OBITUARY

William Thomas Gentry Crankshaw Sr.

May 1, 1935June 1, 2021
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William Thomas Gentry Crankshaw, Sr., 86, succumbed in hospice Tuesday, June 1, 2021. “Tom,” finally made frail of the flesh, never showed weakness of the spirit. The family’s sadness at his passing is only allayed by the certain knowledge of where he now abides. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to, and an informal reception will follow, the service.

Born May 1, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Charles Weir and Mary Pepper Crankshaw, his service to both God and country go back to his high school days when as a junior he joined the National Guard, and following graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving twenty months in Yokohama, Japan. Later, he joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve serving 39 years until his retirement in 2000. In 1985, Governor Joe Frank Harris chose Tom as the Coast Guard Reservist of the Year for the State of Georgia in recognition of his service to the Guard and his community.

Not long after his return from Japan, Tom met the love of his life, Carol Jean Curran of Neptune Beach, Florida, with whom he spent his life and raised three children. With a career in hospital administration and consultancy spanning four decades, Tom never stinted on the time he gave to his kids and community. Coaching Little and Junior League baseball for 15 years, his high point was leading the City of Brunswick Junior All-Stars to their first ever state championship in 1971. He also worked diligently for the Kiwanis Club for 45 years in Brunswick and Savannah, receiving the Governor’s Leadership Award in 2003 and 2004. Tom and Carol were active in the Kairos Prison Ministry for over 25 years with Tom serving on the state Board of Directors and as state Treasurer four different terms.

Tom was of a brusque yet genial temperament. Forthright sometimes to the point of “blunt,” no one was ever left in doubt of where he stood. His energy, honesty, and sincerity were obvious. It has been a long race, and he has run it well. Anyone who knew William Thomas Gentry Crankshaw, Sr. was the better for it, as was his town and his country.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Crankshaw. Survivors include his wife Carol Curran Crankshaw of Richmond Hill; sons, William T.G. (Bill) Crankshaw, Jr. (Annette) of Sunbury, and John Lawrence Crankshaw (Traci) of Brunswick; a daughter, Linda Baker and husband Tom of Staunton, VA; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Joe Crankshaw of Stuart, FL, a sister, Shelly Garrett of Orlando, FL, half-brothers Jerry D. Hopkins (Sally) of Moultonborough, NH, and Robert Giles (Colleen) of Millersville, MD; a sister in law, Ruth (Mrs. Charles) Crankshaw of Pittsburgh, PA; and an abundance of also much-loved nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be sent to Kairos of Georgia, P.O. Box 63, Kathleen, GA 31047, or Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. www.edomillerandsons.com

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

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Beth Tessmer

June 14, 2021

I did not know Mr. Crankshaw, but I know his wife. He must have been a good and caring man, if Ms. Carole married him, because there is no finer woman of God. I know he is in the presence of Jesus and his family is in my prayers.

Kirby Coe

June 9, 2021

I have great memories of Mr. Crankshaw who I met initially in the 1970s as the Dad of good high school friends. He was a fine man. Condolences and prayers.

Cate Gooch-Coolidge

June 9, 2021

Tom was a great guy. He was passionate about Kiwanis. When I joined in 2007, he was always helpful steering me in things he thought I would excel at. I will miss his dedication and his gentle spirit. He will be greatly missed.

Rhonda Morgan Carmichael

June 9, 2021

Mr. Tom, (back then Mr. Crankshaw) was my first boss when I entered the workforce in Patient Accounts at the local hospital. He was firm, yet fair and you never doubted where you stood or what he was thinking.

He was committed to his faith, his family, and his country (as well as his professional responsibilities) and was always involved in community service to others. He worked hard and enjoyed his leisure time just as diligently - he and Ms. Carol were quite the dancing couple.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have talked with him several times over the past few months and to reminisce about years gone by.

May God bless, comfort, and strengthen his family and grant them His peace.

Rusty & Melissa Ferrell

June 8, 2021

Carol, Bill, Linda and Larry .... our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time . We know Tom is with our Lord and will live on in your hearts ♥️ God Bless you all

Lori & Trevor Huffaker

June 8, 2021

Tom was a neighbor and friend to us for many years on Blythe Island. We always enjoyed our chats with him and Carol on the golf cart. He was a thoughtful neighbor too. You will be missed Tom! Prayers to Carol and family in the days ahead. 💙💙 May the Lord comfort you with his peace and love.

Mary Pearo

June 7, 2021

Tom was on the finance committee at Taylors United Methodist Church where I am the chair. He was a big help as he had been on finance committees before. We were blessed to have Tom and Carole at Taylors before they moved to assisted care.

Julianna Crankshaw Winters

June 5, 2021

Every time we were around Uncle Tommy, there would be an adventure.
I remember Uncle Tommy's love of baseball. One summer, he tried talking my parents into letting me live with them so I could pitch for his ball team, he coached. He had Larry in the yard throwing baseballs and after I asked to get in the practice. He said I threw harder than his boys. Of course my parents said no. He always had big smiles and hugs for everyone.

David Sweat

June 2, 2021

Linda and family, I have wonderful memories of Mr. Crankshaw and I am sending heartfelt condolences. Praying for lasting warm memories and giving thanks for his service to many.
David Sweat

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1971 City of Brunswick Junior All-Star Georgia State Champions

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