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Our team of licensed directors along with the directors assistants adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. 

Chaplain Kenneth Brewster, CFSP, CPC, Funeral Director, Manager, Owner, 3rd Generation, Notary, Pre-Planning Consultant
Office Phone: 718-558-0921
Fax: 718-558-0924
Mobile Phone: 917-217-4141

Born and raised by my strong, loving mother in Brooklyn, NY, my education started at Epiphany Lutheran Elementary School, then continuing at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. After graduating in 1986, I continued my studies in engineering at SUNY Farmingdale. Not stopping there,  I earned an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Nassau Community College and became a New York State Licensed Funeral Director. I am the Manager, Executive Director and third generation of Crowe’s Funeral Home, Inc. in Jamaica, NY. Crowe’s Funeral home has been in existence for 64 years and was founded by the late Samuel A. Crowe.  With my leadership, Crowe’s Funeral Home has concern about the well being of our families and continues to provide outstanding service to the Queens community.  I have held Pre-Need seminars throughout Queens and informs all who are interested about the necessary steps to take prior to and during the loss of their loved ones. Because of the continuous heartfelt concern for the families that I have served, my objective is to further my education in the area of Grief Counseling.

My professional memberships include:
New York State Funeral Directors Association
National Funeral Directors Association
Empire State Funeral Directors Association
Brooklyn/Long Island Funeral Directors Association
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association  

Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Middle Island Fire Department
Department Chaplain of the Middle Island Fire Department
Fire Commissioner, Chairman of the Middle Island Fire District
Member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Federation of Christian Chaplains, Inc.
New York State Association of Fire Chaplains
Latin/African American Chaplains Association State of New York

In February, 2006, I fulfilled a lifetime dream of becoming a Volunteer Firefighter for Middle Island Fire Department. I was appointed as Chaplain for the Fire Department.  I also became the 1st African American Member of the Department. In 2012, I was voted in by the Middle Island Tax Payers as Fire Commissioner of the Middle Island Fire District. Despite my busy schedule, I manage to care for those in need in both the community I work in and the community I reside in.  As a member of Bethany Baptist Church, I have served on the Pastor’s Anniversary Committee, Pastor’s Aide and currently is the Chairperson of Publicity and Co-Chairperson of the Banquet Committee for Bethany’s 80th Anniversary.  Outside of Bethany Baptist Church, I also support the Ministers of other churches in the community. I also volunteer my time and sponsor various youth activities throughout the communities of Queens, such as Springfield Rifles Football team of Springfield Gardens and Miss Teen USA. When opportunity arises, I visit the elderly who are ill at hospitals and nursing homes. With God in my life, along with my wife of 15 years, all things are possible.  

Ebony Smith, Office Manager

Melvina Ward, Funeral Director

Christina Millwood, Intern

Jocelyn Whiting, Funeral Director

Deacon Clarence Middleton,, Executive Directors Assistant

Member of Bethany Baptist Church
Jamaica, NY

Deacon Lewis McCain, Directors Assistant

Member of Bethany Baptist Church
Chairman of Deacon Board

Deacon John Butler, Directors Assistant

 After forty years of service, JOHN BUTLER retired from the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County where he held the position of Senior Law Librarian. Prior to transferring to the State system, Mr. Butler worked as Librarian and served in most of the public libraries in Southeast Queens. Mr. Butler worked was totally immersed in the development of Langston Hughes Library and Culture Center. Twenty-five of his forty years of service were completed in the public library system.

 John Butler has achieved a degree in Social Studies, Business Degree Certification in secondary education from the College of Emporia, Kansas and a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Urban, Illinois, and did further work in the area of advanced urban studies at York College.

 Serving the United States Army and completed a tour in Vietnam.

Mr. Butler commits volunteer time and efforts to:

• The Chair of the Social Concerns Committee of Springfield Gardens Queens. He has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Fiscal Secretary, and more for the group. Social Concerns is a vendor Agency which provides Home Attendants for the sick and home bound.
• The Chair of the Robert Couche Senior Center, Board of Directors, guiding them to provide programs for their seniors.
• The "Friends of Roy Wilkins Park".
• Mr. Butler is a staff person at Crowe's Funeral Home
• He is also a Board Member at J-CAP

Mr. Butler has memberships in:
• American Vets (Life member)
• Member and former president and vice president of Gamma Rho Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
• Silver Life Member of the NAACP
• Former member of American Library Association, as well as the New York Library System
• Member of the 223rd Street Bock Association

John Butler teaches Sunday School at Bethany Baptist Church, South Jamaica where he has served as:
• Assistant Sunday School Superintendent
• Sunday School Superintendent
• Trustee
• Church Van Driver
• Ordained Deacon

Mr. Butler is the father of one son Jon-Michael Butler of Florida; one daughter Johnda Butler Neazer of New Jersey, one grandson and two granddaughters.

Darral Hilton, Directors Assistant

Lance Robinson, Directors Assistant

Member of Bethany Baptist Church
Jamaica, NY

Nat Anderson, Directors Assistant

Dexter Boller, Directors Assistant

Rev. Melvin Taylor, Directors Assistant

Rev. Dr. Frankco Harris, Musician

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