Dr. William Crittenden, Teacher, Passes

Below is the obituary of Dr. William Crittenden who was a teacher at Austin HS. Among academics he also taught swimming.

Dr. William J. B. Crittenden, 89, passed peacefully at home and entered the presence of our Lord, Sept. 11, 2014. Burial was held in the family cemetery in McComb, MS, Sept. 14. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janette, daughters Patricia and Sandra and husbands, 6 grandchildren and spouses,8 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way, a daughter-in-law, three sisters-in-law and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Richard, his parents, and four brothers. Bill was born in McComb, MS, August 5, 1925. He moved to Houston, TX, after he married in 1953. Bill earned an Eagle Scout with Silver Palm, the Order of the Arrow, and was a troop leader. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served as a Radioman in the Pacific during WWII. Dr. Crittenden was a Minister of the Gospel, a Deacon and always active in church. He was a HS public school mathematics teacher, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Expert, Principal of Second Baptist School where he added the 9th grade, Headmaster of First Baptist Church’s school, Northwest Academy (which tripled in size under his leadership) and Dean of Education and Behavioral Studies at HBU, where he led in the development of graduate work, designing the Master’s degree and securing accreditation. Dr. Crittenden was the faculty representative for athletics to the NCAA. He served on the Texas Board of Examiners for Texas Colleges and was President of Texas Deans of Education. He enjoyed his retirement writing over 1,000 sonnets and several books, reading, fishing, and playing golf and dominoes. Dr. Crittenden taught Bible classes until two years before his passing. His love was unconditional. He was a gentle man of noble character, highly intelligent, wise, dependable, forgiving, wise counselor, encouraging and willing to help anyone in need. Until we meet again…

“To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8,in the Jersey Village Baptist Church Chapel, 16518 Jersey Dr., Dr. John Bisagno, presiding. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Service 10:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Bill requested that contributions be made to:

Topeka Baptist Church Building Fund, 807 China Grove Road, Jayess, Mississippi 39641 – See more at: www.legacy.com

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