Dr. Lynn Crook

dr. lynn crook
Dr. Lynn Crook, 79, from Asheville, N.C. died at Mission Hospital on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. He was born on May 31, 1934, son of Earl and Katie Belle Ackerman Crook of St. George, SC. He graduated as Salutatorian of the Class of 1952 from St. George High School, graduated Magna cum Laude from Furman University in 1955 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology, graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1957 with an MA degree with a major in organic chemistry and a minor in physical chemistry, graduated from Emory University in 1966 with a PhD in biochemistry, graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1974 with an MD, and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, TX, Summer of 1970. He completed a residency in Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Hematopathology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He served as Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the US Army. He was an assistant professor at Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Duke University. He retired as Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Charles George VAMC at Asheville. He served as Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Western Carolina University, and was Regional Commissioner for Laboratory Accreditation for Region III (VA labs in 4 states), as Consultant for VISN 6, and as Medical Review Officer for the Asheville VAMC. He was a Fellow and Member of the College of American Pathologist, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Association of Clinical Chemists, the American Chemical Society, the Association of Clinical Scientists, and Sigma Xi. He was a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elsie Westberry Crook; 5 sons - Kevin D. Crook (Deborah) and Philip A. Crook (Georgia) both of Nashville, TN, Jimmy B. Crook (Edie) of Gastonia, NC; Douglas W. Crook (Laura) of Tampa, FL, and Jonathan L. Crook of Asheville; and 2 daughters - Kathryn A. Crook of Asheville and Martha C. Lail (Adam) of Wilmington, NC. He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his twin sister Lynette C. Hartzog, of St. George, SC; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife Mary Patrick Crook, infant son Michael A. Crook; sisters Frances Ideal Crook and Eleanor C. Thomas, and brothers Rev. Joseph E. Crook, Sr. and Rev. Everette D. Crook. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC. Interment will follow at Ashelawn Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, July 19, from 6-8 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Our condolences to your family for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Norwood Family-John, Beth, Ben, Will, Isabella

  2. Dr. Crook has been a wonderful neighbor in the time that I have known him. Enjoyed his humor in our talks at the fence and dealing with tree issues. My sincere condolences to the Crook family. Elsie and Jonathan, please let us know if we can help in any way.

  3. Jim, Edie and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.

    May God grant you His peace and grace as you walk through this season of mourning.


  4. We are trully sorry for your loss and pray that God will give you his special grace during this difficult time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Angela always enjoyed visiting Martha and playing with all the animals on the farm. She has fond memories of your family and sends her prayers as well. She is married and living near Durham now.

    God Bless!

  5. Dear Aunt Elsie, Cousins and Kin,
    Randy and I are terribly saddened to hear of Uncle Lynn’s passing. Please know that you’re in our thoughts. We wish we could be there with you.

  6. Dear Elsie & Family,
    I am saddened as I read of Lynn’s passing. I will keep you all in my prayers during these difficult days. I lift you all up in prayer for God’s grace, strength & peace. Hugs, Brenda

  7. I’m sure that I am among hundreds from Asheville VA who are saddened to hear of your loss. Lynn was one of the most respected gentlemen there and his presence is missed and his influence will long be remembered.
    May God’s richest blessing help ease your grief and your memories be sweet.

  8. Dear Family,
    When I heard of Uncle Lynn’s passing I was reminded of his many gifts, as well as those he bestowed upon his children. Kevin and Philip were among my closest cousins and although many miles and years have been between us, my heart is still with them. Much love, DeeDee LeGrand-Hart

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