Edwin Minford “Eddie” Crawford, 62, formerly of Carthage, Mo., following a brief and noble battle, succumbed to cancer at his Saint Louis, Mo., home surrounded by his family, the evening of Nov. 20, 2012.
Ed was born in Carthage to the late Edwin and Louise (Franklin) Crawford at McCune Brooks Hospital on March 21, 1950.
He is survived by his wife Judy (Bridges) Crawford of 45 years, daughter Julie Thomas, sons Brad Crawford and Dustin Crawford, daughter-in-law Lacey, grandchildren Brittany, Blake and Peyton, and his brother David Crawford.
Ed retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company at the age of 50 with many awards for exemplary service, including the facilitation of communications for the 1992 United States Presidential Debates.
He had a variety of hobbies, and is remembered as an excellent fisherman, an expert wood craftsman, and a handyman always willing to help a neighbor or friend with a project. He will also be remembered for his volunteer efforts within the Boy Scout and Junior Achievement organizations, and for his countless efforts to quietly help the disadvantaged along his path in life.
Ed was also an avid and accomplished genealogist, and contributor to several books, including “Carthage-A Historical Legacy”. He took great pride in the history of his family, most of which took place in and around Jasper County. After retirement he made it his mission to place headstones at the graves of any family members who did not have one.
Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. His family is very proud of his many successes, the knowledge he imparted them, and the great example that he set. They are thankful to have had the opportunity to tell him this directly. For these, and many other reasons, he will be forever remembered.
Cremation took place in St. Louis on Nov. 27, 2012 and his family will inter his ashes on a beautiful day this Spring, near the resting place of his parents and sister at Fasken Cemetery.