Funeral services for Barbara Kay Vest Crowell, age 73, of Johnson City, Tenn., a former resident of Coffeyville, were held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Pastor Susan Springer officiating. Burial followed in the Crowell’s Chapel Cemetery in the Hall Mill Community at Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mrs. Crowell passed on Monday Oct. 22, 2012 at Johnson City (TN) Medical Center after a short illness.
Memorial services will be held in Coffeyville, Ks. at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church.
Born in Walnut Grove, Missouri, October 29, 1939, Kay was the daughter of the late Victor Lowry Vest and Lottie Mae Garrett. After living in Joplin, she moved to Coffeyville at the age of 11 with her mom and dad, Ernie, and sisters, Blanche, Cricket, and Lexie. She attended Field Kindley Memorial High School and Coffeyville Community Junior College. In 1958 she married Firouz Shahrokhi. Of this union two sons were born, Keivan in 1964 and Kimball in 1969. In 1976 she married Douglas “Ed” Crowell. Son, Joseph, was born in 1984 in Saudi Arabia.
Kay loved to do a great job of everything she committed to and enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family and home. Starting from a young age, she always wanted to travel and so she did, seeing many parts of the world with her husband and family. Throughout her full and busy life, she always found time for knitting. She finished a BS in mathematics at Middle Tennessee State University. She helped run and taught at Al Batin Academy in King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia, and also taught at Community High School in Unionville, TN, making many great friends and helping many lives as a teacher. She was Vice President and Retirement Plan Adminstrator at Valley Fidelity Bank in Knoxville, TN, worked as Administrative Assistant for Petromin in Riyadh, Saudi, Arabia, and as a real estate agent in Knoxville and Jackson, TN. Kay was founder, owner, and manager of Papillon Bakery in Shelbyville, TN.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years Douglas E. Crowell of Johnson City, TN, sons, Keivan Shahrokhi of Miami, FL, Kimball Shahrokhi of Apex, NC, and Joseph Crowell of Portland, OR; mother, Lottie “Rickey” Hayes of Coffeyville, KS, sisters, Blanche Cunningham and Lexie McCoy, both of Coffeyville, KS; Kathryn Hammer of Pittsburg, KS; and Debra Brodbeck of Galveston, TX; and grandson Aaron Kian Shahrokhi. She was preceded in death by her beloved daddy, Ernest Ray Hayes.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.