NASHVILLE — The Reverend Doctor Edward Lee Crump, Jr., 90, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, in Nashville.
A memorial service celebrating Ed’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Bellevue United Methodist Church (7501 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37221) with the Rev. Brian Marcoulier, Bishop Robert Fannin, and Bishop Joseph Pennel, Jr. officiating.
Following the service, a reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
Born July 13, 1928, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to the late Reverend Edward Lee Crump, Sr., and Lucy Frances Caldwell Crump, Ed accepted God’s call to ministry at the age of 17.
During his nearly 70 years in ministry, Ed served for 43 years in active service under appointment in the United Methodist Church Memphis and Tennessee Conferences and an additional 26 years leading pilgrimages to the Holy Land and around the world.
In 1946, Ed graduated from Cohn High School in Nashville. He then attended Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, before graduating from Memphis State University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree.
In 1952, he earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, followed by graduate study at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Ed was ordained Deacon in 1952, and ordained Elder in 1955. He attained his Master of Divinity degree at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and his Doctor of Divinity degree at Lambuth College.
As part of the Memphis Conference, Ed served as pastor at Temple Methodist Church in Lucy, Tennessee, 1953-56, Northside Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, 1956-60, Davant Avenue Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, 1960-65, First Methodist Church in Martin, Tennessee, 1965-69, and Madison Heights United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, 1969-73; as an exchange pastorate at High Street Methodist Church in Bideford, Devon, England, during the summer of 1968; and as District Superintendent of the Paris District United Methodist Church, 1973-78.
Upon transferring to the Tennessee Conference, he served as pastor at Belle Mead United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, 1978-82; as District Superintendent of the Columbia District United Methodist Church, 1982-83, and the Nashville District United Methodist Church, 1983-88; as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tennessee, 1988-1993; and as an exchange pastorate at Lorton Street Methodist Church, Cockermouth, England, 1997.
Known to many as the “Traveling Pastor,” Ed led more than 80 pilgrimages to the Holy Land and around the world, including 50 plus Holy Land tours and 11 tours re-tracing the Journeys of Paul.
Since his first journey to the Holy Land in 1952, Ed developed a deep passion to introduce people to the Bible story through travel with Christian travel company, Educational Opportunities Tours.
Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Lee Atkinson Crump; his parents; and brother, John Robert Crump.
He is survived by his wife, Sara Pearson Crump; his four children, Stephen Patrick Crump and wife, Terry, Kathi Sue Martin and husband, Steve, Mimi Lee Brown and husband Eric, and Lorri Beth Givens and husband, Thomas; nine grandchildren, Keven, Ryan, Robb, James, Ian, Rebekah, Matthew, Christopher, and Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Gracie and Abby; brother, William Henry Crump and wife, Carol; sister-in-law, Linda Crump; his wife Sara’s three children, Sara Coleman Ghorayeb, and husband, Elias, Mary Elliott Coleman Farrell, and husband, Stuart, and Lucy Jackson Coleman; and her three grandchildren, Thomas, Sillers and Elliott.
The family requests with gratitude that memorial gifts be directed to Bellevue United Methodist Church (piano fund or children’s playground fund), 7501 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221, or Hope Secondary School, Beit Jala, Palestine, Israel (Part of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church Project #12018A) at https://advance.umcmission.org/p-199-hope-school.aspx.