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Charles Douglas Crawford

Charles Douglas Crawford, Douglas to most, Chuck to some, Daddy and Gramps, whom he held dearest, passed away Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at his residence in the Line Creek community.

In the words of his son, Tyler, cancer would be the official cause of death, but I do not believe the current state of our politics helped any as that was one of the last conversations we had together. He was a man that stood firm in what he believed and believed in sticking up for the little guy and thumbing his nose at those he felt had more than they deserved. He was a caring man who always amazed me with his love and empathy for children and the less fortunate.

Born on October 30th, 1947 in Amite, LA he was brought home to Bolivar, LA where he lived all through school. He attended Spring Creek High School where he was a letterman in basketball, volleyball, track, and was class favorite his senior year. He was also once the district broad jump champion.

After high school he went to work for the Baton Rouge Fire Department but was soon drafted into armed service where he was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam war. He was a member of the 82nd airborne and frequently got to jump out of airplanes. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He always talked about how lucky he was not having to see combat and I always respected him for forgoing the typical male bravado when talking about such things.

Upon arriving back from service, he rejoined the Fire Department, where he served for 30 years and retired as deputy chief. Those there would know him as Kidd Crawford. He resided in the Line Creek Community between Kentwood, LA and Osyka, MS with his wife Debbie. They could be like oil and water at times, but he loved her, and they spent 36 years married, and courted many years before marrying. He loved to dance and listen to music, especially the blues and gospel.

During his life, he was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and cook. He loved to play cards and travel with his family. He killed big horn sheep in the Rockies, turkeys in the national forest, raised rabbit hunting beagles, would scour the landscapes for arrowheads, dove in creeks looking for old bottles and never saw a garage sale he did not stop at. This sense of adventure led him to be bitten by a copperhead snake once, and after driving himself to the Dr. spent the next 4 days in the hospital recovering.

He loved animals, dogs especially. He would often joke that you can talk bad about my wife and kid but watch what you say about my dog. He once performed CPR and mouth to snout on our beagle Copper when she was sick and passed out.

He loved Louisiana State University athletics. It did not matter what sport, be it track, gymnastics, football, etc. and always knew what was happening with the teams. He would often turn off the sound on the TV and listen to the radio broadcast due to the damn commentators. He was a sports fan in general, as most nights you could find him and his wife traveling to various places to watch so and so play ball. As a younger person, and according to multiple sources, he had to step in and help his brother after a bleacher clearing brawl had spilled onto the court during a high school basketball game.

He leaves behind his wife, Debbie Cutrer Crawford; son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Alison Crawford; granddaughter, Emeree Crawford; sister, Martha Crain; brothers Paul Crawford, Bruce Crawford and wife, Cele; step sister, Darlene Wall Phillips; mother-in-law, Theresa Cutrer; sisters-in-law, Frances Gatlin and husband, Jamie and Terri Cutrer; nieces, Christi Travis and husband, Trey, Karesa Aguillard and husband, Carl, Kalette Crawford, Rani Glass and husband, Douglas, Kayla Cutrer and fiance', Nathan Pierce , Annette Wall McMillian and husband, Ronald, Molly Wall Foster and husband, Mike; nephews, Steve Carrier, Christopher Crawford and wife, Michelle, Gage Gatlin and wife, Hannah, Eli Gatlin and wife, Hope, Noah Gatlin, Henry Crawford and wife,Kristin, Chris White and wife, Dylea; great nephews, Seth Travis and wife Shelby, Conner Travis, Ayden Travis, Kaden Glass, Daltry Glass, Sawyer Glass, Riggins Glass, Colt Gatlin, Morgan Gatlin.

Preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Cooper Crawford and Leon and Bonnie Crawford; father-in- law, Sambo Cutrer; brother- in- law, Sammie Cutrer; niece, Megan Gatlin and nephew, Logan Hargis.

Pallbearers are Paul Crawford, Steve Carrier, Christopher Crawford, Henry Crawford, Douglas Glass, Kaden Glass, and Noah Gatlin. Honorary pallbearers are Nelson Needham, Ronnie Hammons, Daltry Glass, Seth Travis, Connor Travis, Ayden Travis.

In place of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to Line Creek Baptist Church, 78659, LA Hwy. 1053, Kentwood, LA 70444 or your local animal shelter.

Visitation is Friday at Line Creek Baptist Church, 78659 LA. Hwy. 1053, Kentwood, LA 70444 from 5PM until 8PM and Saturday from 9AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Justin Craft officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.


Charles Douglas Crawford
October 30, 1947 - January 29, 2019





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