Sgt. Lamar Cromwell, USMC

  • Born: December 21, 1962
  • Died: August 7, 2020
  • Location: James Island

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family


Sgt. Lamar Cromwell, USMC, 57, of James Island, resided in North Charleston, SC, husband of J. Denise Cromwell entered into eternal rest Friday, August 7, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. Their only daughter, Asia Cromwell and only granddaughter, Valerie Rose Cromwell and his mother, Ms. Barbara Jean Cromwell Whitesides.
His full military honors service will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406.
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Lamar Cromwell, 57, of James Island, resided in North Charleston, South Carolina, husband of J. Denise Cromwell entered into eternal rest Friday, August 7, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

His funeral service will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Alfred Williams Community Life Center at 4441 Durant Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. Interment with military honors will follow at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406. Family and friends are invited to a Wake Walk Through on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. at the Alfred Williams Community Life Center. For the health and safety of all, the family requests small children not attend any of the services, visitation or visiting at the house.

Lamar was born December 21, 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of Ms. Barbara Jean Cromwell-Whitesides and grandson of the late Alvin and Helen Cromwell.

Lamar was an active member of First Baptist Church of James Island where he actively served on the Trustee Board and as a Parking Lot Attendant. He was educated in Charleston County Schools and was a 1982 graduate of St. Andrews High School. During his high school years as a school bus driver he gained the love for driving Class A vehicles.

He honorably served in the U.S.M.C. for 12 1/2 years as a machine gunner and instructor at Parris Island and attained the rank of Sergeant. Lamar was an expert marksman and received many accolades and awards including the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge, the Pistol Sharp Shooter Badge and Boat Platoon accolade. Upon retiring from the U.S.M.C., he pursued a career as a truck driver. His love and experience for driving afforded him the opportunity to work for Schneider Transportation and Logistic Services and Fennell/FenVac (DBA Nature's Calling/United Site Services). He received many accolades for safe driving and expertise in Hazmat training.

He was very instrumental in community service activities. Lamar went above and beyond the call of duty with his boots on the ground to serve his homeless military comrades with a Non-Profit Organization founded by his wife in memory of her uncle SFC Sam Caulder. Lamar, along with his daughter Asia, were the first volunteers for the organization and held the most volunteer hours and every year were voted Volunteer of the Year for Project Street Outreach.

Lamar is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, J. Denise Williams Cromwell whom he shared a special and loving bond beyond understanding and who cared for him until the end; Asia Cromwell his only child and the apple of his eye who gave him the most precious and beautiful gift his granddaughter, Valerie Rose Cromwell who he had the pleasure of spending 6 months with and building those memories that would last a lifetime for her; Godsons: Jay Hillard, and Daniel Dent; mother, Ms. Barbara Jean Cromwell Whitesides (Alexander); sister, Shalley L. Whitesides; his "Bonus Moms"/mother-in-laws, Jean Caulder Williams from Hollywood, Elizabeth Robinson (Mudder) from Mount Pleasant; two aunts: Emma C. Backman and Margie Matthews; two uncles: Virgil Cromwell (Sue) and Roger Cromwell(Francis). He is also survived by his loving sisters-in-law: Jean McDaniels (Edison) of AR, Sandra Wilder (Anwin) of Goose Creek, Voka Michelle Stokes-Norwood (Rodney) of Washington DC, Tonya L. Stokes of Charlotte NC, Bernice Manuel McKenzie (Leo) of Columbia SC, The Shaw Family, and Florence Brown, ; brothers-in-law: Robert Williams (Tasha), Frederick Williams (Kishia Gibbs), Perry M. Robinson (Christy) of Mount Pleasant SC, David Caldwell (Candice); special cousins/brother Gary Cromwell (Jackie Cromwell), Andrew Champion, Ronald Champion, Connie, Hazel (Butchie) Tony Matthews, Curtis Cromwell (Miriam), Alvin Cromwell, Clayton Roper, Darnell Richardson and Sylvia Washington; special cousin/aunt, Sylvia Bunyon (Frank) of Pawling NY; special uncle-in-law, Billy Caulder (Lynn) Edward Stokes(linda) ; and his special military comrades; 1SGT Tyrone Smalls, CSM Rick Tuner, Richie Byron, SGT Kenneth Fray, SGT Percy Poole, Derrick Sanders(Brenda), 1SGT Jonthan Baxter, SSGT James V. Simmons, LCPL Jackson and CPL Terrence Scott. Special friends: Benjamin Williams, Darryl and Penny Williams, Captain Willis & Kim Weaver, Robert & Tracy Cook-Brewton, Richard Gant, Charles Holmes, James Gibbs, Jerome Blake, Ally&Paul Willoughby, Anita Keith, Dennis & LaBarbara Brown, Jeffrey Scott, Corin Clark, Mike Davis and Mike Williams. Special nephew, Clifford Murray whom he mentored and encouraged to embark upon a successful career in the USAF. As a result of the training he received in the USAF, it landed him a job working alongside his Uncle Lamar as one of the top diesel mechanics. He is also survived by a host of many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. As a business owner of Asia's Ice cream Shop and Barbering Plus, Lamar mentored teenagers and young adults of the Remount Rd. community: many of whom have gone on to become successful as a direct result of Lamar's mentorship.

