Ex-Belle Meade mayor passes away

Crook's career extended into city's advertising, auto sales sectors

George Crook, a former mayor of Belle Meade, passed away Monday at the age of 74 due to complications from lung cancer.

Crook was elected commissioner of the City of Belle Meade in 2000 and from that post served two terms as mayor of Davidson County's most historically influential satellite community. Well known in business, Crook was perhaps most recognized in the community as a whole as the founding partner of what has become Thoroughbred Motorcars. He is pictured here alongside his wife of 45 years, Emily Keeble Crook, at this year's Swan Ball.

Current Belle Meade Mayor Gray Thornburg said of Crook's passing: "I served as a commisioner with him and truly enjoyed it. He had time for everybody, always greeted everyone with a smile, and you can bet he was always talking cars. He loved old cars and always had a deal working for someone. He was a great guy, a great influence, and a force of power and energy in the city. He will be greatly missed."

Thornburg added that the flags of the City of Belle Meade are now flying at half-staff in Crook's honor.

According to information released by the family, Crook began work in the early 1960s at WSM Radio and TV soon after joined with Paul Harmon to enter the advertising business to launch what would become Harmon and Crook. After serving as president of the Nashville Advertising Federation in 1976, Crook changed paths.

"He retired from the firm in 1976 to focus on his other business interests, which included Scott Welch Motors (later Thoroughbred Motorcars), Ebbtide Boats, and Marine Concepts, in each of which he was a founding partner," the family info reads. "George was a creative thinker who, with his SkyCar Corporation, conceived the idea of shared private aircraft. In 1986, he founded The Motorcar Company, an automobile brokerage business, which he managed until his retirement in 2004. Until his death he remained active in the car business as an associate at Dixie Motors."

In addition to his wife, Crook is survived by his daughter, Katherine K. Crook of Winston-Salem, N.C., and his son, George W. Crook Jr. and his wife Kristin of Franklin.

Visitation with the family will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at his home at 580 Jackson Blvd. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday at 2 pm. Burial will be private.