- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 10, 1938
- Date of passing: Feb 5, 2014
|Let the memory of Gail be with us forever|
(Elna) Gail Crumpler Pridgen, gently and peacefully joined her husband and soul-mate, Merle Pridgen in heaven on 5 February 2014. By her side was her loving son, Lee Pridgen—her travelling companion throughout the journey of her lengthy illness. Gail was also reunited with her parents: Isom and Myrtle Harrell Crumpler, her brother Willis Crumpler, and her best buddy Ubu!
Gail was the daughter of a farmer and prolific builder, she began work on the farm as soon as she was able to step across a row of tobacco. As she started school, another responsibility was added, the care of her bedridden grandmother—a duty she faithfully performed through the end of high school. Gail and Merle were married at an early age, and it was nearly ten years before they were blessed with, the birth a child.
Gail and her mother were pioneers in early childcare and development, establishing “Kiddyland” the first licensed daycare center in the state. Gail was also an integral part of three other ventures with her loving husband.
She had two hobbies: her husband and her son—but she was also active in her church and was a dutiful volunteer in early childhood education, Montessori, Cub Scouts, and with Stepping Stone Manor.
Merle and Gail were inseparable. Their marriage continued for 49 years, she stood steadfast with her loving and devoted husband through an extended illness and two bouts of cancer, which finally took him away in 2003—leaving a void that perhaps triggered her illness.
Although the final years of her life were difficult and painful, she adapted and continued to make friends—even in the thick of things, her beautiful brown eyes spoke volumes to those who listened.
On behalf of my mom and I, please know that these ten years would have been insurmountable without the prayers, thoughts, notes, emotional and hands-on support of the most wonderful circle of old and new friends and family, alike—it is this love, combined with the pure and unrelenting formative love of my mother—that kept us going! ~lp
Services will be casual, visitation begins at 2p on the afternoon of Sunday,16 February 2014—followed by a celebration of life at 3p, at Wrightsboro United Methodist Church, located at 3300 N Kerr Ave in Wilmington NC.
"Joyce and I treasured our time with Gail! When the two of them (Joyce and Gail) were together they often whispered and laughed about things none of the rest of us will ever know. Lee, your Mom was such a special lady and always a friend to me and then to my beloved wife."
"Lee....thoughts and prayers on the way....be strong...and think happy times....."
"I remember Cousin Gail as a lovely little girl who always seemed to be smiling. Mom and I spent about three months living near her and her family in Watha when Mom and I drove from Pittsburgh to St. Petersburg in 1944. (We were staying at Granny Crumpler’s house.) From what I can recall, Gail was inclined to stay in the background and not put herself forward. I played mostly with Willis, who was just a few months older than I, and years later Mom and I were entertained by Gail’s husband, who gave us a lot of laughs. Meanwhile, Gail was quietly supportive of the men in her life and accomplished many things that I was not aware of till now.
I knew that Aunt Myrtle, a favorite of mine, had taken care of Granny in her declining years, but was not aware than Gail had helped out, too. That must have taken a good deal of dedication on young Gail’s part. Later God blessed Gail and Merle with Lee, and they have been true blessings to one another.
I am privileged to have known them."
"Lee, This is a wonderful tribute to your mother. She would be so proud of you if she could only talk to you. As I said before, you did your best, and there again, if she could have told you, she would have said son you have always been with me and taken the best care that any son could have. God bless you, Lee."
"Lee, your Mom & Dad were two of the sweetest & nicest people in the Crumpler family - what a lifetime of memories you & all of us 'Crumpler's have such wonderful memories of all. Gail was always smiling & helpful just like her Mother - Myrtle was the top of all tops. Tommy & I loved them so much !!!! Maybe one day we can have a reunion of the Ike, Willard, Cora, Leona & others in that generation??
Let's all think about it, much love to you for keeping all of us up to date."
Beautiful memorial, Lee to honor your Mom. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers."
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