Shirley Wayne Crouch, 79, of Fayetteville died Sunday afternoon, June 15, 2014. He was the son of the late Elma and William H. Crouch. Shirley was also preceded in death by his wife, Rossie Ashby Crouch, daughter, Terrie Crouch Telford, brother Glenn Crouch, sister Bobbie Crouch Gibson, and step-daughter Debbie Ashby Sain. Survivors include a son, David Wayne (Gracie) Crouch of Hazel Green, AL, daughter Sherrie Crouch (Mike) Howard of Sparta, TN, step-son Randy (Cheri) Ashby of Fayetteville, grandchildren Mary Crouch of Huntsville, AL, Rebecca Crouch (Victor) of Jackson, MS, Joshua Howard, Heath Howard, Adrienne Howard of Sparta, TN, Joyner and Wyatt Telford of Fayetteville, TN, step-grandchildren Ashley (Mark) Stevens, Leslie (Dain) Copeland, Julie (Kevin) Larocque, Robin (Jason) Foster, Candace (Kacey) Franks, Joey (Becca) Ashby and Brittany (Lee) Stiles, and 9 step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers Parker (Linda) Crouch of Tullahoma, TN, Dwight (Jan) Crouch of Meridianville, AL, brother-in-law John Gibson of Nashville, TN and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Shirley graduated from Huntland High School, Huntland, TN, Class of 1953 where he played football with the legendary Johnny Majors. He served on active duty in the US Army from March 1957 to March 1959 and received an honorable discharge in 1962. After receiving his discharge, Shirley worked for the Foremost Dairy in Fayetteville until 1965, when he started his career in the restaurant business at the Terrace Restaurant in Fayetteville where he became a partner with the late Roy Harris, Sr. He and Roy later opened the Sands Restaurant at Interstate-65 in Frankewing, TN, where they worked together for 30 years. He loved the restaurant business where he met and served many people who came by regularly from the surrounding area and who planned their trips where while traveling on I-65 to stop for the excellent food and service at “The Sands.”
He was a dedicated golf player for many years and an avid University of Tennessee football fan. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville and was a member of Elk Lodge #1792 in Fayetteville.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home with Revs. Mike Crouch and Daryl Crouch officiating. Burial will follow in Higgins Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening 5-8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.