Caswell County native son Chuck Crumpton returned to his hometown of Yanceyville this past Saturday for a book signing for his first book entitled “The Jagged Journey,” released earlier this year.
Crumpton drank a few bottles of water as he caught up with old friends and made new ones while signing copies of his book — a autobiography and love letter to Caswell — inside Yanceyville’s Yoder’s County Market on a cold, rainy afternoon. His wife, Rana, and daughter, Katie, and son Charles were also in attendance.
“The foundation of my life was built in Caswell County,” Crumpton said. “It’s the people, who many of them came out today in honor of my parents and to be a part of this event and be a part of this book. I mention a lot of these people because they are a part of the fabric of my life, a part of what made me, the values and characters I was raised on and became the foundation of my life.”
“I could take hours and mention those people by name but I did mention most of them in my book.”
Not too long ago, Crumpton was sitting at the top of the mountain.
He held a senior leadership role at MCI (now Verizon) where he worked from a cozy office — complete with its own personalized view of Bank of America Stadium — on the 50th floor of the Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte.
“Growing up, even into early adulthood, I had a very Norman Rockwell view of life,” Crumpton said. “In my mind, every car should’ve been nicer, every house bigger, every job better for years and years and I was on that path to fulfill my Rockwell view of life when it crashed for me with both business and personal setbacks.”
Soon, Crumpton found himself in the valley.
Keeping in the theme of the theme of the past 20 years, Crumpton’s job was moved down to Atlanta, a move his then-wife didn’t want to make. It wasn’t long before Crumpton found himself moving from his tower office to his 50-foot tool shed.
“I went to the tool shed of my garage and opened it up and it was full of rakes and shovels. It was like a dust ball, a 50-foot dust ball,” Crumpton recalled, laughing. “So, from the 50th floor to a 50-foot tool shed. I took the tools out, painted the walls and put a mirror on the wall to give it the illusion of being bigger. I said to myself, ‘Today is hopefully the start of something beautiful, definitely something new, but something beautiful.”
Crumpton’s words proved prophetic as he went on to create Medpoint, LLC — a global consulting firm specializing in all aspects of quality assurance, regulatory and clinical affairs — in 2002.
According to Crumpton, it’s the people of Caswell he has to thank for his success.
“It’s the character of the people of Caswell County,” Crumpton said. “I’ve seen them celebrate with each other at weddings, cry with each other at funerals. I’ve seen them overcome a lot of stuff in their lives and still be able to love each other and one another and when you see that and they’re not isolated examples, they are widespread examples, it really teaches you a lot about common bonds and common threads and perseverance.”
The book chronicles Crumpton’s life responsibilities and relationships, his wins and losses, how he dealt with adversity and the growth he obtained.
“The book is about overcoming and it’s really designed, in addition to honoring my parents and my children, was to give people hope and encouragement that they can overcome anything,” Crumpton said. “So, I want people to read this book not because I want everybody to buy the book or make money, but that I believe everybody can really benefit from the book.”
As for sharing that message with his fellow Caswellians, the current Charleston, South Carolina, native was humbled to have the opportunity.
“I’m just incredibly humbled,” Crumpton said. “Writing the book, I didn’t write the book to sell books or solely for the money, but to truly honor the people who have literally in some cases carried me through the best and worst times of my life and to see those people come out and give that honor back, it’s humbling.”
“It was so humbling to see the room full of people on a cold, wet, rainy Saturday when there’s a thousand other things that we could do, in addition to sitting on the sofa, watching college football.”