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Emmett Lee Crawford

Funeral services for Emmett Lee Crawford, 86, of Dubach will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at New Prospect Baptist Church near Dubach with Bro. Mickey Manning, Bro. James Grafton, Bro. Bobby Franklin and Bro. Andy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Colvin Memorial Cemetary in Unionville under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.Visitation will be held Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church in Dubach. Emmett Lee Crawford was born to Claude David Crawford and Thelma Alexander Crawford in Hilly community in Lincoln Parish on July 15, 1926. He passed away at sunset on Friday evening, February 22, 2013 at his home in Unionville community near Dubach after a brief illness.

Mr. Crawford is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Thelma Crawford.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Jerolyn Grafton Crawford of Dubach, four sons, Davey A. Crawford and wife (Barbara Barham Crawford); Larry L. Crawford and wife (Joyce Popwell Crawford); Stanley G. Crawford and wife (Gail S. Crawford); Rocky L. Crawford; Sheila Crawford Barham and husband (Bill Barham) and Foster- son, Cecil B. Minor, all of Dubach; two sisters, Melba Crawford Barmore and Ruby Crawford Ellis of Dubach; and one brother, J.D. Crawford of Dubach; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Crawford was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church where he served as Senior Deacon and Senior Adult Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Crawford owned Crawford Builders which he took over from his father, Claude Crawford in 1959. He was a self- employed building contractor from 1959 until he retired in 1988 having built many homes in Lincoln Parish area. He was also a cattleman and farmer which are skills that he passed on to all his sons.

After retiring from home building, Mr, Crawford oversaw the Lincoln Parish Waterworks District No. 1 in Unionville. He was awarded the Charles L. Porter Award in 2004 for Water Operater of the Year. He was also recognized by the Lincoln Parish Waterworks District No. 1 for dedicated service as Commissioner (1974-1994) and Well Operator (1988-2006)

Mr. Crawford was also a World War II Veteran and a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW).

The family appreciates the caring and compassionate care given by Dr. Shane Phillips and Dr. Tommy Smith, the staff of the North Louisiana Medical Center and the VA Hospital of Shreveport, Best Home Health Care and Hospice of Caring Hearts.

Pallbearers will be Craig Crawford, Chris George, Clint Crawford, T. J. Johnston, Nicky Barham, and Kerry Gaskin.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Colvin, Bill Barham, Davey Crawford, Larry Bullock, and Robert Lonadier.

Memorials in his honor may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church Building Fund of Dubach, and the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home in Monroe.

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Published in The News Star on Feb. 24, 2013
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