Joe Henry Crenshaw

Published 10:50 am Monday, April 22, 2024

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Joe Henry Crenshaw, age 89, of Cordele passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 19, 2024. Joe was born in Pitts, GA, to the late Joseph Byron Crenshaw and Christine Baker Crenshaw. He was preceded in death by three brothers, William H. Crenshaw, Carl Bryon Crenshaw, and Alvin Crenshaw; four sisters, Geraldine Black, Betty Mygrant Miller, Julia Pinley, and Janie Fullard; and a grandson-in-law, Tony Knox. Joe’s passion and lifelong occupation was the Jewelry business where he was a true master jeweler, watchmaker, and clocksmith. He worked for over 75 years in this profession and he never officially retired, he stopped working when the Crenshaw Jewelers store closed in February 2023. His other interests were farming, fishing, bird watching, beekeeping, and inventing many innovations as a master craftsman. Joe is survived by wife, Laverne Fitzgerald Crenshaw of Cordele, GA; three sons, Steven Crenshaw (Cindy) of Cordele, Darrell Crenshaw (Libby) of Americus, Mark Crenshaw (Peggy) of Cordele; one daughter, Linda Crenshaw Charrette (Pete) of Villa Rica, GA ; one brother, Dan Crenshaw, and one sister, Ruth Adams; seven grandchildren, Leia Knox, Evan Crenshaw, Camille Charrette, Sara Crenshaw, Emily Crenshaw, Kirsten Charrette, and Joseph Charrette; four great-grandchildren, Skylar Knox, Hope Knox, Bella Knox, and Claire Crenshaw. A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Mark Jones, will be held in the chapel of Rainey Family Funeral Services at 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 21, 2024. The family will receive friends prior to the service in the chapel of Rainey Family Funeral Services from 2:00 – 2:50 pm, Sunday, April, 2024. Interment will take place immediately after the service at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Pitts, GA. If weather doesn’t permit graveside interment, the graveside service will take place in the Rainey Chapel. In Joe’s honor, donations can be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cordele or an organization of your choice. Joe’s favorite words, “Auf Wiedersehen” – German and means – “Until We Meet Again.”