William ‘Butch’ Crenshaw


Crenshaw, William

William ‘Butch’ Crenshaw

July 27, 1948 – January 1, 2016


William ‘Butch’ Crenshaw, 67, long-time Brawley resident, passed away on January 1, 2016 after a short illness. He was born to Debbie and Nell Margaret Crenshaw on July 27, 1948 in Beggs, Oklahoma. William and Linda Crenshaw were married in 1969 and shortly after were blessed with two children, Chancy and Chanselor Crenshaw.

Butch was known for his green thumb and held several positions in gardening for the Brawley School District and Ciudad Plaza. Cruising through Main Street to appreciate his tree shaping artistry became a family ritual. He also worked at Roscoe’s, Newberry’s and Adobe.

After a life-changing car accident he retired and spent his leisure time taking trips to Bullhead and cruising in the country. Butch loved spending time with his grandchildren telling them stories at the kitchen table and showing them his dance moves; visiting his son and daughter and taking trips with them to the casino and spending time with his companion taking trips to Laughlin. He and his brother Bo were like two peas in a pod and spent a lot of time together at the American Legion.

Wherever music played he could always be found cutting a rug and being the best on the dance floor.

Butch was preceded in death and met by his father in heaven, Debbie Sr., his wife, Linda, sister, Eloise and brother, Kirk ‘Yogi’.

He is survived by his daughter, Chancy, son, Chanselor and six grandchildren; Chanselor, Essence, Dasia, Caleb, Miles and Jaden, companion Jeanetta Stephens, brothers Debbie Jr. of Brawley, Keith, Michael, Kent and Kenneth of Arizona; sisters Elaine Snowden and Priscilla Williams of Oklahoma, Yolounda of Louisiana and Cortelia of Maryland. He is also survived by 15 nieces, 20 nephews and a host of friends to mourn him.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 14th from 6 to 9pm at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 15th at 9am at Frye Chapel and Mortuary. Burial will immediately follow at Riverview Cemetery. Reception will be at the American Legion immediately afterwards.