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James Crabtree, 90, of Ironton, formerly of Haverhill, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky., after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 29, 1920, a son of the late Bille Erals and the late Bert Crabtree.
He was a United States Army veteran who served during WWII and was a former truck driver for Ford Brothers. James was of the Protestant faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Erma Lee Vanmeter, Ruby Jenkins and Wilma Jean.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Crabtree whom he married on May 12, 1941; three sons, James D. (Jim) Crabtree and his wife Janet of Ironton, Gerald Crabtree of Haverhill, Paul Crabtree and his wife Giesla of Vacaville, Calif., a daughter, Beverly Lindvak of Enterprise, Ala. James also leaves to mourn his passing nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be noon Friday at Woodland Cemetery with Pastor Dr. Kevin Willis officiating the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 8850. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Brown Funeral Chapel. Friends and family are invited to post their condolences to the family on The Ironton Tribune’s website at irontontribune.com or they can also be emailed to brownfuneralchapel@yahoo.com.