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M.J. Crocker
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Funeral services for M.J. Crocker, 92, of Cornelia, are scheduled for 2 p.m. today, March 21, at First Baptist Church Cornelia with the Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided by the Georgia National Guard and Masonic Rites by Cornelia Masonic Lodge No. 92 F&AM.

Mr. Crocker died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Habersham Medical Center.

Born April 18, 1921, in Banks County, he was a son of the late William Tyson Crocker Sr. and Artha Simmons Crocker. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Snyder Crocker; sister, LaVerne Crocker; brother and sister-in-law, Grady and Virgina Crocker; brother, William Tyson Crocker Jr.; sister-in-law, Patsy Crocker; and brother-in-law, Ernest Snyder.

Mr. Crocker was a member of First Baptist Church Cornelia, where he served as deacon emeritus. He was a master Mason in the Cornelia Masonic Lodge No. 92 F&AM, where he became a member on Sept. 25, 1944. He was also a member and past president of the Habersham Rotary Club and former commissioner of the city of Cornelia. Mr. Crocker served as a U.S. Navy Seabee in the 42nd U.S. Naval Construction Battalion from June 29, 1944, until Feb. 4, 1946, during World War II. He was retired from Habersham Metal Products with more than 30 years of dedicated service.

Mr. Crocker sang with his brothers, and sometimes his sisters, in a southern gospel quartet. He loved his church family and friends, singing in his church choir and camping with his wife and their friends.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Bryan Adams of Black Mountain, N.C., Debbie and Kenneth Gosnell of Cornelia and Phyllis and Allen Strickland of Toccoa; sister, Mattie Lee Snyder of Cornelia; brother, Otis Crocker of Greenville, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Latrelle Crocker of Liberty, S.C., and Curtis and Jeanettie Crocker of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Edna Hill Crocker of Cornelia; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their special love and thanks to Mr. Crocker’s caregivers, Sally Brown and Bobby Hutchinson.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

Friday, March 21, 2014