Lamar was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Helen Cromwell, cousin/friend, Cyrus Matthews, father-in-law, Joseph Earl Williams and special cousin R.J. Washington.

To view the funeral service video please visit the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/H7DGLGHLQX35F373


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Another Marine - Summerville, SC   September 25, 2020

Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of Heaven are guarded by United States Marines. Stack arms and rest your pack, Marine, and then take your post. You still have important work to do. Semper Fi, and carry on.

Posted by Another Marine - Summerville, SC   September 25, 2020

Semper Fidelis Marine,Thank you for your Service to America !

Prayers to your Family and your Friends !

I'm a Former Marine 74-77 / Truck Driver myself !

R I P Marine !

Posted by Martin Gorski - Ridgeville, SC - Served in the Military together   September 19, 2020

Denise, Asia, Valerie Rose much love and I a here when you need me. Keep standing and When you feel like you can't. Lean on YHWH(GOD)

Posted by Lcpl Jackson - Mt. Pleasant, SC   September 16, 2020

Praying for you all! Continue to trust in God to see you through.

Posted by Rev. Broderick Prioleau - Charleston, SC - Family Friend   August 16, 2020

My condolences to you and your family for the loss of my dear cousin "Marky" as we called him throughout our childhood. You will be in my daily prayers!

Posted by Gretchen Simpson - Lawrenceville, GA - Family   August 16, 2020

Denise and Asia, may God strengthen and keep you! I will be praying for you!

Posted by Yvalondra Thomas - Pensacola, FL - Friend   August 15, 2020

Denise may the God of comfort continue to comfort you Asia and Valerie Rose. I Love you all.
Aunt Helen

Posted by Helen Walker - Hyattsville, MD - Family   August 14, 2020

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Angela Baxter Washington - North Charleston, SC - friend   August 14, 2020

Jesse and I are so sorry about the absent of your husband, dad and granddad. The Bible says absent from the body but present with the Lord. We want you to know that our prayers is always with you and your family. We love you in Jesus.

Posted by Jesse & Brenda Singleton - North Charleston, SC - Family   August 14, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God strengthen you.

Posted by Billy and Gloria Smith (Mitchell) - Hollywood, SC - Family   August 14, 2020

Denise, you have my deepest sympathy. May the Comforter continue to comfort you, Asia, Valarie Rose, and the entire family during your time of grief. I love you my Sister ❤❤❤

Posted by Angela Coaxum - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Family Friend   August 14, 2020

Im here for You Praying that God Continue to give You Strength.❤❤❤

Posted by Lisa Mitchell - Goose Creek, SC - Family   August 14, 2020

Dear Denise, we send our deepest condolences, love and prayers to you and the family. May God your refuge and strength. We love you!!!

Posted by Adrienne Benton - Summerville, SC - Family Friend   August 14, 2020

Our sympathies and thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lamar Cromwell. I've known Lamar for about 3 years. So sad to hear about his passing. Thank you so much for your service to this country.Thank you so much for your friendship to me. James Ackerman (Knight's Septic Tank Service)

Posted by James Ackerman - Friend   August 14, 2020

Sending my deepest condolence to Denise and Asia sorry for your lost my heart is truly with you love you all

Posted by Candice Caldwell - North Charleston, SC - Family   August 14, 2020

Our family sends our heartfelt condolences during this time of your loss. I know that you have a very large village to walk with through this very difficult time but we are here for you as well. If you need anything know that we are here for you.

