The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


March 18, 2014

Jesse Wilson (J.W.) Crawford

The funeral service for Jesse Wilson Crawford, 95, of Longview, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Randy Warren and the Rev. J. George Morrison officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Rader Funeral Home.

Mr. Crawford peacefully passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 in his home.

“J.W.” was born in 1919 in Palestine, Texas to Jesse Elmer and Janie Elvira Pate Crawford. He graduated from Palestine High School in 1936. He moved to Houston in 1942 and in 1947 met and fell instantly in love with Viola Robison. They married Dec. 20, 1947, and together raised two children. They were married 52 years.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his sister, Georgia Manley, of Lafayette, La.

He is survived by his son. Chris Reagan Crawford and wife Susan of Longview; his daughter, Tina Gay Crawford of Longview; and his grandson, Jesse Lee Crawford of Dallas. Also surviving him are his brother-in-law, Earl Manley Sr.; nephews, Earl Manley Jr. and wife Dee, and Randy Manley, all of Lafayette, La.; and niece. Joy Bussey and husband Brad, of League City; and four great-nieces and one great nephew.

A hard worker from his youth, J.W. began working at age 12 as a newspaper boy. For 19 years he worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He moved to Longview in 1956 to work for Garrett Oil Tools, which became Axelson and USI. Later J.W. worked for General Dynamics, Kilgore College, was Computer Operations Manager for Wiley College and finally retired in 1985 after 14 years with Bankers’ Computer Service. His field was data processing and computers, and he was one of the early proponents of using computers as part of the manufacturing system in the East Texas oil field.

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