kennedy Funeral Home, 241 N. Middleton St., Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. My sympathy to the family of Josephine at this time . I knew Jim thru the years at General Telephone and watched his eyes light up as he told stories about Josephine and their family.

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