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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 13, 2020

Former Knox County prosecutor William “Bill” Crabtree died Feb. 9 at the age of 77. Crabtree grew up in Loudon County and served in the U.S. Marine Corps before earning a law degree from the University of Tennessee. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1975 and worked as a solo practitioner before joining the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office in 1976. He retired in 2016. In addition to handling a number of high profile cases, Crabtree will be remembered for being at the forefront of prosecutor training and development in Tennessee and across the country. A memorial service will be held Feb. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville 37902. Receiving of friends will follow in the church’s Great Hall. Obituary details were provided by the Knoxville Bar Association. WBIR has this profile of Crabtree's career.