R. (Robert) Hugh Crews

R. (Robert) Hugh Crews
Dec. 4, 1913 - June 15, 1973


Crews Helped Build Skyline Drive

From an early age, Robert Hugh Crews showed a natural talent for operating any piece of equipment that could be found on his family's farm in Buckingham County -- skills that would serve him well throughout his entire life. As a young man during the Great Depression, he found work with the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and was quickly dispatched to help build Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Mr. Crews and other CCC crew members were responsible for grading the slopes on both sides of the roadway, buiding guardrails, constructing overlooks, and planting thousands of trees and shrubs along the parkway.

During the second World War, Mr. Crews moved to Portsmouth to work at the Naval Shipyard. Returning to Buckingham County after the war, he ran a general store for a time but eventually took a position with the state's Highway Department. His long career at the Virginia Department of Transportation spanned over 30 years, ultimately rising to the position of foreman. Mr. Crews was killled while working on Route 604 in Buckingham County. 

Born to Grandison Witt and Carrie Word Crews, Mr. Crews married the former Gladys Barr in 1942 and together they raised two daughters, Peggy Jane and Sally Anne. He is remembered as a God loving, God fearing, and church-going individual of great character and integrity. To this very day he is still revered by those who knew him and by those who worked with him.