Emily Fisher Crum
Emily Fisher Crum
  • October 4, 1914 - November 28, 2016
  • Atlanta, Georgia

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Emily Fisher Crum, 102, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones November 28, 2016 at Lenbrook in Atlanta, GA. Visitation will be at 10am Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta followed by services at 11am. A reception will follow. Entombment will be at Westview Cemetery at 2:00pm. Mrs. Crum was the widow of Remer Hamilton Crum.

She was born Emily Elizabeth Fisher on October 4, 1914 in Toccoa, GA to Thomas Orr Fisher and Bess Ayers Fisher. Mrs. Crum moved with her parents from Toccoa to Atlanta when she was 4 years old where they lived in Inman Park in the old Candler home. At age 10 her family moved to LaGrange and Emily graduated from LaGrange High School. She attended Shorter College as a freshman and graduated from the University of Georgia, where she exceled in speech and drama. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and remained active as an alumnae until age 100. She studied drama in New York City following college graduation.

After returning home to LaGrange to teach school she met the love of her life, Remer Crum. They married on his birthday, Feb. 11, in 1939 and remained married until his death in 2009. Mr. Crum was employed by the Callaway Family as an engineer to survey what became Callaway Gardens. Following the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mr. Crum received a telegram from the Department of the Navy requesting that he go to Honolulu as a civil engineer to help in the rebuilding of Pearl Harbor. Emily joined him in 1943 where she also worked for the Department of the Navy as personnel clerk in communications. She wrote a book for servicemen’s wives to orient them on military life and their duties.

The Crums returned to Atlanta in 1950 and Emily became involved in numerous civic and religious activities. She was a member of the Dogwood Embroiderers’ Guild and did beautiful needlework that she generously gifted to family and friends. She was chairperson of the designing and needle pointing of the kneelers at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She and Remer later joined Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Mrs. Crum served in numerous capacities in her churches, and was known for her devout faith and her eloquent, animated and sincere religious teaching. After moving to Lenbrook Square, Mrs. Crum continued to give back by knitting scores of baby caps for Grady Hospital.

The Crums traveled extensively all over the world and made lifelong friends wherever they went. They especially enjoyed spending time and entertaining at their lake house and apple orchard in Lawrenceville and at their beach home in New Smyrna Beach, FL. They were longtime supporters of higher education and were lifetime members of the Presidents Club of Mercer University. Mrs. Crum was awarded a Doctor of Laws from Mercer University in 2001 and a Doctor of Philanthropy by LaGrange College in 2002. Mrs. Crum was Chairperson of the Fisher-Crum Foundation until her death.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by nephews Harry L. Daniel, Jr., Remer Crum Daniel; Jerome Brown Doster and Charles A. Crum (Chipper), Jr. Survivors include cousins, Evelyn Ayers Hull, Atlanta; Deborah Smith, Orlando; Spencer (Sharon) Linder, Atlanta. Also sister-in-law, Sue Crum, Cordele; nieces Suzanne Crum (Ralph) Harper, Albany; Letsa Doster Marietta, Atlanta; Betty Moore (Bobby) Johnston, Albany; Mary Moore, Moultrie; Norma Doster (Jack) Chastain, Rochelle; Marion Dykes Daniel, Cartersville; Pamela Miller Daniel, Macon; Jan Crum Bryan, Chattanooga. Other survivors include God-sons Jonathan and David Linder, Jason and Brandon Harper, Ryan and Fisher Marietta, and God-daughter Emily Suzanne Harper as well as numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to the special caregivers of the CareMaster agency and to Gentiva Hospice.

Senior Minister of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Dr. Bill Britt, will be in charge of the service. Other speakers will include President William Underwood, Mercer University and President Dan McAlexander, LaGrange College. Great and great-great nephews of Mrs. Crum will serve as pallbearers.