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Buffalo Cemetery
Thursday October 20th, 2016
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First Baptist Church
Thursday October 20th, 2016

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Terry Wayne Crowson

Terry Wayne Crowson, 84, affectionately known as “Pop Wayne”, died October 18, 2016 surrounded by family in Benson, NC.


Born July 4, 1932 in High Point, NC to Paul and Alice Lee Poe Crowson, Wayne was raised in Sanford, NC where he was active in various clubs and athletics prior to him graduating from Sanford High School. Wayne was a member of the Men’s Brotherhood Class at the First Baptist Church in Sanford, NC. Wayne dedicated over 50 years of hard work and customer service in the service station industry with several locations in Sanford and Lee County and served as the Statewide President of the NC Service Station Association, he was also an active member of his community.


Wayne devoted his time to various organizations including the Sanford Exchange Club, served as Past Governor of the Sanford Moose Lodge, a member of the Elks Club as well as the Sanford Shrine Club, a member of the Buffalo Masonic Lodge, and 32nd degree Mason through the Scottish Rite in Raleigh, NC. He was Potentate of Amran Shriners, Raleigh, NC in 1988 and over the years held many other positions within the Shriners organization embodying the Shriner’s motto: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” Wayne was also active in local politics, serving as the Board of Alderman and Mayor Pro Tem in his hometown of Sanford, NC. Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf, traveling with his wife Frances, and celebrating his patriotic birthday -- 4th of July, with friends, family, food and fireworks at Buffalo Lake.


Wayne was married to Frances Phillips Crowson who died in 2003, Wayne was also preceded in death by a son Jeffrey W. Crowson in 2008 and a granddaughter, Holly E. Crowson in 2004. Wayne is survived by his sister Mildred Crowson Thomas, Sanford, NC, daughter Terri C. Wallace (Richard) of Benson, NC, son Greg P. Crowson (Michelle) of Sanford, NC. Grandchildren: Brianne W. Jackson (Jamie), Benson, NC, R. Blake Wallace, Benson, NC Katelynn A. Crowson, Lillington, NC, Courtney C. Womble (Travis), Anderson T. Crowson, Sanford, NC, Zachary J. Crowson, Wilmington, NC Step-Grandchildren: Nicole Garner, Wilmington, NC and Nicholas Garner, Creedmoor, NC Great Grandchildren: Harper O. Jackson, Benson, NC, Francesco K. Crowson, Lillington, NC,  Aliyah G. Womble, Sanford, NC as well as many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Celebration of life at 11am Thursday October 20 at First Baptist Church 202 Summitt Drive Sanford, NC. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to service beginning at 10am in the sanctuary. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery 1333 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC. Family being assisted by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home 509 Carthage Street, Sanford, NC. www.rogerspickard.com.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to: Amran Shriner’s Transportation Fund c/o Amran Shrine Temple, 11101 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614



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A candle was lit in memory of Terry Wayne Crowson

Elizabeth Tucker and Bernice Wolbeck Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM

Mildred, Terri, Greg
Sorry to hear about Wayne. I've been out of town and just saw the obit in the paper.
Thinking of you.

Julianne McCracken Oct 29 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Terry Wayne Crowson

Carolyn Bunnell Oct 22 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Crowson Family, please accept my heartfelt condolence for the loss of your dear loved one. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 and Acts 24:15 are Bible verses that has brought much comfort to my family and I during our time of great loss and tragedy. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, comfort you during this most difficult time in your life.

H. Fields Oct 21 2016 12:00 AM

Our hearts were sad with you today. What fun times we had at Wengers with Crowson's Exxon being our "next door" neighbor. We pray that your precious memories get you through the tough times. We are keeping each of you in our prayers. Sending condolences with love and hugs to you all.
Dorline & Andy
Lauren & Charlie

Andy & Dorline (Rose ) Nelson, Lauren (Garner) & Charlie Beaver Oct 21 2016 12:00 AM

To Family and Friends of Mr. Terry Crowson, I am so sorry to hear about your loss you have our condolences. Mr. Crowson lived a long time 80 + years which is a blessing for those who knew him (Psalms 90:10). During this time of bereavement it is important not to bottle up your emotions, rather, speak to a friend who will listen and reassure you that the feeling you have are common to many bereaved ones. The Bible reminds us: " A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress"(Proverbs 17:17). The best friend a bereaved person can have is our Creator, Jehovah God. Pour out your heart to him in prayer because "he care for you"(1 Peter 5:7). Moreover, he promises that all who do so will have their thoughts and feeling soothed by "the peace of God that surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:6,7). Allow God to help you heal by means of his consoling Word the Bible (Psalms 119:105).

Donald Phillips Oct 20 2016 12:00 AM

Terry and Greg,

Your father is one of the finest men we have ever known. His committment to helping others was exemplary be it at First Baptist, the Shrine Club or the City of Sanford.

Todd, Leisa, Sydney, and Griffin Powell Oct 20 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Terry Wayne Crowson

Linda Campbell McDonald Oct 20 2016 12:00 AM

Terri and family - So sorry to hear about Mr. Crowson. He was one of the Sanford legends whose dynamic and outgoing personality made him larger than life to me when I was a kid. He was so kind to me and my family and I have always had the utmost respect for him. His charity work, along with his generosity and commitment toward others demonstrated his genuine love and caring for others in need. This world needs more men like Wayne Crowson. I'm proud to have known him and to have had him as an influence in my life. My deepest condolences and prayers of comfort and peace go out for ya'll.

CDR Andy Holder, USN, Ret. Oct 20 2016 12:00 AM

I always remembered Wayne as I was growing up. He was a great friend and counselor for me when I needed either or both.
Condolences to his family. R.I.P. Wayne. You will never be forgotten.

Linda Campbell McDonald Oct 20 2016 12:00 AM

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