Charles Metcalf Crump, deputy to 17 General Conventions, dies at 96

August 8, 2010

Charles Metcalf Crump, longtime chancellor of the Diocese of West Tennessee and deputy to 17 General Conventions from 1958-2006, died peacefully Aug. 8 at his home in Memphis. He was 96.

Crump retired in October 2008 after serving for 71 years as a practicing attorney at Apperson, Crump & Maxwell. He also stepped down after 25 years as chancellor of the West Tennessee diocese.

Crump was instrumental in the founding of Church of the Holy Communion as a mission of Calvary Church in Memphis in 1939.

A cradle Episcopalian, Crump was baptized, confirmed and married to the former Diana Wallace at Calvary Church. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 20.

Crump is survived by his wife, Diana, three grown sons and several grandchildren.

During a December 2008 interview with Episcopal News Service, Crump said that his desire to serve as a General Convention deputy "naturally arose" out of his lifelong involvement as a parishioner and his adult involvement in the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee, which he eventually served as president.

A private burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery on Aug. 12 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Requiem Eucharist at Church of the Holy Communion at 11 a.m. Diocese of West Tennessee Bishop Don Johnson will be the celebrant and the Rev. Daniel Matthews, former rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, will preach.

Memorials are requested for Church of the Holy Communion, Rhodes College, both in Memphis, or a charity of choice.