Memory Hold The Door
David H. Crum
1927 - 2012
David H. Crum was born on July 11, 1927, in
Denmark, SC, to parents John W. Crum and Priscilla
Hart Crum. He served in World War II and after his discharge
from the U.S. Army returned to the University of
South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor's degree
in 1953. He earned his LL.B from the USC School of
Law, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa
and Phi Delta Phi fraternities.
Crum moved to Washington, DC, where he served as
one of Sen. Strom Thurmond's first senatorial aides.
After his father's death, David returned to Denmark to
practice law with his brother, H. Hayne Crum, at the firm founded by his father in
1910. David practiced in Denmark for 59 years until his death in 2012. He practiced
in South Carolina's state and municipal courts. While David enjoyed and
concentrated on the practice of trusts and estates, tax and real estate, he was a true
“country lawyer.” He had a sharp and insightful mind and helped people in
Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties and beyond with all types of matters,
whether the client could pay or not. As far as David was concerned, his clients
were his friends and he was helping them.
Crum was a member of the Bamberg County Bar Association, the S.C. Bar and
the American Bar Association. He was a founding member of the Denmark
Development Corporation and served for many years as the city attorney for the City
of Denmark. David was the attorney for the Voorhees College Board of Trustees.
Crum was a lifelong member of the Lions Club and Bethel Park United
Methodist Church, serving in all of the church's leadership capacities. He served
on the Bamberg County District Two School Board and the board of the Denmark
Library. He was a member of the Denmark Country Club, serving as its president,
secretary and treasurer. David sang for many years in the Columbia Choral
Society. He was an avid Gamecock fan and a long-time member of the USC
David H. Crum died on June 28, 2012. He is survived by his sister-in-law of 66
years, Mary B. Crum; his brother's and Mary's children, M. Elizabeth Crum (James
H. Byrum Jr.), John W. Crum III (Eleanor) and H. Hayne Crum III; and his sister
Caroline's children, Samuel P. Hunt III (Cynthia), Priscilla H. Hunt (Victor
Lesser), Jennifer C. Hunt and H. Thomas Hunt (Janet); nine great nieces and
nephews; and six great-great nieces and nephews, two of whom are namesakes.