Tisha Lynette Crittenden was born on Jan. 15, 1974, in Bryson City, N.C., to Robert and Lorraine Crittenden. Unexpectedly and sadly, she spread her wings and ascended to her Heavenly home on Dec. 21, 2020.

She had a warrior spirit for activism and combating injustice, as she drew strength and inspiration from her two heroes, the late Lorraine J. Crittenden and Dr. MLK Jr., whom she blessingly and appropriately shared the same birth date on Jan. 15.

Tisha resided in Cullowhee, N.C., and was a baptized member of Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva, N.C. Her time on earth was dedicated to caring for her parents and battling injustice, specifically in the areas of healthcare and the justice system.

She graduated from Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, N.C., in 1991. She earned both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in criminal justice/public affairs from Western Carolina University while being a clinical study from completing a second master’s degree in counseling from Grand Canyon University.

Tisha is survived by her father, Robert E. Crittenden (Lorraine); a brother, Micky Crittenden (Gail); a special niece of great pride and joy, Kalisi Raihna Crittenden; a host of aunts, great-aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Homegoing services were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City, N.C. Her family received guests at 1 p.m. Dec. 29, 2020.

May God Bless You and Keep You during this time of mourning and sadness. “PEACE, Be Still” ~ Our Lord, Yeshua Hamashiac.