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CMSGT Norman D. Crawford, USAF (Ret.), was passed into the hands of our Lord on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at the age of 83. He was born August 24, 1927, in Bush, Louisiana to Albert and Emily Crawford. Norman's life was marked by service to God and country, as well as love of family. After graduating from Covington High School in 1945, he immediately joined the Army Air Corps. He was recalled by the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and served for the next 30 years, retiring in 1978 as a Chief Master Sergeant - the highest enlisted rank. From there, he joined the federal Civil Service, retiring from the Air Force Cryptologic Support Center at Kelly Air Force Base after 14 years. Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; an active member and trustee at Crossroads Baptist Church; and a member of the Retired Chiefs Association and Helotes Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents and six older siblings - five brothers and a sister. Norman is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances Crawford; daughter Sonia Crawford of Austin; and sons Doug Crawford of Helotes, Gary Crawford of Lytle, Stan Crawford of Keystone Heights, Florida; Glenn Crawford of San Antonio, and Neal Crawford of Boerne. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Crossroads Baptist Church.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH
8300 TEZEL PARKWAY
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS
Rev. Joe Walts will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crossroads Baptist Church Building Fund.
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Published in Express-News on June 19, 2011