Milestones, July 2018
John and Mary Townley
Frank and Marjorie Davis
Robert ‘Dean’ Crutchfield
Robert Dean Crutchfield, age 85, passed away at 10:30 p.m., May 27, 2018, at the Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Ky. He was born October 5, 1932, in Fulton, Ky. He was a member of the Green Plain Church of Christ.
Dean preached and served Churches of Christ in Alaska, Maine, Kentucky and Tennessee. His preaching for churches in gospel meetings and at lectureships took him to 24 states and 18 foreign countries.
For many years, he was the regular speaker on radio programs in Kentucky and Tennessee. He was instrumental in starting and was also moderator for seven years for a weekly television program, “Searching the Scriptures,” telecast over stations in three states and seen in parts of eight states. Articles that he has written have been printed in many Churches of Christ affiliated publications.
Dean was engaged with evangelism on the sub-continent of Asia for 50 years. From 1967 to 1982 his time was divided between work in Asia, and local work with churches in Kentucky and Tennessee. Since 1983, he was engaged full time in foreign evangelism. His work was primarily in India but also included Nepal, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Evelyn of Murray, Ky.; three sons, Gary (Margrit) Crutchfield of Florissant, Colo.; Robert Crutchfield of Murray, Ky.; Edward (Melissa) Crutchfield of Johnson City, Tenn.; two grandsons, Charles and James Crutchfield; three granddaughters, Emily, Amanda and Hannah Crutchfield; one great-grandson, Kenton Dean Crutchfield; and one brother, Richard Crutchfield of Cadiz, Ky.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Herschel D. Crutchfield and Ruby Edwards Crutchfield; and one brother, Hershel E. Crutchfield.
May 19, 2018, Enrica Salvoni, age 91, passed away in Milan, Italy. She was the widow of Dr. Fausto Salvoni, scholar and leader for decades in Churches of Christ in Italy. He wrote numerous books and influenced many who sought to practice simple Christianity.
Having studied at Catholic seminary, at 21 Fausto Salvoni received a doctorate in divinity and later a master’s in the Holy Bible. He served as a professor at Catholic Seminary for Priests in Milan. He wrote for the Catholic Encyclopedia (Vatican Edition) and Ecclesiastical Encyclopedia.
He stated, “I loved the Bible and had the wonderful privilege of studying it in original languages. I tried during that time to teach theBible faithfully and not Roman Catholic traditions.”
In 1950, he left the Catholic church, gravitating toward directions of the early church. He connected with Harold Paden, a pioneering, post-World War II missionary for Churches of Christ, and determined to work within the Churches of Christ there. He was baptized for forgiveness of his sins and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. He soon preached to large crowds across Europe and visited the USA, directing the Bible Chair in Milan and teaching at Florence. He served many churches, while publishing.
Harold Paden credited Fausto Salvoni with modeling a passion for God’s love and grace, above sectarian issues, which so many of us later received through Harold.
Fausto died in 1982, leaving his wife, Enrica, as a valuable presence in the churches in Italy. Throughout the following 36 years the Bering Drive Church of Christ in Houston continued sending much-needed support to this godly widow and example to Italian churches. It was a blessing to participate in her journey.
The Christian Chronicle appreciates and acknowledges a generous gift received in honor of Bobby Ross Jr.
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