By Andy Humbles , USA Today Network – Tennessee
Wendell Ray Crouch Sr., a former Kingston Springs mayor who was also prominent in fire protection in the city and state and with Boy Scouts of America, died Tuesday. He was 67.
Crouch served as mayor in Kingston Springs from 2004 to 2006 as part of a four-year term as city commissioner, current Mayor Tony Gross said. The mayor in Kingston Springs is elected by the commission. Crouch lived his entire life in Kingston Springs, where flags flew at half-staff following his death.
“He was truly a leader in shaping the great town Kingston Springs has become,” read a post on the town’s Facebook page. “Our gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Crouch started with the state as a systems analyst for the Department of Transportation. Crouch’s interest in fire service prompted a transfer to the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office. He was then appointed by the governor to serve as the assistant commissioner for the Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Crouch worked 19 years with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service where he worked with fire departments throughout the state.
In Kingston Springs, Crouch worked as a fireman in the Kingston Springs volunteer department and was its chief from 1974 to 1985, according to Gross. Crouch was also named National Volunteer Fireman of the Year in 1988.
Crouch also served in a number of capacities with Boy Scouts of America that included time as the assistant council commissioner for the Middle Tennessee Council and district commissioner for the Highland Rim District. Crouch is credited for reorganizing Boy Scout Troop 594 in Kingston Springs and was the 2017 Middle Tennessee Council Good Scout Award recipient.
“Just a good community servant, he really cared about the kids,” Middle Tennessee Council Scout Executive Larry Brown said.
Crouch had two children — Ray Crouch Jr., who is the district attorney general of Tennessee’s 23rd Judicial District, and Sherrie Crouch Collins — and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday at Walnut Street Church of Christ, 201 Center Ave. in Dickson, where Crouch was a member. Visitation will be at 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Taylor Funeral Home, 214 N. Main Street in Dickson, and at 11 a.m. Friday until time of the service.