Colonel James F. (Jim) Crawford

April 6, 1941February 2, 2021

Colonel James F. (Jim) Crawford, United States Marine Corps Reserve (Ret.) of Atlanta died February 2, 2021 at the age of 79. He was the son of the late James D. Crawford and Iva M. Huckaby Crawford. Jim was born in Washington, DC and spent his formative years in northern Virginia. He graduated Augusta Military Academy and Wheeling University. Shortly after beginning a career in business, he abruptly decided to attend officer’s candidate school, becoming a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He required one surgery to get in the program and a second surgery to stay in. He volunteered and served in the Republic of Vietnam for which he was personally decorated for valor in combat. Colonel Crawford retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve, following twenty-nine years combined active and reserve duty. He also retired from Reliance Electric and Nortel Networks. Jim coached more than thirty-five seasons of youth sports and last coached football at Marist School. Coach Crawford considered his time at Marist the best of his coaching career. He enjoyed being with highly motivated coaches and exceptional athletes, a number of whom later competed at the collegiate level. Jim was a leader of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church where he chaired and served on several committees. Jim was an elder, an usher and taught Sunday school and confirmation classes. He secured properties for Habit for Humanity. He was a pious man who loved his family and country. Jim was a devoted husband, proud father and proud grandfather. He strived to live life in a manner that commemorated his forty-four Marine classmates killed in Vietnam.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty, to whom he was devoted. He is also survived by four children: Pamela (Wally) Neill, Michael Crawford, Austin (Stephanie) McDonald, and Michelle (Stephen) Adams. He is survived by eight grandchildren: Jack and Morgan Neill, Elle Crawford, Eloise, Hudson (“Gator”) and Alden McDonald, and Liam (“Hootie”) and Tinsley (“TG”) Adams. He is also survived by half-sister Virginia (Jim) Smith, brothers-in-law Johnny (Dianne) Isakson and Andy (Nancy) Isakson along with five nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Preregistration is required: Colonel Crawford will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 12, 2021.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, or Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202,


12 May


Arlington National Cemetery


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021



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Ed Rollins

April 14, 2021

Jim and I have been friends for 56 years starting the same day in the steel industry. We shared an apartment during training and he was the best man in our wedding. He was a true and loyal friend and never failed to call me on my birthday. He was a man among men, a true patriot, a warrior and a Marine. I loved him like a brother and he never ever disappointed me in any of his words, actions or deeds. I WILL MISS HIM.

Hugh Penn

April 11, 2021

Col. Crawford was an American warrior, an American citizen, an American patriot, a mentor and teacher of young boy and athletes. Such men are rare and will be missed. Blue skies forever, Col. James F. Crawford.

Gregory Honeycutt

February 24, 2021

Jim was Battalion Commander at Augusta Military Academy in 1960, my first year as a cadet. It would be difficult to describe how much he was admired and respected by his fellow students and school staff. He was a model of maturity, integrity and excellence in all he did.

Colonel Byron Hill

February 21, 2021

It was a distinct pleasure and honor to have known and served with Jim when we were with the 2nd Battalion 24th Marines in Chicago. Jim was diligent to his duties and was able to relax after the work was completed and enjoy social time together.

Jim called me every year on my birthday, a kind gesture... I will miss dearly those conversations.

Rest in Peace Marine,

Colonel Byron Hill, USMCR

Brian Corbett

February 11, 2021

Coach Jim Crawford -
May you Rest In Peace. You will be missed by so many. You were always kind, thoughtful and considerate of our family. You touched the lives of so many young people and their parents with your graceful and wise presence at Marist. A great man, solider coach and American.
God bless you Coach and much love to your family from all the Corbetts.
God Speed

Jim Yorg

February 10, 2021

Marines, we have lost an outstanding Marine brother. When we get to heaven (the Lord knows we have spent some time in hell), we will find the streets have been guarded by another terrific Marine.

We will be forever grateful for his organization of our 45th reunion.
His leadership will always be remembered.

May God bless his family.

Steven Blaskowski

February 10, 2021

Jim was one of the most influential men in my life. Jim had great perspective. Jim was a strong leader that led by example. I will truly miss our Chick-fil-a lunches and our calls to catch up about everything. I worked for Jim when my father passed. I will miss Jim’s mixture of toughness and compassion. Jim loved Betty his family dearly.

Gerald Bromley

February 8, 2021

Our deepest sympathy for Betty and the Crawford family. Hats off to a fine gentlemen, terrific leader, and a friend for life. Jim hired me in 1979. I honestly felt I did a terrible in the job interview, but at the conclusion he stood up and approached me nose to nose, looked me right in the eye and said "can you do this job!". Pretty much scared the daylight out of me, I did'nt hesistate and said "Yes Sir!" I believe that was the answer he was looking for, as I began my career in the next few days. Jim was very instructive, caring, and loyal to his people and company. I owe my career and much of my success in life to a genuine mentor that gave me the opportunity. Our family has grown spiritually and prospered thanks to Jim. A heartfelt salute for his service to our country and its people.

Vivat Jesus dear friend,
Jerry and Loretta Bromley

Dennis O'Sullivan

February 7, 2021

From the first time I met Jim at some Isakson Family event, I liked him immeasurably. He was warm, dignified, and had 'presence'. It was no surprise then - to learn of his background with the Marine Corp. We should be glad to have men like Jim (and Phil), in our family. They set an example for all of us, to remain Always Faithful to God, Family and Country. Jim made everyone who knew him...a better person. Betty, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis & Betsy

Tony Roach

February 7, 2021

Jim, you were my mentor, advisor and trusted friend. I am so thankful to have had you in my life. We will all miss you.
Semper Fidelis,

Tony Roach