Harold E. Crawford

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Born 9-7-1938 -- Died 3-30-2005

Harold E. Crawford, 66, of Highland, Ark., died March 30, 2005, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Born Sept. 7, 1938, in Van Alstyne, Texas, he was the son of A.V. and Buena Crawford.

He graduated from Rockwall High School in 1957 and began his career in public service when he was elected justice of the peace of Rockwall County in Texas. During his 30 years in Rockwall he served as municipal court judge, juvenile court judge and Rockwall County Judge.

He marred Susan Harris Nov. 20, 1976, in Rockwall.

In 1992, he moved to Sharp County and continued his political career. He was elected county judge in May 1998, and took office in January 1999. He was re-elected to that office three times. Sharp County has seen much progress during his administration.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Harris Crawford of the home; a daughter, Kyra (Randy) Harding of Duncanville, Texas; three sons -- Scott (Kim) Crawford of Rockwall, Texas, Chad (Demaris) Crawford of Rockwall, Texas, and Kyle Crawford of Highland; a sister Dassa DeWoody of Garland, Texas; a sister-in-law, Glydeville Crawford; two grandchildren -- Clay Crawford and Kacee Crawford; and nephew, Gary DeWoody.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.V. and Buena Crawford; a sister, Shirley Brown; and a brother, Wallace "Doc" Crawford.

The funeral was April 2 at the John A. Cooper Gymnasium at the Highland High School. Officiating were Keith Gregson, Tom Rhoades, Jack Richardson and Johnny Carter. Burial followed in Salem Cemetery at Salem, Ark., with arrangements under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland, Ark.

Pallbearers were Jack Ritchey, Willard McDaniel, Mark Willess, Bobby Woods, Justin Dunn, Todd Mazur, Dan Melbourne and Gene Moore.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Sharp County Quorum Court, employees of the Sharp County Road Department, Janis Jones, Henry Goodman, Garry Lawrence and Bob Lauer.

Memorial donations can be made to the Harold E. Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of First National Banking Company, P.O. Box 8, Ash Flat. AR 72513.