Crum's Bakeries
3511 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA and
3820 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton and
Newmarket Shopping Center and
Warwick Shopping Center and
one other location

1957 Anchor, p. 184 3511 Huntington Avenue Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Sad to say ... Crum's is gone too. Here is 3820 Kecoughtan Road today.
Newmarket Shopping Center Warwick Shopping Center
12/03/03   Image by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/30/04
Thanks, Joe!

Hi, Carol:

A nice addition to the Old Stomping Grounds, Crum's Bakery also had a location
in Newmarket Shopping Center as well as Warwick Shopping Center.

Blaine Crum ('57) of AL was one of the fastest typists in our typing class in 1956 and 1957.
He was "Mr. Timed Write" and could make the carriage on the old manual typewriter fly, ding, ding, ding.

He moved his practice from Virginia to Mobile, Alabama after enjoying a vacation in this charming spot.

Crum's Bakery was second to none.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/04/03
Thanks, Joe!

The last time I saw Mrs. West was in Crum's Bakery, at the Warwick Center location, which was owned by cousins
of ours, Kenny Crum and his wife. My dad made sure we visited the bakery every so often when we were out,
just to say hello. Recently, I was in a 7/11 on Fox Hill Road, and having struck up a conversation with the
clerk, we somehow got on the subject of Crum's Bakery, and the clerk told me she remembered that they'd had
the best cakes - especially wedding cakes. We both lamented the fact that the children didn't want to take over
the shop, and that it was sold out of the family. DARN! I didn't know it at the time, but evidently Crum's Bakery
was quite well known and respected.

- Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 09/28/05
WOWZERS!  Thanks, Jimmy!

...Just reading about Crum's Bakery makes me drool for a "Cream Horn" or a spice cookie with icing!! 
Like I said, sugar, sugar, sugar!!!
Sarah "Sugah" 

- Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/28/05

Now we know where you got your nickname, Sarah Sugah! I think maybe you've been on the Atkins Diet
too long; I'm beginning to notice a definite theme running through your latest notes.....
WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Miss Sarah!!!

Hi: I have lived in Phoenix for many years (two score and a bunch as ole Abe Lincoln would say). I truly enjoy the reminiscing from the gang speaking of old eating establishments in the Tidewater area. Too bad about Shoney's; those burgers were great. So, my two favorite childhood haunts were High's Ice Cream and an oatmeal cookie from Crum's Bakery. Since ice cream cannot be mailed to Phoenix (ha) is Crum's Bakery still in existence? Those midnight cravings for tastes of yesteryears won't go away. As a young teen I fell asleep many a nite with a cookie crumbs on my lips and the great sounds of WGH transistoring in my ear.

Keep up the good work, meanwhile in the absence of Crum's cookies I will go fill up on Peeps rabbits. Only the yellow ones and always bite the ears off first. Peeps and Circus Peanuts should always be eaten when soft. Maybe that's an excuse to eat more.

Bye,........Marcus Higgins ('65) of AZ - 04/04/07
Thanks, Marcus!

Hi Carol:

Re: Crum's Bakery!  What memories!!!  I used to walk home from school and would stop in at the bakery and get a Cream Horn, or an iced Spice cookie!!!  YUM!!  What a sweet tooth I had!! (have??)  They also made the BEST wedding cake ever!!  I'm salivating just thinking about it.  I believe Mrs. Crum is in a nursing home in Hampton - the same one my mom was in for re-hab when her hip broke 1 1/2 yrs ago.  I have a friend who works there and she tries to get recipes from her but she's not giving!!!  I think she ought to do a cookbook - that'll sell!  Take care!

Sarah Sugah

- Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 04/06/07
Thanks, Sarah Sugah! I do believe this is why we call you "Sarah Sugah"!?!

Kenneth R. Crum, Sr.

          HAMPTON - Kenneth R. Crum, Sr. passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007. He was the husband of Audrey H. Crum and
          former owner and proprietor of Crum's Bakery. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 8/21/2007.
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     Bobby (Hines - '66 - of VA) and I are related to Kenny, 2nd cousins, and are talking on the phone about him right now, as he saw 
his obituary in the paper today, and I just read it from you. I remember going into the bakery with Mom and Dad many times,
and Kenny and Audrey always had time to talk, and were very nice to all of us. 

     Kenny was related to Lloyd Harper, whose son was good friends with Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) , who told me that a while back. 
They were shooting buddies, I think.

