Dr. Earnest O'Neal Croom, the child of Jessie James and Ovetta Margaret Bates Croom was born August 20, 1946 in Autaugaville, Alabama. He was born into a Christian family and was baptized at an early age at First Baptist church in Autaugaville, Alabama. He grew up attending Sunday School, Sunday worship service, and participated in many church activities.
Earnest was raised in Autaugaville, Alabama and attended Autauga County Training School. He was an avid chess player.
His career achievements include: Drafting Technology; Drafting and Design Technology; Diploma in Christian Ministry; Diploma in Christian Restoration; Associates Degree in Christian Counseling; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Counseling; and Doctorate Degree in Christian Counseling. He enjoyed teaching classes in his related area. He was also previously employed by the Prattville Police Department and Aronov Realty.
Earnest passed away peacefully on January 22, 2021, surrounded by family.
He leaves to cherish his memory with five children; Earnest O' Neal Croom, Jr., Shenijua Croom, Kareem Croom, Kendra Webster, and Terrell Webster; one brother, Ruben James Croom; one sister, Brenda Mazell Croom Stevens; 18 grandchildren, 2 nieces, 3 nephews and a host of family, friends and associates.
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