Chapel Hill: Obituaries

James Ray Crisp, Jr.

James Ray Crisp, Jr., 64, died at his Hillsborough, NC, home on April 3, 2014, following a short illness. Jim was born in Asheville, NC, grew up in Chapel Hill, and lived in Denver, CO, for a number of years before returning to the Chapel Hill area.

A born salesman, Jim worked in and owned businesses in Chapel Hill and Denver. He and his wife Barbara owned Southern Treasures, an antique shop in Pittsboro, NC. After learning how to restore furniture for his customers, Jim taught himself woodworking skills, specializing in the design and creation of tables.

Jim was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn (Lynn) Crisp. Survivors include his wife of seventeen years, Barbara Brown; his mother Gladess H. Crisp; father James R. Crisp, Sr. and stepmother Elizabeth Chastain; brother Philip and wife Karen Crisp; son James R. Crisp, III and wife Rose, and their four children, Virginia, James IV, Katie, and Kaia; "stepson" Geoffrey Gardella and wife Sarah Tressel; brother-in-law Justin L. Brown, III and wife Julia, and their three sons and daughters-in-law, Corey and Jenny, Jeremy and Ciara, and Daniel; and Jim and Barbara's three furry kids, Callie, Buster, and Puff.

A service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 2:00 pm on May 3, 2014, at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UNC Hospice, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or Paws4ever, 6311 Nicks Road, Mebane, NC 27302, or the charity of your choice.