Herman Ellis Crotwell, Jr.

Herman Ellis Crotwell, Jr.

Herman Ellis Crotwell, Jr., 84, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Herman spent his life working with people from all walks of life and had the gift of seeing the good in and liking and appreciating everyone. As a young man living in Walker, Louisiana, he was known for being a hard worker and that continued throughout his life. Herman was a lifelong member of Walker Baptist Church. He graduated from Walker High School and attended Howard College (now known as Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama, where he obtained a degree in Pharmacy. He returned to Walker and started his career at James Drug Store in Denham Springs. In 1971, he purchased the drug store from the family of Doc James. He worked there growing the business and remained a daily fixture there until his death. Throughout his career, he created and opened other pharmacies and businesses and found success in all his endeavors. His knowledge of business was vast and his entrepreneurial gift allowed him to be generous to many people throughout his life. Throughout his adult life, he didn't hesitate when seeing an opportunity to take the challenge to develop and promote a successful business and often supported others with similar desires to do the same. Above all, he was generous in helping others, often anonymously, and always without the request or expectation for anything in return. One of the favorite things of the members of the family and the young men and women he mentored along the way was known as “Porch Time with Poppie,” where they would sit intently listening, soaking up his wisdom and talking about life and the future. Herman was certainly a businessman, yet everything he accomplished in business was done to support and out of love for his family. He loved his growing family dearly. His wife of 59 years was always by his side. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Goins Crotwell; two daughters, Melanie Brian Honeycutt (Bobby) and Dana Crotwell Shepherd, all of Denham Springs, Louisiana; and two sons, Patrick Brian (Stephanie), of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Kenneth Crotwell (Shannon), of Jackson, Mississippi. Over the years, Herman and Evelyn welcomed, mentored and loved as their own many other children including Brandi Swann Goodman (Kerry), of Meridian, Mississippi and Lou Swann (Kimberly), of Walker, Louisiana. Herman was affectionately known as Poppie in the family. He was blessed with 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Tammy Stubbs (Sid), Fadrae’ White (Andy), Jeremy Honeycutt (Mary Ellen), Emily Sullivan (Gary), Lauren Hawkins (Zach), Karson Crotwell, Kyle Crotwell, Kristian Crotwell, Kole Crotwell, Jordan Noble, Barrett Beightol, Baylee Beightol, Madison Shepherd, Nicholas Shepherd, London Goodman, Lawson Goodman, Chase Swann, Payton Mitchell, Samantha Stubbs, Logan White, Meagan White, Morgan White, Bobby Honeycutt II, Nathan Honeycutt, Braxton Sullivan, Elisabeth Sullivan, and Cooper Thompson. He is also survived by his sisters, Nelda Seal, Alexandria, Louisiana, and Gloria Graham, of Woodstock, Virginia; and sister-in-law Pat Patterson Crotwell of Gluckstadt, Mississippi. He is preceded in death by his brother, Dalton Crotwell; and his parents Eula Summers Crotwell and Herman Crotwell, Sr. The family will receive visitors Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, from 5-9 p.m. at Walker Baptist Church. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at 9 a.m., and the service will follow at 11 a.m. at Walker Baptist Church, located at 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Evergreen Mausoleum in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Dr. Richard Blue, Associational Missions Coordinator of Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association and Brother Mike Hegwood, Pastor of Loranger Baptist Church. The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers be made to Walker Baptist Church Building Fund, Gideons International, or the memorial of your choice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.

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