Joseph Bishop Crowe

joseph crowe

Joseph Bishop Crowe, a longtime Atlanta real estate broker and devoted husband, father and grandfather, died on June 4, 2021. He was 77.

A native of Cartersville, Georgia, Joe was born on Oct. 22, 1943 to Joseph Bradley Crowe and Laurene Bishop Crowe. A standout student, he came to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a degree in industrial management in 1965. As a Yellow Jacket, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He also served six years in the Air Force Reserves.

Joe embarked on a successful career in commercial real estate and later shifted to residential real estate through a partnership with his wife Michael at Dorsey Alston Realtors. Their teamwork was an extension of a loving 47-year marriage that welcomed him into a boisterous family of 5 sisters; he was regularly found in the midst of a lively conversation with a brother-in-law, nephew or niece — always a Southern gentleman.

Joe’s devotion to his family, to Michael, and as the father of two daughters and three granddaughters, was extraordinary and impossible to overstate. From the moment his daughters were born, his commitment to them was manifested in selfless acts and immense pride demonstrated from the family dinner table to the Marist School stands – supporting his daughters both in their playing days, and as they became coaches of Marist’s basketball and lacrosse teams. He almost never missed a game.

Joe was an active community volunteer and especially devoted to Malachi’s Storehouse, an outreach ministry of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church dedicated to addressing food insecurity in metro Atlanta, providing food and clothing for those in need of emergency support.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Laura Kathryn Cartwright and his first wife, Claire Bindewald Crowe. He is survived by his wife Michael, daughters Kelly Crowe Mandy and Katie Crowe, son-in-law Scott Mandy, granddaughters Kayla Mandy, Scarlett Mandy and Alexandra Mandy, as well as two generations of adoring nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 12th at 11:00 a.m. Masks & registration for funeral service are required. Register at The family will receive condolences on Friday evening, June 11th at Marist School between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Malachi’s Storehouse (via or to Marist School (3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta GA 30319 or via; please note the gift is in memory of Joe Crowe).

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  1. Kelly says:

    Love you dad

  2. Lynda Hall says:

    I will miss Joe’s always smiling face & very kind manner. He was, indeed, a real Southern Gentleman. Rest in the Peace of the Lord. A life well lived & job well done, Joe.

  3. Anne Conover says:

    A true gentleman with a wonderful laugh and smile. Saint Joe has arrived at home. I’ll miss him.

  4. Patti Owen-Smith says:

    Such a kind, gentle man. Rest in peace, dear Joe. My love goes to Michael and the entire family.

  5. Jane Kelly says:

    Joe, you lived a life full of love. We were lucky to have you in our lives- Jane, Tim, and family

  6. Arlyn and Bill Doherty says:

    We wish we had known Joe longer. We feel lucky and blessed that he and Michael took care of our house hunting. A true gentleman and so kind to us.

  7. George Lancaster says:

    Joe, you are and old and cherished friend. Your absence will leave a void in my life. Who’s going to call and remind me of Elvis’s birthday? You will be a great addition to heaven. God speed, my friend.

  8. Jeanne Strickler says:

    Joe was a wonderful, kind man who showed compassion and class in everything he did and was. We will miss his contagious smile, his quiet sensitivity and observing his strong love for his amazing Michael. Rest in peace, Joe. Your example is truly one to follow.

  9. Jennifer Atkins says:

    My childhood are full of memories at the Marcincrowes (did I get that right)? What a wonderful, gentle spirit. He will be missed, but remembered for many years to come with great fondness. May his memory be a blessing.

  10. Roberta Foley says:

    He was a well-respected, delightful, cheerful colleague. My heart goes out to the family. My sincere sympathy.

  11. Bonnie Dougherty says:

    A privilege to know Joe. We will always remember his contagious smile and twinkle in his eyes. A true gentle man. With sadness we send our sympathy to Michael and family. Love, Bonnie and Tom Dougherty

  12. Katherine Bever says:

    Sweet Joe
    You are a champion of Love ❤️
    You will be so missed by all. Your love for Michael runs so deep.and I loved experiencing your delight when your kids and Grandkids entered a room.
    You brought a special kindness to me, my brothers and sisters.
    You will be forever in my heart
    I love and admire you
    Love Katherine (aka Chickadee) and Michaell

  13. Sara Wynne says:

    How lucky we are to have spent so many wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays with the Crowe’s and Mandy’s. Joe, we will miss your sweet smile and kind words. How blessed we are to have known you.
    All our love,
    Sara, Chris, Michelle & Samantha Wynne

  14. Judy & Tom Perry says:

    Much love from all the Perrys — Judy & Tom, Drew, Neil and Josh and their families… miss you so very much, Joe …

  15. Judy Rainey Constantine says:

    Michael, I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Joe.His obituary & all the comments above are a testimony to the wonderful, kind person he was. I pray God will grant you much peace & comfort as you & your family move forward. I will keep you in my prayers♥️

  16. Becky and Mike Shelly says:

    Michael, it will be difficult not to see Joe from time to time. We saw too little of you both as our lives changed. But, we have great memories of all our times together – in business (we could write a book), as friends, our kids, LifeSprings(remember that?) and tons of other good times! Joe was one of a kind and the whole office loved him. Several of us girls wanted him as OUR husband!!!

