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Monday August 9th, 2021
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Tuesday August 10th, 2021
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Frank Moody Crawford Jr.

Frank Moody Crawford, Jr – Obituary

Sylva, NC – Frank Moody Crawford Jr., 89, passed away on August 5 at Care Partners in Asheville after a period of declining health.  Frank was born April 7, 1932, to the late Frank Moody Crawford Sr. and Edith Sherrill Crawford.  Frank is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances “Othello” Haskett Crawford; their two sons, Steve (and his wife Margie of Atlanta, Georgia) and Mike (and his wife Gina of Asheville); and five grandchildren, Jack, Brady (Kelsey), Margaret, Patrick, and Emily.  Also, surviving are his brother, Bill Crawford; his cousins, Anne Davis Melton, Mary Katherine Sherrill Lowder, Nancy Sherrill Wilson, Nancy Crawford Branch Wise, Doris Clemmons, and Jan Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.

Frank graduated from Western Carolina in 1954 and served with the U. S. Army from 1956 to 1958.  He worked at Dayco Corporation in Waynesville as an industrial engineer for ten years, before moving to the Mead Corporation in Sylva as a cost accountant until the plant closed in 1976.  He then returned to Dayco for three years until he got the opportunity to return to Sylva, where he worked with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as division accountant until retiring in June of 1994.

The church was always a very important part of Frank’s life. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Sylva, where he served as deacon, trustee, usher, church clerk, treasurer, and a leader with the Royal Ambassadors, a missions organization for boys.  He enjoyed working with the Handy Man program at First Baptist and on the grounds of the church.  After retiring, Frank volunteered with Habitat For Humanity and Neighbors In Need.  Frank made friends easily and was a friend to all.

Frank was also proud to be an Eagle Scout and was a leader with the Cub Scouts when his boys were young.  He also coached their Little League baseball team.

Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva is honored to be caring for the Crawford family, who will receive friends 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, August 9.  Funeral services will be at First Baptist Church of Sylva at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 10, and the burial will be in Keener Cemetery in Sylva.

The family thanks the staff of Care Partners for the excellent care they provided Frank in his final days and wants to give a special thanks to Frank’s caregivers at home, Arlene Christian and Marie Connor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the “Raise The Roof” campaign at First Baptist Church of Sylva, 669 West Main St., Sylva, NC 28779.

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So sorry to hear about Frank. He was such a wonderful man. We thought the world of him. May the Lord Bless you all. You are in our prayers.

Thad & Leeunah (Lee) Woods Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Scott & Betsy Crawford

Scott Crawford Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

To the Family of Frank Crawford, I've known Frank since August 1945 - 8th grade. He was always 2 months younger than me! I appreciate him organizing activities in high school and our class reunions thereafter for Sylva High School Class of 1950. He will Surely be Missed! Thinking of and Praying for You All, James(Jim) Turpin 828-667-1444

James Turpin Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frank Crawford Jr.

Paula Ashe Luckadoo Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

Kathleen Wilson Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frank Crawford Jr.

Kathleen Wilson Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

Othello, Steve and Mike, I was so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Frank always had kind words and a big hug whenever I saw him! I will always have great memories of our vacations to Fripp Island! I know EJ and Jack will be happy to rejoice in heaven with their golfing buddy! Prayers for all of you!

Paula Ashe Luckadoo Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

Othella and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Frank was one of the finest men I have known. My mother, Allie Huff, loved him dearly. When I took her to church, something I did on many Sundays after attending the early service in my church in Skyland, Frank was always there to speak to her and to welcome me home. His was an exemplary and selfless Christian. With sympathy, Alice Huff Hart

Alice Hart Aug 8 2021 12:00 AM

I have the fondest of memories of visiting NC when I was young and my Uncle Frank was a big part of those. He was always very happy and positive and fun to be around.

Andrew Herring Aug 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frank Crawford Jr.

Andrew Herring Aug 7 2021 12:00 AM

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