John Hix Crowell

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John Hix Crowell

November 29, 1941 - October 31, 2018

John Hix Crowell Local business owner John Hix Crowell passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Cumberland Medical Center. He was 76 years old and had been in increasingly declining health.
He was born Nov. 29, 1941, in Salisbury, NC, the only son of the late Arthur H. Crowell and Dorothy Smith Crowell.
John was the founder and former owner of RoadRunner Motors, first opening the business in 1993 and moved it to its current location on North Main St. in 1998 before retiring last year. Prior to this, John was a salesman and sales manager at many timeshare resorts in Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and locally in Lake Tansi Village. Before moving to Crossville, John sold life insurance and was a former supervisor at NC Finishing Co.
John was an avid amateur golfer, winning tournaments both here and in his home state of North Carolina. His packed trophy case could attest to his golfing skills. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, loved the beach, and enjoyed fishing and pulling for his beloved Vols. John was a former Little League coach, coaching baseball, football and basketball, and was instrumental in shaping the lives of many young men.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. John is survived by his wife, Joan Goodman Crowell of Crossville; son, Jim (Tonya) Crowell, also of Crossville; son, Johnny Jay (Lani) Crowell of Knoxville; and daughter, Julie (Chris) Dillon of Rickman, TN. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, whom he loved more than life itself and were his absolute joy. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws, all of whom will miss him greatly.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his only sister, Vickie Morris.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville, with Pastor Paul Dixon officiating. Internment was scheduled to follow in Crossville City Cemetery.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published on November 5, 2018
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