Ben Crisp Obituary, Death – On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Ben F. Crisp, a resident of Tuskegee, Alabama, passed on to the next life. He was born on July 25, 1936 to Harve and Ida Crisp and lived a long and fruitful life. His upbringing on the family farm in Graham County shaped his work ethic, attention to detail, and desire to be of service to others.
After graduating from Burton Institute, he and his younger brother Delbert Crisp established a service station in Charlotte. In 1959, he and Delbert moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida, where they ran a convenience shop until 1964, when they moved back to Tuskegee and constructed the Tuskegee Motel. Until his retirement in 2012, the Crisp family owned and operated the Tuskeegee Restaurant, which they opened in 1967.
Whether it was the height of the season or the dead of winter, Ben could always be found working about the shop. His sole interest was gardening. When spring arrived, he would plant vegetables like green beans and tomatoes. Both of his parents, Harve and Ida, as well as his brother, Barney, and four sisters, Celestial Chennault, June Hedrick, Edith Jenkins, and Opal Jenkins, all passed away before he did. His wife of 62 years, Barbara Smith Crisp,
his brother Delbert Crisp and his wife Mary Jo of Troutman, NC, his daughter Sherryl Crisp Cable and her husband Lonnie of Tuskeegee, their two children Lance Cable and his wife, Janna of Statesville, NC, and Aundrea Cable of Tuskeegee, and their four grandchildren, Braxton Corbin, Paisley Corbin, Danner Allen, and Mallory Allen, all survive him.