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11/27/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Louise Price Crank

Louise Price Crank
(29 Nov 1920 - 25 Nov 2017)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Monday morning.
Louise Price Crank, mother of Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA and Becky Crank Tench ('65) of VA, and mother-in-law of Pete Tench ('65) of VA, passed away at home in Newport News on Saturday, November 25, 2017 four days before her 97th birthday.

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 11/26/17:

I wanted to pass on to our NNHS friends that Becky Crank Tench and Jimmy Crank's mother passed away last night. Their mother, Mrs. Crank, was one of the most lovely, caring and Christian woman! Throughout my life she was an example of what I wanted to become...the epitome of kindness and goodness. God Bless you Mrs. Crank...heaven is again a wonderful place because you are there! Blessings to the family. Very sad for their loss but joyous for her presence in heaven.

   Oh, I'm so sorry to learn this, but thank you so much for letting us know, Pauline. What a lovely woman she must have been. My sincerest condolences are extended to all who knew her.

From the Daily Press - 11/27/17:   

                  Louise Price Crank


NEWPORT NEWS -  Louise Price Crank, 96, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on November 25, 2017, four days short of her 97th birthday.

She was born on November 29, 1920 in Halifax County, North Carolina and was the youngest of four children.

Louise was predeceased by her parents, Etta Carroll and Wade Hampton Price, her husband, James F. Crank, her brother, William Lindsay Price, her sisters, Nan Poplin and Margaret Brinson, her beloved niece, Mary Ellen Millikin, and two nephews, Wade Hampton Price II and Samuel Brinson.

Louise had a small-town, southern upbringing. Family was the center of her life. She moved to the 'big city' of Colonial Heights, Virginia in the 1940s to work for the C&P Telephone Company as a telephone operator. There she married and had two children before returning to Scotland Neck, NC to be near her family. Her children were raised much as their mother had been. She instilled a love of family, a strong work ethic, and the importance of education in each of them.



She was a disciplinarian, a devout Christian, and a woman of unparalleled character. She never wavered from her beliefs and moral values which were indelibly ingrained in her children. Louise was known by all for her integrity, faithfulness to family, and uncompromising standards. She was, indeed, a 'class act' and 'a lady.'

In 1956, Louise, her two children, and her mother moved to Newport News to resume her work with C&P (now Verizon). There, she won many awards for perfect attendance and outstanding customer service. She retired in 1982 and remained an active member of the telephone Pioneers until her health declined.

Louise has been an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News since 1956. She was a member of the Truthseekers and Fidelis Sunday School classes as well as the WMU, Forever Young Choir, and the Lunch Bunch.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children and their spouses, Jimmy and Vicki Crank and Becky and Pete Tench. She has four grandchildren: Christopher Crank, Jennifer Crank Chandler, Emily Tench Bowman (and husband, Andy), and Patrick Tench (and wife, Stephanie). She has six great-grandchildren: Jacob and Matthew Chandler, Connor Maryellen and Jack Crank, Luke and Bennette Bowman.

She is also survived by three nieces: Merle Roberts, Jackie Gray, and Ellen McDade. Louise has many loving and loyal friends whose prayers and cards are greatly appreciated.

The family wishes to thank Kim and Marshall Cross and Polly and Malcolm Davis for their unwavering faithfulness, friendship, and devotion during these past two difficult years. A special thank you to her friend and nurse, Sandi O'Brien, and her caregiver, Mitchella Paul. We are grateful to the entire staff of Personal Touch and particularly Bonnie Madre who volunteered her time every Tuesday.

A family visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, her 97th birthday, at Peninsula Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A private burial will be conducted at a later date in Scotland Neck, NC.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 4700 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, 23607. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on November 27, 2017.   
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November 27, 2017

Jimmy, Vicki, Becky and Pete, I am so very sorry to read of the passing of your mother. May the many pleasant memories of the past help ease the pain and sorrow that you now feel. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

~ Rick and Joan Thomasson, Newport News, Virginia

November 27, 2017  

Mrs. Crank, as she always will be remembered, will always exemplify a true "Lady". Always prim and proper and a warm, courteous hostess even to the end. As I sat with her to give her caregiving, she was concerned that I had water, and that the house was a comfortable temperature. Caring for me when it was I who was to care for her.

She was always a mother to Jimmy and Becky. Even as he matured to an older gentleman, Jimmy loved and cared for his mother till the very end. No better son could she have had. Vicki loved her and showed her the utmost respect, calling her Mrs. Crank even after 50+ yrs. of marriage. Becky, the nurse and loving daughter, always seeing that Mama had the best care around the clock and that being herself most of the time. I am sure she felt and knew you and Jimmy were there.

Now she joins God's heavenly choir and can once again be among her siblings and be pain free. She lived life full circle. You could want no more. Rest in peace, Mrs. Crank

~ Susan Simons, Hampton, Virginia

November 27, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Becky, Pete, and the whole family.

~ Ron Smith, Scottsville, Virginia

November 27, 201

Mr. and Mrs. Crank, Chris and Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. Crank's passing. You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Missy Lloyd, Newport News, Virginia

November 27, 2017

Jimmy and Becky, Oh how I remember you and your mother at Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News. She sure did make you toe the line to great success, I would say. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. Jimmy, I remember hearing you sing so often at Calvary and as you matured so did your voice. The Crank family was such a blessing at Calvary for years. Thank you so much.

~ Eddie Nichols, Reston, Virginia

November 27, 2017

Jimmy, Becky, and families, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. She must have been a truly awesome lady to have raised the two of you to be the fine, outstanding people you are. She was very proud of you, I am sure. She is at peace now, painfree, and with her loved ones who had gone before. Heaven is rejoicing today!

~ Barbara Yost Hughes, Woodstock, Virginia

November 27, 201

Becky and family, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a special person who will be greatly missed. My mother thought the world of her. God bless you during this difficult time.

~ Luanne and Charlie White

November 28, 2017

Becky and Jimmy, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a beautiful lady, and I know you will miss her greatly. Her obituary described her perfectly. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Sybil Braddy, Enfield, North Carolina

November 28, 201

Becky, Pete, Emily, Patrick and families,
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. I don't think I ever had the pleasure of meeting her, but I can tell she was highly thought of. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers! You have my deepest condolences!

~ Carol Reynolds, Seaford, Virginia

November 28, 2017

Jimmy and Becky, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please accept our condolences.

~ Linda and Don Grantham, Newport News, Virginia

November 29, 2017

Jimmy, I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and your family during this time. Prayers for all of you. Love you all!

~ Tricia Bowen, Whiteville, North Carolina


December 01, 2017


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Cranks's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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