James "Jim" G. Crawford
James "Jim" G. Crawford
May 24, 1934 - March 29, 2020
Jim (James G.) Crawford, born in 1934, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Hospice of East Texas Home Place. Jim was the middle child of the The Rev. Neil J. Crawford, and Elisabeth J. Crawford (nee Garrison).
He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Diana Carson; his wife, Floretta (nee Kearns), the mother of his older children James II and Carol (Mirassou); his wife, Ruth (nee Wagner), mother of his younger children, Kendrick and Kim (King); and his wife, Jacquelyn (nee Johnson).
He is survived by his wife, Faye Crawford (nee Garrett); brother, Kendall Crawford and wife, Linda and their two sons, Neil and Andy; son, James Crawford II and the love of his life, Jenny and two sons, Delaney and Dalton; daughter, Carol and husband, Ed Mirassou and twin daughters, Brenna and Shannon; daughter, Kim and husband, Doug King; son, Rev. Dr. Kendrick Crawford and wife, Laura and children, Camille and Russell. Diana's husband, Robert Carson and their daughters, Rachel and Sarah of Northern Ireland; and Faye's sons, Steve, Scott and Stan Alexander.
Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but lived in a dozen other places before settling in Tyler, where he lived for over 40 years, with time-out for a tour of duty in France and D.C. His travels took him to 45 of the 50 states and 24 foreign countries.
Jim received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and his master's from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, both while working 40 hour/week in industry.
Jim served in the U.S. Air Force during and after the Korean War, including a tour of duty in Korea and three years as a student, then teacher in the radio repairman's school at Scott AFB in Illinois. Honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, he went into the aerospace industry where he worked for 23 years, before moving to the air conditioning industry, where he worked for another 24 years plus another 5 years half-time.
In the air conditioning industry, he was deeply involved in U.N. processes dealing with Ozone Depletion and Climate Change. In connection with this work, Jim was recognized for contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Panel on Climate Change in 1997.
After retirement, Jim tutored math for almost ten years at the Literacy Council of Tyler.
During his time in Tyler, Jim was very active in BSA Troup 335. He was an Assistant Scout Master, trained in Wood Badge and served on Wood Badge staff. In addition, Jim and Ruth were on the Troup 335 committee and sponsored an Explorer unit.
Jim was a Life Member and Fellow of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), and received the Distinguished Service award for his contributions to the profession.
A lifelong member of the Christian Church, Jim was a member of the congregation at First Christian Church, Tyler, for over 40 years. During that time, he served as a deacon, elder, chairman of the elders, Sunday school teacher and on various committees.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Jay Field, Dick Cawley, Jim's step sons, the members of the Seekers Sunday School class at First Christian Church and the members of Builders Sunday School Class at Pollard United Methodist Church.
There will be a memorial service at First Christian Church at a later date followed by a reception and visitation with the family.