ZEBULON, N.C. — Kenneth “Ken” Sparks Crumpler, 66, of Zebulon, N.C., died July 25, 2014.

“Ken breathed his soul away into his Savior’s arms surrounded by loved ones,” his family said.

The memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, at Zebulon United Methodist Church.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1948, in Columbus, Ga., to the late Rev. Al Ray Crumpler and Buena Vista Sparks Crumpler. He spent his childhood in southern Georgia. He was an avid golf lover. He also became an NCAA basketball fan, due in large part to his wife, Cheryl, who is an avid basketball enthusiast.

“Ken was best known for his sense of humor and dedication to his family and friends. Above all else, Ken kept his family first,” his family remembered of him.

He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1971, where he was a member of the GSU chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In his younger years, he was an active member of the Waycross, Ga., chapter of the Jaycees and the Moultrie, Georgia Civitan Organization. While in North Carolina, he was a member of the Zebulon United Methodist Church and Zebulon Rotary Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Cheryl Ratcliff Crumpler; sons, Andrew Sparks Crumpler and wife Hunter of Lake Royale, N.C., and Adam Lee Crumpler and wife Carina of Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchild, Silas Graham Crumpler (son of Andrew and Hunter); sisters, Pat Sewell and husband John of Savannah, Ga., and Nancy Brannan and husband Emora of Baltimore, Md.; nine nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving visitors on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W Gannon Ave., Zebulon, N.C.

He wished to have donations made to the American Heart Association.

Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon has been entrusted with arrangements.

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