The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


March 18, 2014

Jesse Wilson (J.W.) Crawford


J.W. loved to travel and as a youth regularly rode his bicycle between Palestine and Jacksonville. In 1935, at the age of 16, he and a friend undertook a 550-mile nine day bicycle trip from Palestine to Galveston to Port Arthur and back to Palestine, with six of those days spent peddling their one-speed bicycles. They returned sunburned and with a nickel between them.

In addition to his family, J.W.’s big love was Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which he rode for years, beginning at age 15. He had a total of three Harleys and collected H-D memorabilia all his adult life.

He was involved with the Gregg County ARC and served on the board for several years. Mr. Crawford was also a past president of the East Texas chapter of the Data Processing Managers Association. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Longview.

Though he would tell people he was “born to be wild,” he was a gentle person with a big smile for everyone. He loved animals and children, motorcycles, and in his later years, watching NASCAR, the Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Pallbearers are Early Manley Jr., Wayne Efurd, Lavester Bryant, Jim Harper, Jay Bissell and Justin Kniffen. Honorary pallbearers are Earl Manley Sr., and Randy Manley.

Memorials may be made to The ARC of Gregg County, P.O. Box 522, Longview, Texas 75606.

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