Lamar S. Crawford Sr.

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Services for Lamar S. Crawford Sr., 91, of Tyler will be on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler, with the Rev. Dr. Paul Powell officiating.

Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, El Dorado, Ark., on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Crawford passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

He was born Nov. 19, 1920, in Union County, Ark., to Roy and Zola Crawford and moved to the Tyler area in 1981.

Mr. Crawford was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps throughout World War II, and was one of only 13 Marines who survived while serving aboard the USS Arizona, which was sunk in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at the time of the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. He continued to serve in various Marine air and ground units in the Pacific for the duration of the war and received an honorable discharge in 1946. He later served as a commissioned postal inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service for 20 years and retired in 1976 with 35 years combined government service. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, the National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors and Green Acres Baptist Church.

He was a 1939 graduate of El Dorado High School, El Dorado, Ark., and attended Chillicothe Business College, Chillicothe, Mo., and a three-year U.S. Postal Inspection Service Training Program in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Zola Crawford; four brothers, James Carleton Crawford, John Roy Crawford, Billy Morris Crawford and Donald Keith Crawford; and one sister, Mary Faye Crawford Allred. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Cora Nan Crawford Strain and Julia Marguerite Crawford.

Lamar is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 69 years, Mildred Munday Crawford of Tyler; and son and daughter-in-law, Lamar Jr. and Linda Crawford of Knoxville, Tenn. He is also survived by a grandson, William Glenn Strain Jr. of Dallas; granddaughter, Julia Strain Sipll of Plano; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m., one hour prior to the 3:30 p.m. service, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler.

Memorials in honor of Lamar Crawford may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or to an organization of your choice.

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Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
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Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 581-2008
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 27, 2011
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