Joshua David Crouch - Wilmington Star News Obituary

Joshua David Crouch From the Star News Joshua David Crouch, 24, formerly of Wilmington, died Tuesday, September 19, 2006, in New York City, NY.

He was born June 3, 1982, in Largo, FL, son of James David Crouch and Patricia Milroy Crouch, of Wilmington. His grandfather, Joseph K. Milroy, preceded him in death.

Joshua’s family moved from Florida to North Carolina in 1987 and to Wilmington in 1988. Josh attended Ogden Elementary School, Laney High School, and graduated from New Hanover High School in the class of 2000. Josh was an athlete, excelling in track and field both locally and in school. He still holds the pole vault record in his age group with the Cape Fear Flyers. His athletic ability led to his participation in the A.A.U. Junior Olympics for Track and Field. He also played baseball with the Supper Optimists and soccer with the Cape Fear Soccer Assoc.

Joshua was always an actor, but his love was music. At age 9, he started with “Stageworks” Theatre Group in Wilmington, doing commercials, movies, and parts in several television series. At age 12, he was in a national McDonalds’ commercial, and while in high school he did theatre and stage work, both in school and in local theatre, most notably the stage play “Scrooge” at Thalian Hall. His acting experience is what led to his acceptance at the American Academy Dramatic Arts in New York City. While in New York, he developed his love of music even further and helped create the group, “Mind Spray”.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Eric James Crouch, of Louisburg, NC; sister, Kristen Anne Crouch, of Wilmington, NC; Josh’s fiancée Kindy Parker; paternal grandmother, Anna Crouch, of Chicago, IL; maternal grandmother, Edith Milroy, of Wilmington, NC; aunts and uncles, Linda and Rick Dutka, of Wilmington, NC, Patricia and Roger Smigiel, of Chicago, IL, Diane Clarkson of Wilmington, Ronald Clarkson of Florida, and William Crouch, of Big Rapids, MI; numerous loving cousins; and all of his “Mind Spray” crew, colleagues, and friends in New York.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2006, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2006 at Scotts Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Ortego officiating. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Joshua’s memory to Hannah Block Community Arts Center, Fund for Children’s Program, 120 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

The family would like to thank Ms. Burton for her guidance and mentoring in acting during Joshua’s years at New Hanover High School.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.

A Market Chapel Service.


Anonymous said...

miss you josh..... :-(

Anonymous said...

We tried to get Josh out of the city the last time someone slipped him that date rape drug. He wasn't drinkin at the club he was at before he was killed. He was either date rape drugged in a soda or just chased into traffic by muggers. The clubs should put drinks into paper cups with lids to stop this date rape drug from happening. We all cry when an artist dies, don't drink anything without a lid on it. We are weeping for Josh. A friend.

Prolly said...

I'm not sure it was a "date rape" drug. Someone could have easily overtaken him. He was a smart guy, but all it takes is one or two big dudes with weapons to convince someone to do things they would normally object to...

ICARE said...

Sylvia Brown is a renown psychic nationally and does readings over the phone for $850.00. She has been on Oprah numerous times and could very well help put an end to this mystery. We need to make a fund where people donate whatever they can and when there is enough money to make the call, the Crouch family can do that.