Doris Bond Hamilton Crocker passed away peacefully in Mobile, Alabama, on January 14, 2020, at the age of 104 years old. She was a loving child and servant of the Lord. She was a caring wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She did not meet a stranger and all who were blessed to know her saw Christ in her actions, spirit and beautiful smile. Doris was born June 13, 1915 in Taylor, MS to parents James I. and Helen Bond Hamilton. She was preceded in death by her loving: husband, James A. Crocker, Jr., parents, brothers (Thomas Eugene Hamilton and James Dawson Hamilton) and sisters (Lucille Bond Buckley, Frances Bond and Iris Hamilton Pace). Doris grew up in Taylor, MS, attended Taylor High School and Blue Mountain Baptist College. Doris, among other jobs, worked as a personal assistant to the President of a Bank in Pontotoc, MS, worked as a loan agent making farm loans for the USDA, taught school and sold World Book Encyclopedia, but her passion was sharing the word of God by teaching Sunday School classes at the various churches that she belonged to over the years. She was very active in the Independent Methodist Church. As a teenager she met the boy who became the love of her life, being her deceased husband, James A. Crocker, Jr. of Water Valley, Ms. After 9 years of dating, they were married on Doris' birthday, June 13, 1943, in Oxford, Mississippi. Jim and Doris moved to Mobile, AL and became the proud parents of two sons, James Arthur Crocker III and Thomas Herbert Crocker. Doris was an incredible, supportive family woman and will be deeply missed by her survivors: her sons, Jim (and wife, Kaye) of Houston, TX, and Tom of Rohnert Park, California; 5 grandchildren: the 3 children of Jim and Kaye being Chris Crocker (and wife,Kristin) of Dallas, TX, Kevin Crocker (and wife, Carol) of Aspen, CO, Kelly Crocker D'Armond (and husband, Trey) of Greenwell Springs, LA, and 7 great-grandchildren, Hudson Crocker, Griffin Crocker, Lily Crocker, Harris Crocker, Carson Crocker, Hunter D'Armond and Benjamin D'Armond; and the 2 children of Tom, being Samantha Crocker and Matthew Crocker of Rohnert Park, California. Other survivors include nephew, Tom Sartor of Oxford, MS; niece, Virginia Lee Hamilton Staten of Oxford, MS; niece, Barbara Sue Pace Harris of Memphis, TN; nephew, Jim Hamilton of Taylor MS, and their respective families. The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude for her devoted and kind care-takers, especially Penny Farish, Sharon Cutrer and Denise Whitehead, who have given so unselfishly of their time and attention. Also, Sharon and Don Faile, who were very special friends of Doris and Jim over the decades. They endlessly gave of themselves, never accepting anything in return, only Gods grace and blessings. In addition to her wonderful neighbors and friends, Dr. Martin Lester and staff, various other doctors and nurses who have all attended to Doris over the years, not the least of which, was the Saad Hospice and In-Patient Retreat Facility and its wonderful staff. A celebration of Doris's life will be held at Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street in Mobile on Saturday, January 18th. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the service at 10 a. m. Interment will be at Mobile Memorial Gardens in Tillman's Corner. Pallbearers will be grandsons Chris and Kevin Crocker, grandson-in-law Trey D'Armond, and great-grandsons Carson Crocker and Benjamin D'Armond. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A chapel service will be held at 10am on Saturday, 1/18/2020 from Radney's Funeral Home on Dauphin Street, followed by a committal service at the grave site.