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July 27, 2013

PAUL F. CRAWFORD SR. [Centerville, Pa.]

CENTERVILLE, Pa. — Paul Franklin Crawford Sr., 90, of Centerville, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 10, 1923, in Piney Grove, Mr. Crawford was the son of the late George Franklin Crawford and Clara Agnes (Hartley) Crawford. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Merry Elizabeth (Growden) Crawford, July 22, 2004; and a grandson, Stanley Eckard.

Paul was a United States Army veteran during World War II having served in Company “A” of the 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion Seventh Armored Division. His tour of duty took him to France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Paul was wounded in Holland and was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the European, and African Middle East Theater Ribbon with three stars. The three stars were for campaigns in Northern France, Central Europe, and Rhineland. He also received the Victory Ribbon, Army of Occupation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, the French Fouregere Shoulder Braid.

Paul retired from B&O Railroad with 43 years of service. He attended the Bedford Valley Bible Church and was a member of the National Rifle Association. Paul was instrumental in organizing the Monument Drive for the Cumberland Valley World War II Veterans.  He was also a member of the Seventh Armored Division Association. Paul was founder and President of the Cumberland Valley Township Historical Society, and was past recipient of the Bedford County Historian of the Year Award. Paul was former leader of the Boy Scout Troop in Centerville, a founding member of the Cumberland Valley Township Recreational Council, and was the Centerville Little League coach for 20 years. Paul was an avid hunter, shooter, and loved old-time gospel hymns.

Surviving are his sons, Paul F. Crawford Jr. and his wife, Nancy, Bedford, Pa., Wesley G. Crawford and his wife, Bonnie, West Lafayette, Ind., Barry W. Crawford and his wife, Julie, Levels, W.Va. and Grant T. Crawford and wife, Treva, Centerville; and his daughter, Margery H. Eckard and her husband, James, Centerville. Paul is also survived by his sister, Ruth A. Brant, Centreville, Ohio; his grandchildren, Randy Eckard and his wife, Michaal, Kirby, W.Va., Lieutenant Colonel Paul Crawford III, MD, and his wife, Kristy, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jennie Crawford, Middleburg, Pa., Matthew Crawford, W. Lafayette, Jessica Crawford, Indianapolis, Ind., Josh Crawford, Levels, Garrett Crawford, Levels, and Kori Crawford, Levels, and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland,  (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Bedford Valley Bible Church on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. with his son, the Rev. Paul Crawford Jr. officiating. The family will also receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Centerville.

Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.

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