2009-12-02 / Obituaries

Rev. Dr. William R. Crews

SPARTANBURG – Rev. Dr. William R. Crews, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Spartanburg Regional Hospital following a severe brain injury as a result of a fall.

He leaves his wife of 55 years, Dr. Freda V. Green- Crews; his daughters, Terrie L. Moyer and Rachel Greene; his son, William Crews Jr.; his grandchildren, Robert Jared Wilkins, Jacob Lee Wilkins, Jessie Lang Moyer, Michelle LeeAnne Crews, Megan Elisabeth Crews, Lawrence Neal Buckley Jr., Stafford Lawson Buckley; great-grandchildren, Noah Jacob Wilkins and Karsen Oliver Wilkins; a sister, Jonnie F. Moody; a niece, Sherry E. Taylor; and a nephew, Paul Lang Edward.

Dr. Crews was born and raised in Lake Butler, Fla. His parents were the late Stafford Lang Crews and Merlie Mae Williams- Crews. He had resided in the Spartanburg area, beginning in Gaffney, since 1983.

He attended high school in Starke, Fla., where he was a star defensive tackle for the Bradford High School Tornadoes football team. After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Crews became a Christian in February of 1956 and immediately answered God’s call to preach. He entered seminary in September, 1956.

Rev. Crews was ordained to the ministry in 1957 by Grace Baptist Church in Newark, Texas, while earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bible Baptist Seminary in Arlington, Texas. He went on to earn a Master of Arts from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

Dr. Crews was a great expository preacher and teacher of the Scriptures. He served as pastor of churches in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, South Dakota and South Carolina, including East Gaffney Baptist Church in Gaffney from 1983 to 1988 and Calvary Baptist Church in Spartanburg. He was the current pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Spartanburg.

Dr. Crews had had radio and television ministries for over 30 years and is currently seen on television with his ministry program, The Awakening Hour, which airs on 150 U.S. stations and in another 170 countries. In addition, he has written over 60 Bible Study booklets on religious subjects. He has taught on both the Bible college and seminary levels and has served as a seminary president. He was an accomplished pilot, holding private, multi-engine and instrument ratings, which served him well as he flew to various speaking engagements across the country.

Besides his ministry activities, he and his wife, Dr. Freda Crews, owned and operated five Christian radio stations from 1972 through 1985. Dr. Crews also founded a business whose mission was to assist other Christian ministries in their endeavors to spread the gospel through radio and television. In 1974, he and his wife gave this thriving business to the ministry of Bible Study Time Inc., now located in Spartanburg.

He was listed in Outstanding Young Men of America in 1970, Outstanding Personalities of the South in 1973 and Who’s Who in Religion in 1985.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Floyd’s Boiling Springs Chapel with viewing and receiving of friends beginning at 1 p.m. Dr. Crews was entombed in Good Shepherd Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Bible Study Time Inc., P.O. Box 1714, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary. com.

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