James William Crippen

1965 - 2022

James William Crippen, 56, passed away on January 2, 2022 at home surrounded by family following an extended battle with cancer.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Albert E Crippen and Doris J Crippen. James was the youngest of eleven children in the family.

He was born December 5, 1965, in Canarsie, Brooklyn New York and moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina In 2003.

On September 14th, 1996, he married Oveida Martinez and just celebrated their 25th anniversary, together for 29yrs. James and Oveida have 4 children, Jason James Crippen, 34, Joshua James Crippen, 22, Julia James Crippen 21, Jonathan James Crippen, 18.

During his battle, for the second time with this illness, he maintained an infectious positive outlook on life and always uplifted those around him. A king with a vast amount of knowledge, Jack of all trades, an athlete, an artist, and a craftsman. He was gifted with a view of creativity in all aspects; an amazing role model to anyone he encountered. James was a wonderful husband and father; always placing his children 1st. He continuously considered everyone else’s needs before his own till the end. And as always, it’s never goodbye, but see you later.

Due to the COVID outbreak the celebration of his life will be held in the spring.


29 tributes for James William Crippen

  1. Javier Nieves

    Dear Ovieda
    I had no idea, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I felt like I knew him a little, although I thought that it was a matter of time before I met James. May he rest in eternal peace and power.
    Much love to you Ovieda, your sons and daughter and the whole family, give my love to them all. Stay strong which I know you are, a big hug and kisses to your family. And as we say – Pa’lante and celebrate his life 🌄❤

  2. Frederica Dennis

    Praying for God’s blessing of peace during this time.

  3. Elise Clayborn

    My heart is with y’all, prayers going up…<3

    Elise Clayborn

  4. Athena Owens

    My condolences Aunt Oveida and cousins. May you find peace and comfort knowing that he will always be in your heart and watching over you all. Love you Uncle James.

  5. Bonnie Tucker

    James you are one extraordinary man, my mom loved you cause you helped her out and she loved Oveida and your kids but you know so did I but of course everyone who met you loved you. You will missed so much. James keep watch over us we all love you

  6. Frances Crawford

    Sending prayers for you and your family. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  7. Minerva Yaya Rosa

    I’m sorry for your loss and my condolences to you and family.

  8. Kallah Kizer

    RIP BIG BRO . Fly high! Thanks for teaching us young-ins on Farragut Road the fundamentals of football and life. Sending my condolences to your immediate and extended Family ❤️👑🌹

  9. Celia Boyd

    James I cherish the years our families spent together not just as cousins but as friends. You hold wonderful memories in my heart I will cherish them forever.

    Your cousin Celia

  10. Nancy De Jesus

    Wishing you comfort in this time of the biggest heartache of your life my dear cousin, know that James will always be with you all. For the love he took with him, that will always be eternal. My sincere condolences, my heart breaks for you and yet strong if you ever need me…..
    Your cousin Nancy and family

  11. Courtney

    ” And as you part now from this
    world to claim your rightful place
    in eternity, the unforgettable
    memories of you from our fondest
    yesterdays, shall continue to live
    forever in the warmest moments
    of our favourite tomorrows.”
    – Broms The Poet

    I love you and you will be missed dearly. I feel honoured that I got to experience your graciousness and warmth. ♥️

  12. Paulette Moore

    My baby brother was one of my heros he always went out of way for me. I’m so happy he and Oveida had a beautiful 25 years together. The last time I saw him, I was sad, but he looked happy. Love u forever baby brother.

  13. Eddie Honeycutt

    So sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have the privilege to know James and all his family. I will be praying for all of you. Contact me if I can help you in any way.

  14. Pj

    There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts. Today, tomorrow, always.
    When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. We shall always pray for you.

    Rest in peace.

  15. Simone

    Rest In Peace

  16. Rosemarie Crippen

    James I’m gonna miss our phone call but will continue them with Ovie and your Children that will never change I got the chance to speak to you every chance I had.that night God stopped all your suffering took his hand and had you follow him. I asked Ovie to put the phone to your Ear she said sure and I told you it ok I Love you seen your face with the oxygen mask I could not hold it broke down crying called Mia told her I think that was it. hours later you got your wings you going to be very very well missed I love you I love you I love you. My baby brother. B.A.R

  17. karl Edward Crippen

    See You Cowboy, Someday, Somewhere!

  18. Kyle Edward Crippen

    I will be missing you and sleep in peace.

  19. Dorothy

    God called one of his strongest and best angels home to be by his side. Growing up together the days I came to the house you were always a loving caring beautiful soul. We will forever love and miss you James. GOD GOT YOU we know you are safe and at peace. Rest well my brother in GOD.

  20. Natalie

    I love you and will miss you uncle James…sleep in God’s arms.❤

  21. Frank Ayala

    The news of your passing has saddened my heart RIP
    The only scars in Heaven are in the hands that hold you now🙏🏾

  22. Jahmel

    Rest In Peace Uncle James. Words can never express you. You will always be my SuperHero. Thank you for always being there for me. Till we link again, I love you!!!

  23. Jane L Lovette

    Praying for you an your family. I will miss James at work. He was always so nice to me.
    Jane Lovette WS Fairgrounds

  24. Lydia Lopez

    Rest in Heaven. I remember what an amazing person you were when I was a little girl. Haven’t seen you in many years but I always loved you as my uncle.

  25. Dr. Linda Guillebeaux

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord Thank you, James for being a loving uncle to my Beloved Nephew Jahmel and a good brother to Sweet Paulette. We live to see you and our loved ones again with our new bodies, no pain and no tears with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  26. Andre P. Mason

    To my brother for 50 + years, Rest In Peace, you are in good hands now not suffering. I enjoy the days being a good friend to you as you are to me . I enjoyed playing football in Canarsie H.S. All 4 years and playing Senior division ball for the Brooklyn Hurricanes with you. We always had the slogan “Band of the Hand” true respect for one another. You, Henry, Greg, Kevin, Willie and I. You will always be missed and loved. Your brother Dre and family!

  27. Domingo and Erica

    My brother, my mentor I have the same respect for you and my father always have you in my heart and I will never forget you and I will always love you
    You will never be forgotten you have shown me many things in life and told me many things for me to be a better person and always put la familia primera and thank you for helping me build and fix my home that I have today

  28. Denise Rolon

    My heart felt condolences to the Crippen family. May Love and light surround You all during this time.

  29. Erena Calliste

    We grew up together you a little younger but you were always a sweetheart. So sorry for your loss. S.i.p James.


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