MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – The Montgomery arts community mourns the loss of a “great light.”

Philanthropist Elizabeth Burford Crump passed away peacefully from injuries sustained in a recent fire at her lifelong family home in Montgomery, according to an obituary.

Director and organizer of the Cloverdale Playhouse, Crump has contributed both on and off stage at the Montgomery Little Theater. His work in the arts community helped pave the way for the Cloverdale Playhouse.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Cloverdale Playhouse said it was saddened to share the loss of a “great light” in the community. and stated that “the Cloverdale Playhouse would not have been possible without his guidance and generosity”.

When establishing the Cloverdale Playhouse, the board named the auditorium stage in her honor.

“As our audience crosses the lobby and enters the Elizabeth Crump Theater, we hope everyone will be filled with gratitude to her for the countless ways she has encouraged, supported and shaped the artistic community that we benefit from today. Her unwavering care and support for the region’s many arts organizations, her encouragement of successful young artists, her passion and dedication to the community are a burning light that must be perpetuated in remembrance, ”the message added.

The Playhouse says it is indebted to Crump and his family for their contributions to the arts community and others.

There will be a visitation at 9:45 am Tuesday, followed by a service of life celebration at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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