Posted by Derrick & Diana Smalls - Summerville, SC - Family   August 14, 2020

On behalf of the South Carolina Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and my Family....we offer our most sincere condolences to Sister Denise..Asia..and the Cromwell family...May the Creator be pleased with brother Lamar..and his Divine Angels comfort the family....and welcome our beloved brother into the heavens

Posted by Rashad Muhammad uhammad - North Charleston, SC - Family Friend   August 14, 2020

Words do not come easy during these times, our thoughts are so clouded with thoughtful memories, laughter, good food, drinks, and sadness. We shared great times in North Carolina (Camp Lejeune) were we both had the opportunity to serve in the same battalion. Lamar and Denise opened their home to me and introduced me to a good church many years ago so I greatly appreciate them both. Lamar got me out of trouble a few times, those were the days. I'm so grateful that we had that time to make memories that will be forever etched in my heart! A great man is now on duty in heaven, Semper Fidelis Marine! Semper Fi! OORAH!

Posted by Nate Deleston - Murrieta, CA - family   August 13, 2020

My deepest condolences go out to you and your daughter. Your husband was very supportive and be kind. He was greatly appreciated and will be missed. Continue to keep God first and always be Blessed. We love you and will always be there for you guys. I pray that God will bring you peace and understanding.

Posted by Erika Freeman-Jones - Columbia, SC - Family   August 13, 2020

The family have my condolence he will be missed be Blessed

Posted by Dell Anderson - North Charleston, SC - Family Friend   August 13, 2020

We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by The Mitchell Family - Beaufort, SC - Family   August 13, 2020

My condolences to you and your family

Posted by Maxine Smith - Hollywood, SC - Friend   August 13, 2020

Be encouraged and know that God is a comforter.

Posted by Melissa Wrighten - Ravenel, SC - Friend   August 12, 2020

Sorry for your loss our deepest condolences

Posted by Isaiah & Nancy Frazier - Ladson, SC - Family Friend   August 12, 2020

Sending my love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Kathy Moore-Brock - Jacksonville, NC - Friend   August 11, 2020

Denise, Asia & Valerie Rose, we want you to know that we're sharing in your lost.
Lamar will truly be missed but we will continue to remember how much joy he was to be around. Asking the Lord in Jesus Name to continue blessing all of you and that none off you will ever want for anything and all you needs will be supplied!
May God forever be with you! James & Pam

Posted by J & P Martino - Charleston, SC - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

Rest in peace good man. You served your country and your family well.

Posted by Damon Fordham - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Friend   August 11, 2020

Expressing my deepest and heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a humble and generally kind soul. His legacy will continue to be honored and preserved through his wife, daughter, granddaughter, family, and friends. Rest easy Marine!!!!

Posted by Tracy Cook-Brewton - Gastonia, NC - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, son and brother. We pray that you will find peace and comfort from great memories in the days ahead. Yours in Christ, Mr. & Mrs. James Mackey, Sr.

Posted by James and Odessah Mackey Mackey - NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - Acquaintance   August 11, 2020

Rest in PEACE Markey. Your Loving and FAVORITE Cousin, Beverly, will miss you. Until we meet again.

Posted by Beverly Fludd-Flanagan - Woodbridge, VA - Family   August 11, 2020

Posted by Another Marine Marine - Summerville, SC   August 11, 2020

Posted by Another Marine Marine - Summerville, SC   August 11, 2020

The family have our condolences.

Posted by Edward Keith - Hanahan, SC - Acquaintance   August 11, 2020

Posted by Another Marine Marine - Summerville, SC   August 11, 2020

Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of Heaven are guarded by United States Marines. Stack arms and rest your pack, Marine, and then take your post. You still have important work to do. Semper Fi, and carry on.

Posted by Another Marine Marine - Summerville, SC   August 11, 2020

Our deepest condolences to your family. You guys are in our prayers.

Posted by Earma and Laverne Roper - New Britain, CT   August 11, 2020

The Admore/Brown/Johnson Family loves you and are praying for your family. GOD BLESS

Posted by Gail Johnson - North CHARLESTON, SC - Family   August 11, 2020

To Denise and Asia just to know that you know that my heart and my prayers are always with you guys and I will always be there for you love you always.

