|Claude M. Crotwell was born December 8, 1925, in Summit, Mississippi, and died April 10, 1979, in the hospital in Farmerville.
Brother Crotwell served in the United States Navy after he finished high school. Later he was employed by the L. and N. Railroad Company in his home state. While he was a layman he was very active in the church. Then he heard God call him into the pastoral ministry. He was married, had four children and knew that becoming a minister would involve many sacrifices. Instead of offering excuses, however, he answered God’s call in keeping with his commitment to God and His purpose.
Brother Crotwell served faithfully in the pastoral ministry for seventeen years. He had four appointments in the Louisiana Conference: Calhoun-Beulah-Indian Village, Columbia-Hebert, Pine Grove-Mangum and Bernice-Summerfield-Beech Grove.
Claude loved the church. He sought to give his best to his work. He wanted the churches he served to be strong and to fulfill God’s mission
His effective ministry touched the lives of many people and helped them to find strength and hope. Brother Crotwell knew the great promises of God to his children. He proclaimed these and lived with a belief that these would be fulfilled here and beyond the grave. In his death one of God’s faithful ambassadors passed to the church triumphant.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jimmie Crotwell, his mother, Mrs. Bessie Crotwell, three daughters, two sons and five grandchildren.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1979, p. 180 By Robert L. Peyton|