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A quiet, humble mascot for Colleton County youth athletics

No matter where you travel, there are certain things you expect to find at any ball field or athletic contest. For example, chances are good you’ll see umpires, uniforms, concessions, scoreboards, fences, equipment, announcers, coolers, and so forth at most any sporting event. However, here in Colleton County, regardless of what sport is playing or the facility you are visiting, you can pretty much guarantee you’ll find James “Doc” Crosby in attendance.
“Doc” has lived his entire 72 years here in Colleton County. He met the love of his life Nancy Lee Broderick Crosby, early on: they grew up right across from each other on Savage Street. By all accounts this ideal couple shared a love that was uncommon, rarely apart from each other and never crossing words. “Doc” and Nancy had two children, Donny Crosby and Tammy Montjoy, who they raised in a home filled with love. “The love you only see in movies is what my mom and dad shared,” admitted their daughter, Tammy Montjoy. “They would go everywhere together, even the gas station. They never wanted to be apart from each other.”
In 2005, the Crosby family lost Nancy to a brain aneurysm while she was undergoing treatment for cancer. Before she passed, “Doc” was by her side 24 hours a day, even taking early retirement to be with her during her battle. The loss of Nancy Lee was hard on her soulmate, but he found solace in his daily trips to visit her resting spot at Glendale Memorial Cemetery. He also kept busy with his charitable church work and his commitment to visit the sick and suffering. In fact, a man of stronger faith would be difficult to find.
In addition, he fills his time by supporting his grandchildren and the youth of Colleton County in their sporting activities. In fact, it is quite common to find him at different events on the same evening. His presence is one that is seen and not heard. He is a quiet supporter and his calm presence is appreciated by not only the adults, but also the young athletes. “He comes out to support any child he knows is playing any sport,” said Jennifer Cox, parent of three very active athletes. “He is the perfect example of what a Christian man should be, always smiling and positive. He should be the mascot for Colleton County athletics.”
Another one of his biggest fans is Johnny Bell, the father of two athletes, who also volunteers his time to coach the youth of Colleton County. “Mr. Crosby is truly a great supporter of Colleton County youth athletics,” said Bell. “Whether it is softball, baseball, football or soccer, he can be found spectating and quietly supporting the kids of Colleton County almost anytime the gates are open.”
A few of “Doc’s” favorite athletes include his grandson, Jordan Crosby, who plays JV baseball for Colleton County High School and the 13U Palmetto Eagles, and his three granddaughters: Ashley Bouker, who played basketball; Taylor Montjoy, who plays soccer for CCHS and NASA; and Lyndsey Montjoy, who plays soccer for the Sparks. He also has a great-granddaughter, Payslee Barnes.
James “Doc” Crosby obviously believes that investing in the youth of our community is important. After all, his presence, actions and quiet support, speak volumes to those on, and off, the playing field. We could all stand to learn from him.

Cindy Crosby (606 Posts)