Johnnie L. Crankfield, 66, of Steelton, PA died peacefully January 24 at home. He was born in Harrisburg, PA, the son of the late Allen, Jr. and Vera (Lindsey) Crankfield, and was a 1964 graduate of Steelton-Highspire High School. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, and retired from Hewlett Packard Corp. As a member of Beulah Baptist Church of Steelton, he served as a Teacher of the Discipleship Class, and with the Drama Ministry. In the community, Johnnie was a Past Master of Paxton Lodge #16 F&AM. He was a Steel-High Roller Fan, and was known as a good conversationalist and a great listener. In addition to his parents, Johnnie was preceded in death by his son, Jamie Allyn Crankfield. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sherlyn "Sherry" Crankfield; his sisters, Gladyes Smalls (Cheppelle) of Charlotte, NC and Kathy Jacobs (John); his brothers, Willie Griggs Crankfield, Collis (Vanessa), David (Rhonda) and Anthony (Amelia) Crankfield, all of Annapolis; and a host of other relatives and friends. His life will be celebrated at 12 Noon on Thursday, January 31, in the Sanctuary of his Church at 100 Livingston St., Steelton, PA, with a viewing from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Burial Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Johnnie to the Billie June Eichelberger Scholarship Fund at Beulah Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton, PA. www.majorhwinfieldfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Jan. 30, 2013