Levernie “Willie” Crosby Jr.

Nov 25, 1951 - May 6, 2014

Levernie “Willie” Crosby Jr., 62, of Sandusky, was called from labor to his reward on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. 

Vern was born the first of four children to Levernie Crosby Sr. and Goldie Crosby on Nov. 25, 1951, in Collins, Miss. Vern was the CEO and president of Crosby Construction, LLC, in New Orleans, La., and worked as a self-made entrepreneur for the majority of his career (e.g., Akil Inc., Grace Industries, and Allstate Inc.).

At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Porter's Memorial CME in Sandusky. Although he was no great singer, he had a passion for quartet singing, and always smiled when he listened to the Canton Spirituals and Lee Williams. He will always be remembered as "Mr. Contract," and his passion for government contracting reflected his abilities to help those that required his expertise. Like his dad, he recently began sharing seeds with those within the community to share the harvest with those in need. He will be notably remembered for his big heart, helping everyone he associated with, and his open spirit – giving of himself to make a difference for others.

Vern is survived by his loving wife, Joyce (Aaron) Crosby; son, Vernie Crosby, of Las Vegas; mother, Goldie Crosby, of Nashville, Tenn.; sister, Lisa (Steven) Caffey, of Nashville; brothers, Larry (Tigi) Crosby, of Winchester, Va. and Anthony E. (Dee) Crosby, of Manassas, Va.; a special great-aunt, Lille Alexander, of Detroit; several aunts and uncles; and a host of nieces, great-nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, until funeral services at noon at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1920 Eddy Henry Way, Sandusky. Pastor Curtis L. Johnson Jr. will officiate. Entombment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.

In lieu of flowers, condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting toftfh.com. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling arrangements.