Truman Ames Critcher, 89, of Deerfield Road, Boone, N.C., passed away Sunday Morning, May 12 2019, at Glen Bridge Retirement Center.
Truman was born May 24, 1929 in the Cove Creek section of Watauga County to Carnie and Judy Ward Critcher.
He lived a life full of love and dedication to his Lord, family and friends. Truman married the love of his life, Lenore Greene on July 12, 1953 and reared two children with her, Ardease and Joe.
Truman was a lifelong member of Mt Vernon Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. Truman cherished attending the Senior Adult Men’s Class at Mt Vernon with his lifelong friends and other members. Truman was reared in the Bamboo Area of Watauga where he attended school, worked on his father’s farm and enjoyed growing up with his numerous brothers, cousins and friends. Truman enjoyed playing Baseball on the Bamboo Team against other communities such as Boone, Blowing Rock, Cove Creek and Elk. Later in life Truman played on the Championship Mt. Vernon Baptist Church League softball team. Truman was a veteran of the US Army serving at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal Zone immediately following WWII. He enjoyed his service years in Panama where he guarded the Canal entrance, explored the countryside, and played baseball and boxed on his Company teams.
Truman was an employee of the US Postal Service for 28 years, delivering the mail for Route 1, Blowing Rock NC until his retirement in 1985. Truman enjoyed meeting his clients and developed many lifelong friends with them.
Truman loved the game of golf and was a charter stockholder and member on Boone Golf Course for many years. Truman, along with his best friend and brother, Carlton, built a nine-hole course in the pastureland behind their homes, naming it Deerfield. He enjoyed the number of people who were introduced to the game of golf at Deerfield and also the Captain Choice tournaments, nicknamed “wing dings” that drew large fields filled with fun and fellowship.
Truman and Lenore enjoyed their retirement traveling with friends, covering most of the United States from coast to coast. They enjoyed spending time at the beach and daily trips along the Parkway. Playing cards with friends and family was also a large enjoyable part of their life. Truman was defiantly a people person who loved to have fun with family and friends. Politically Truman was a strong Republican and made many friends working to promote conservative issues. Perhaps Truman’s greatest joy was watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up through athletics, school programs and playing in his front yard. He was a great “Pe-Paw to all joking and making faces to get them to laugh.
Truman is survived by one daughter, Ardease Critcher Greene and husband, Joe, of Boone; one son, Joe Greene Critcher and wife, Berniece “Bunny” of Laurinburg, North Carolina; four granddaughters, Jennifer Greene and husband, Burl, of Boone, Elizabeth Bowyer and husband, Roland, and Alison Critcher and fiancee, Harry, all of Laurinburg and Hannah Osteen and husband, Charles, of Southern Pines; four grandsons, Benjamin Greene and wife, Kim, and Jonathan Greene and wife, Katie, all of Boone, Sgt. John Yarbrough and wife, Kimi, stationed in Columbia South Carolina, and Paul Yarbrough and wife, Katelyn, of Rockingham, North Carolina; his great-grandchildren, Samuel Greene, Wilson Greene, Abraham Greene, Agustus Greene, Jay Greene, Selah Greene, Savannah Greene Rhett Greene, Allisa Critcher, Nolan Caulder, Colton Olstean and Ryleigh Yarbrough, Jaxson Yarbrough, Maria Leigh Yarbrough, and Ezekiel Conrad Greene, and his in-laws, Ester Critcher and Ann Critcher, brothers and in-laws Harry and Wanda Critcher, John and Dana Critcher, David and Linda Critcher, Steve Critcher, Reggie Critcher, George Davison. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenore Greene Critcher; his father and mother, Carnie and Jennie Critcher; his stepmother, Judi Critcher; brothers, Ed Critcher, Carlton Critcher, Howard Critcher, and Richard Critcher; sister, Erma Rhea Davidson; and in-law, Vee Critcher.
Funeral services for Truman Ames Critcher will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 14, 2019, at 3 p.m., at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:30 until 3:00. Officiating will be the Reverend, the Reverend Burl Greene, Mr. Joe Greene and Mr. Joe Critcher. Burial will follow in the Critcher Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, from 1:30 until 3:00 at the church, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645, or to Mount Vernon Baptist Church Equip Sports Ministry, 3505 Bamboo Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Critcher family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.