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William Gwin "Granddaddy" Crawford
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Birth: Jul., 1896, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1987
Dresden
Weakley County
Tennessee, USA

W. Gwin "granddaddy" Crawford, 90, of Dresden and McKenzie, died Friday after a brief illness.

Gwin Crawford was known to people throughout two counties and to Boy Scouts all over the region as "Granddaddy". He became a Boy Scout leader just two years after Scouting began in this county and for 75 years he led boys and developed men. He worked with hundreds of boys and dozens became Eagle Scouts.

Crawford was fond of recalling that none of the boys he had worked with in Scouting ever went to prison.

Crawford was honored in Scouting as a member of the Order of the Arrow and received Scouting's highest award, the Silver Beaver Award. The West Tennessee Area Council Eagle Class of 1969 was named after him.

A former employee of TVA and of Keco Milling Co. in McKenzie, Crawford also was an avid sailor, an outdoorsman, an artist of many oil paintings and a skilled craftsman with wood.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War I and an active member of American Legion Post 94 of Dresden.

Crawford is survived by his three daughters. Patty Anderson of Dresden, Saarah Misner of Savannah and Nell Bacon of Nashville. He also leaves seven grandchildren.

Services were at 2:00 pm Sunday April 19 at Bowlin Funeral Home in Dresden with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McKenzie.

Persons wishing to make memorial gifts are requested to make that gift to their local Boy Scout troop or to Troop 40 of Dresden in care of Scoutmaster Eddie Capps of Dresden. 
 
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 Parents:
  William R. Crawford (____ - 1934)
  Amanda Madora Johnson Crawford (1865 - 1936)
 
 Spouse:
  Julia Alice Lankford Crawford (1903 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
McKenzie
Carroll County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Sep 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77230547
William Gwin Granddaddy Crawford
Added by: Kenny Graves
 
William Gwin Granddaddy Crawford
Added by: Kenny Graves
 
William Gwin Granddaddy Crawford
Added by: Kenny Graves
 
 
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Legendary Scout leader we all called him Granddaddy.
- Nathan and Mary Moran
 Added: Sep. 28, 2011
 
 
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