In Memory

Claude Crumpton [Crump] Kirby, III

March 3, 1951 - January 31, 2018

Claude Crumpton Kirby III, aged 66, passed peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center surrounded by loving family and friends. "Crump" was born on March 3, 1951 in Jacksonville to Claude Crumpton Jr. and Patricia Kirby. He was raised on the south side of Jacksonville and graduated from Samuel Wolfson High School. He married Catherine Holton on May 5, 1973. He was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church and San Jose Country Club.

Crump spent over 40 years as a certified vehicle leasing consultant and fleet manager at GT Leasing until partially retiring in 2017 to spend more time fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He was a past president and active member of the Southside Business Men's Club and volunteered his time on Thursday evenings to call bingo at San Jose Country Club.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Cathy Kirby, sister Geri Bowman (William), son Christopher Kirby and daughter-in-law Sarah Dilworth, daughter Casey Newmeyer and son-in-law Charles Newmeyer, niece Katy Droubie, grandsons Miles Newmeyer, Jonathan Kirby, and granddaughter Eleanora Newmeyer.

Family, friends and others whose lives Crump touched are invited to attend a visitation at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, located at 4801 San Jose Blvd., from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and a Celebration of Crump's life at Southside Baptist Church, 1435 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL at 2:00pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. Graveside services immediately following on Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Southside Business Men's Club building fund.

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02/03/18 03:27 PM #1    

Janet Elaine Jones (Scott)

It is with great sorrow that I hear about the death of Crump Kirby. He was a great guy. I saw and spoke with him at several of our reunions and then we passed comments to and fro on Facebook from time to time. I remember Crump in many of my classes at Wolfson. He was a quiet guy and then would say something crazy and make everyone laugh. He had a very unique personality. I send my sympathy and prayers to his wife and his family. Everyone will miss you Crump. God Bless!

02/03/18 07:29 PM #2    

Lester Lonzo Johnson, Jr

There’s a saying that you can count your true friends on one hand. I can truthly say that Crump was one of those true friends. We have stayed in touch,had get togethers with his beautiful wife Cathy for dinners,card games including seeing him at his family reunions! Any time he was close to my business he always had time,made time,to say Hi! We sent lots of emails to each other over the years  as well. I can truly say that he will be missed!! Heaven has gained another angel,maybe not a perfect angel but a pretty darn good one!! Love you my Friend ,Lester Johnson 

02/04/18 08:15 AM #3    

David Troxler

Crump was one of the best friends I had growing up in Southside.  We hung out a lot together when at Wolfson. He was a gregarious, outgoing person with many friends. My mother was especially fond of Crump. While at Wolfson, somehow we got involved in selling Amway.  He could sell anything and I'm glad he followed in his father's footsteps in the car business. We hooked up a little last few years on FB but I'm sorry I missed seeing him at recent reunions.  I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Cathy, his children and grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by many, many friends.

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