Mrs. Catherine Pitts Crook

Funeral Notice

 

Mrs. Catherine Pitts Crook, 99, of LaFayette died Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her residence.  Funeral services will be held Friday, May 13, 2022 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 731 First Street SE, LaFayette at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Gary L. Dixon officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. (CST) to the funeral hour. Interment will be in Essie J. Handy cemetery, LaFayette.  Public viewing will be at Vines Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. (CST) to 6:00 p.m. (CST). 

Catherine was born on August 23, 1922 and was reared in LaFayette by her parents, George A. Pitts and Susie Lyles Pitts. She was a devoted member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was there when the church was established and built.  Catherine enjoyed Sunday School and served in various capacities including President of the Missionary Society, director of the youth and youth choir and planned and implemented numerous worship programs.  Catherine was joined in marriage to the late Milledge E. Crook on March 9,1953 and together they built a strong home and family.

Catherine graduated from Chambers County Training School in 1943.  She was a 1948 graduate of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Social Studies.  She earned her Master of Science degree in 1966 from Alabama A&M University.  She taught at several schools in Chambers County including Liberty, Riverview, Hopewell, Philip High School, Five Points High School, Lafayette High School and Valley High School.  She was among the first Black teachers to integrate schools in Chambers County.  Prior to retiring in 1993, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year in Chambers County and was active in local and state education activities.  She also taught Adult Education classes for ten years.  Her illustrious career as an educator spanned forty-five years and ten months.

In addition, Catherine was inducted into Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in LaGrange Georgia in 1975. In 1976, she was one of 18 charter members of Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in Lanett, Alabama. Soror Crook introduced the AKADADEMIA
Scholarship Ball to the Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter and served as director of the ball for many years.


Catherine is survived by her two daughters: Deborah (Charles) Smith, Madison and Beverly Crook, LaFayette; seven grandchildren: Brian Smith, Birmingham, Erin (Shaquita) Smith, Louisville, KY and Sherylynn Smith, Madison, Brianna, Kianna, Jasmine and Carisma Crook all of LaFayette; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Lurleen Crook, West Chester, PA; a special daughter, Harolyn Barton Scott, LaGrange, GA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her beloved Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Family. 

This funeral service will be live streamed from the church on Vines Funeral Home Facebook page.




Comments/Condolences

THE TRAMMELL FAMILY
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Your cousins from Prattville, Alabama and surrounding areas. Be blessed and know that you are loved and also in our prayers.


ATHERA KIMBLE
So Sorry for your loss and praying for the family


CHARLES AND VIRGINIA HOLLOWAY
Our condolences go out to the family.I will always be grateful to mr. And mrs. Crook they was truly good people to have in ur life.


MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY SENDING LOVE AND PRAYERS ??

Anonymous
I will miss u,but we shall meet again when the Lord,call the meeting,I been knowing u all my life,it hurt to say goodbye love u.


EVELYN HIGGINS BOYD
Ms. Crook was one of the sweetest and patient teachers we had at Five Points High School. She cared about her students and wanted them to strive for greatness! Rest Well Class of 1979


PRISCELLA PEARSON HOLLEY
My deepest sympathy to the family of my former teacher, Mrs. Catherine Pitts Crooks. May God continue to bless each of you -


ELIZABETH MCCORD
Condolences and Prayers of Comfort. Chambers County Chapter of Alabama A&MU Alumni.


REV. WILLIAM (DAFFIE) DILLARD
Prayers are with the family, church family, and friends. Mrs. Crook was a loving person. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus.


EMILY WRIGHT JOGNSON
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm so grateful to have had you in my life. Thank you for letting your light shine.


PHYLLIS MEADOWS
Mrs. Crook will sorely be missed. Everyone you saw her she had sething funny to say to brighten our days as well as hers. 99 years of wisdom. My sincere condolences to Beverly and Deborah and Family. One of the greatest teachers to grace the halls of Lafayette high school. One who actually taught us how to pronounce the word was. In Mrs. Crook voice it not "was" it "Wazz" the way she pronounced it you would've thougt it a "Z" in it. But again. Sorry for you all loss


WALTER SHEPHARD
Praying for the family. May God give you strength during this time.


