Funeral service for Mr. Charles Frank Crawford, Sr., age 85, of Fayetteville, TN, will be conducted at 3 PM on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Higgins Funeral home with Rev. Whitney Mitchell officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 1 PM until 3 PM on Saturday. Bob Gray, Buford Huskey, Gene Holt, and Mr. Crawford’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. He will be interred at Riverview Memorial Gardens.
He was the son of Judge Taylor and Lucy Morgan Crawford and was born October 6, 1932 in Smithland Tennessee. He graduated from Fayetteville Central High School in 1951. During his high school years, he was the Midstate Novice Bantamweight Golden Gloves Champion, played on the undefeated (during regular season) football team and was president of Central’s Future Farmers of America chapter. He received a degree in Agriculture from Tennessee Tech. The day after he graduated from Tennessee Tech he joined the United States Army. His time in service was spent in Massachusetts and Germany. After the conclusion of his military service, he came back home and began his teaching career at Flintville High School. It was at Flintville where he met and married the love of his life Patricia Holt. Frank was a fast operator. He courted and married her in less than three months. He moved from Flintville to Lynchburg (where he also coached football) and then moved to Huntland. He found a more profitable teaching job in civil service at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville where he taught electronics missile maintenance and repair to our troops and the troops of our allies. He retired after 27 years of service. He also managed Crawford Farms and Crawford Brother Farms for decades.
His family was very blessed by Frank’s many accomplishments. One of their favorites was when he coached his son Patrick’s baseball team. The first season they won no games. The final season they went undefeated in their regular season games.
He was a member of Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, his son Charles Frank Crawford, Jr. (Terri), daughter Luanne Kidd (David), son Patrick Crawford and six grandchildren Andrew Kidd (Kaitlyn) of Murfreesboro, Joseph Kidd of Atlanta, Taylor Kidd of Knoxville, Charles Frank Crawford, III, Holland Morgan Crawford, and Barclay Taylor Crawford. He is also survived by a brother Walter Crawford of Nashville, and preceded in death by his parents and an older brother Barclay Crawford of Burns, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church Building Fund at 200 Elk Ave N, Fayetteville, TN 37334 or ADM Frank B. Kelso II Scholarship Fund at 114 Brookemeade Circle, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Patsy and family; I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing Frank during my years in Fayetteville. He was such a friendly man and seemed to be happy all the time. He was a joy to be around.
Patsy, Chuck and family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Frank was fortunate to have a loving, caring family as you are. I pray for comfort for you during this sad time.
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
To the Crawford family,
Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you all during this sad time. Mr. Frank was a good neighbor for many years and always very happy and nice to speak when we would pass. I know he will be missed by each of you but please rest knowing you all took very good care of him until the end. Love and prayers for you all!
Lenace Hyde Vaughn
Know my thoughts and prayers (as well as all our family) are with you. I know memories will be cherished.
Patsy and Family,
Sorry to read of the passing of Frank. He was a wonderful man. I will always remember the time that Jeremy hit the baseball and the ball hit Frank. He was so good with the baseball team and loved children. Blessed be!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time!!
Luanne and David
So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you.
Anne and Joe Luther
So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Your dad will be missed by so many. Find comfort in knowing that he touched the hearts and lives of so many and that he will live in their memories as well as your own.
Chip and Alicia MonCrief, Huntsville
Prayers for you and his family!
So sorry for your loss Patsy. I have always thought a lot of Frank. He was a very good man, husband, and father. I know he will be greatly missed. Our prayers will be with you and his family.
Mrs. Patsy, Luanne, Chuck and families, I’m so sorry to hear of your loved ones passing but I know he is not suffering any more so for that you can praise God for taking him to his heavenly home where you can someday see him again. May God comfort you and give you peace .
We are so very sorry to hear of the death of our beloved friend, Frank. We will always love his precious family and him and his memory and the memories we all have together. Patsy, God bless you and all of the family. With much love.
Chuck and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was much loved and will be missed greatly. My prayers are with you.
Chuck I’m so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
your family is in our prayers. GOD be with you in your time of sorrow.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the families.