James E. "Nubbin" Crouch, 86, died April 23, 2019 at the Artesia General Hospital with his family by his side. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Hermosa Church of Christ.
Mike Prude will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clint Derrick, Cole Derrick, Justin Patman, Duncan Karr, Dominic Bejarano, Randy Letcher and Anthony Trevino. Honorary pallbearers are all of Nubbin's "Coffee Drinking Buddies."
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Friday, April 26th from 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The family will greet visitors from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
"Nubbin" was born in Logan, N.M. on May 15,1932, the son of Euin Mitchell and Jessie (Pope) Crouch. He was the middle son with Newel Crouch the oldest and the youngest Dell Ray Crouch.
Nubbin was a graduate of Artesia High School earning his diploma while in the United States Navy, which he joined at the age of 17. He was very proud of his service to his country spending 2 tours in Korea during the Korean War. During his 4 years of service on board the Theodore E Chandler DD717, he was a decorated hero for his service and for saving a drowning man who went overboard. His companions on the ship were as close as brothers to him.
Nubbin worked all his life beginning with selling newspapers, cleaning in a clothing store and his main love of being a plumber. He began that career when he was 10 years old and was the founder of Crouch Plumbing & Heating. He continued that career until a year before his passing.
On June 1, 1957 he married Dorothy Deering in Artesia and they were blessed with 3 children.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy of the family home; children Dell L. "Roy" and wife Dianna, Rita Derrick and husband Lewis and James Randell and wife Dena - all of Artesia; grandchildren Brandi Hobbs and husband Bobby of Charlotte, NC, K. C. Crouch and wife Feifei of San Mateo, CA, Clint Derrick of Artesia, Cole Derrick of Artesia, Shelly Swafford and husband Justin of Tulsa, OK, Amanda Patman and husband Justin of Artesia, Savannah Karr and husband Duncan of Artesia, Cambree Bejarano and husband Dominic of Artesia; and 17 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind brother Newel Crouch of Carlsbad and many cousins and dear friends who he was very close to.
Nubbin was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dell Ray.
One of his favorite pass-times was having coffee with his buddies who include Russ Brown, C.E. LaRue, J.T. Jackson, Danny Carroll, A. A. Klein, Cliff Perkins, Richard Champion and many others who stopped by Crouch Plumbing to share a cup of coffee and conversation.
At church, Nubbin was known as the "Candy Man". His bag of candy was with him at every church service and "children" of all ages came to Nubbin to get a piece of their favorite candy.
One of Nubbin's favorite acts of charity was sponsoring the church's youth activities. Anyone who would like to honor Nubbin with a contribution may send a donation to the Hermosa Church of Christ (notate Youth Group in the memo section of your check) - 2512 W. Bush - Artesia, NM 88210 or to a charity of your choice.
Dorothy and family, so sorry to hear of Nubbin's passing. May the God of all comfort overshadow you at this time.
Cassie PeppardCorpus Christi, TX
The Crouch family,
I`m Sorry for your loss of Nubbin Crouch. May he remain in your Hearts forever. Truman, Grady and Ann Ferguson friends of Newell @ First Baptist Church Carlsbad.
Grady FergusonCarlsbad, NM
Rita, Roy & Randell, I am sorry to hear about Nubbin. He was a good man and taught me a lot about life. As ornery as he was, I figured he would live forever. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Deanna Teel
Mike TeelPurcell, OK
Nubbin will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Wish I could come for the service, but not doing well. You are in my prays. Jodie
Joan GravesTucumcari, NM
Dorothy& family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Nubbin will be so missed. Even when you asked how he was doing he always had a smile & a “I’m doing just fine”. God bless you all & give you peace & comfort.
LaRue PinsonArtesia, NM
Dorothy and family, so sorry to hear of Nubbin's passing. You are all in our prayers. Love.
J.W. and Louise CalawayDuncan, OK
I am so very sorry to hear of Nubbin's passing. He was not only a 40+ year customer but a special friend. Nubbin always took time to help and to mentor me. He always a sparkle in his eyes and energy that lifted everyone around him. We will all miss the gift of Nubbin.
