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Eletha Rodgers Crabtree

September 20, 1918 — July 24, 2023

Aiken, SC

Aiken – Mrs. Eletha Rodgers Crabtree, 104, passed away Monday, July 24, 2023.

Mrs. Crabtree was a lifelong resident of Aiken, and daughter of the late Claude and Bessie Whittle Rodgers.  She retired from SCE&G, and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.  She was also a volunteer for the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her son, James Claude (Clara) Crabtree, Germantown, MD; grandchildren, Marcos A. Crabtree and Elena Lee Crabtree.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James C. Crabtree; and sisters, Ellen Rodgers Peters, Gladys Rodgers Hahn, and Doris Rodgers George; and a brother, James C. Rodgers.

A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Crabtree will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 29, 2023, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeff Erbskorn officiating.  A reception will follow at the church.  Burial will be private in Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Can Hope (, or the Red Cross (

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday evening at SHELLHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, 924 HAYNE AVE., AIKEN, SC

Mrs. Crabtree’s online guest book may be signed by visiting

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Friday, July 28, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Shellhouse Funeral Home Inc

924 Hayne Ave SW
Aiken, SC 29801

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, July 29, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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St. Paul Lutheran Church

961 Trail Ridge Rd
Aiken, SC 29803

A reception will follow at the church.

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