Charles Melvin Crawford, 83, of Buford, Ga., passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 21, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. Crawford and Louise Higdon and Jack Thore of Newport News, Va.; his brothers, William B. “Pete” Crawford and L. D. “Doug” Crawford; his sister, Jane Evans of Newport News, Va., and Cullowhee, N.C.
Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne Middleton Crawford; sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Vickie Crawford and Danny and Kami Crawford; daughters Tami Bennett (and Mark Pavloec) and Mitzi Crawford; grandchildren, Amanda and Chris Akins, Matt and Jamie Crawford, Wes and Jamie Crawford, Zack and Brooke Crawford, Bambii Crawford, Kraig and Katie Crawford, Kody and Kim Crawford, Ansley and Chris Trantrow, Danna Bennett and Michael Norris, and Jacob Bennett. Charles “Pa” Crawford is also survived by 23 exceptionally special great-grandchildren who he loved dearly, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Educated in North Carolina, Mr. Crawford graduated from Cullowhee High School in Cullowhee, N.C. He received both his bachelor of science and master’s degrees in education from Western Carolina University, and received his education specialist degree from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Crawford began his teaching and coaching career in 1960 in Monroe, N.C. After his first principal’s job in Tryon, N.C., the family moved to Buford High School, home of the “Wolves” in 1969 where he was principal until 1973. After a year of selling class rings for Balfour and a year as assistant principal at Lilburn Middle School, Mr. Crawford became principal of Lanier Middle School in 1975 and retired in 1996 after 35 years in education. Working with children was one of his greatest joys. As well as being a huge Buford sports fan, he also enjoyed cheering for Georgia Bulldogs football and North Carolina Tar Heels basketball.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Buford Athletic Association in memory of Charles Crawford.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Mr. Dale Jones officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, and again on Sunday from 2 until 3 p.m.
To express condolences, please sign the online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, Ga.; 770-932-1133.