Ernest Crook, Jr. age 77 of Smithville, passed away Wednesday night at his residence. He was born June 4, 1942 to his parents, the late Ernestine and Ila Mai Clayton Crook. Junior was a Baptist, Truck Driver and a U.S. Army and National Guard Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Crook of Smithville; children, Kathy (Todd) Dodson and Ernie Crook both of Smithville; step-son, Jonathan Pedigo of Smithville; 3 step-grandchildren, Payton, Luke and Robert; sister, Linda Vickers of Woodbury; 2 brothers, Don (Carol) Crook of Smithville and Tim Crook of Liberty. There will be a Memorial Service 1:PM Friday, July 19, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating. Visitation will be Friday 11:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.