John Walton Crawford
John Walton Crawford
  • November 4, 1957 - October 19, 2017
  • Apex, North Carolina

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There are a few things in life you just don't ever want to do; grab a toy dinosaur out of a dirty toilet, eat a cheerio out of a child's diaper, and write the obituary of the man who made me who I am today. This past weekend, we were blessed with a weekend at the beach, a beach trip full of memories, of fun, of laugher, and of Dad reeling in a "monster fish" as described by his favorite grandchildren (Osley -5; Shepherd - 2; Crawford - 2; and Knox - 3 months). Legacy is a hard subject to comprehend, however, its magnitude is apparent, once someone is gone. The Legacy that my dad leaves in this world is evident today in how I live my life, how my sister (Janna Crawford Bass) lives her life, and how his "bride" (Teresa Crawford) will continue to live hers. We have been blessed with countless memories, all of which will forever bring a smile. Memories include hiking, fishing, duck blinds, ice skating, lake trips, ballgames, and folding socks on Sundays while watching a football game. Memories that I will continue to pass down to my children as I emulate the man who raised me and taught me to be the man I am today.

Siblings Joe (Phyllis), Jeff (Sylvia), and Jane (Louis) are also saddened. I am thankful that they too can recount numerous funny stories of younger years in Louisiana where dad loved the woods, golf, and almost anything that took him outdoors.

His Legacy will continue and his faith will continue to transcend generations as I know my wife (Casey Crawford) and I, my sister and her husband (Tyler Bass), and his "Bride" will ALL see him again one day in Heaven. I bet his mom and dad (Neet and Pep Crawford) are all smiles at the reunion that has taken place.

A celebration of my dad's life will be on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2pm in the Salem Baptist Church Worship Center. A time to visit with the family and enjoy a "sweet treat" will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. (Yes, my dad loved desserts.)

My dad had a servant heart; therefore, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are requested to the Building Fund at Salem Baptist Church in Apex, NC or to the NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief fund.

Cancer did not win but Jesus did. My dad has been healed and a faithful servant has joined the Kingdom. I hope they enjoy splitting wood in Heaven.

Your Loving Son (on behalf of our entire Crawford family),