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1957 James 2024

James Lee Crabtree

July 9, 1957 — February 14, 2024

Urbana, Ohio

James "Jim" Lee Crabtree, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on February 14, 2024, in Springfield, Ohio. Born on July 9, 1957 in Urbana, Ohio, Jim brought immense joy into the lives of those around him throughout his journey.

From a young age, Jim displayed an innate passion for music. As a teenager, he began playing the guitar and dedicated himself to perfecting his craft. His talent was undeniable and his love for playing and singing music was infectious.  Jim truly possessed a rare gift that brought solace and happiness to all who listened.

Not only was Jim an extraordinary musician, but he also had a zest for life that was unmatched. Known as the life of the party, he always brought a vibrant energy that could light up any room. His charismatic personality made him an instant friend to all; with Jim around, there were no strangers—only friends waiting to be made. His mischievous spirit also earned him a reputation as being ornery in the most endearing way possible.

Jim truly enjoyed living life to the fullest. He had a passion for roller skating and became incredibly skilled at it at a young age. In fact, he went on to teach numerous children, including his own sons how to glide gracefully on skates and experience the same joy that he found in this thrilling pastime. 

Although Jim may have encountered some setbacks while indulging in one of his favorite pastimes—the scratch-off lottery—he never let it dampen his spirit. Winning or losing didn't define him; rather, it was the excitement and anticipation that fueled his enjoyment of this simple pleasure. And when fortune smiled upon him and he did win, the triumph was all the more sweet, making up for any previous losses.

Jim enthusiasm for life extended beyond his personal pursuits. He was a ladies' man who charmed everyone with his charismatic demeanor and warm heart. He embraced every opportunity to make lasting memories with loved ones, cherishing each moment spent in their company. Jim had an incredible ability to bring people together, nurturing friendships that lasted a lifetime. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Ora and Mary (Heistand) Crabtree; and sisters, Maryann Pack, Joyce Moody and Betty Fleming.

Jim memory will forever be treasured by his surviving family, which includes his sons, Mitchell (Lesley) Crabtree and Adam (Natalie) Crabtree; his cherished grandchildren, Ethan, Kaden, Preston, Catherine, and Aubrie. He is also survived by his brothers, Art (Linda) Crabtree, Frank Crabtree, John Crabtree and Terry Crabtree.

In addition to his immediate family, Jim leaves behind numerous special friends who brought immense joy to his life. Nancy Crooks, Debbie Cooper, Steve McNeely, and many others held a significant place in James's heart and shared countless unforgettable moments of laughter and camaraderie.

Please kindly consider to donate below to help his family with unexpected expenses. Services are pending at Walter & Lewis Funeral Home. 

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Walter And Lewis Funeral And Cremation Center

642 S Main St, Urbana, OH 43078

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Funeral Service

Thursday, February 22, 2024

6:00 - 6:45 pm (Eastern time)

Walter And Lewis Funeral And Cremation Center

642 S Main St, Urbana, OH 43078

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