Obituary for Harrel Crabb, 85. Feb 4, 1928 – Oct. 22, 2013

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Family
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I’ll have much more to say about my wife’s father, Harrel Crabb, when I’m back in the mood to write. At the moment, I’m a little bit burnt out on death. Still I want to take a moment to share the obituary that I wrote for Patt’s family to place in the Houston Chronicle because Harrel was a wonderful guy who produced a daughter and, frankly, a whole family who I adore. Rest in Peace Harrel!


Harrel Crabb was born Feb 4, 1928, to Nettie Lee and Oscar Carlyle Crabb in Orange, TX. He passed away Oct. 22, 2013, in Houston, at age 85. Harrel served the US Navy at the Bikini Islands where the US Operation Crossroads thermonuclear tests were conducted. He spent his early, post-military, life as an iron worker contributing to major construction projects in several cities; most notably the Astrodome in Houston. He was a member of the American Legion. Following a construction accident, Harrel became a Realtor® where he served the greater Houston community for over 40 years. Harrel was committed first to his family who he deeply loved and, throughout his life, to helping others. He was married, and for 54 years deeply devoted, to Thelma Ruth Crabb (daughter of Charles and Irene Liddell) who predeceased him in 2004. He leaves behind a son and 3 daughters: Mitchell Crabb, Patricia Bilow, Connie Douglas, and Janice Fey; four grandchildren: Denise Caldwell, Bobby Douglas, Dustin Douglas, and Jennifer Macklom; and four great-grandchildren: Hailey, Caleb, and Jordan Caldwell, and Miriam Macklom. Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 PM on Friday Oct 25 and from 1 – 2 PM on Saturday Oct 26 and funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. Rosenberg, TX. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to VFW (Post 4010) Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post Office Box 215, Missouri City, Tx 77459

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