Robert (Bob) Gwinn Crummie, born on April 9, 1938, died peacefully at his daughter Rebecca’s home on November 16, 2020. He lived an incredibly full and interesting life – always kept an ‘attitude of gratitude’, chose to see his challenges as ‘opportunities’, reminded us all ‘to keep humor in our life’ and started each day and every conversation with ‘It’s a beautiful day and I feel wonderful’. He simply chose to be happy.
He was the proud son of the predeceased Ethel Bell Crummie and Edward Leo Crummie, big brother to Glen Crummie, who lives in Dunn, NC and Janice Crummie Weeks, who also predeceased him.
Bob was born in Gainesville, Florida and was primarily raised in Clinton, NC. He was a proud Clinton Dark Horse and two-time high school All-America football player. He went to college on a football scholarship, often mentioning he was the first to turn down a Morehead scholarship to become a Duke Blue Devil. Bob majored in religion while at Duke; he kept a strong sense of Faith, and often reminded us that ‘God is Good’. His childhood goal was to become a doctor and he graduated from Duke Medical School in 1964. He practiced Psychiatry for over 40 years throughout North Carolina: from Durham to Raleigh to Fayetteville and then on to retire, after practicing in Rutherfordton. He studied herbal medicine during the last two decades and had a strong belief that ‘food is medicine,’ titling his first book, Grocery Store Medicine.
Bob married his high school sweetheart, Emma Rose Shipp and they had three daughters - Robin, Ruby and Rebecca. With his second wife Cathy, he had four sons - Robert, Ryan, Rhett and Reid. Bob married Ann Vaughn Crummie (who predeceased him), who had already raised her four biological children, and together they took guardianship of Virginia, a young cousin of Bob’s. Ann embraced them all and they moved the entire crew to Rutherfordton, NC, where they lived for 30 years. They were active members of St Francis Episcopal Church.
Bob is survived by his brother, all eight of his children, 21 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
In his memory - please raise a glass, recite your favorite poem or look up one of his favorites (“If” by Rudyard Kipling; “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann; “She’s Somebody’s Mother” by Mary Dow Brine); make a donation to St Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC or to Hospice of Marion, NC; or simply say “It’s a beautiful day and I feel Wonderful!”
A memorial celebration of his life will be held on April 9, 2021 which would have been his 83rd birthday.
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