Originally created 06/29/02

Featured obituary: Harold Crocker



Harold Crocker had heard once that square dancing added 10 years to your life.

But that wasn't the reason Mr. Crocker and his wife, Betty, took up the hobby.

"The real reason we did it was mostly for the people there," Mrs. Crocker said. "He loved to square dance, but Harold really loved people."

Mr. and Mrs. Crocker were members of the Star Promenaders Square Dance Club, and before his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease forced them into semi-retirement, they would go dancing at least four nights a week, she said.

Mr. Crocker, 75, lost his battle with the disease Thursday. His funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, with the Rev. Jimmy Coyle officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Crocker retired from the Army in 1967 after 21 years of service. After spending most of his military career cooped up in a hospital as a medic, Mr. Crocker went looking for work that would take him outside.

He found the perfect job as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, his wife said.

"He loved the outdoors," she said. "He loved working in the yard and didn't want to be inside."

He revisited his days in the army hospitals when he began volunteering at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

"He got involved in that through the Legion," Mrs. Crocker said. "He did that for many, many years. He and the other volunteers would organize hot dog parties and bingo parties for the residents. He was always willing to help out."

Mr. Crocker also volunteered for the senior fitness program at the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a life member of the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post No. 71, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of Voltaire No. 1177 of the 40 & 8.

Other survivors include a son, Perry Crocker; a daughter, Betty Ann Crocker; two brothers, Paul Crocker and Benny Crocker; two sisters, Wanda Snyder and Jane Burge; and two grandchildren.

Reach Jennifer Hilliard at (706) 823-3220 or jennifer.hilliard@augustachronicle.com.