Coach Johnny Crawford passed away on June 9, 2019 surrounded by his wonderful family and a few close friends. Johnny was born July 23, 1940, in Clarksville, Texas. His parents were Frank and Bernice Crawford.
He graduated from Clarksville High School. Johnny attended Paris Junior College and East Texas State University where he played football. After college, Johnny joined the Army National Guard and was stationed at Ft. Polk, LA. After his stint in the National Guard, he started his coaching/teaching career. His first football coaching job was in Denison. He later went on to coach at Mt. Pleasant, Paris High School, Highland Park, North Lamar High School, Travis Middle School and back to North Lamar High School where he finished his career. He taught drivers education to many area students for over 40 years. His life was about people…his family, his friends, his students, co-workers.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, a brother B.J. Crawford, and sister Jacline Campbell. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sharon Crawford and his children: Johnny Pat and wife Jill, Sandy, Brooke and husband R.J., Greg and wife Kelley, and Drew and wife Angela. He had 11 grandchildren-Rebekah, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Connor and Will, Wiley, Nolen, Lauren, Cord, Alivia and Alex. He also had 3 great grandchildren.
He was a member of Lamar avenue Church of Christ for over 20 years, East Paris Baptist Church, and His Place Fellowship.
Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at East Paris Baptist Church with Bro. John Cannon, Bro Mike Fortenberry and Glen Martin officiating, burial will follow at East Post Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.
Casketbearers will be Mike Long, Bobby Anthony, Freddy Daughtrey, Bill Brown, R.J. Collins, Ben Crawford, Cord Crawford, and Nolen Crawford.
Memorials can be made to St. Jude, Paris Education Foundation, or North Lamar Education foundation.
Online condolences may be made at www.fry-gibbs.com.