James L. Crump, III of Camden, February 28

By on March 22, 2024

November 29, 1993 – February 28, 2024

James Linwood Crump, III “Jake” born November 29, 1993 left this earth February 28, 2024. He was raised from birth through fourth grade on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, fifth grade thru High School and college he resided in Moyock, Currituck County, North Carolina. Jake was full of life, energetic and active, rarely at a loss for words, and lived for new adventures. He was outdoors-oriented, beginning with t-ball and soccer. From there came swim team (OBX), baseball, surfing, Boy Scouts, Golf (MVP from Moyock Middle School), and Thai boxing. By High School he had settled on his favorite sports – hunting, fishing, and other shooting sports with buddies. From childhood forward throughout his life. he was happiest and felt the most himself in the outdoors.

After graduating J.P. Knapp High School Early College, he immediately left for Florida and worked in the restaurant business repairing machinery. After a year, he decided that was not what he wanted as a career and returned home to work on cars (was on a race car pitt crew), and work with an auto parts company simultaneously. Jake had a love for cars which started in High School when he rebuilt a Jeep. An auto store manager watched as the Jeep evolved in amazement. That resulted in employment for a very young Jake working there in High School. Always the multitasker!

In 2015 Jake, twenty-one years old, enlisted in the United States Navy. After basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois, he was trained in Aviation Electronics and Mechanics in Pensacola, Florida. On completing that training, he served at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, maintaining F/A-18 Super Hornet warplanes, first Squadron VFA-22 and then with Fleet Readiness Command West. On completing four years in the Navy Jake separated from the service in June 2019 but remained in Lemoore continuing to support the readiness of Pacific Fleet’s F/A-18s while working for the private defense contractor in the same hangar as when he was with the United States Navy. In 2021 Jake decided it was time to come home to the parents and brother he loved and missed every day. Jake was raised with a strong family bond, by parents that loved him with all of their hearts. He resided in Camden County, NC. Jake was employed in Elizabeth City by Telephonics, another military contractor. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC.

Jake is survived by his parents, James and PaTricia Crump; a brother, Zachary Patrick Crump “Zach”; a daughter, Jaycee Lee; his adopted dogs, Kimber and Lady Bird; several uncles and aunts; and many cousins and second cousins in Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Washington State. Jake was preceded in death by his grandparents, Retired Navy Murray O. and Bert Smith; James (Pop) and Mable Crump, Sr.; a cousin, Drew Katabian; and his beloved Golden Retriever, Maggie. Jake leaves behind many friends he was loyal to and embraced. He always gave a helping hand to many, paying their medical bills, offering help to guide them on a path for their careers, and his neighbors, serving his HOA, and church. He was dependable and never tardy. Jake has left such a huge void in many lives. He was a big, often passionate personality and a sizable physical presence. He will be loved and missed every day. We will treasure the memories of the good times with this capable, dynamic young man.

Jake was laid to rest at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia during a private memorial service March 19, 2024. The United States Navy conducted an Honorable service with Taps. Jake was Honorably discharged with the United States Navy. Pastor Vic Ramsey of Moyock Baptist Church graciously performed the graveside service. Twiford Funeral Home of Elizabeth City, NC did an admirable job taking care of Jake.

Memorial donations may be made to Horton Wreath Society, P. O. Box 6246, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

Twiford Funeral Homes, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is assisting the Crump Family. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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