Judge B.J. Crevitt Jr.

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 5, 2009

Judge B.J. “Joe” Crevitt Jr. died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Vicksburg, he was the son of the late Berchman Joseph Crevitt Sr. and Katherine Lowman Crevitt. He was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School, Class of 1956, where he exemplified the class motto of “Tough as nails, hard as bricks, we are the Class of 1956.”

He enlisted with the 155th Infantry Regiment, 31st Infantry Dixie Division in October of 1954. He served in administrative positions in the Dixie Division and re-enlisted with the 168th Engineer Group in August of 1970. Judge Crevitt retired on April 8, 1977, as a chief warrant officer with a total of 37 years of military service.

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Judge Crevitt retired from Westinghouse with 25 years of service and was employed by Marathon-LeTourneau for three years. 

He was elected Warren County Justice Court judge for the Southern District in 1997, a position he held at the time of his death.

He was a member of the 31st Dixie Division Military Group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yokena Water Club, a member of the State of Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association and other professional organizations. Judge Crevitt enjoyed music and playing the drums. He was an avid outdoorsman and traveler and a member of the 168th National Guard Hunting Club. He was a member of Redbone United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra McMillan Crevitt of Vicksburg; his daughter, Toni Crevitt Lane and her husband, Tom, and a granddaughter, Erin; three sons, Marty Crevitt and his wife, Cindy, and a granddaughter, McMillan, Jeff Crevitt and Chris Crevitt; and other family members, including John T. Crevitt, Bernie and Helen Crevitt and Kim Dearman.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nicole “Nikki” Crevitt; a sister, Elizabeth Crevitt; a brother and sister-in-Law, Franklin E. Crevitt and Edna B. Crevitt; and a nephew, Franklin E. Crevitt Jr.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Shreve, pastor of Redbone United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Billy Brumfield, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park with full military honors. Visitation will be from noon Monday until the hour of the service.  

Pallbearers will be Pat Tustian, Al Blackwell, Greg Hoggatt, George Cronia, Joe Langlinais, Bill Raymond, Harold Youngblood and Charlie Stevens.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sheriff Martin Pace, Judge Eddie Woods, Judge Richard Bradford, Ricky Johnson, Gary Olin, Cecil Geter, Jack Wood, Chester Day, Pete Buford, John Bell, Paul Barrett, members of the 31st Infantry Dixie Division, employees of the Warren County Justice Court and the constables of Warren County.   

Memorials may be made to the Vicksburg Child Abuse Prevention Center, 1529 Walnut St., Suite A, Vicksburg, MS 39180.