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just a few years ago. “I got to a point in 2015 that I realized I had to change some things. I was in poor shape,” Crocker said. “This is a lesson I learned later than I should have. Attorney wellness is an issue, because law- yers tend to be overworked and extremely busy and don’t make time for others and themselves.” Married with two children, Crocker made a commitment to put the long work hours aside, start exercising and put a priority on activities with family and community involvement. He now runs regularly and has completed two marathons as a personal challenge. “I dropped 75 pounds and developed a passion for being healthy,” Crocker said. “That gave me a new perspective. Being a lawyer is my profession, but that’s not who I am.” Defining the “who” is simple to Crocker: a husband, father, runner and community servant. “If you care about your community, like you care about family and your job, you have to order your time and not let it become overwhelming,” Crocker said. With his late father, Dr. Francis Crocker, having worked as a well-known surgeon through Cull- man Regional, Crocker had no hesitancy devoting time as a board member of the Cullman Regional Foundation. As a non-profit, fundraising arm for the hospi- tal, the foundation has raised hundreds of thou- sands of dollars for medical equipment and room renovations. “The hospital has done so much for this com- munity through the years, and for me it keeps me close to what my father accomplished,” Crocker said. “There’s not a week that goes by that some- one doesn’t tell me a story about things he did to help people with his skill and talent. It helps me to know him better.” Crocker, above all else, has directed more of his energy into family life. His sons, Henry, 10, and Charles, 4, have grow- ing interests in sports and other activities. “I’m involved in my older son’s athletics, and will be with my other son when he reaches that time,” Crocker said. “There’s a strong athletic background in our family, especially with my wife (Emily), who was an All American golfer at Rhodes College in Memphis.” Champ Crocker Profession: Attorney Community Involvement: Cullman Regional Foundation member Chairman of Cullman County Community Development Commission Family: wife, Emily Burch Crocker, former All American golfer; sons: Henry 10 & Charles, 4; mother, Diane Crocker; father, the late Dr. Francis Crocker Activities: Running marathons, law school instructor Pepper Hoover of Wallace State Community College, left, receives the Commitment To A Cause award fromCullman Regional Foundation member Champ Crocker PATRICK LANEY Cullman magazine | SUMMER 2019 11