Robert C. Crawford

Robert C. Crawford


Bob Crawford, 85, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013 after a period of declining health. He was the Patriarch of the family providing unyielding support and love at all times, famously known for his magnificent sense of humor, intellect and lovely poetry.

Born in Gastonia, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Winston and Sallie Moore Crawford. He served in WWII in the Navy. After the war, he graduated from NC State University in 1952 majoring in Textile Chemistry. A career with the Celanese Corporation brought him and his family to Greenville in 1964 as production manager of Fiber Industries later serving as Plant Manager until 1968. He then joined Dan River, Inc. as President of the Floor covering Division, better known locally as "Wunda Weve" Carpets, a position held until his retirement.

He was very active in the Greenville Business and Civic Community for many years serving in leadership positions with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Greenville County United Way. His most prominent civic engagement was serving on the Area Commission for Greenville Technical College for over 33 years. He chaired the commission during Greenville Techs biggest growth period from 1992 to 2001. He played a major role in planning and implementing the development of Brasher, Greer and Northwest Satellite Campus locations. He guided the acquisition of McAlister Square and the integration of the University Center at McAlister Square. The Robert C. Crawford Administration Building is named in his honor.

Bob was a very active and faithful member of Taylors First Baptist Church serving as Deacon and the "Best" Sunday School Teacher ever for the Hugh Badger Sunday School Class. Collectively he taught Sunday School for over 45 years, just missing the family record by his father of over 50 years at Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC.

He is survived by his loving wife of nine years, Mary Frances Barlow Crawford, two daughters; Pamela C. Hand and husband, Steve; Susan C. Spongberg and husband, Scott; a stepson, Grant Barlow and wife, Julie; grandchildren, Brian Hand (Amy), Aiken; Rachel H. Richards (Chris), Columbia, Robert Hand (Ana), Taylors, Michelle S. Bailey, Knoxville, Matthew Spongberg, Lukas Spongberg, Ian Barlow, and Haley Barlow, all of Greer; great grandchildren, Alexander Hand, Aiken, Tinley Richards, Columbia; a brother-in-law, Bill Moss, Cramerton, NC and a nephew, Bruce Moss, Michigan.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 50 years, Louise Prince Crawford, his sister, Beattie Mass and brother, Roy Lewis Crawford.

Services will be held 11 am Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Mackey Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Jimmie Harley of Taylors First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 9:45 to 10:45 am.

Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The Hugh Badger Sunday School Class will act as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Greenville Technical College Foundation, PO Box 5616, Greenville,SC 29606, Attention: Quick Jobs with a Future Program Scholarship in memory of Robert C. Crawford, MS 6002.

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Published in The Greenville News on May 21, 2013