Mrs. Rachel Yarbrough Crews was born on June 17, 1927 in Franklin
County, North Carolina to the late General and Annie Bell Perry Yarbrough. She transitioned
this journey from labor to rest on October 26, 2018.
Rachel joined Pope’s Chapel at an early age under the Reverend Willie H. Thomas.
She was the fifth child out of seven children.
In 1953, she married Melvin Crews, left North Carolina and moved to Baltimore, Maryland for
about a year. From there, she moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut and resided there for nine years.
She had three children: Willie, Gregory and Gwendolyn Crews. From there, she moved to
Montclair, New Jersey in 1962, working various jobs. She retired in 1992 from Overbrook
Hospital in Cedar Grove, New Jersey from nursing. Following her retirement, she moved back
to Franklinton in 1995 and was shortly reinstated as a member at Pope’s Chapel. She joined the
Usher board and was President of the Pastor’s Aide and later joined the Women’s Ministry.
Mother Rachel’s favorite song was “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and her favorite
scripture was “The Lord’s Prayer.” She truly loved the Lord.
Rachel was preceded in death by her husband: Melvin Crews; one son, Gregory Kent
Crews; her siblings: Roxie Anna Richardson, Melvin Newton “Tweet” Yarborough, Osker
“Man” Yarbrough, and Willie McKinley Yarbough.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children: Willie Andrew “Tony” Crews of Maryland,
Gwendolyn Anna Crews of the home; one brother: Pastor Walter Yarbrough (Mary); one sister:
Mrs. Lether Young; three grandchildren: Tashana Crews, Zakiyyah Muhammad, and
Riccardo Crews-Fennell; one great-granddaughter: Mekya Fennell, and a host of nieces,
nephews and other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to R. H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton, NC.