John Quincy Croom departed this earthly life on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.
John Quincy Croom was born in Apalachicola on Aug. 21, 1937 to Cleophas and Gladys Breedlove Croom. At an early age, the family relocated to Brooklyn, New York where he grew up and attended PS 53 High School and graduated from East New York Vocational High School, later working as a furniture maker in Williamsburg after graduation.
In the early '60s John began a military career included joining the U.S. Army, and serving in the Vietnam War, from which he received citations and medals of honor for his more than 25 flight missions.
He later met, fell in love with and married his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Glover, of Dothan, Alabama. They lived in Brooklyn, New York for over 50 years, where he worked for New York Transit for many years. John was gifted with the ability of entreprenuership as he also owned and operated, even constructed, Croom's Off the Corner Lounge and Grill in New York.
In 1988, John and his wife returned home to the home of his birth, Apalachicola, where he started Croom's Taxi Service and later was the owner/operator of Croom's Transportation which, in 1994, was named Franklin County Transportation Disadvantage Coordinator. He was also the owner of Croom's Mini Mall, a local laundrymat and apartment complex. John served the Love Center Holiness Church, where he was a member since childhood under his grandfather and founder—whom he was named after—John Quincy Croom, and later renewed as an adult. As a lifelong member he provided Sunday school pickups, youth ministry trips, and sponsorships.
John was beloved by many; his glowing personality and service to the community will be greatly missed.
John is survived by his wife, Betty, two sons John Croom (Leah) and Rache Croom; and four grandchildren, Jendyi, Jepara, Skylar and Christian; and one great-grand, Ryan; aunt, Ella Breedlove Speed; uncle, William Croom; brother, Cleophas Croom (Virginia); sisters, Shirley Croom White, and Mary Alice Sanders, God-son, Tyrone William; Bonus-sons, Michael O'Neil, and Michael Allen; special friend, George Julius; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at Culley's Meadow Wood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, Love Center Holiness Church officiating. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Monday.
Interment will follow the services at the National Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Final arrangements entrusted to the care of Bradwell Mortuary.