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“Dear Freddie, Bill, Jr., Lynn, and Lauren, My heart is filled with sadness at the loss of Dr. Crymes. Dr. Crymes hired me in 1980 as a supervisor of...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Duane Nicholson - Charleston, SC

“Dear Crymes We are so sorry for your loss. While he will be greatly missed I can not think of him without getting a smile on my face! Love The Barhams ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: John Barham - Charleston, SC

“Freddie Ralph and I we're so sorry to hear the sad news. Please know our thoughts and prayers are will you and the kids. So glad we were able to...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Tissy Principe - Johns island, SC

“Dr. Crymes was a great Boss. He always walked through the lab every morning and chatted with all of the Techs. We had some great parties- Pathology...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Leonard - Charleston, SC

“I worked with Bill for many years at Roper St. Francis as Director of Medical Records, Quality and Accreditation. It was always a pleasure and lots...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Clark - Summerville, SC

“His smile just lit up a room and I don't believe he ever met a stranger! Last time I saw him we bumped into each other in Food Lion and shared a few...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Buerkle - Charleston, SC

“I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Crymes passing. I knew Dr. Crymes as a nurse in the Operating Room at Roper Hospital. I loved being in his company as...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Darla Wier - Charleston, SC

“Prayer to your family during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Leigh Morillo - Charleston, OR

“So sorry to hear of Dr Crymes passing. I have so many fond memories fishing with Bill on the Cooper River years ago when he was a resident at MUSC. ...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Farrior - Ravenel, SC

“Dr.Crymes was the coolest! One year we all dressed in camo for his birthday! It was fabulous! It is an honor and privilege to say I worked with him. ...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Allyson McDermott - Goose Creek, SC

“Dr. Crymes never failed to entertain me when I was having a bad histotech day. He found me a job at CPL where I worked 18 years until I retired. I...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Kimberly Whaley - Moncks Corner, SC

“Dear Freddie and Family: We are sorry for your loss! It has been quite awhile since we have seen or talked to each other, but I just wanted you to...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Ann and Rah Rah Smith Charleston

“Dear Freddie, Bill was one of the first doctors introduced to me by Myron Lutz when I joined him in 1981. I was informed about his Pathology...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Vic Weinstein - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Crymes, as I knew him, was a friend to my late father, a fellow pathologist in Charleston, Dr. Albert Kreutner. Though my dad died in 1983, I...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kara Montgomery - Columbia, SC

“Bill, Thinking about you and the extended family after the passing of your dad. Wow, so many doctors in the family! He must have been very proud of...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Millie Horton - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I worked with Dr Crymes for many years in the lab Roper Hospital. Every morning without fail he would shuffle through the lab with his cup of coffee...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Marena Morton

“What an incredible man, Doctor , father, husband and for me a wonderful BOSS. I worked WITH him for 25 years, we never had a cross word!! I...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Hunter - Charleston, SC


Dr. William "Bill" Burke Crymes passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Born in Greenville, SC on December 22, 1941, Bill was the son of the late Thomas George Crymes, Jr. and Mildred Wimbish Crymes. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Freddie Herlong Crymes; his three children, Dr. William Burke Crymes, Jr and his wife Dottie, Dr. Lynn Wimbish Crymes and her husband Dr. Johnny Weeks, and Dr. Lauren Crymes Tierney and her husband Joe; six grandchildren, Avery and Will Crymes III, Parker and Trowbridge Weeks, and Jack and Henry Tierney; sister Mary Lillian (Sis) Dickey and sister-in law Rebecca (Dixie) Crymes Olson, as well as other cherished family members. He was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Thomas George Crymes III and his sister Dr. Mildred Crymes Young.

Bill was a graduate of Greenville High School and Furman University. He graduated from Medical College of South Carolina (now MUSC) and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical school honor society. Upon completion of his internship, he was drafted in the US Army and served as Captain in the Medical Corp at Patterson Army Hospital in Fort Monmouth, NJ and served a year as commanding officer of the 9th Medical Lab in Phu Bai, Vietnam, relieving a fellow Charlestonian of that position. Upon returning home, Bill completed his pathology residency and began his lifelong career in pathology, culminating in accepting a position as Roper Hospital's first full time Director of Laboratories in 1979. He established Roper Pathology and served as Chief Pathologist and Laboratory Medical Director for many years. He also served as President of the South Carolina Medical Society where he was instrumental in the merger between Roper Hospital and Bon Secours Healthcare system. Bill was loved by his staff and colleagues for his devotion to providing the best medical care for the people of Charleston. He was especially treasured for his commitment to advancing the education of his staff, as well as his devotion and loyalty to them, as exemplified by the famous Laboratory Christmas Party.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He was well known for his handmade turkey calls created from exotic woods and for his intricate flies which he cast in waters all over the world. He was at home in a mountain stream, in the woods observing nature, or hunting whatever was in season. Many of his long and detailed recaps of hunting and fishing ventures were often interrupted with "It was a dark and stormy night" which never shortened the story, but always made him smile.

He was a devoted husband and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing the guitar and loved entertaining listeners by singing his bawdy Elizabethan ballads. He could put any situation to rhyme and have his audience laughing hysterically. He was an avid gardener and an excellent chef; his country-fried venison and meatloaf were legendary. The fruits of his labors were generously shared with family and friends. Bill was a man of innumerable passions and talents and will be greatly missed by many.

A private service will be held at Saltpoint Plantation, 825 Saltpoint Road, in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, on Saturday, August 15th.

Donations in his honor can be made to Doctors Without Borders at donate.doctorswithoutborders.com or the charity of your choice.