The Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent Croft

November 10, 2018

Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent Croft, who was born on May 12, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas and who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, died at home in Charlotte on November 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Myers Park Presbyterian with The Reverend Joe Clifford officiating.  The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the service.  Tim’s ashes will be placed in the Myers Park Presbyterian Memorial Garden and in the Croft cemetery plot at the Chapel By the Sea, Captiva, Florida.

Tim was predeceased on March 28, 1984 by his beloved first wife Carol Devlin Watson of Greenwood, South Carolina.  He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Ann Moses of Charleston, West Virginia, the five children and twelve grandchildren they share: Thomas Layton Croft and Chaandmon and Sky Croft of Charlotte, NC; Ann Bryson Croft McLean (John) and J.P., Annie and Croft McLean of Cape Carteret, North Carolina; Caroline Watson Croft Estay (Pete) and Brayden and Holland Gaston, and Lena Grace and Austen Estay of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sarah Elizabeth Benson Finch (Geordie) and Ryan Finch of Thousand Oaks, California and Jeremy Eldon Benson (April) and Marit and Torin Benson of Arvada, Colorado.

Tim is also survived by his two brothers, Terrence L. Croft Esq. (Merry) and Thomas A. Croft Esq. of Atlanta, GA and his sister, Reverend Anne Bartlett (Bill), an Episcopal priest of Talent, Oregon.  In addition, Tim is survived by his sister-in-law Frances M. Fesenmaier (Steve) of Charleston, West Virginia and two brothers in law, Dr. Nat E. Watson of Winston Salem, NC and A. Hamilton Cooke Esq. of Jacksonville, Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Tim graduated from the John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Davidson College, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and he studied Systematic Theology at New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Tim was awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Presbyterian College and Davidson College.

Tim loved Jesus.  He also loved pink sirloin, cold Bud, Medoc, Lagavulin, Heath bars, fast cars, fast boats, saltwater fishing, especially in Alaska, and European travels with Margaret- and all the while was devoted to Jesus.  He served the Hunter Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky; the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, the First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Virginia; the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church in Miami Shores, Florida; the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina.  He also served for 6 years as Senior Vice President at First Union National Bank in Charlotte.

Tim lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.  He took nothing for granted and he believed in the priesthood of all believers.  He believed that all are saved by grace through faith.   And he believed that nothing in this life or beyond this life will ever be able to separate us from the love of God freely and abundantly extended to all in Christ Jesus our Lord.  For several years Tim fought a consistently positive though uphill battle against the insidiously downhill lung disease IPF.  And in the end, by faith, Tim won!

In lieu of flowers, please feed the hungry, pray for peace, and tell all those whom you love that you love them everyday!

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at



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  • Barbara Hampton

    Dear Margaret and Children,
    I have but fond memories of Tim, so loving, such a wonderful preacher, and I will never forget the love and comfort he gave our family when my nephew John Owens died suddenly at the age of 20. His sermon was beautiful. I know, Margaret, you will miss him dearly, love to all of you.
    Barbara Hampton

  • Windy White

    Tim and I met when he asked me to do some carpentry work . We became good friends and shared many jokes together over the years .It was always a pleasure to be with him .Such a caring man and a gentleman. He had a wonderful attitude and a spirit that you could almost feel.I will always remember his beautiful smile, strong hand shake and a man hug.You will be missed my friend .I think of you daily and I am sorry that we can not have our good laughs together but you will always be in my heart.Love,Windy

  • Grady Perryman

    I admired Tim in so many ways - as my mentor, my colleague, my pastor, my teacher, my friend. My heart goes out to Margaret, their children, their grandchildren, and all their family. Truly all who knew Tim feel so privileged that God blessed us by having Tim cross our path.
    As so many have said, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant. Enter into the joy of your Master!"

    Grady Perryman
    Raleigh, NC

  • Art and Ann Edgerton

    We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Margaret and all of the Croft family but rejoice that Tim has now joined his Savior and achieved the final victory over his lung disease. It was our good fortune that our paths as well as those of our children, Anna and Colston crossed with Tim's at MPPC and each of us learned much regarding the priesthood of believers and the joys of Christian fellowship. That joy has never been more personally experienced by Art than a week in Alaska with Tim and other men from MPPC also privileged to attend. His sermons were mesmerizing and impactful. We marvel at all the lives he touched for Christ and how that influence has since spread.

  • Charles " Chuck " Medland

    So sorry to hear of Tim's death.I remember all the Living Nativities we were involved in at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. A Great person and Friend . Sympathy to All the family.

  • Max Muhleman

    Always thankful for the moment he was in and impossible to discourage, Tim Croft had life figured out as well as anyone I’ve ever met. He loved his Lord Jesus and treated every person he met as if they were a blood brother or sister. He knew the gift of life was to be enjoyed in thanksgiving , sharing, caring and helping, accompanied by unlimited expressions of laughter, happiness and joy. And he was a wholesale distributor.
    God bless you, my friend, and Margaret be comforted, as well as all family. You lit our path with a brilliant light, and we are thankful.

  • Frances Clausing

    Margaret, Bethany Dendy with whom I work at U.S. Customs, told me today about Tim's death. I have such good memories of when you and he filled in at the little McClure Church in Castle Hayne, N. C. When you all went to Sneads Ferry, I made sure to tell Bethany and Cedric to "try out" that church to hear Tim. They did, joined the church, and loved you both. I am so happy I had the privilege to hear Tim's sermons (and how he always remembered everyone's name - one always left church feeling so good). My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's Omnipotence and Providence be with you and your family during your time of sorrow.

  • Anne McCoy

    Tim said at the first that he was not a religious man; however, he was a faithful man! God welcomed Tim into his eternal home by saying,”Welcome my good and faithful Tim!”

  • Anne McCoy

    I remember the Sunday Tim spoke to our Sunday school class at MPPC. He told us that he was NOT a religious man; however he WAS a faithful man. I realize the difference now - he was faithful to his Lord and Savior and his life was lived as a disciple of Jesus and lead many others to glorify God with their lives.
    Margaret and his Family Tim’s earthly life is done but lives on in each and every one of us,.
    Guod has welcomed Tim into eternal life saying,”Well done my good ànd FAITHFUL Tim,”

  • David S Cayer

    I was very blessed by Tim's ministry at MPPC. He was a wonderful pastor and friend who always greeted me so warmly. I still remember many of his sermons. God bless his family during this sad time.

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