NOVEMBER 25, 1936 • AUGUST 29, 2016
Ernest L. Croucher Jr., 79, a proud patriot, left this world on Monday, August 29, 2016. Ernie was born in Miami, Florida on November 25, 1936, the son of Ernest L. and Birdie Croucher. He was raised in Florida but as soon as he moved to the Houston area he became a loyal die-hard Texan.
Ernie was a proud patriot, having served in the Special Forces during the Vietnam War, where he received the Purple Heart. He attended Auburn University, and was a proud War Eagle and member of the Greater Houston Auburn Alumni Club until the day he died.
He worked for Goodyear and Exxon in sales but found his true calling as an auctioneer. Ernie put his auctioneering talents to work in Fort Bend and surrounding counties and was always willing to lend his talents to any charity event in the area. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Texas Auctioneers Association. One of the proudest moments of his life came in 2015 when he was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame.
Ernie believed in supporting the youth in our area, and loved the rodeo. He was a lifetime member of both the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Fort Bend County Fair. He was a member of the Horspitality Committee for HLSR working with horse show exhibitors. He was proud that his work contributed to the education of young people in the area. Ernie also supported area youth through his longtime support of the Fort Bend County ARC and his support for his wife, Beverly, in her career as an educator in Fort Bend ISD.
He was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and of local law enforcement, and was a graduate of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. He was also a member of the Fort Bend Historical Society.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife Beverly, daughter Melanie Farris and Kelly, daughter Melissa Croucher, sister Barbara Branch and Tommy, brother-in-law Russell Davis and Carol, sister-in-law Wanda Roberson and Leonard, and special nieces Donna McCollum and Mark, Dee Cathey and Mark, Lauren Davis, Jana Davis, and Lisa Johnson and Chris. He is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews, and friends and neighbors who will miss him dearly.
A family visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, from 6-8 p.m. at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 2, at 10 a.m. in the Davis-Greenlawn Chapel followed by burial in the Veterans Section of the Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery.
Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.