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Dr. Anita Hoover Crump, retired principal of Thomas Alva Edison Elementary School, died on August 12th of complications following gallbladder surgery. She was 91 years old.
Dr. Crump was married to the late Leroy Crump for over 50 years. They had no children.
Dr. Crump, a life-long New Orleanian, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling. She received her Doctor of Education degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She was an educator in the Orleans Parish School System for over 35 years as a teacher and administrator. She was the assistant principal and principal of Edison Elementary School for 17 years before her retirement. She was a beloved teacher and principal. Under her leadership, Edison became known as the "Little University" of elementary schools because she held such high expectations for her students who she motivated to reach new heights in their education. She was chosen by the Louisiana State Board to go to Paris to observe their system of education and to share her educational gifts and talents. She also taught education and child psychology at Southern University.
Dr. Crump was a devoted and faithful servant of The Lord. She was raised in the Methodist Church. She was a longtime member of Philips Memorial United Methodist Church and Bethany United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She and her late husband were devoted to growing the church's outreach in the community. She worked tirelessly to help her church family recover following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She was on the board of the Episcopacy of the United Methodist Conference where she was the first woman and African American to lead the delegation at the 2000 Conference. She was a founding member of Greater Grace Fellowship Church in New Orleans East and a member of its board of directors. She was an extraordinary church leader, friend and volunteer, spearheading community outreach programs like voter registration drives.
Dr. Crump was a member of the Alpha Gamma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and held national office as the National Second Vice President. She was also a member of the New Orleans Opera Guild.
Dr. Crump is survived by her nieces and nephews, Dr. Toni Hoover, Lizell Hoover Jones, Karen Steele, Katherine Steele Hendrick, Kimberly Steele, Sonny Wilson, Alfred Nettles, and Nate Jones; great nephews, Warren B. Steele, III, Harrold Mims, Darrold Mims; cousins, Dr. Gerri Eli, Dr. Miguel Elie, Lolis Elie; sisters-in-law, Gloria Williams Hoover, Doris Crump Steele; and other cousins. Her sister, Josie Burrows and her brother, Rev. Thomas Hoover, Jr., her father, Thomas Hoover, Sr. and mother, Lizzie Boatner Hoover, preceded her in death.
Visitation will be open to the public and held from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, August 20th at Greater Grace Fellowship located at 6481 Crowder Blvd New Orleans, LA 70126. The family will be available from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A special ceremony will be conducted by the Alpha Gamma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. members from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Masks will be required and all attendees over the age of 12 years will need to show proof of vaccination. Due to the pandemic, a private funeral (by invitation only) will be held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at 2510 Franklin Avenue in New Orleans beginning at 9:30 am with a private viewing from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Masks will be required and all guests over the age of 12 will need to show proof of vaccination. A private interment will be at Lake Lawn Cemetery. Funeral services provided by Rhodes Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dr. Anita H. Crump Scholarship Fund at Greater Grace Fellowship and to the Alpha Gamma Zeta Foundation Scholarship Fund in honor of Dr. Anita H. Crump, P.O. Box 52168 New Orleans, LA 70152.