John Morgan Crews of Nathalie passed away on the family centennial farm Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. He was born in Halifax County on Nov. 18, 1929 and was 89 years of age. He was the son of the late Claude Spurgeon Crews and the late Virginia Levinia Irby Crews. He was married to Jessie Mildred Ambrose Crews, who survives, for 66 years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who came in touch with him.

He was in the National Guard, a Mason for over 50 years, a tobacconist for 33 years with Export Leaf Tobacco Company.

He worked at R. O. Harrell Trucking Company for 20 years and drove over one million miles without an accident.

He was South Boston Speedway’s first flagman, served on Halifax Heritage Festival Committee, Halifax Quarter Scale Tractor Pull.

He was a self-taught craftsman, “Jack of All Trades,” farmer who loved fishing, beach, lake and boats.

John Crews is survived by his wife, Jessie A. Crews; daughters Lisa Gillogly and husband Dan of Corolla, North Carolina, Laurie Mergler and husband Jeff of Waterford and Marion Jones and husband Cabell of Richmond; grandchildren Rebecca Gillogly, Amy Riedel, Benjamin Mergler, Leah Martin, Johnny Martin, Gavin Jones, Carina Jones and Morgan Jones; great-granddaughter Mackenzie Riedel.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Melvin Irby Sr., and grandson West Sadler Martin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Longview Farm, Nathalie.

In lieu of flowers, consider Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, VA 24528 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 28105 or Halifax County Humane Society, P.O. Box 969, South Boston, VA 24592.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.