BARBARA CLARK ALFORD
Wonderful teacher, woman of class and integrity, encourager, mentor, friend, beautiful soul. Thanking God for her life and legacy; praying for your strenth, comfort, and peace. FPHS class of 1978.


DAPHENE
She was my teacher at Five Points High I loved her


CHERYL HOLLOWAY
I was honored to be a student of both Mr and Mrs Crooks. Their guidance and teachings were the foundation of my education experience. Mrs.Crook invested so much of herself to her students. She will be missed.


LINDA DANIEL SLAUGHTER
My deepest sympathy for your family. Very first teacher in Jr high school beautiful lady sweet life well lived.


BURNICE SHEPHARD RAY
My condolences to the family. Praying for God to comfort you during your hour of need. Five Points High School class of 1979.


MARY F BAILEY-MITCHELL
Praising God for having known this Beautiful Lady. Condolences, Prayers, Blessings and L VE To Her Family, Friends and Church Family!!!


TAMMY AND ANTHONY L TURNER
What a blessing to live 99 years! One of the sweetest souls we have crossed paths with. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family.


MACHEL RUTLEDGE
Condolences to the Family Former student ….FPHS….Class Of 1982


VALERIE HENRY MOSS
Truly will be miss.I was one of her students at Lafayette igh School.


JESSE AND LISA LEE
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Condolences family. May our angel rest in peace.


BARBIE NEWBORN
Praying for your family.Mrs Crook will be missed but Heaven gained Another Sweet Angel.


MARSHA HEARD SPEAR
To The Family Of Mrs. Crook A Sweet Lady and Dear Friend Of My Mother. Sending you My Deepest Condolences AND Prayers. May God Comfort You On The Lost Of Someone You Loved!


SANTRICE MCCLURE
You will truly be miss praying for the family


HOPEWELL BAPTIST CHURCH WITH REV. AND SIS. DOUGLAS JONES SR.
Rest on sweet angel. You will truly be missed. But you are home and free now. So precious Lord. take sister Crook hands and lead her home. She was tired and weak and she was worn. Through the storm and through the night. Now lead her on to the light. You heard her cry and she heard you call her to come home to Heaven. Now at the river she stand. So guild her feet and hold her hands. precious Lord. Lead sister Crook on home. Family. Our family. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. We love you sister Crook.


PRISCILLA SMITH HUDSON
So sorry for your loss, Beautiful lady inside and out. Former student.


DEMETRIAL BURTON
We will miss you sweet lady. Never did I see you without a smile.


KAREN TODD
It is a very humble heart that I extend condolences to the Crook family. Mrs Crook was a bright light. She had survived and thrived through some very difficult times. She always stayed positive and trusted God. She made light of her struggles and always encouraged people to be better. She set a fine example. God bless


RONNY BERRY
I am one of many students whom you inspired to go to college and pursue a career. So on behalf of all your students, thank you. You will always be remembered.


DOROTHY BROOKS
My condolences n Deepest sympathy to the Families Mrs Crook will be truly Missed she was A loving School Teacher Rest in peace n on Heaven Mrs Crook


MACHELL KYLES -AUTRY
My Prayers and Condolences Goes Out To The Family’s ,I was a Student at Five Points, High School . She was A Very Nice Lady, Her Legacy Will Live On , She Touch Many Lives , With gratitude and Love We in Five Points Love You Dearly. Rest In The Arm Of God , Gone But Not Forgotten.


CHARLOTTE ABNER
Sending condolences to the family. One of my favorite teachers.


WANDA SMITH
Prayers are with the family Mrs. Crook was a bright light that shined and touch so many lives. She was a treasure and will be missed.


Anonymous
Condolences and Prayers to the Family.


CAROLYN PHOENIX DIXON
Rest well my friend. I will miss you immensely!


DYNETTE SHEALEY COPELAND
Rest in Peace Mrs. Crook. I will truly miss You. I will be praying for the Family.


EDWARD SLAUGHTER
So sorry for your loss. May The Father keep you in your hour of need. .


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