Joseph Steven Crisp

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Joseph Steven Crisp, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009. Steve is survived by his wife, Diana Marie; two daughters, Mary Rhiannon Crisp and Deana Crisp Gilliam; a son, Joseph Brandon Crisp and five grandchildren, Amber Lynn Gilliam, Jacob Thomas Gilliam, Alexander Gilliam, Kayla Victoria Crisp, and Joseph Benjamin Crisp. He is also survived by his parents, Joe and Frances Crisp of Burnsville and four sisters, Janet Crisp-Lacy of Greensboro, Sharon Crisp Renfro of Spruce Pine, Mary Crisp Bennett of Eden and Gail Crisp of Burnsville. Those who knew Steve were blessed. He was of the Baptist faith and was a giving, loving and caring man who demonstrated his faith each day in the manner he treated others. He gave countless hours as a school volunteer. Although he was in declining health for years, he never complained and was always positive. He will be deeply missed. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. S. Gray Little officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to a college scholarship fund established for Steve's daughter, Rhiannon. Checks should be made to Mary Rhiannon Crisp and mailed to the attention of her aunt, Janet Crisp-Lacy, PO Box 16611, Asheville, NC 28816.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved son, brother, father and husband. May the special things about your loved one live inside your heart forever. With our deepest sympathy; our prayers are with your family.

  2. To the family of Steve.
    I am sending you my condolences at your loss of a good Husband,Father, Brother, And Son.
    If there is anything I can do please let me know.My prayers are with you all.
    Teresa Ledford

  3. I graduated from East Yancey with Steve. What a super person he was way back then (1968). I send my sincere sympathy to you, his beloved family. May our Lord give you peace and grace for this deep valley of grief. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Beckie Pate-King

  4. Mary Bennett and family, Sorry to hear about your loss. Heartfelt prayers are with your family during this time.

  5. Diana & Rhiannon – we are so sorry in your loss. We will miss Steve so very much. We enjoyed talking to him when we were all out in our yards doing our yard work and we know that he did not feel good but never complained and just kept on going on. He was so very pleasant and so nice to be around and above all – a very giving, thoughful neighbor. It is so hard for us to believe that he is gone and we don’t know that we can over the fact that we will no longer see him across the street from us. To the entire Crisp family – you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Remember that we love you and are praying for God’s Grace for you.

  6. Dearest Janet & family,

    We love you. You & your entire family are in our prayers & thoughts. I pray that God will surround you with the comfort & peace that only He can provide.

    I know that you gave your brother much love & time and have alot of precious memories that are invaluable. Reflect on those moments and know you were much loved by him and those times will lay close to your heart now.

    In much prayer and sorrow,

    Love, Ken & Pat Priddy

  7. So sorry to hear about Steve he will deepley be missed. Sorry we will not be able to be their. May Gods comfort be with each of you during this difficult time.

  8. Rhiannon, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very kind loving man. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Janet and Dick we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. It is always very difficult to lose a loved -one. We just have to have the faith that God has a better plan for Steve. Judy and I have you and all your family in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry we can’t be with you and Dick during this time of grieving. We are at the beach and it is such a long haul that we decided we could be a support in other ways. We love you both very much and we will see you soon. Keep the faith and keep smiling.

  10. Dearest Rhiannon,
    Sweetie, always know that your Dad loved you so very much. It was obvious in the way that he was always there for you, always beside you, watching over you no matter where or what you were doing, cheering you on with a smile on his face. We know how very hard this is for you and Diana but please know that your Dad will always be there for you, resting at peace in your heart and your memories. He will always be watching over you and sending you hugs and love in the smallest of ways through the smiles and joys of your everyday walk through life. Although it may not seem possible, your grief will eventually diminish to be replaced by the joys that you both shared with your Dad and Husband. There will also be days that it will hit you full force again, just know that God’s strength and Grace will bring you through it then as He will in the coming days and months. Our prayers are with you and we are so very sorry that you are having to go through this heartbreak. Our love to both of you as well to your other family members. May the breath of Heaven hold you together. All of our love, Rhonda, Jordan & David Puckett.

  11. Janet and other family members, Like Becky, I attended East Yancey High School with Steve (and Janet). My sweetest memory of Steve is as the violinist Hannibal in our senior drama, The Curious Savage. Although Hannibal only played beautifully in his own mind, his inner beauty allowed both the characters in the play and ultimately the entire audience to see him as perhaps God did, and truly appreciate the beautiful music that he created. A well remembered scene in the play involved telling others that you love them in subtle ways such as saying ‘Take an Unbrella, it’s raining’. Our year books are full of that line, and while it might leave others scratching their heads, we all understood. I never remember an unkind word escaping Steve’s lips and he always had a smile for everyone. My prayers are with each of you because I know that you have lost a very special perosn. May God Bless and comfort you. And Steve. . . take and umbrella.

  12. J. C. and Frances, please accept my sincere sympathy to your entire family on the death of Steve. Your loss has created an emptiness in your hearts. May your memories and the love you shared fill your hearts with joy and a new song. Sincerely, Millie Hudgins (Constance Crisp Perry’s daughter)

    Our Crisp family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.

  13. I was very sad to read about Steve’s death. He was in my English class at East Yancey High School, and I remember what a sweet person he was. I’m sorry that I didn’t know him in recent years, but I do remember his term paper topic: UFO’s. He was really into his research, and I was very interested, too. What a loss to his family and friends! I am thinking of all of you and remembering you in my prayers. (Mr. and Mrs. Crisp, you raised a very fine son.)
    Thanna Davis

  14. Diana and Rhiannon — Zeb and I are so sorry for your loss. What a good and noble man he was! Always there with a smile and good word; always proud of his family. We will miss him, but we will turn out eyes heavenward for the happy reunion that will come!

    Kathy and Zeb

  15. Janet and Dick, I am so saddened to hear of your brothers passing. I know you two were very close and that this is such a terrible loss. Please know that I am praying for your families. Amy B. Sparks

  16. Dearest Janet and Dick and the Crisp Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a wonderful and gracious person, full of life and love. One of our most favorite memories of Steve was the fun we all had with him when we would gather at the Crisp house when it snowed and would slide down that treacherous hill. Steve was always there, having a grand time with everyone. He will be missed very, very much. Our prayers are with all of you. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Love, Bonnie and Randall McCurry

  17. Deana and the Crisp family,
    I was saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I worked with Steve for a number of years with General Cinema Theaters. He was always happy and had a great sense of hummer. Steve was a man who loved his family and it showed. I was truly blessed for having known Steve. I will keep you all in my prayers.
    Joy R. Presley


  19. Dear Joe and Frances,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family in the loss of your son.We remember Steve for his attendance at our picnics and could see the closeness you shared.
    Bill and Janet Hodges Stakias
    LHEHS, Class of 1948.

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