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Joseph Headlee Crute / January 08, 2019

Joseph “Joe” Headlee Crute died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at the age of 79. He was born in Nelson, Nov. 18, 1939 to the late Charles P. Crute and the late Virginia Puryear Crute and was married to Juanita Broughman Crute.

Joe was retired from Burlington Industries as a supervisor for 39 years. He loved golf, spending time with his friends, a good salad and attending games. He was a past deacon and always very involved in his church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Tony Crute and wife, Cindy of Midlothian, and Steve Crute and wife, Amy of Archer Lodge, N.C., daughters, Theresa Griles and husband, John of Red Oak, and Sherry Collier and husband, Gary of Wyliesburg, grandchildren, Kasey Crute, Joseph Crute, Jacob Crute, Jackson Crute and Brittany Griles; brothers, George Crute and wife, Bobbi Sue of Nelson, and CP Crute and wife, Elenor of South Boston, and sister, Virginia Ruth of Connecticut.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathlean Newton Crute; and brothers, Bo Crute and James “Taughty” Crute.

A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. at Nelson Baptist Church with Revs. Denis Fritz, Don Wilson, and Jim McAllistor officiating. Interment followed at Nelson Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1156 Noblin Farm Road, Clarksville.

The family requests those wishing to give memorials, please consider the Ruritans Scholarship Fund, PO Box 44, Clarksville, VA. 23927.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family is being served by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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