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