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Trula Gunter Cronk
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1924
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 2009, Thailand

Trula Gunter Cronk
Trula Gunter Cronk, 85, of Thailand, formerly of Greeneville and Nashville, died Dec. 22, 2009, in Thailand.

Born June 7, 1924, Mrs. Cronk grew up in the Greystone and Camp Creek areas of Greene County. Her school years began at Zion Mission, a circuit of schools and churches, which was started by the United Presbyterian missionaries from Pennsylvania. Today, the church is known as Zion Presbyterian and continues to be functional.

Her family provided the following statement:

"At a young age, Trula had a love and desire for learning. However, obtaining an education during the Depression years included many obstacles, especially for children in rural areas. In order to continue her education, she lived her teen years at Free Will Baptist Children's Home, located near Camp Creek School.

"The house in which she lived was under the care of the Rev. I.L. and Mary Frances Stanley, who were very instrumental in her life. Later, the Rev. Paul and Nelle Woolsey would come to oversee the home and take Trula in as their own.

"In 1943, she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Camp Creek High School. With the love and support of "mom and dad" Woolsey, she was able to attend college and fulfill her calling to be a missionary to India.

"It would be at the Free Will Baptist Bible College, in Nashville, where she would meet her future husband, Daniel Cronk, who was from Michigan.

On June 7, 1945, Trula's 21st birthday, the Cronks would exit the graduation ceremony and return to the stage to be married with their classmates as witnesses.

"Together they went on to attend and graduate from Columbia College, now known as Columbia International University in South Carolina. Trula also attended Peabody College.

"They left the New York Harbor on Aug. 8, 1948, to serve the Lord as Free Will Baptist Pioneer Missionaries in India. The voyage to India took 29 days but the stay lasted 24 years.

"The couple relocated to Nashville in 1972, where the Rev. Cronk was professor of the missions program at the Free Will Baptist Bible College and Mrs. Cronk taught school.

Later, she worked as a state disability examiner for the Social Security Office, retiring after 16 years of service.

"They were active, longtime members of Horton Heights Free Will Baptist Church as advisors, teachers and friends.

Mr. Cronk passed away in November 1997.

"In 1994, the home in which she lived at the Free Will Baptist Children's Home was given the name 'The Trula Gunter Cronk Home for Children' in honor of her being the first resident there. "Over Mountain or Plain or Sea" was published in 2003 and is a two-part autobiography detailing parts of Mrs. Cronk's childhood and her many years as a missionary.

"In 2004, Mrs. Cronk moved back to Greeneville. Although she had lived in the Himalayas, traveled the Nile at midnight, seen the Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace, the Louvre in Paris, Pharook's Palace in Alexandria, walked the Sahara Desert, climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cheops Pyramid, vacationed on beautiful Dal Lake in Sri Nafar, sipped tea with movie stars, world statesmen, and Scottish tea planters, shared seats with Mother Teresa, hunted crocodiles, tigers and rode camels, visited Japan, China, Germany, Russia and traveled the world over, no place was ever as dear to her as Greene County.

"While living in Greeneville, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her late brother, Garland Gunter. Trula loved going on picnics, afternoon tea and sharing the word of God. In November of 2006, she left the mountains of East Tennessee to live with her son, Randall, a resident of Thailand.

"Trula was called home by Jesus to receive her reward. The same Jesus she lived for and taught others of His love and saving grace.

"Trula was an exceptional lady who was an inspiration to all that knew her. She loved her family, especially her granddaughter, Anka, the mountains and most of all, her Lord. Although she has entered the portals of heaven, her loving smile and kindred spirit will live on in our memories forever. One day we will be together again."

Survivors include her son: Randall Cronk of Thailand; a very special granddaughter: Anka Cronk of Nashville; two half-sisters: Patsy Gunter Arnold and Reba Gunter Belt, both of Greeneville; four half-brothers and their wives: Harley and Marlene Gunter of Dandridge, Grover and Betty Gunter of Greeneville, Walter and Carolyn Gunter of Chuckey and Floyd and Nellie Gunter of Knoxville; one sister-in-law: Marie Gunter of Greeneville; three sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Robbins, Joan Smith, and Bessie Cronk, all of Michigan; her former daughter-in-law and her husband: Golf and Randy Hudgens of Nashville; a number of nieces and nephews; a special great-niece: Brooke Murphy of Greeneville; several great-nieces and great-nephews; two very special ladies, who were like aunts to her: Pearl Morgan and Charlotte Doughty, both of Greeneville; several cousins; her special friends: the staff of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries; her "East Tennessee" traveling partners: Richard and Sandra Hall, and daughter, Rachel, of Hendersonville; and all of Mrs. Cronks friends and church supporters in a number of states and around the world.

Mrs. Cronk was preceded in death by her mother: Kate House Gunter; her father and stepmother: Manley and Pearlie Gunter; a half-sister: Betty Jo Martin; two half-brothers: Maynard House and Garland Gunter; and her special "mom and dad": the Rev. Paul and Nelle Woolsey.

The Cronk family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home.

A memorial service will follow visitation at 4 o'clock in the funeral home chapel. Dr. Charles Thigpen will officiate. Pallbearers will include her brothers and Curtis Murphy.

A special presentation will be given by the Free Will Baptist International Missions and by The Gideons International.
Interment will follow in the Shelton Mission Church Cemetery.

In keeping with Mrs. Cronk's ministry and wishes to spread God's word, the family asks that Bibles be donated to Thailand or India in memory of Mrs. Trula Gunter Cronk.
Please make donations to: The Gideon International Association; P.O. Box 214, Afton, TN 37616, or Gideons International; P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 Attn.: Craig Warner. Please specify that all donations are to go to India or Thailand.

Condolences may be sent to the Cronk family online at

--From Greenville Sun 
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  Daniel Richard Cronk (1923 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Shelton Mission Cemetery
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Apr 23, 2012
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A Free Will Baptist missionary to India, with husband, Rev. Daniel Cronk, from 1948-1972.Thank you.
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 Added: Apr. 23, 2012

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