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John Calvin Crawford III

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CRAWFORD, John, III JOHN CALVIN CRAWFORD, III John Calvin Crawford III of Atlanta, Ga died of pancreatic cancer on July 4, 2008, at Hospice Atlanta. He was born in Maryville, TN, on March 23, 1937, the son of John C. Crawford, Jr., and America Crawford. He graduated from Maryville High School in 1955 and from Davidson College in 1959. After college he served three years in the U. S. Navy as a communications officer aboard the flagship of the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet. He continued his military career in the Naval Reserve, retiring after 21 years of service with the rank of Commander. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1966 and joined his family law firm in Maryville, where he practiced with his father and his uncle. In 1973 he was named Assistant District Attorney. In 1978 he was elected Circuit Court Judge handling primarily criminal cases. He served on the boards of directors of Child and Family Services, the Maryville Community Theatre, and the Blount County Council for the Arts. He was a lifetime member and elder of New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville and served on the Synod's Permanent Judicial Commission. He retired to Atlanta in 1990. There he was a member of the Decatur Civic Chorus, the Greater Atlanta Rose Society, a volunteer at the Atlanta Branch of the National Archives and tutored in adult literacy programs. Among his interests were genealogical research, collecting art, and his German Shepherd dogs. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Crawford Thorsen (Tom) of Atlanta; his brother, Duncan Crawford (Margaret Ellen) and his uncle Roy Crawford (Dorothy) of Maryville; six nieces and nephews: John Chesnutt (Julie), Maggie Chesnutt (Bill Goolsby), Rebecca Crawford, and Adam Crawford of Atlanta; Tom Chesnutt (Paula Fitzgerald) of Cardiff, CA, and Carol Chesnutt (Paul Winer) of Fairfield, IA. Seven great nieces and nephews: Dara, Henry, Jefferson, and Taylor Chesnutt, Jonathan Breeling, and Philip and Chase Winer. A Memorial Service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, July 27 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St., SW, Atlanta, 30303; New Providence Presbyterian Church, 704 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801; or to Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30319. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH in Marietta 770-420-5557
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 13, 2008
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