Crumbley was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Okeechobee, Fla., to James Arthur and Corrine Burney Kendrick.
Esther and her twin, Estelle, were born prematurely in the terrible 1928 hurricane that devastated the Everglades region, surviving by God’s grace. Esther was raised on a farm in Racepond and was educated in Folkston, graduating valedictorian of her class at Charlton County High School.
She went on to attend Berry College as well as Georgia Southern College, eventually earning her Bachelor of Science and master’s in mathematics education. Esther taught in the Camden County school system and was probably best known for her years at Camden County High School. She had a very generous nature, particularly with challenged students. She believed every child was capable of learning.
Esther was also honored to serve as a St. Marys city councilwoman from 1979 to 1986 and as mayor pro tem 1981 to 1986. She belonged to numerous professional and civic organizations, but Esther’s most treasured membership was in the family of Christian believers. Esther raised her family at Westside Baptist Church in St. Marys and, in her later years, found comfort at both Racepond Church of God, Pastor Lyn Graham, and Golden Isles Baptist Church, Pastor Sammy Chancey.
Esther’s greatest accomplishment was her marriage (Oct. 24, 1949) to Chandler Jackson Crumbley, which lasted until his passing in 1996. Now, they are together again.
Esther leaves behind her adoring children: Pamela Esther Conner (Tom), Chandler Anthony Crumbley and William Jackson Crumbley (Kimi). Esther has seven grandchildren, Kimberly and Kelly Conner, Jordan (Misti) and Justin (Casie) Crumbley and Shannon (John L.) Thompson, Jennie (Jason) Raby and Jamie (Daniel) Iammarino. Esther also leaves eight great-grandchildren: Ace Crumbley, Emma and Addison Crumbley, Chandler and Skylar Thompson, Jordan Bell and Jackson Raby and Isabella Iammarino. Esther also has numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly, and special lifelong friends from her college days, Ouida and Molly.
Esther’s family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and assistance. They especially thank Sterling EMT, the staff, nurses and doctors of Southeast Georgia Health System (Brunswick campus) emergency room, SICU and fourth floor, who tenderly cared for their mother.
Esther’s celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Racepond Church of God, with Pastor Lyn Graham officiating. Her visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.
Esther’s pallbearers will be Chandler Crumbley, William Crumbley, Jordan Crumbley, Justin Crumbley, Jason Raby and Daniel Iammarino.
Honorary pallbearers are the ladies who were always so gracious and kind toward our Granny at Golden Isles Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Racepond Community Cemetery, behind Sandhill Baptist Church.
Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston is in charge of the arrangements.