By: Michael Hudak | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 15, 2019
BRISTOL, Fla. (WCTV) -- Derrick Crum was not a pastor on Friday. He was a cousin, speaking from the heart.
"I feel proud to be his cousin, and his friend," Crum, Corey Crum's cousin said. "I strive to be more like Corey. He cared about kids. He cared about people. He was what we call a faithful servant. He put people before he put himself."
Hundreds of people from across the Big Bend found common ground in Bristol on Friday to celebrate and remember Corey and Shana Crum.
A memorial service was held at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, just down the road from Liberty County High School.
The couple was tragically electrocuted on Sunday as they were working on repairing the Liberty County High School Baseball field following Hurricane Michael.
"This is exactly what it's supposed to be. It's a celebration of two wonderful lives," State Attorney Jack Campbell said. "It's obviously a recognition of the community. When you talk about the Crum and the Mellinder family, those are the backbones of Franklin County, Wakulla County, and here in Liberty County."
State Attorney Jack Campbell and Senator Bill Montford attended the services. They recognized how people in this community might not be related by blood, but they treat each other like family.
"This is a pure indication of the love and respect and affection that the people of this community and all over North Florida have for these families," Senator Bill Montford said.
"These aren't relationships for days and months, these are relationships that go back generations," Campbell said. "Those relationships are the core of what we have here in North Florida and what make it so special."
In the wake of tragedy, triumph. In the wake of grief, love.