Billy Crawford, the youngest son born to the late Stewart and Cora Crawford on Aug. 8, 1931 was called home to Heaven on Monday morning, Oct. 7, 2013. At an early age, he confessed Christ as his savior and joined Kesler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, where he was a faithful member for many years. In his later years, he joined First Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully until his death.
Billy attended the public schools of Anson County and was a 1948 graduate of Anson County Training School. Billy played varsity basketball and was awarded a basketball scholarship to North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro. While at A&T, he sustained a sports injury that shortened his college basketball career. Bill then started working part-time on nights and weekends at the Sagefield Inn with his cousin, Dr. Otis Tillman, M.D.
After four years of education, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1958.
Bill was employed with Anson Correctional Institution in Polkton for over 30 years. He retired as a lead programmer in 1996. After retirement, he worked as a security guard for Richard Allen, API, and also held two special positions as a sitter and a greeter at Wadesboro IGA and Walmart. He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Ruth Elizabeth McLendon Crawford, whom he met while in college. He loved and adored Ruth, and their union lasted for 42 years. He was also preceded in death by his son, Ronald Gaddy and his brother, James Crawford.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories one son, Jamie Crawford (Amethra) of Wadesboro; six grandchildren, Dyral Shankle, Jermaine Shankle, Jamie Crawford Jr., Jaquan Shankle, Aaliyah Crawford and Ebony Crawford, all of Wadesboro; one great-grandson, Jermaine Shankle Jr.; a special cousin, Dr. Otis Tillman, M.D., (Barbara) of High Point; three sisters, Eunice McGee, Lorinza Joyner and Rachel Graham; and special friends, Edna Burns and Betty Broadway; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.