     Some time ago in a 7/11 on Fox Hill Road (on my way home from Meredith's), I spoke with a clerk who remembered Crum's Bakery,
and that it used to be THE bakery around. She said that everyone wanted their wedding cake baked by the Crum's, because slices
could be saved in the couple's freezer for a year, and taste as good on their anniversary as the day they got married!

     Thanks very much for sending this out.....

- Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 08/21/07
Thanks, Jimmy.

Kenneth R. Crum, Sr.  
  HAMPTON - Kenneth Richard 'Kenny' Crum Sr., former proprietor of Crum's Bakeries, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, after a short hospitalization. He was 85. A Peninsula resident since 1936, Kenny was born April 14, 1922, in Corry, Pa. He was the son of the late Blaine C. Crum Sr., and Olive Roberts Crum. Kenny graduated from Newport News High School in 1940 and entered the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Apprentice School. Kenny interrupted his time in the Apprentice School to serve his country during World War II when he enlisted in the Navy, where he served from 1944 to 1946. He served extensively in the Pacific theatre aboard the submarine, USS Proteus. Kenny witnessed the Japanese surrender ending World War II. Following the war, he returned home and graduated from the Apprentice School in 1947. After graduating from the Apprentice School, Kenny entered the family business, Crum's Bakeries, along with his father and brothers. Kenny was the owner and proprietor of Crum's Bakeries until his retirement in 1983. His entire family, including his children, nieces and nephews, worked in the business. Crum's Bakeries, with five locations in Hampton and Newport News, provided wedding cakes for generations of local residents and was at one time the largest independent retail baker in Virginia. Kenny worked primarily at the Crum's Bakery at Newmarket Shopping Center, where he was one of the original merchants. An avid boater and fisherman, Kenny was a lifetime member of the Hampton Roads Power Squadron. He enjoyed refurbishing wooden power boats. Kenny was a member and past president of the Newport News Exchange Club. He was an active member of the Tidewater Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Newport News. In his retirement, Kenny enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, traveling and spending winters at Lake Wales, Fla. He served as the patriarch and caregiver for his extended family and many friends, providing support for many years. His steady hand, thoughtful guidance, and unwavering care and support will be missed. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Crum, and his sisters, Jane Horne and Ruth Harwood. Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey Harper Crum, and his children, Joanne Reilly and her husband, Stephen, of Hampton, Janet Fuller and her husband, Christopher, of Tolland, Conn., and Kenneth R. Crum Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Hampton. He also is survived by his brother, Blaine C. Crum Jr., and his wife, Mercedes; his grandchildren, Lindsay Fuller, Rebecca Fuller, Alexander Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Peyton Crum, and Carson Crum; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates and the Hampton Sentara CarePlex for the outstanding care provided to Kenny and his family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Peninsula Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The Dr. Randall Everett of Newport News First Baptist Church will officiate. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 8/23/2007.
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 Blaine Cecil Crum, Jr.  

HAMPTON - Blaine Cecil Crum Jr., 92, of Hampton, died Dec. 27, 2007.

He was predeceased by brothers, Edward and Kenneth Crum; sisters, Jane Horne and Ruth Harwood; daughter, Alma J. Piggins; and son, David Stewart.

Mr. Crum is survived by his wife, Mercedes Smith Crum; sons, Blaine C. Crum III of Daphne, Ala., Lawrence E. Crum of Chesapeake and Christopher P. Crum of Brookline, Mass.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

Blaine was the last of the founders of Crum's Bakeries and for more than three decades he was the cake decorator, delivering countless wedding cakes across the Peninsula. He was a daily visitor to the Riverside Convalescent Center for more than four years. He and his wife were among the original founders of the Wythe Presbyterian Church.

A kind and gentle spirit, he was loved by family and friends and adored by his grandchildren. He leaves a legacy of joyful memories.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, downtown Hampton, by the Rev. Susan H. Cothran, with interment to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Wythe Presbyterian Church.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/30/2007.
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If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd Have Baked a Cake

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do? 

Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band, grandest band in the land
Had you dropped me a letter, I'd a-hired a band
And spread the welcome mat for you

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'cause I don't know where you've been
But it really doesn't matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in

If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake, hired a band, goodness sake!
If I knew you were comin' I'd've baked a cake
Howdya do, howdya do, howdya do?

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