04-22-12 Chad Harrison Crabtree

Funeral services for Chad Harrison Crabtree, age 17, of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Westwood Junior High School in Manchester with Bro. Coy Hathcock officiating.  Burial will follow in Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 Noon until 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 21 at Manchester Funeral Home.  The body will lie in state on Sunday from 12:00 Noon until time of service at Westwood Junior High School.  Chad passed away on Thursday, April 19 at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital following a long and courageous battle with leukemia.


Chad was born on January 1, 1995 in New Mexico, the son of Greg (Caroline) Crabtree and Shannon (Jack Glasgow) O’Kelley, both of Manchester.  He was an honors student, who was actively involved in the Beta Club and performing arts while at Westwood Junior High.  He was known for his love of dancing, to include break dancing and especially moon walking, after his admiration for the late Michael Jackson.  He also loved video gaming and his Ipad.


Chad was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Phillip O’Kelley.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by the love of his life and his best friend, Briana Salsbury, who was by his side through the good and the bad; two brothers, Casey Vickers and Hank Crabtree; one sister, Jaxen Glasgow, all of Manchester; maternal grandmother, Charlotte O’Kelley of Manchester; paternal grandparents, Dale and Lisa Crabtree of Winchester; and a host of family and friends.


Greg and Shannon want to acknowledge Chad’s extended family to include Jason (Amy) Vickers, who played an important role in Chad’s life, and their children, Preston Vickers and Nick Vaughn; Jason’s father, David (Cindee) Vickers, and Jason’s mother, Debbie (Felix) Nunley.


The family would requests donations to:

Make A Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee
8119 Isabella Lane
Suite 105A
Brentwood, TN  37027 

Chad’s last wish was for new televisions for every room on the 6th floor at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, which was granted by the Make A Wish Foundation.


Manchester Funeral Home is honored to serve the Crabtree family.