Tim & Beth Guilliams
Tim GuilliamsLubbock, TX
I'm so sorry for your loss, Rita & Roy. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family! Bruce
Bruce WaughSmyrna, TN
So sad to Hear Nubbin has passed. I will miss his phone calls. He always kelp in touch with the family, no matter how far away we were. Dorothy may God bless you and the family. Love to all,
Cousin Dewey/Diann Middleton
Dewey/Diann MiddletonUlysses, KS
Sad to hear of the death of a Legend!
It was my privilege to live across the street for 20 years , and be greeted with Hi Kid .
Robert ThomasLubbock, TX
Roy and family. I am so sorry to hear about Nubbin. He was an amazing Man and I feel so fortunate to have know him. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Love Patty
Patty Loyd TalleyHouston, TX
So sorry for your loss. Nubbin was a great friend to many
Annetta PowellArtesia, NM
Nubin was the only plumber my Dad would ever call. He would go up under the house in a real small crawl space with no fear of getting bothered by spiders or snakes. He once told me to take time with my kids due to 18 years being a short time in their lives to be at home. It was always a pleasant thing to see him at any time. He’d brighten my day!
Royce PearsonArtesia, NM
I'm sadden to hear the loss of your loved one ,my GOD Bless you all and be with in this time of sadness
Kelly DeLongLoco hills, NM
I actually worked with one of the Individuals from The Door of Opportunity, who has been working at Crouch for over 16 yrs... I met Nubbin, not under good circumstances, you see, Nubbin would get use to ONE helper.. and whenever there was a change .. he wouldn’t care for the new person.. when I started ( back in 2008 .. I wasn’t a permanent helper until 2016)
Nubbin and I would bump heads.. more so then not.. BUT.. he eventually took the time to get to know me... and I’m PROUD to say.. we became friends... I’d look forward to seeing him every Tuesday and Thursday mornings... he would tell me to take a break and we’d just shoot the breeze... I’ll miss our talks about life, about current events and just getting to know each other!!
He is a man that cares!!
I’m sorry he’s gone but.. he won’t be forgotten!! My prayers are for his family!!
Angie BennettArtesia, NM
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort and heal your hearts.
Marie BennettArtesia, NM
Awesome person. Always loved running into Mr. Crouch. Big laugh. Big smile. Filled with positivity! There was nothing he wouldn't do for Artesia people. He will surely be missed!
Tom HarveyAndrews, TX
My deepest condolence To Dorothy and the family. He is with the King.
Love Billie and Martha Middleton
Billie M MiddletonPueblo, CO
Dorothy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was an icon in the Artesia community, and I was proud to call him friend. Heaven is a brighter place with his arrival. Sending hugs and prayers your way.
LuAnn BeardemphlLubbock, TX
I'm sorry for your loss.
Jerry TidwellArtesia, NM
My sincere condolences to Dorothy and the family. I have know Nubbin almost all my life. He was a good man. May you all find peace and comfort during this time of great difficulty within the arms of our Lord and Savior.
Peggy BoarmanWilliamsburg, VA
It's always hard to loose a friend. I learned a long time ago how to get along with Nubbin, just complain right back at him, he liked that. A very talented individual. He understud the was it worked or failed to and corrected it. I'll miss my arguments with him. Mrs. Crouuch, I'll keep you and your's in my prayers.
Doug GadburyRoswell, NM
So sorry to hear of Nubbin’s passing. We all loved our “Nuffin” as our boys once called him. Nubbin was always available to come rescue our plumbing problems while I was growing up! What a man. He did love all “his” kids at church. He will be missed by so many. Sending our prayers and condolences to all the family. We love you. Wish we could be there. Blessings, Kary & Robert
Kary RossSearcy, AR
I am so saddened by Nubbin’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and heaven will be the better place with his presence. May God give you solace.
Ronnie SowellLubbock, TX
Nubbin will be so very missed. I can't help but picture him with his bag of candy for all the kids in Heaven. :) We love you all and are praying for you during this time and always.
Jon and Autumn and kids
Autumn RodriguezArtesia, NM
So sorry for your loss, Roy
Armando CarrascoSahuarita, AZ