House fire claims lives of Macon couple

alopez@macon.comMarch 28, 2014 

  • Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones talks about the fatal fire at Ell Court in Macon Friday.

A Macon couple died Friday after fire swept through their Ell Court home.

The blaze killed Luther Crump, 81, and his 80-year-old wife, Daisy, died a few hours later, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said. Daisy Crump initially was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia with severe burns. She was pronounced dead at 8:11 p.m., Jones said.

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department arrived at 911 Ell Court shortly after 5 p.m., Jones said. Firefighters found Daisy Crump unconscious in the house, and her husband was found in a bedroom.

The fire’s cause had not yet been determined, Jones said Friday evening.

“Anytime we have a house fire with a body in it, we make it a crime scene,” he said. “We cover all the bases. We don’t look over nothing and assume anything.”

About a dozen neighbors and family members stood on the street near fire trucks and a hearse shortly after 7 p.m., as the coroner’s staff prepared to remove Luther Crump’s body from his charred house.

He lived with his wife, who was his caretaker. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, said his sister, 66-year-old Barbara Griggs.

Luther was a deacon at Ross Temple Baptist Church, a master barber for about 50 years, a military veteran and a loving husband, father and grandfather, Griggs said. He owned a downtown barbershop for more than 20 years called Hair Track, she said.

Born in Oglethorpe, Luther was the eldest of five siblings.

“He was kind of like the father of the rest of us,” Griggs said.

A neighbor, Dennis Smith, said the Crumps could often be seen sitting on their front porch.

“I’m going to miss them,” he said.

Writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 256-9751.

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