Wiley Crenshaw

Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Funeral services for Brother Wiley Crenshaw were held on Thursday, April 14 at 11 a.m. from Braggs Hill AME Zion Church.

Rev. Ellis Bandy served as pastor. Rev. Mark Hawkins officiated. Burial followed in the churchyard cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville, Ala., directed.

Brother Wiley Crenshaw III, was born in Braggs Hill, Ala., on Sept. 15, 1917 to the late Mr. Lewis & late Mrs. Ludie White Crenshaw.

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In 1939 he married the late Mrs. Ebbie Moorer-Crenshaw and to this union

eight children were born.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Ira Crenshaw and Tyrone Davies; four sisters, Bessie C. Womack, Mae Bell Lewis, Cleo Ramson and Myra Peagler; and two brothers, James Crenshaw Sr. and Lewis Crenshaw Jr.

Brother Crenshaw’s walk in faith and commitment to God began at Braggs

Hill AME Zion Church. He later joined the Sweet Home AME Zion Church under the leadership of Rev. Mark Hawkins where he remain faithful until his death.

Some of his commitments are: becoming a preacher steward under the leadership of Rev. Walter Lee Womack, member of the Lay Council, chairman of the trustee board for many years, treasurer of the benevolent

offerings and Sons of Varices (local president 1978-1988).

Brother Crenshaw became a member of Home Mission Lodge #125A in 1940 and there he also remain faithful.

In 1978 he married Mrs. Lena Powell-Crenshaw. During this time he became even more involved in his work for God.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife, Mrs. Lena Crenshaw; Greenville, Ala.; children, Zola (Rious) Byrd, Newark, Ohio, Verncile

Crenshaw, Newark, Ohio, Helen Franklin, Columbus, Ohio, Claude Crenshaw, Erie, Pa., Elizabeth (Claude) Cockran, Columbus, Ohio, King Solomon (Diane) Crenshaw, Columbus, Ohio, Betty Ann Knight, Columbus, Ohio, Barbara Terry, Pittsburg, Pa., Bruce (Rhonda) Davies, Greenville, Ala., Wade (Pasay) Davidson, Ozark, Ala.; Wayne (Deanne) Davidson, Mitchellville, Md., Betty Doris (Frank) McConnico, Greenville, Ala., Brenda Darby, Greenville, Ala., and Connie (Zeron) Pledger, Atlanta; eight adopted children, Marvin Davidson, Greenville, Ala., Russell Davidson, Greenville, Ala., Ann Michelle Wilkerson, Greenville, Ala., Dorethea Davidson,  Atlanta, Dwight Davidson, Ludie Louise Young, Talladega, Ala., Robert Hawkins, Greenville, Ala., Elizabeth (Willie) Moorer, Greenville, Ala., and Darren J. Hawkins, Greenville, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Turner and Rosie P. Powell; two brothers-in-law, Wehr Lee Powell and Bishop Willie C. Powell; 67 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces nephews other relatives and friends, and three devoted friends, Herston Wayne Myrick, Greenville, Ala., Annie (Peanut) Womack, Greenville,

Ala., and Jerry Owens, Greenville, Ala.