Carole Garland Crawford, age 69. 344 Clinchfield Ave., Erwin, went to be with our Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the UCMH from a brief illness after courageously battling crippling arthritis for many years. She had been a resident at the Center on Aging and Health for the past year. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church.
A native of Unicoi County she was the proud daughter of the late Judge Walter B and Edith B Garland. Ms. Crawford in her early years worked for liberty lumber, the Shoppers Guide before going to be a reporter for the Johnson City Press and then onto the Erwin Record where she finished her very long career as a reporter and news Editor which was among other things a great passion for her. She won numerous writing awards including a State award for her feature story on the Erwin Nine. She was a member of the Jaycettes and the Rotary clubs. Ms. Crawford had such a huge heart and always wanted to do for others no matter how bad she felt.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edward Crawford of 25 years.
Ms. Crawford leaves behind her daughter Cynthia Whitney Crawford of the home. Brothers, Wayne Garland and wife Sue of Jacksonville Fla, Kent Garland and wife Tracy, Unicoi; Nephews, Evan Garland and wife Delicie (Bebe) Jacksonville Fla, Aaron Garland and wife Kim, Jonesboro TN; Nieces, Valarie Black and husband Zane, Erwin, Hunter Tinker, Unicoi; Aunt, Mary Jane Mauk, Erwin; Uncle Dallas Bud Miller, Erwin; Several Cousins and Very Special Cousins Doug Garland, Mike and Dee Garland, and Friends, Tom and Vicki Harris and Bill Floyd.
A special thanks to Vicki Bryant and the employees of Center on Aging and Health.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Valley Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow in Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be notified. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N. Elm Ave., Erwin, TN 37650, to the Carole Crawford Memorial Fund to be applied to funeral cost.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Carole Garland Crawford through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.