Posted by Stephanie Chisolm - Summerville, SC - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

We the old Mount Sinai holiness church of deliverance family are lifting you and your family up in prayer along with Gethsemane Cathedral Of Praise ministries where Bishop Robert Gathers Junior Is our pastor and pounder much love

Posted by Charlene Leach - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 11, 2020

Cromwell family you have my deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord continues to strengthen you all with love and comfort through this trying time. Will keep you all in prayer,God bless!!

Posted by Selenia Singleton - Ravenel, SC - Friend   August 11, 2020

The Cromwell family you have our deepest condolences and prayers so sorry for your loss you have been my family for years and Lamar you will never ever be 4gotten, you and my husband Jonathan go way back in Camp Lejune North Carolina in the Marine Corp My talk to you up until you didn't answer your phone we love you unconditionally and rest on now in the arms of the lord.

Posted by Jonathan & Pamela Baxter - GooseCreek, SC - Served in the Military together   August 11, 2020

Praying that God provide your family with comfort and peace during this time.

Posted by Theresa (Peters) West - Raleigh, NC - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

To the Cromwell family may God continue hold you in his arms, in Jesus name i pray. My brother you rest we will get together one day and tell those old story's so keep one cold for me. Love you my Brother.

Posted by Kenneth Fray ll - Beaufort, SC - Brother   August 11, 2020

Sorry for your loss he's in a better place I'm praying you and your family

Posted by Shuante Simmons - Smyrna, GA - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family!

Posted by DEBRA BARTLEY (MAZYCK) - KINGSLAND, GA - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

Fall in was the command used to gather a squad of Marines together,to get them attuned to the next commands coming forth. Sgt lamar Cromwell I believe answered that command when God called him to that eternal formation.From one Marine to another I can say his voice and presence will surely be missed as well as his zest for life.I truly believe that when I look on heavens scene I will find that the streets are guarded by a United States Marine.

Posted by Robert Brewton - Gastonia, NC - Served in the Military together   August 11, 2020

Our sincere prayers and condolences

Posted by Benny and Martha Smalls - Wadmalaw Island, SC - Acquaintance   August 11, 2020

Condolences to the family
RIP Lamar

Posted by Sharon Hilliard - Ladson, SC - Family Friend   August 11, 2020

Rest well my good friend. The many stories you shared and the many times you gave useful information when I would ask will always be cherished. You will be missed be I'm rest assured we will meet again. So until then party like I know you can and know that all will be well here until that time.

Posted by Al Austin - Goose creek - Friend   August 10, 2020

May God continue to bless all of the family members and friends of LAMAR. May everyone remember you as a humble, wonderful, and sometimes outgoing man who always made us laugh. We all salute you Love Voka & Rodney

Posted by Voka & Rodney Norwood - Upper Marlboro, MD - Family   August 10, 2020

Sorry for your loss. You and family have my deepest sympathy. Will be praying for you and family. Love you

Posted by Jannette Bazemore-Robinson - family   August 10, 2020

I was sad to hear the news of the passing of Sgt Cromwell. We served together in the US Marines. He will be missed but never forgotten. Semper FI Marine.

Posted by Michael Ortiz - Hampstead, NC - Served in the Military together   August 10, 2020

One of the first real life super heroes I know. I've seen this man as a kid kick a football out of Forestpark,a great athlete,but an even greater man someone you could follow and not go wrong. Markie I know you are in a good place,but how your family will miss you,for I know how much of a family man you are. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Mark Fickling - Charlotte, NC - Friend   August 10, 2020

RIP my friend , take care of that parking lot in Heaven , GOD needs your help in keeping the traffic flowing . We all love you, but GOD love you best .

Posted by Earl Brown - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 10, 2020

Cromwell Family:
I am sorry to hear the loss of your love one. Although I didnt know the family personally, I would often see each of you when we volun-teered with the cookouts in front of Sam's Club. May God continue to bring you peace and comfort now, and in the days ahead. Be bless.

Posted by Tanya Givens - North Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   August 10, 2020

God keep you in eternal glory. Semper Fi

Posted by Alvaro Feola - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Served in the Military together   August 09, 2020

To the family of Lamar, he was a great person who I will truly miss. He was a hard worker on Sundays in our parking lot. I use to see from time to time walking into Church just to listen to Pastor Murray. I'm praying for the family and may Lamar P.I.P.

Alfred R. McDaniel
SGM/E-9 Retired U.S. Army

Posted by Alfred McDaniel - Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   August 09, 2020


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