Words: Terrell Manasco | Image: Blakeney Clouse
As a small boy, Jeris Crump loved playing in a sawdust pile under the table saw in his grandfather’s shop. “They’d fix me a small garbage bag of sawdust and I’d take it home and play with my little Matchbox trucks,” he remembers.
Within a few years, Jeris was cutting wall ornaments from wood with a jigsaw and selling them for a few dollars. That led to building birdhouses for people, and it grew from there.
The little boy who played in sawdust now makes his own. Now the owner of Jeris Crump Service and Construction, Inc., he is a State of Alabama Licensed Homebuilder and State of Alabama Licensed General Contractor who does both residential and commercial work. “I took the test back when you took it with pencil and paper. I didn’t get grandfathered in,” Jeris says.
In 25 years of business, Jeris has built, rebuilt, and remodeled countless homes and businesses.
Whether he’s using blueprints or plans drawn on a napkin, he thrives on being creative and making customers happy. “I like the freedom of expression,” Jeris says. “I can work with people to get them what they want.” 78