Clarence E. Crawford, age 101, of Dudley, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Services will be held at 2:30 on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Dudley Baptist Church with burial to follow in Dublin Memorial Gardens. Rev. Billy Daws and Rev. Freddy Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00PM until service hour at the church.
Pallbearers will be Josh Crawford, Reid Crawford, T.J. Chesnut, Carter Crawford, Leonard Marr, Jay Thomas, and Will Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be the Duggan Weaver Sunday School Class of Dudley Baptist Church.
Clarence was born on March 22, 1917 in the mountains near Franklin, North Carolina. He learned the value of helping neighbors and hard work at a young age. After living through the Great Depression, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps before being called to serve in the Army during WWII. During the war he served in the Battle of Northern France, the Battle of Germany, the Battle of Central Europe, the Battle of Rhineland, the Battle of Ardennes which includes the Battle of the Bulge.
After the War he returned home and worked in logging and sawmills until being hired at Robins Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic. He was also a charter member of Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins where he served faithfully in the Children’s department. After retiring and moving to Dudley, he developed wonderful friendships with the people. He loved the people of Dudley Baptist Church, Dudley Methodist Church, and the residents and staff at Dublin Place.
His grandchildren and great grands bought him great joy. He loved gardening and riding his golf cart throughout the community. But, more than anything, he loved his Lord and would not hesitate to tell others about Him. He touched a lot of lives and will be greatly missed.
Clarence was preceded in death by his wives, Tommie Crawford and Ruth Sorrow-Crawford; parents, Harley and Minnie Tallent Crawford; brothers, Vivian Crawford, Cecil Crawford, and Sylvester Crawford; sisters, Vincil Marr, Blanche Cope, and Prellia Woody, and grandson, Bryan Phillips.
Survivors include his children, Chris and Carol Crawford, of Dublin, Penny and Charles Chesnut, of Tifton, Brenda Wilson, of Hawkinsville, and Sheila and Brad Phillips, of Metter; grandchildren, Josh and Cindy Crawford, of Dublin, Reid and Christiana Crawford, of Dublin, Ashley Chesnut, of Birmingham, AL, and T.J. Chesnut, of Framingham, MA; great-grandchildren, Jax Crawford, Cale Crawford, Bodey Crawford, and Huck Crawford and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family may be contacted at his home in Dudley.