Keith Cribb, 93, went home to be with his Lord, Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
He was an extraordinary man and will be remembered for his utmost integrity, exemplary morals and character, abundant heart of gratitude, exuberant appreciation for life who never met a stranger and treated all equally with high regards.
“Well done my good and faithful servant” Matthew 25:21
Keith was born April 26, 1925 in Hemingway, SC, a son of the late Melvin O. and Lydie Smith Cribb.During WWII as a Staff Sergeant, he served his country as a Waist Gunner on an Eighth Air Force B17 Bomber in the United States Air Corps, completing over 30 successful missions in Germany. He holds the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters for “meritorious achievement” on those missions. Following his military service, he attended the University of South Carolina, receiving his Master’s Degree in Education. In 1949, he moved to Myrtle Beach to begin his 31 year career in the Myrtle Beach school system, retiring in 1980 as an Elementary School Principal.
Although retired, his love of golf led him to management at Cane Patch Par 3 for ten years. He was an avid athlete, excelling in many sports including playing baseball and basketball for the Carolina Gamecocks. He was also a beloved coach and mentor to the local community.
In 1956, he met the love of his life, Joy Bolick in Myrtle Beach. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past New Year’s Eve. Keith was a man who loved his family and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 60 years.
He is survived by his wife, Joy; his daughter, Tracy Cribb of Myrtle Beach; two sons, Kevin (Mary) Cribb of Myrtle Beach and Brett (Krista) Cribb of Huntersville, NC; grandchildren, Whitney (Wes) Nelson, Molly Cribb, Lindsey Cribb, & Connor Cribb; three great-grandchildren, Harper and Hudson Nelson and Easton Davis; two sisters, Lynn DuRant of Myrtle Beach and Karen (Steve) West of Florence; brother-in-law, Charles (Nancy) Bolick of Conover, NC; sister-in-law, Loretta Bolick of Florida; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Moise and her husband, Davis, brother-in-law, Bill DuRant, sister-in-law, Millie Shotts and her husband, Alex, and brother-in-law Ken Bolick.
Keith was laid to rest at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens with a private family graveside service on Friday, November 16, 2018, with Pastor Jonathan Harris officiating.
The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their support, and the Church Families for their love and prayers through the years.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Help4Kids, 2523 Forestbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 or [email protected].
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