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Remembering the Crums: Liberty County honors former coach and wife

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 18:21:45-04

LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A Big Bend community is honoring a baseball coach and his wife who died last month unexpectedly.

Before Liberty County High School played its game Monday evening, the team was part of a special ceremony to remember Corey and Shana Crum.

The community really loved Corey and Shana Crum. Their families traveled to the high school to be part of the special ceremony.

Corey's family was given a framed jersey of his that he wore while Shana's family received a bat signed by the players on the team.

The scoreboard that they worked on is now up. The school added their names at the bottom in their memory.

It was a very emotional ceremony Monday night and a lot of tears were shed. The Crum and Millender families didn't want to go on camera but Superintendent David Summers said the community has been through a lot lately and this dedication was a way to help this healing process.

"It's just a way to let the family know that they will never be forgotten. They were such a big part of our program," said David Summers, the school superintendent in Liberty County. "They loved Liberty County, even though they had not lived here long. They've become one of us, and in Liberty Count we stand up for each other. And that's why we're here tonight."

It's also senior night and the Crums daughter gave the seniors buckets with things that Coach Crum liked. That included Diet Dr. Pepper, Chopstix, and dirt from the baseball field.

People who declined to go on camera said it's still hard for them to wrap their heads around what happened last month. But they say they're using this as a rallying cry for the team to finish out the season strong.