George Milton Crudup, was born April 22, 1942 to the late Joseph S. and Oza Dunston Crudup in Franklin County, North Carolina. He departed this life March 4, 2020.
George joined Pope’s Chapel at an early age where he remained a faithful member until he departed this life, serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board and Choir Director for years. He was a member of the Senior Choir, Male Choir and seeing the need for a youth choir, started and directed a host of kids along with others.
George attended public schools in Franklinton, North Carolina in the early 1960’s. It was there that he earned the reputation as the school artist. One of the most remembered creations was the Yellow Jacket mascot that he painted on the back of the high school’s (B.F. Person-Albion) activity bus. Even today that painting is remembered by many who witnessed its existence during those years.
After graduation from high school, George desired to attend art school but as a member of a family of nine, with little money, the reality of art school in those days were far-fetched. The next several years were spent in New York and junior college in North Carolina. George soon became restless and decided to join the Air Force, serving in Texas and the Far East in 1968, George ended his active military adventure and enrolled in a mechanical drafting course at Vance-Granville Technical College in Henderson, North Carolina. For the next several years he was employed as a mechanical draftsman using the skills that he acquired in college along with his self-taught artistic skills and abilities in the engineering department of two major manufacturing industries. For over twenty years, George was also employed at John Umstead today known as Central Regional Hospital. He retired in 2012.
Having a love for singing, George and Deacon James Kearney decided to form their own group singing as a duo. Later, Deacon Dexter Thrower and Deacon Charles Johnson joined the group now known as The Singing Deacons. Their latest addition to the group was Brother William Hunter.
George was preceded in death by siblings; Millard Crudup, Mozella Crudup, Joseph Berklin Crudup, and Marvin “Pete” Crudup.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of forty-nine years, Mattie Johnson Crudup of the home; his daughter, Shonnah Crudup of Butner, NC; three sons, Joseph “Wu” Crudup of the home, George Christopher Crudup of Raleigh, NC and Bryan Crudup of Butner, NC; two grandchildren, Marquise Crudup of Butner, NC and Courtney Singleton of Greensboro, NC; one great grandchild, Jace Crudup; extended family, London and Maura Surles; sisters, Annie Kingsberry of Cambria Heights, NY and Cinderella Kearney of Jamaica Queens, NY; mother-in-law, Corina Johnson; sisters-in-law; Catherine Crudup and Phyllis Johnson; brother-in-law, George Johnson (Carrie); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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