Charles Connor Crook, Jr.

  • Born: July 5, 1946
  • Died: February 27, 2020
  • Location: Goat Island, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Connor Crook, Jr. of Goat Island, SC passed away on February 27, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Linda Anne Smoak Crook of Goat Island, SC; his daughter Courtney Alean Crook Shytle (Eric) of Columbia, SC and grandchildren Philip and Lily; his son Charles Connor Crook, III (Meg) of Charlottesville, VA and grandchildren Wilson and Catherine; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Connor Charles Crook, Sr., his mother Jenelle Bozard Crook, and his sister Carole Crook Prickett, all of St. Matthews, SC.

Charles and Anne were high school sweethearts. They were both 1964 graduates of St. Matthews High School in St. Matthews, where Charles was Student Body President, a bus driver, and a letterman in football and track. Charles graduated from the University of South Carolina and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. He and Anne then returned to St. Matthews, where Charles joined his father-in-law in a construction business that he later owned and operated until his retirement in 2009. Charles was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in St. Matthews, where he served as a Trustee and a Deacon for many years. He served his community throughout his lifetime as a business owner, employer, and civic and church leader. He previously served on the Calhoun County School Board and the Calhoun County Country Club Board, chaired the Calhoun County Democratic Party, and most recently led his fellow Goat Islanders as Chief of the Goat Island Fire and Safety Committee.

Throughout his life, Charles spent as much time as possible with Anne, his children and grandchildren, and his beloved nieces and nephews, whether in the kitchen cooking, in the woods hunting, or on the water fishing and boating. He and Anne retired to Goat Island in 2011, where he found his calling fishing, gardening, reading, maintaining the island infrastructure, assisting his neighbors in countless ways, and organizing the fire and rescue team. Charles loved Elvis, his dog Lizzie, and a nice glass of red wine. It made him happy to prepare a meal for friends and family, whether it was a January oyster roast, a July 5 (not a typo, it was his birthday) barbecue, or a Thanksgiving fried turkey.

He will be greatly missed by his friends and family in St. Matthews and on Goat Island. Charles was a man of extraordinary kindness, loyalty, selflessness, and strength. We know he has now found his eternal peace, sailing with the wind at his back and the sun on his face.

There will be a visitation with the family at Stuhr Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, on March 7, 2020 from 4-6 pm and a memorial service will take place at the family home on Goat Island on March 8, at 3:30 pm. Transportation will be available for friends from the Isle of Palms Marina to Goat Island at 2:45 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to be sent to the Goat Island Association of Neighbors (GIAN) Fire and Safety, P.O. Box 434, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482.


Condolence & Memory Journal

A true friend. Dependable, fun to be with, many fond memories. We will miss him.

Posted by Robert Belding - Columbia, SC - Friend   March 07, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. Charles was a true building professional and a man of integrity.

Posted by Terry Saylor - St. Matthews, SC - Friend   March 06, 2020

Charles was ever unafraid to tackle any project however daunting.
He was a MAN.

Posted by Mike Loy - Isle of Palms, SC   March 05, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob & Sarah Wannamaker

Posted by Bob & Sarah Wannamaker - North, SC   March 04, 2020

Anne and Family, I am so sorry about Charles death. I did not know he was
so ill. I have such wonderful memories of the years in St. Matthews
with his family and your family at First Baptist Church and watching you
children all grow up. I have lived in Manning for fifty years now, but I will
never forget my wonderful friends in St. Matthews and those who have
moved away. I remember your strong Christian faith and know that our
God will see you through this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are
with you and all your family. Much Love, Katherine

Posted by Katherine Hicklin McClam - Manning ,, SC - Friend   March 02, 2020

Anne and Family
I have known Charles as a man strength honor and character with a good word towards all he met.A friend I will certainly miss.
Jake Smith

Posted by jake smith - isle of palms, SC - Friend   March 02, 2020


Posted by A friend   March 02, 2020

Charles was one of those rare people who lived humbly and loved serving others. He surely followed in the footsteps of his parents ,Connor and Jenelle. Those who lose their life will gain it Luke 9:24


Posted by A friend   March 02, 2020

May the God of comfort bring the family peace in their time of grief.

Posted by A friend   March 01, 2020

Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Christine Robinson Brockington - St Matthews, SC - Friend   March 01, 2020

sorry to hear about Charles

Posted by Randy Wise - St.Matthews, SC   March 01, 2020

Anne, We have missed the presence of the Smoak and Crook families in our community for many years . We did not know of Charles' illness until just a week or two ago and was sorry to learn that he passed away this week. May you and your family be blanketed with peace and strength that comes from God, and live with joy and assurance that you will be reunited again. The treasured memories that you hold in your hearts will keep him near to you forever.

Posted by Joe & Judy Sikes - St. Matthews, SC - Friend   February 29, 2020

Anne so sorry to hear about Charles. Our prayers are with you, children, and grandchildren.

Posted by Freddie and Angie Ott - St. Matthews, SC - Friend   February 29, 2020

Anne, sympathy to you and family in your loss. Charles was a dear classmate and friend who will be missed. Gone but never forgotten.

Posted by Gene and Jean Miller - St. Matthews, SC - Friend   February 29, 2020

Charles was one of the finest man and the finest person that I ever had the pleasure of getting to know. His impact on the world around was nothing less than great. It broke my heart that such a fine and influential person first had some physical problems but it really upset me to hear of his passing. Charles truly cared about his fellow man and set an awesome example for the rest of us to try to follow. Charles, you were my hero and a person that I would like emulate. May you have eternal peace and may your family and your wife relish the time that they had with such an outstanding person. Finally, may Anne and the rest of your family have great memories and peace, having been close to Charles so many years. God bless you and keep you. Well done good and faithful servant.

Posted by Jack Minor - Augusta, GA - Friend   February 28, 2020

Ann, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children/grandchildren on the loss of Charles. In the midst of grief, may you be surprised by joy with special memories of Charles's presence in your hearts and lives.

Blessings to you all,

Posted by Harris Murray - Lexington, SC - Coworker   February 28, 2020

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