SHELBY-Mrs. Mary Hazel Ellis Crawford, 100, of John Crawford Road, met her savior face to face, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late John Lee and Gertrude Rippy Ellis. While in LPN school, she received the highest grade in her class. She retired from Cleveland Memorial Hospital after many years as a nurse. She was the oldest living member of New Hope Baptist Church.
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In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon E. Crawford; daughter, Betty Carter and her husband H.L. Jr..; grandson, Buddy Carter; brothers, James, Lee, Orie, Wayne, Quitman, and Paul Ellis.
She is survived by her sons, Bobby Joe Crawford and wife Anne of Shelby, and Vic Crawford and wife Johnsie of Brandon, Fla.; sister, Johnnie Vance of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Beth Hamrick and fiancé Ron Grigg, Bruce Crawford, Bert Crawford and wife Kathy, Beverly Simpson and husband Robert, all of Shelby, Victor Crawford and wife Sharon of Nashville, Tenn., Monica Crawford of Lancaster, Ky., Jeff Crawford and wife Christy of Glasgow, Ky., Mary Greene, and Daniel Carter and wife Melissa, all of Fla.; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the church.
Funeral Service: 3 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Russ Bradley and the Rev. David Gordon
Burial: Church cemetery
Funeral Home: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 2621 Blacksburg Rd., Earl, N.C. 28038
Online Condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Clay-Barnette Funeral Home
1401 West Dixon Boulevard
Shelby, NC 28152
Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 6, 2012