Chalmers (Terry) Crump - June 15, 1944 - April 3, 2018
Chalmers Terry Crump died unexpectedly on April 3, 2018, following a brief illness. He was 73.
Terry was loved, beloved, and respected by all who knew him for his wonderful wit and spirit. He will be dearly missed.
Terry Crump was born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 15, 1944 to Chalmers Carolyn Crump and Verna Williams Crump.
His parents instilled in him the values of faith, love of family, love of country, and hard work.
Those values were the cornerstones of Terry's life until the day he died.
Terry grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended Southwest Miami High School. Following his father's path,
Terry proudly attended the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., graduating in 1966.
The "Crumpster" formed a close bond with his VMI classmates, affectionately known as his Brother Rats.
Upon graduation and commissioning, Terry served in 1967-68 as an armor officer and company commander
in Korea along the DMZ with the 2/17th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division. In the re-telling of his
service in Korea, Terry frequently claimed that defensive tactics he employed following the
capture of the USS Pueblo were studied and embraced by future leaders at West Point.
In 1971, Terry met the love of his life, the incomparable Penny Butler of Camilla, Georgia.
Terry and Penny married in 1973 and enjoyed almost 45 years of love, fun and happiness.
Terry and Penny had a devoted partnership that was founded on love and respect.
Terry is survived by his wife, Pendleton Butler Crump; sons and their spouses
Hilliard and Heather Crump and children Bennett, Haven, and Sutton;
and Edward and Alison Crump and children Carolyn and Margaret. Terry was extremely proud
of his sons and they are extremely proud and thankful that Terry was their father.
Heather and Alison are the daughters Terry and Penny never had, and Heather
and Alison loved Terry very much and he likewise.
Terry is also survived by his brother Stephen Douglas Crump.
To Terry's five grandchildren he was their beloved "Pop." He loved participating in his
grandchildren's sporting events, recitals and school functions.
Terry's rest will be an easy one in that he leaves a tremendous legacy
in his sons and their families.
In a wonderful twist of irony, Hilliard graduated from Alabama and
Edward graduated from Clemson.
Terry took the family to both Alabama - Clemson National Title games in 2016 and 2017.
As expected there was a high level of trash-talking
with Terry alternating between being the referee and an enthusiastic participant.
Both trips were unforgettable and each university won a National Title.
Terry had a long and successful career with the Aramark Corporation for over
thirty-five years. For the majority of his career Terry was Sales Vice President in
the Higher Education Division. He had a relentless customer-first focus and was highly
successful in developing and maintaining long-term relationships with the
University of Virginia, University of Alabama, James Madison University, Clemson University,
and VMI. Terry was an exceptional mentor to many past and current Aramark leaders.
He was an insightful, thoughtful and trusted partner to his
Aramark colleagues, clients and industry organizations such as the
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
Terry retired from Aramark in 2005 upon which he and Penny embarked on a wonderful and
adventurous retirement that included trips to various locales.
Terry was devoted to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and was a faithful
member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Terry was blessed to have legions of friends from all of the chapters in his life.
If Terry was your friend you counted yourself lucky as there was no better friend than
Terry Crump. He loved a good debate with his family and friends as he was a man of strong opinions
and quick to express them. Terry may have occasionally been in error but he was never, ever in doubt.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Rod Woodson of Georgia Renal Specialists
and Dr. Will Carpenter of Emory University Orthopedics,
and Piedmont Heart Institute.
A Celebration of Terry's life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 11 a.m. at
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Terry's memory to the
VMI Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 932
Lexington, VA 24450
or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2018