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Obituary
Jennie Freeman Crutchfield Wagstaff
March 16, 1921 - January 01, 2019
Born in Person County, NC
Resided in Person County, NC
Visitation
Monday January 07, 2019, After the Service
Concord United Methodist Church
70 Concord Church Rd.
Roxboro, NC 27573
 
Service
Monday January 07, 2019, 11 AM
Church Service
Concord United Methodist Church
70 Concord Church Rd.
Roxboro, NC 27573
Jennie Freeman Crutchfield Wagstaff entered into the kingdom of heaven on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019.

Jennie had resided at Roxboro Healthcare since November 2016. She was a former resident of Cambridge Hills Assisted Living, moving there in August 2007. The family will be forever indebted to both of these facilities and their staffs for the superior care and love given to our mother through the years. Also, special recognition and thanks to Gloria Bigelow for her continued friendship and for providing in home care for our mother from 2003 – 2007.

Jennie was born on March 16, 1921, the third child born to Andrew Jackson Crutchfield and Maude Woody Crutchfield in the Bethel Hill community of Person County. She grew up on the Stapleton Crutchfield farm which was located north of the present day Duke Energy Progress- Mayo Plant on the Person County, NC/Halifax County, VA state line.

Of most importance in the lives of her parents were faith in God, family and education. Bethel Hill Baptist Church and Bethel Hill School were the focal points of their daily lives. With this early upbringing, it was of no surprise that Jennie’s life would also be centered on family, her church, and education.

Jennie attended Bethel Hill Elementary School, and graduated from Bethel Hill High School in 1938 as the valedictorian of her class. She attended Meredith College, graduating in 1943 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Religion. Also, she completed graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University.

Upon graduation, she was immediately offered a teaching position at Bethel Hill School. She taught there from 1943-1946. It was in 1946 that she and her mother moved to Winston-Salem, NC to be near her sister’s family and for better medical care for their aging mother. She taught in the Winston-Salem City Schools from 1946 – 1950.

After her mother’s death in 1948, Jennie was introduced to her future husband, Robert McGilbert Wagstaff. Jennie and Robert were married in Winston-Salem on July 15, 1950 at the First Baptist Church. Once married, she returned to Person County and resided on Brooks Dairy Road in the Olive Hill Community. She began teaching again at Bethel Hill School in 1950, retiring in 1983 after some 31 years of employment at the same school. Many of her former students recognized her as being one of the best teachers in Person County!

Upon her return to Person County in 1950, Jennie quickly became active in Concord United Methodist Church. Whether it be Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, United Methodist Women, choir member, pianist, and organist – Jennie quietly led by example, never wanting any recognition.

Following her retirement in 1983, Jennie spent many days assisting other church members and friends in the Concord community. Whether she was preparing a meal, balancing a checkbook, or providing transportation to a doctor’s appointment, Jennie was always available to help others and listen. Her beautiful handwritten notes and thoughtful advice will always be remembered. Her life was one of service to others.

Being “Mema” to her two grandchildren was a life that she loved as well. She adored Rob and Jennifer and was a major influence in their lives as they were growing up. Much family time was spent around the dining room table! Jennie was quite a cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her party mix, congo squares, brownies, and lemon meringue pies!

Jennie was predeceased by her husband, Robert M. Wagstaff, Sr. in 1979; her daughter, Elizabeth Crutchfield “Betsy” Wagstaff in 1997; her sister, Evelyn Crutchfield Garrison in 1996; her brother, Dr. Andrew Jackson Crutchfield, Jr in 1994; and her sister, Mary Crutchfield Fisher in 2016.

Jennie is survived by her daughter, Barbara Wagstaff Ferguson and husband, Brad, of Wake Forest, NC; and her son, Robert McGilbert “Mac” Wagstaff, Jr of Roxboro, NC. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Robert Thomas “Rob” Currier of North Myrtle Beach, SC and Jennifer Elizabeth Currier of Asheville, NC.

A celebration of Jennie’s life will be held at Concord United Methodist Church 11 AM Monday, January 7, 2019. The family will receive friends at a reception in the fellowship hall of the church following the service. At the conclusion of the reception, a private interment will be held in the Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jennie Crutchfield Wagstaff should be made to Concord United Methodist Church – designated specifically for music ministry, missions, or the Cemetery Trust Fund , 70 Concord Church Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.