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James "Jim" C. Crabtree Jr.

James “Jim” Chester Crabtree, Jr., 98, of Springdale, Arkansas, formerly of Neosho, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville.

Jim was born on April 29, 1921 in Neosho, Missouri, a son of James Chester Crabtree, Sr. and Emma Testerman Crabtree.  He was the widower of the late Bernice Sherer Crabtree, who preceded him in death in 2012, they were married 70 years. Jim worked as an engineer for the Rocketdyne Co in Neosho and the Sperry Vickers Co in Joplin. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II in the South Pacific.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and had lived on Grand Lake for several years. He was a member of the Unionville Masonic Lodge #33 in Unionville, Missouri and a member of the York Rite Masonic bodies.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by three sons, James C. Crabtree III and wife Martha of Cold Springs, TX, Fred N. Crabtree and wife Kathi of Fayetteville, AR, and Max D. Crabtree of Springdale; one daughter, Holly Stubbs and husband Roger of Broken Arrow, OK; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Chapel on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 3:00pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale. To sign the online guest book please visit www.backstrom-pyeatte.com. 





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Dear Crabtree family, what an amazing legacy your parents left, you all, his family. Enjoyed the memorial video. Beautiful life.
My dad worked at Rocketdyne those years with your dad.
God bless you all.
My Sincere sympathy
Rebecca Brockman-Cantrell

Rebecca Brockman-Cantrell Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

Vicki and Myself would like to offer our prayers during this time. Knowing the Crabtree Family I can see where they got their strength, Due to Humidity I will not be able to attend, but will be in spirit thinking of my fellow Brothers/

Randy and Vicki George

Randy and Vicki George Jul 6 2019 12:00 AM

We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss & gratitude for your loved one's service to our country. May your memories & God's love bring you peace, comfort & strength at this difficult time. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal. Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again.

Larry & Lana Hurt (N.E. OK. Patriot Guard Riders) Jul 5 2019 12:00 AM

A Basket Garden was sent by The Bartleys on July 3, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jul 3 2019 12:00 AM

An Illumination All White Centerpiece was ordered on July 2, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jul 2 2019 12:00 AM

We've missed Jim here at The Gardens At Arkanshire and I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss.

Margaret Smith Jun 14 2019 12:00 AM

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