On May 7, 2022, our Lord Jesus Christ came and personally escorted Carl Crabtree to his heavenly home where he was joyfully welcomed by his father and mother, Rufus and Ethel Crabtree, family members and friends.
Carl was born on October 3, 1953 near Tyrone and grew up in the community of Tyrone. He attended all 12 years and graduated from Cabool Schools. During this time, Carl helped his family with their dairy farm and baled square hay in the summer to earn extra pocket money. During his junior and senior years, Carl and his good friend, Paul Dixon, rented an apartment in Cabool and lived together until graduation. During his first year of school, he worked at the Sunny Hill Poultry Plant as part of the night cleaning crew with his father. In his senior year, Carl attended Honeycutt Chevrolet’s auto mechanic course in Cabool and got a job as an auto mechanic for four years. He also worked at Coats Ford and Louis Still Ford as a mechanic until his job as a night watchman at Brown Shoe Company in Houston. Carl also worked as an upholsterer at Franklin Stone and as a kitchen cabinet salesman at Darrell Shriver. Carl was able to follow his true calling in life of living on the farm and being a beef cattle rancher when his father and mother gave him 40 acres in 1974. From 1978 until he was no longer able to drive a tractor, Carl was a custom haymaker. operator who implemented the first square bales to round bales of hay. With hard work and determination, the farm grew to 600 acres where Carl made his home and raised his family.
In January 1974, Carl married his high school sweetheart, Martha, at the Near Home Baptist Church three miles from downtown Tyrone, Missouri. Along with a neighbor, Gus Lodholtz, Carl built the house he and Martha lived in for 46 years. Carl was a loving and devoted “hubba hubba” who helped Martha raise their two sons Curtis and Timothy. He encouraged and helped Martha complete her undergraduate and graduate college education and provided support to care for Martha’s grandmother and mother. There were many times when Martha’s mother thought more of Carl than her own daughter by siding with him when he got into “trouble” with Martha. Throughout his sons’ lives, Carl shared his knowledge and skills as a cattle rancher, managing and operating a custom hay business, operating and maintaining machinery and bulldozer, mechanic, welder , electrician, plumber, and especially on how to be a man of integrity by treating others with kindness and fairness.
During a date with Martha, during the 1971 3rd Crusade for Christ at the Raymondville Horseman’s Paradise Racetrack, Carl asked our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to forgive him of his sins and be the Lord of his life. Since that day, Carl has dedicated his life to our Lord Jesus Christ. He then joined the Near Home Baptist Church and later became a deacon, trustee, and messenger for the Texas County Baptist Association. When the church closed, Carl became a member of First Baptist Church in Cabool, and while there he served as a deacon, a member of various committees, and a messenger for the Texas County Baptist Association. Carl was on the committee that voted to build the pool at Simmons Baptist Camp. Until the time of his death, Carl was a member of the Elk Creek Baptist Church. It was during this time, with the encouragement of his son Timothy who was a missionary in Nicaragua, that Carl became a member of Eric Paulson’s missionary team who served in Nicaragua for seven years as part of their veterinary team. Carl truly loved serving the Lord and strongly encouraged others to be part of this group of loving Christian men and women. Carl loved going to Sunday school and church, and it was a very rare day he missed a service.
Carl was a strong and dedicated man who served and loved his community by volunteering for the Tyrone Fire Department, Tyrone Community Building Board, Soil and Water Commission, Service Nominating Committee financial credit, board member of Texas County Cattlemen and at the Missouri State Fair. Beef house.
Carl loved life, his family and his friends. Wherever there was family or friends, there was plenty of food, talk, and laughter. He always looked forward to his sons and family coming to the farm, attending family gatherings, eating out with his cousins, and attending his high school reunions. He was looking forward to his 50th high school reunion later this month to meet and rekindle his friendship with his classmates. Carl was very proud that his two sons owned their own businesses and were Christian family men who were raising their families to follow Christ. When his grandsons were very small, Carl taught them how to fish and drive his noisy old Dodge truck and four wheelers. Carl really enjoyed being with his brother and sister-in-law David and Cindy Crabtree who took him on vacation to Minnesota on a fishing and mosquito trip, Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone Park. But most of all, he loved Cindy’s cashew chicken and playing dominoes with them at Ponderosa.
There were two seasons of the year that Carl looked forward to: morel season and deer season. He enjoyed picking and eating mushrooms and taught his family how to hunt and eat them. During deer season he enjoyed hunting, eating, laughing and playing games with his fellow deer hunters first at his home, then at Possum Lodge, and later at the Ponderosa.
Carl was a real rancher and loved watching westerns. He could get the cows and calves to do whatever he wanted with his family helping him “hunt” and “fight” them. With the help of his family and friends, he built fences, rock posts and cut thorns. Carl also enjoyed going coon hunting with Gordon Scott and several of his friends and their sons.
After being diagnosed with brain cancer and undergoing radiation and chemo, Carl was able to enjoy life with his family and friends for almost four years. He was lucky enough to be able to eat at Hardee’s with his special Christian brother, Jerry Hood, almost every week. During his stay at the Kabul retirement home, Carl appreciated the cards, visits, food and prayers he received as well as the loving and compassionate care he received from the staff of the retirement home in Kabul.
Carl was predeceased by his father, Rufus; his mother, Mary Ethel; grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends. Those who will celebrate Carl’s legacy are his wife, Martha; sons and wives, Curtis and Kelsey and Timothy and Jessie; grandchildren – Caleb, Joshua, Yader, Anna Kaye and Lucy; as well as a host of family and friends; brother and sister-in-law, David and Cindy; sister-in-law, Ellen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph and Karen; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Elk Creek Baptist Church. Private interment will be at Near Home Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool, Mo. Online condolences can be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be donated to the Security Bank’s Near Home Cemetery Fund in Houston or the Elk Creek Baptist Church Mission Fund.