Live Oak —
A public memorial service will be held Saturday for Porter Claude Crapps III, a respected civic leader, banker and forester, who died peacefully at his Live Oak home just days before Christmas surrounded by his family. He was 76 years old. The service is at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 311 South Ohio Ave. in Live Oak.
Claude is survived by his long-time companion, Jackie Kent Dove; his three children, Thomas and wife, Cris; Steve; Nancy; and five grandchildren. Claude is also survived by his siblings, Betsy Burch; David Crapps; Peat Crapps; Virginia Johnson; John Crapps; Dicy Hannum; and Daniel Crapps.
Claude was born in Gainesville and spent his early childhood years in Hines, a small rural community in the heart of Dixie County. The Crapps family later moved to Melrose for a short period of time before settling in Live Oak in 1951. Claude became a student at Suwannee High School where he graduated in 1955. Claude furthered his education at Clemson University in South Carolina, earning a degree in Forestry. He graduated from Clemson in 1959. It was in South Carolina that Claude discovered two lifelong passions: forestry and the Clemson Tigers.
Four years after his college graduation in 1959, Claude served this country in the United States Marines Corps, followed by six years in the Marine Reserves. While a member of the reserves, Claude returned home to Live Oak and worked with his father, Porter Claude Crapps Jr. at the First National Bank of Live Oak; the Hamilton County Bank of Jasper; and on the family's timber holdings. Claude would later become the chairman of the board of directors of both banks until the banks were sold to Barnett Banks. He continued his career with Barnett Bank as vice-president and commercial lender before he retired in 1992.