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Bobby Crawford, Sr.

April 19, 2023
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Robert DeWitt Crawford, Sr. (Bobby)

Bobby Crawford was born in Buckhead (Morgan County) Georgia, on June 17, 1938, the youngest child of Martha Spearman and Custer Crawford. His parents spent their lives shaping the county educational system during a critical time in its history. While his parents labored, he enjoyed many carefree days with his brother, Hal, exploring small town Madison and trying to stay out of trouble.

Bobby graduated Morgan County High School in 1955, having skipped a grade, and enrolled in the University of Georgia, completing his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1960. While at UGA he joined the ATO fraternity, and it was there he met a beautiful southern belle, Nancy Perkins, whom he courted and married on December 28, 1960 in her home town of Cairo, Georgia.

With his young wife he went to work for the Liggett Rexall drugstore chain moving around to many locations across the southeast. Their first child, Robert D. Jr., was born in 1961 and their second son, David Perkins, was born in 1964. The family was complete with the birth of Joseph Kemp in 1970.

The year 1966 saw Bobby purchase into Madison Drug Company, returning to his childhood home, and begin a 13-year partnership with William Shouse. In 1979 he purchased the store outright, and it was here that he and Nancy spent a total of 50 years of their working lives running a successful business and meeting the health needs of people across Morgan County. The drugstore, with its antique soda fountain, was a place of gathering, and the Crawfords were well known for their generosity toward the community. He served for many years as pharmacist for Morgan Memorial Hospital.

As were his parents, Bobby was a life long and faithful member of Madison First United Methodist Church. He served in various leadership capacities including terms as board chair and church treasurer. Into his later years he taught Sunday School, stepping down only when his health failed. He was actively involved in his community, serving a term as vice president of the JC’s and president of the Kiwanis club. It was for the Kiwanis club that he coached Little League baseball for 18 years, producing several championship teams. He was a member of the Masonic order.

Bobby was an avid golfer, well known during different times at Hard Labor Creek and Jennings Mill Country Club. He competed in hundreds of tournaments, bringing home many trophies, and played as long as his health allowed.

Perhaps his most visible contributions occurred during his 39 years of service as a Councilman for the City of Madison. Elected first in 1968, he served faithfully as a member of a leadership team that saw unprecedented growth in both population and infrastructure. He was instrumental in updating the city water system, the establishment of the recreation department with its sports complex, and expansion of the police force. He strived for strict ethical accountability from both government officials and city employees. For his efforts he received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association.

In his later years, he doted on his grandchildren, traveled with Nancy to Europe and to destinations across the United States, enjoyed his weekly card game, and adopted a plethora of animals for which he was dubbed “Saint Francis.”

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy, and his siblings, Ann and Hal. He is survived by three sons: Rob (Christina), David, Kemp (Carol) and five grandchildren: Sam (Priscila), Laney, Abigail, Ian, and Marten as well as a number of nephews and nieces.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the A.E. Carter Funeral home with the funeral itself set for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Madison First United Methodist Church. Interment in the Madison city cemetery follows. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the Humane Society of Morgan County or the Madison First United Methodist Church.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
May 2, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A.E. Carter Funeral Home Chapel
1670 Atlanta Hwy
Madison, Georgia 30650

Funeral Service
Wednesday
May 3, 2023

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Madison
296 S. Main Street
Madison, Georgia 30650

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