William David “Bubba” Crochet, 61, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2015 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Bubba was born in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Decatur, GA playing lots of sports, particularly baseball, and attending St. Thomas More Church. He then moved to Stone Mountain, GA where he lived for 25 years. Bubba attended Marist High School and graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Chemistry. He worked for H.B. Fuller Company for 28 years as a technical manager. Bubba loved the out-of-doors and enjoyed white water kayaking, hunting, fishing, hiking and golf. Above all, he loved being with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nell and Andes Crochet. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Leigh, his daughter, Allison, and his brothers Jack, Bob, Greg, Don, Ken and their families. His memory will be cherished as he was always good at what he did and was able to share his knowledge with so many. Visitation will start at 1:30 pm, with a service at 2:00 pm., and a reception to follow on Thursday March 5, 2015, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087; Telephone: (770) 469-4881. Reverend J. Caleb Clark, III will conduct the service. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to : Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, Tel: (770) 469-4881; or Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, Tel: (678) 344-9494.

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  1. Crochet Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. I have great memories of having Bubba as a Coach at Medlock growing up. He will be missed by all of his family and friends.

  2. Bubba was definitely one of a kind and he was so loved by all of his family. He was truly as much my brother as I was his sister. Our thoughts and prayers go to the entire Crochet clan. Bubba you will be missed!

  3. Donnie and Ken,

    Sincere condolences to your family in the Passing of your brother. You are in our prayers.

    Perry and Teresa Avant

  4. Dear Crochet Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time. May God’s loving grace be with you each and every day.
    Donnie & Eileen, please let us know if there is anything we can help with. Hugs to you both.

  5. Dearest Crochet Brothers and Family,

    What incredible memories I have of you all! Bubba always cracked me up with his grumpy old man routine. I can remember numerous times him pulling up along the curb at Reckle Rd. in that blue Corolla with kayaks on top! we would be playing football or croquet or burning up army men with firecrackers, he’d always shoo us away like flies. I guess when you are a little kid, 9 years age difference is huge! Bubba was able to tutor me to a B in Chemistry! (from an F)

    I’m sorry for your heartache and I know Bubba will be recieved into the Kingdom of God with open arms! Rest in Peace old friend. With love to you all.

  6. Barbara Leigh and Allison,

    Hart and I are so saddened by this news. Our hearts and prayers are with you and Bubba’s family at this sad time. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

  7. Donnie,Eileen,Joe,Daniel,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother and uncle. I hope you will find comfort in the loving memories you all have of him.
    We will be keeping you all in our prayers.

  8. Leigh & Allison,
    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bubba. he was one special person. I am sure he is resting peacefully in God’s graces. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Dear Leigh and Allison:
    Bubba was in my thoughts and prayers all day on Wednesday; I wrote a card to him that day, but forgot to mail it soon enough. The next news we heard was his death. We met only once (strange for first cousins), and a real bond of love and respect grew from that meeting at the Crochet family reunion. He will continue to be in our prayers as he has been.

  10. Leigh, Allison, and my Crochet family:
    I am praying for all of you. “Uncle Bubba” was a man without guile. His opinionated transparency was delightful in every way. I enjoyed all the moments in this life I had the privilege of sharing with him. I will remember him for his brilliant intellect, his sense of humor, and his faithful commitment to his precious Leigh, Allison, and extended family. As a child, I recall him working resin over the shells of his kayaks in the carport on Desmond…his upside down triangular frame was impressive. Yet he always made time to chat with my sister and I as we buzzed around. He treated us kindly without fail. I will miss him immensely; there will never be another like him.
    Much love and comfort to all of you,
    Carrie

  11. Leigh, Allison and the Crochet family. You all are in our prayers and thoughts in the loss of Bubba. Buck will miss him so much, as they were great friends. We will both miss him.

  12. Daddy,

    I’m absolutely devastated. Where could the time have gone? I never thought this would happen so soon, but know that I have so many vivid, happy memories of you that I will cherish and keep. Even through the sadness, I’m comforted by the fact that you are no longer suffering and that I will see you again someday.

