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Harry Clark Crawford, Jr. was born on March 25th, 1936, the second eldest of seven children born to Harry Clark Crawford and Estella Mae Stroman Crawford in East Columbia,Texas.
Harry accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He attended elementary school at the historical Rosenwald Columbia School in East Columbia, Texas . In 1955, he graduated from the historical Charlie Brown High School in West Columbia, Texas, as the Valedictorian. He furthered his education by attending Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Harry was a talented football player and had the privilege of playing in the PVIL 1A State Football Championship alongside his brother, William Crawford, in 1953.
Harry C. Crawford, Jr. married Doris Jean Holland in 1959. This union was blessed with two sons: Kermit R. Crawford and Harry C. Crawford, III. On December 26th, 1989, Harry was united in holy matrimony with Ruth Alexander and became a loving and devoted father to son Stephon Davis. At the time of his passing, Ruth was lovingly at his side. Their enduring bond and shared journey of over 34 years was a source of strength and comfort until the very end.
Harry loved to work with his hands and had an extensive career as a plant operator for Monsanto in Chocolate Bayou, Texas. He then joined Union Carbide, which became Praxair, as a machinist and retired in 1998 after 25 years of dedicated service.
Harry was a faithful member of Christian Hope Baptist Church. He served for more than 50 years, becoming a Deacon under the leadership of the late Pastor Herbert Stroman, his beloved uncle. After his uncle’s passing, he continued this dedication under the pastoral care of Reverend Kenneth W. Stroman and was presented with the “Pastor’s Choice Award” for his many years of service. Harry loved Christian Hope, but over the past few years his health began to fail and prohibited his weekly physical attendance of sitting on the front row in church services.
Harry’s hobbies included working on and rebuilding cars in his early years. He also en-joyed working on and admiring his lawn. Later in life, he enjoyed putting on his crisp, starched and creased jeans, and fine smelling cologne, only to lounge in his recliner and watch his favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Astros. Harry was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, godfather, brother-in-law, and cousin who very much loved and took pride in his family.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, At the age of 87, Deacon Harry Clark Crawford, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home, with his loving wife by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings (William H. Crawford, John M. Crawford, Cora M. Thurston), one nephew (Sean R. Knight), niece (Carolyn Thurston) and god-son (Darnell Fluellen).
He is also survived by his wife, Ruth Alexander Crawford; sons, Kermit R. Crawford (Tina), Rev. Harry C. Crawford, III (Paulette), and Stephon Davis; eight grandchildren: Victoria Crawford (Adrian), Rev. Harry C. Crawford, IV (Lola), Leaster D. Crawford (Stephanie), Kennedy E. Crawford, Alex Davis, Stephon Davis, Jr., Megan Davis, Jasmine Wilkinson; eight great-grandchildren: Harry C. Crawford, V, Armani Crawford, Jordan Crawford, Julian Crawford, Justus Crawford, Joshua Crawford, Jaden Crawford and Jorden Crawford; one great-great-grandson, Cash Crawford; two brothers, Granville Crawford (Charito), and James P. Crawford (Janice); one sister, Marian E. Knight; aunt, Rosa L. Stroman; god-daughter, Carla Hatch (Fluellen) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Harry will be remembered for his tremendous will to live. His warmth, love, smile and wisdom will be dearly missed by all who knew him. May cherished memories bring comfort during this difficult time.