Robert L. Crutchfield, 74, president and CEO of Union City nonprofit Christian City from 1993 to 2015, died Sept. 20 at Hospice Atlanta in Brookhaven following complications from the nerve disease known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the nonprofit recently announced.

“He was a truly honorable man,” Carl Ryden, nonprofit chaplain, said in a statement. “Bob came to Christian City as one who felt called of God to serve.”

Ryden said Crutchfield was known as a man of humility and integrity.

“His highest aim for Christian City was the continuance of our ministry commitment and the spiritual well-being of our resident community,” Ryden said.

The nonprofit opened in 1965 as a home for boys.

Its campus includes the Children’s Village for abandoned, abused and neglected minors, four subdivisions of senior patio homes, four senior apartment complexes, a thrift store, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living and personal care home and two specialty units for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Crutchfield retired in 2015 due to his declining health.

Len Romano succeeded him in December of that year.

“Bob’s legacy will live on at Christian City,” Romano said in a statement. “His dedication to the ministries was evident in his strong leadership.”

According to the nonprofit, Crutchfield attended East Atlanta High School, where he excelled in basketball.

He married his high school sweetheart Judi, who survives him, in 1963.

Crutchfield earned a bachelor of business administration in 1971 from Georgia State University, then worked for the Fish and Wildlife Administration.

He obtained a real estate license in 1980 and had a commercial real estate career until joining the nonprofit in 1993.

“Bob was a faithful servant leader,” Children’s Village Chief Operating Officer Philip Kouns said in a statement. “We will remember him as a strong, gifted and capable leader during the more than two decades he served as CEO. He demonstrated a genuine love and interest in caring for both the children and seniors living at Christian City.”

Survivors also include Crutchfield's sons Robert and Joel and his brother James.

A memorial service was held Sept. 24 at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.

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