    Love always and forever,
    Boog

  13. Leigh, Allison and the entire Crochet family, Marilyn and I are very sorry for your loss. Bubba was a dear friend. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Sending along our love and prayers to all of the Crochet family during this difficult time. So many beautiful memories of the Maze and Crochet families growing up together and our days at St. Thomas More. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you all shared as a family over the years. We know Bubba is now at peace with our Heavenly Father and with Andes and Nell. God bless all of you.

  15. Dear Crochet family, I had the honor of meeting Mr. Crochet twice last year when Allison started her academic career at Wesleyan College. I was immediately struck by his wonderful personality, but was more substantially impressed by his genuine love and support for his daughter. As I read these comments, I get an even fuller picture of the man that he was and the legacy he has left behind. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  16. Dear Crochet family,
    I had the privilege of working with Bubba. He was a kind man with a big heart. You may have heard the story about a golf outing with Bubba and some of his co-workers…. one of the golfers put their second shot in the hole on a par 5 – double eagle! Bubba saw the ball go in the hole, but suggested they tell the golfer that they watched the ball roll over the back of the green. I was that golfer. Bubba witnessed my one and only double-eagle, and with his humor, made it a day I’ll always treasure! My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. So glad you know you will see him again.

  17. I had the pleasure of meeting Bubba towards the end of last summer. I only knew him for a short time, but was struck and inspired by the honest and courageous manner in which he faced his illness, and his apparent great love for his family. My thoughts and prayers are with Leigh, Allison, Bubba’s brothers and all the members of his extended family as they mourn his loss and celebrate a life so well-lived. Sincerely, Terry Weingarten

  18. We have heard a great deal about “Bubba” from Bob over the years……and it’s easy to see that he was much loved. Even when it’s inevitable, nothing in life quite prepares us to lose the ones we love. May beautiful memories of the man and his legacy gently heal the loss you now feel. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you.

  19. I had the pleasure of working with Bubba in Forest Park and Covington. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. He was the smartest man I knew. I also had the pleasure of playing softball with him in our earlier years. Bubba was a friend, and will be missed.

  20. BL and Allison, my heart goes out to you as we all mourn the death of a great Husband, Father, Friend and Relative. We will miss so much having Bubba at our family outings and celebrations. I always looked so forward to catching up, he always had some wonderful insights and opinions to offer. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but I hope you can take comfort from the fact that he is no longer in pain. I have gotten the greatest comfort from the loss of my father at a young age from my wonderful memories and talking about him often with those who knew and loved him. I know both of you have many wonderful memories of Bubba, and hopefully your memories will bring you comfort as well.

  21. Aunt Leigh and Ali,
    I am so saddened by the loss of my Uncle Bubba. He will be greatly missed in this world. I will miss our deep discussions about life but I have remembered so much of what he taught me over the years. I will miss his emails that I always looked forward to receiving. I will miss his zest for adventure and the great outdoors. I will miss him and his laughter. We all have so many wonderful memories to cherish. I wish so much that we could be there with you all this week. Please know you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Bubba is in a better place now and smiling down on his girls.
    Much love,
    Melis, Jamie, Ella & Anna

  22. Brud
    What time we have had for 55 or so years! We learned how to do everything together. Hunting,fishing,baseball,paddling
    you name it. Will miss you greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the (my) extented family. I will see you again in
    a better place.
    Skip

  23. Barbara Leigh,
    Dewey and I are sorry to hear of Bubba’s passing. We never had the pleasure of meeting him, but from reading the above comments, he sounds like he was a loving,caring husband,father,brother and friend to many. I know he will surely be missed, but I’m sure there are precious memories you will forever hold in you heart. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you, Allison, family and those who knew him. We are sorry we will not be able to attend the service. Sending much love and hugs!

