James Arthur "Art" Crocker of 118 McDuffy Street, Sayre, passed away on Oct. 20, 2004, at his home after a brief illness.
Born July 5, 1921, in Sayre, he was the son of William and Hazel Horton Crocker.
He graduated from Athens High School in 1939 and retired from IBM in 1983 after 30 years of service.
He served in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division.
Art was a member of the BPOE Sayre Elks Lodge, the Rural Amity Masonic Lodge in Athens where he was 33rd degree Mason, and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Sayre.
He is survived by his son and daughters-in-law William and Brenda Crocker of Sayre and Robert and Valerie Crocker of Sayre; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Gabe Rocco of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Merrie Lou Bell of Johnson City, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and a special friend, Julia Gardner, and his extended family.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, the former Sylvia Bradley in 1952; a sister, Augusta, in 1948; and his wife of 45 years, the former Beverly Jennings in 1999.
Calling hours will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Sayre. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Reverends Dianne Bentley and Anne Canfield officiating, followed by burial at the Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens.
Memorial donations may be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa., 18848, or to the First United Methodist Church of Sayre at 200 W. Lockhart St. Sayre, Pa. 18840. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blauvelt Funeral Home of 126 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. 18840.
[courtesy of Carol (Cook) Eastway]
Grave marker for
James A. Crocker in Plot PB1, Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens (Bradford
James enlisted on 1 November 1943 and was inducted
into ithe Army at Wilkes Barre, PA on 22 November 1944.
Pvt Crocker was transferred from the 82nd
Division HQ, Leicester England to Service Company, 508th PIR on 5
He was transferred to Company G on 13 January
On 1 February 1945 Pvt Crocker was evacuated to a field
hospital classed as a Non Battle Casualty.
His return to duty
appears to not have been recorded but on 20 September 1945 Pfc
Crocker appeared on an enlisted men roster for Hq 2nd, 508th
Parachute Infantry APO 757, US Army.
He returned to the U.S. on 30
December 1945 and was discharged at the Indiantown Gap
Military Reservation, PA on 4 January 1946.
On 20 January 1950 James submitted this application for the
Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus. He was credited with 10
months of domestic duty and 15 months of foreign service which
netted him a $325 bonus award.