Nancy Crawford

Born: Tue., Sep. 26, 1939
Died: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
Location: A.E. Carter Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Oct. 14, 2018
Location: First United Methodist Church of Madison

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Nancy Perkins Crawford was born in Cairo (Grady County) Georgia on 26 September 1939 to the late Sally Ferol Blanton Perkins, a school teacher, and Roy Perkins, a businessman who later served in the Georgia legislature. The younger of two, Nancy managed to hold her own with her older brother, Charles Patrick, who provided a serious balance to her jovial teasing. As a child, she enjoyed the company of family and this joy remained a passion all her life. She kept up with distant cousins and faithfully attended the Blanton family reunion from its inception in 1957.

Upon graduation from Cairo High School, she traveled north and enrolled in the University of Georgia where she joined the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. It was while studying to be an educator and in this convivial atmosphere that she met Robert DeWitt Crawford (Bobby), a pharmacy student, who won her heart, and they married in December 1960.

Nancy and Bobby quickly settled into married life with the birth of their first child, Robert DeWitt Junior in November 1961. David Perkins arrived in October 1964, and the family was complete with the advent of Joseph Kemp in March 1970. While Bobby pursued a successful career in pharmacy, Nancy devoted herself to her children and established a secure and loving household.

In 1966 the Crawford family returned to Madison, Bobby’s home where he acquired a major stake in the Madison Drug Company. They soon purchased a house on Harris Street which would become her home until her death. Nancy was active in the community through her children. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, chaperoned numerous school trips, and she taught both Sunday and Vacation Bible School at First Methodist Church. Nancy was an avid Bridge player, and she enjoyed her piano. She was a talented cook, and later loved traveling. She traveled with family across the United States and Europe.  She  loved being a grandmother and was sure to give her grandchildren whatever they wanted (even if their parents said no).

But she may be best known for the years she invested working side by side with Bobby at Madison Drug. Together they built a business that thrived even with the rise of chain stores and heavy competition. Nancy worked to keep the front end stocked with interesting gift items and greeting cards while overseeing the soda fountain. She helped Bobby with the payroll and business operations. They worked together daily until retirement in 2014.

Nancy is known for the many friends she has had over the years, many of whom grieve her loss today. She is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, her sons, two daughters-in-law, Christina (Robert) and Carol (Kemp), and five grandchildren: Samuel, Laney, Abigail, Ian, and Marten, all Crawfords through and through.

Nancy may be best remembered for her final act of courage in rising from knee surgery, determined to walk again. She would not be bound, and it was in this spirit that she strived until the end.

The family will receive friends at A.E. Carter Funeral Home on Saturday, October 13 from 5-7PM.  The funeral service will be held at Madison First United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 14 at 2PM.  Interment will follow at the Madison City Cemetery.

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Sarah Lynn McHugh
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
A dear friend!! Will be missed in the days ahead.

Eddie Mae Lewis
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Praying for the family. May God give you the strength to endure.

Dean and Betty Edwards
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Reta Gilbert
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Leigh and Reta Gilbert, travel friends.

Our condolences to Bobby and family; holding you close in our hearts.

Billy and pegg y arthur
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
We are sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers to the family.

Billy and peggy arthur
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
We are sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers to the family.

Billy and peggy arthur
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Faulkner Earl& Hannelore
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
We extend our sincere condolences to Bobby and family during their time of sorrow.

Jerry & Laura Parham
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss..Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Rob and Toni Blanton
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
By far the sweetest and very genuine lady. Always glad to see her at the annual reunions. A breath of fresh air. Truly missed.

Sherrie Owen and Lanier Owen
   Posted Mon October 15, 2018
Dear Bobby and Family,
Lanier and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy; she was a fine lady and we will miss her sweet smile. Lanier and I have a special place in our hearts for you and Nancy for all the kindness with which you treated us. God bless you and all of your family.
Sincerely, Sherrie and Lanier

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