  24. Leigh and Allison,
    I know I only knew your family and Bubba from “dental visits,” but I feel like I had true friends for many years. Bubba was one of those patients that I always looked forward to seeing and visiting with during his appointments. He always had fun stories to tell and was always open and cheerful, welcoming conversation. I am heartbroken of his passing, but will always smile when I think of him and his pleasant smile and character. My heart goes out to you, but you and he were very lucky people, as was I. Hugs to you both.

  25. I am very sorry to hear this. I went to high school with Mr. Crochet’s wife Leigh (Barbara). My condolences.

  26. Leigh & Allison,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Crochets. You are all a very special family who have upheld many family traditions with lots of family get togethers. It will be different to not have Bubba present, but I know so many wonderful memories will always be with you. He is the first of our cousins to leave this earth and he was way too young…….but God knew he suffered enough. Our prayers and love are with you all.

  27. Greg and Donnie (and all of the rest of the Crochets), I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family as your grieve “Bubba’s” passing. When I was a kid, hanging around Medlock Park, “Bubba” was one of the most famous guys around, almost legendary to us younger boys, and someone we looked up to and aspired to be like. I d0n’t think I ever knew his real name. We thougtht ourselves privileged if he ever even spoke to us or paid attention to us. From reading all of the tributes, it’s apparent that he remained that kind of a person for all his days. I pray that God will comfort you with your many happy memories of his well-lived life.

  28. BL and Allison,

    Thinking of you both and the entire Crochet family. I hope you will take peace in knowing that he is no longer in pain and in a much better place. I will surely miss all the great conversations and musings we shared about the world around us. I look back with great memories thinking of our family trips together and especially our times on the golf course. Anytime I play a game of Monopoly I smile and remember how badly he beat all of us! Location location location he would say. I will miss hearing about his adventures rafting and talking about the outdoors while on the lake in Bristol. Bubba was such a smart man and I always left each visit with him feeling like I had learned a great deal.
    Allison, I know your Dad has prepared you exceptionally well to take on anything. And I also know how incredibly proud of you he was. I will miss Uncle Bubba greatly.

  29. Barbara Leigh
    I am very sad to hear of you devastating loss. I wish now that I had known him. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and a truly devoted husband to you and father to Allison. May God give you the strength to move through these next days, weeks, months, years, knowing that Bubba is waiting for you in Paradise. Also, dear friend, know that your old friends from Signal Mountain are with you in spirit and love you.

  30. Thinking of you all in this sad time. Wishing you peace and comfort as you adjust to this loss, but know that you have love and support from each other and a vast community of friends.

  31. Barbara (Leigh),

    Haven’t seen you in many years but sending my condolences and sympathies at this difficult time. Sorry you weren’t able to make it to our reunion but hope to see you in future years so we can share foggy memories of past days. With fondest regards, Jim Ramsey

  32. So sorry to hear about this. I know how hard it is to have a brother leave to go live with his heavenly father way to soon. May you all feel God presence during this difficult time as He holds each of you in the palm of His hand.
    Much love and prayers for all,
    Deone

  33. I simply cannot express how sorry I am to hear of Bubba’s death. I had not spoken with him in many years, but I would have to say that Bubba Crochet will remain in my memory as one of the most colorful and influential people I have ever met. Loyal, loving, cheerful and hard working. Just some of the traits that Bubba displayed. I did not get to know Leigh very well, but it was obvious to anyone that he loved her very much and that she felt the same way. He was so proud the day he called to inform me of Allison’s birth. How blessed he was and how fortunate was I to have known him.

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  35. Well Bubba you have been gone nearly two years. How the time has passed without you then my precious Steve I will never know. I trust you are both together watching over your girls. I will always remember how you helped me care for the baby twins and your rowdy brothers. We were friends and I was your only sister for nearly fifty years. I recall meeting your older brother as he coached you and my brother Michael in football at STM in the 60’s. You are missed by all of us. I hope you are watching over us with Steve. 2015 was a terrible year when I lost my two best friends. Thinking of you and keeping watch over Allison. There will never be another like you or Steve!!

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