Melvin Keith Cribb

Melvin Keith Cribb

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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Bill Chapman
Lexington, Kentucky
Created On: 01/07/2019 01:27:15

I started Myrtle Heights Elementary in 1957. Mr Cribb gave me my first paddling in my Cub Scout uniform in the 5th grade in 1961 for throwing pine cones! He was a strong leader and a good man. A long and well lived life.

Created On: 12/14/2018 12:02:33

Please accept my sincere condolence. May you find comfort through the Word of God. “He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces…” Isa 25:8. This promise will be accomplished by means of God’s Kingdom or government with His son Jesus Christ ruling as king (Dan 2:44).

Ann Moss Joyner
Created On: 11/26/2018 00:05:47

Mr. Cribb was my neighbor and principal from 1960-1966. He was always kind and fair, and greeted each student with a smile. Our dog used to get out and follow us to school every now and then, and he would let me take him back home during homeroom. How many people would care enough about an animal's safety and about their student's peace of mind to do that? It's a small example of what a thoroughly lovely man he was.

John and Kelli Fern
Kailua HI.
Created On: 11/19/2018 21:12:44

You are in our prayers during this difficult time.

C. Belvey
Ridley Park PA
Created On: 11/19/2018 13:51:28

To the family of Mr. Cribb. So sorry to hear about your great loss. Not many of us can say we have had a member of our family,who has lived such a long life. We are reassured that the last enemy death is to be brought to nothing. (1Corinthians 15:26)

Larry West
Murrells Inlet
Created On: 11/18/2018 21:40:10

Our old neighborhood will miss our dear friend Keith. He always enjoyed talking with me and catching up. He cared so much about Myrtle Beach and was respected by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his dear family.

Johnny Duncan and family
Created On: 11/18/2018 18:18:20

I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

Elizabeth Reed
Created On: 11/18/2018 15:19:57

I'm so blessed to know Mr. Cribb's daughter Tracy as a dear close friend for years. During that time I was blessed to meet her parents on several occasions. Keith was always an example of the perfect gracious southern gentleman. I didn't know what a war hero he was until reading this memorial. So I'm looking forward to asking him about those stories one day!
My prayers and love are with you Tracy as you remember your father who has gone home to his Heavenly Father.

Julie and Dan Hulcy
Created On: 11/18/2018 14:39:32

Oh Tracey we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We are thinking about you and praying for your family.

N. Myrtle Beach
Created On: 11/18/2018 11:58:59

He was a leader by example, and a fine human being, I had the good fortune to have been a student at Myrtle Heights Elementary from 1962 to 1968. My father worked with him at Myrtle Beach High in the early 1950s. Our family had the greatest respect and admiration for Mr. Cribb. He was a great man.

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