Mr. Charles Alan Crisp, 72, of Belmont, died Tuesday, July 19, 2022. He was born December 29, 1949 in Gaston County, NC, the son of Charles William Crisp, late, and Mary Mitchem Crisp.
Mr. Crisp – Charlie to his friends and Freddie to his family – learned in his earliest days how to swing a hammer, and he swung it to build scores of homes for families in Gaston County and more than a few pretty spectacular tree houses for his sons. He was perhaps happiest in a tree stand in the frigid dawn air, or by a muddy bank casting a hook in rippling water, or, in more recent days, playing an endless game of catch with Maddi, his blue-eyed Australian Shepherd and the chief object of his affection.
Charlie fostered fierce, lasting friendships. He was generous to a fault. His eyes sparkled when he laughed, and he laughed often. He was many, many things, but most of all he was kind.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Crisp, of Belmont; sons, Michael Crisp and husband Jay Hreiz, of Charlotte, and Matthew Crisp and wife Crystal, of Gastonia; grandchildren, Landon Crisp and Kinley Crisp, both of Gastonia; mother, Mary Crisp, of Bessemer City; sister, Angela Carroll, of Gastonia; niece, Patricia Moses and husband, Kevin, of Cramerton; nephew, Lucas Carroll and wife, Allison, of Burlington, Kentucky; great-niece, Addison Moses, of Cramerton; stepdaughter, Tracy Benton, of Cramerton, step-grandchildren, Max Farmer, Blake Farmer and Cory Farmer and wife, Meredith, all of Gastonia, and many extended family members.
In addition to his father, Charlie was preceded in death by his sister, Trevia Brackett, his former wife, Deborah Crisp, and his step-granddaughter, Ashley Farmer.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 22 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that”
~ Lucille Clifton