MAURY CITY, Tenn. (BNc) by Tom Childers — Coleman Crocker, 75, of Maury City, and formerly of Union City, died July 3 at his home.

His funeral was Monday, July 5, in the chapel of Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home in Union City. Richard McCaskill and Keith Parker officiated, with burial in Fremont Cemetery.

Brother Crocker was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Obion County, Tenn. He married Geraldine Pipkin in 1956, and she survives.

He attended Union City High School, Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, and held a doctorate in education from University of Memphis.

He was director of Public Relations and Bible professor at Freed-Hardeman University for 14 years and taught in the Tennessee prison system for 20 years. He was a gospel preacher serving churches in Kentucky and Tennessee.

He was minister of the Rives church until his health failed in March of this year. He was also involved in missionary work.

He is also survived by three daughters, Ruth Insell of Alamo, Beth Crocker of Henderson and Lorie McCaskill of Milan; his sister, Wilma Ray of Troy; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Tuttle.

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to The Coleman Crocker Bible Scholarship, c/o Freed Hardeman University, 158 East Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

A memorial may be found on

This obituary was modified from 1975 Freed-Hardeman Annual Bible Lectureship, page 400 and The Jackson Sun, July 5, 2010.