    I can only imagine the sadness you and the family feels at this time and pray that time will make it easier

    Love, Becky and Mike

  17. Nancy DeLany says:

    So sorry for your loss! Joe was such a wonderful person so genuine and kind always. He will be missed by many!

    Love and prayers,
    Nancy DeLany

  18. Tito kalb says:

    Such a Sad day for all of us .Joe you will be so missed you will never know how much. We have laughed & cried together went through some Ups and downs . You were always there for all of us Bindewald’s … love and miss you RIP Joe .
    Tito Kalb

  19. CAROL KELLY says:

    A sweet gentleman; always gracious and thoughtful to all. Thanks, Joe, for sharing goodness. Love to the Crowes and extended family.
    Carol Kelly

  20. Frances Callen says:

    Oh how I miss you Joe. You were always there for us. Never mind the day you came for Thursday dinner and there was a carrot cake that I made and was saving to give to my Tech boyfriend (now husband) and ran downstairs because I heard you saying how delicious it was. I could not believe you cut into it but of course I couldn’t be mad at you because as soon as I heard that infectious laugh of yours, it made me crack up. Joe was an unbelievable brother in law that was always concerned about how things were going in your life. I find myself reminiscing over all the wonderful years we’ve had together especially at Christmas with you and Michael and Kelly, Scott and Katie and am beyond grateful that y’all have been in our lives. Joe will forever have a special place in our hearts Much love to all the Crowe family. Love Frances and John

  21. Pat and Bill Huff says:

    Joe and Michael have been our friends for many, many years. Joe was truly “Top Shelf”, the very best of the best.
    He was always easy going, smiling and friendly. We periodically enjoyed dinners with Joe and Michael at the
    Brickery Restaurant in Sandy Springs. We will definitely miss his smiling face and easy going manner. Semper Fi,
    flyboy. See you when we get there. Our very deepest and sincere condolences to Michael and their family.

  22. Chris Cartwright says:

    I love you Uncle Joey.

  23. June Anderson says:

    Michael, I am am so sadden. Joe was the most pleasant man in our office/company., Always had a kind word and was willing help anyone that need assistance. I don’t believe I ever heard him complain . He will truly be missed. What a gentleman. And he loved you and his family. Great human being. .Rest in Peace Joe Crowe. God has you now.

  24. Kathleen Kelly Meriac and family says:

    We were so sorry to learn of Joe’s illness and then his passing, to join others that are missed and loved. Every St Joe class reunion gave the opportunity to visit with this fine man, the husband of Michael and the brother-in-law of my brother. Always a smile and a kind interest in others. I know this husband, father, grandfather, and friend will be deeply missed.

  25. Jackie and Tim Huffman says:

    Our sweet Joe will be missed and remembered for the rest of our lives. Our family was so blessed to have Joe in our lives thank you Joe for all you did for us. You will be forever loved
    RIP Joe
    Love Tim and Jackie

  26. Charles McDonald says:

    Through the years, Joe and I shared many special moments. He was a friend and devoted family man. Joe will be missed, but not forgotten by those who shared time with this good man.

  27. Sally Alterman says:

    Michael, Kelly, and Katie, you had a great guy! His soft manner and smile will live with us. Bruce joins me in sending condolences and love.

  28. Maggie Kloby says:

    Michael, Kelly and Katie – We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Maggie, Dave, Eleanor and Spencer

  29. Stephanie Donner says:

    A very special Man who always looked after those he loved. I can only imagine that he will continue doing this with even more gusto!!

    Micheal,Kelly and Katie. I am so sorry for your loss. I will for sure miss him and his gentle smile at Bindewald gatherings.

    Much Love
    Stephanie Donner

  30. Peggy Johnson says:

    Michael. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Peggy Johnson

  31. Joe & Lynn Acerno says:

    Joe was a Gentleman’s Gentleman. He had a great demeanor and smile that would warm anyone’s heart. He did ours. We’ve had several meals with Michael and Joe and always had a grand time., Joe did love a good meal. We’ll miss you Joe, but we’ll always remember you. Rest in Peace, Joe.

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