Elbert Earl Crockett was born on June 1, 1941 in Evansville, Indiana to Elbert and Bettie Crockett of Tennessee (his parents preceded him in death). Elbert, who was affectionately known as David was one of nine children born to Elbert and Bettie Crockett. Elbert had three brothers: Bernice Hayden, Leon Crockett, and Ronald B. Crockett (all preceded him in death), and five sisters: Marene Barnes, Yvonne Lee, Coneda Mae Crockett, Carolyn McGuire (all preceded him in death), and Shirley Whitlock. Elbert departed from this life on April 18, 2021 at Accolade Nursing Home.
Elbert received his education from Saint John’s Catholic School, Central High School, and the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana. After graduating High School, he explored his love for cars by working at an auto body shop until he joined the military. Elbert was a veteran of the United States Air Force and Army where he served his country for 34 years until he retired as Sergeant First Class Elbert Earl Crockett. While in the army, he became part of the Army Corps of Engineers, and an Army recruiter. Upon retiring from the military, Elbert worked as a Nursing Assistant at the VA Hospital in Danville, Illinois for 30 years until his health started to fail him. Elbert was a very prominent member of the American Legion, NAACP local chapter, and Blacks in Government (BIG). Elbert also enjoyed playing card games with friends and spending time with his family.
Elbert leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife of fourteen years and companion for twenty-six years, Penelope Crockett. He also leaves one sister: Shirley Whitlock, children: Angela Moreland, Kimberly Crockett, David Crockett (Sonovia), Tim Cabell (Adrienne), stepchildren: Michael Allen (Alicia), Garland Allen, Michelle Allen, Matthew Hunter, and Tuwana Reed (James), thirty-one grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, family members, and friends.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon Wednesday April 28, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St., Danville. Eulogist: Pastor Lucius Barber. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow after at Danville National Cemetery.
A public viewing will be held on Tuesday April 27, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral from 1-5 pm.
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