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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

Joseph Crawford

July 21, 1956August 12, 2019

Joseph Crawford was born on July 21, 1956 and passed away on August 12, 2019 in Cary, North Carolina.

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Pat Day

August 18, 2019

Where do you start when you grew up together? Oh my, so many memories but mostly of riding bikes (from the blacktop to the corner), and playing catch with him, my sister and our other neighbor. So hard to believe he's gone so young.

Dianne Tate

August 17, 2019

As children, playing cowboys and cowgirls by using the arms of the couch for our horses. Riding along with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on the tv. Imagination through music and story telling were just some of his shared talents. I will miss my little brother Joe.

Becky Roehrs

August 17, 2019

Joe not only played guitars, he also loved making acoustic guitars.

One of his friends, Larry, snapped photos as Joe created his guitar ”by hand” and made the pics into a video: http://bit.ly/Joe-making-a-guitar


Joe also loved the mountains and fishing. Here’s Joe fishing at one of our favorite spots near Asheville, NC.

Amy Netzel

August 15, 2019

I came to know Joe through Becky. She and I share an office, and one of the things I learned early on about Joe was that he was a kind and thoughtful man who consistently made sure others were taken care of, whether it was fixing others' guitars, loading up Becky's canoe before one of her excursions, recommending and then going out and buying a bottle of special cleaner for me when I couldn't find his recommendation in the stores myself, or just always making sure he and Becky had a homemade dinner every evening when she came home from work. Joe really was a special man.

He could also...bake amazing things.

On occasion, he would either send in or personally deliver homemade treats to the office...just as tokens of his appreciation toward us, Becky's co-workers. With everything we knew about him and the delicious treats, those of us in the office would regularly joke that we all wanted to marry Joe!

We'll be here for Becky, Joe.
May you rest in peace.

Tom Stevens

August 15, 2019

Joe was a "one-of-a-kind" great friend. I first met him playing guitar on Wednesday nights at the Cary Senior Center, and he always lent a helping hand to a struggling guitarist (me). Soon, we realized we lived close-by and I always seemed to have a guitar that needed a "set-up". I always enjoyed talking guitars, engineering, construction, aviation, or a myriad of other subjects with Joe. He was a wealth of knowledge and it was always fun to hear his stories. I'll never forget his friendship and the way he loved to teach me about both music and luthiery. We rebuilt what he affectionately called "Frankenstein" from an old Taylor that had been run over in someone's driveway. He had a great way of letting his feelings show, and didn't hide anything. He always hated doing that guitar, but I treasure it now thinking of all the times we picked guitar and talked music, guitars, guitar building, aviation, philosophy, you name it. He always told me, "Just play the melody..." I wish I could play the melody 1/10 of how he could...
Rest in Peace Brother Joe. You will be sorely missed...

Pat Falkowski

August 14, 2019

Joe was a natural born performer. Guitars, songs and yarns were his instruments and he always managed to find an audience. When we were in NY for a family event a few years ago, we were looking for him to have breakfast together, but couldn't find him. Seated in the restaurant, we noticed a group -maybe 6 or 7-just outside the window. (Probably smokers) They were in a circle and who, but Joe, was the center of their attention. He had them laughing, joking, and fascinated with whatever tale he was telling. All strangers. But Joe didn't know any strangers, they were just pals he hadn't met yet.
He was my only friend and confidant at some lonely times in my life and I am so grateful that I had such a brother. I miss him terribly.

Debbie Currie

August 14, 2019

Joe was a kind, generous, and supportive friend - he will be sorely missed. He was so truly talented. We will think of him every time we see a gorgeous guitar, or uniquely creative musical instrument. He came right to mind when we walked into the Latitude 62 Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska last year, and saw a fellow playing a banjo made from a snowshoe! The music was fabulous, and it might have even been bluegrass... we like to think so. Farewell, friend.

Rick Garner

August 14, 2019

It has been a privilege to call Joe my friend and I will surely miss him. There will be a void in the music here without him to carry the leads and keep the songs going. He made his mark on us and we are better for it.

So long dear friend. We'll see you on the other side.

Archie Lucky

August 14, 2019

My thoughts about Joe.

Wow 😮 wish I could play some music one more time with him.

I am going to miss Joe. He had a great musical talent when he played with us. He was the one everyone looked to during the lead breaks. He really shined at those little lead licks he would play. He could play any song with anyone and transpose it into a different key in the fly. Except when someone wanted to play something by Prince. haaa
I always looked forward to him showing up and playing guitar and singing with him to the songs he loved to play. He had some great ones. Couldn’t get him in front of a microphone but he could sing that’s for sure. I would love to get his book of songs and make some copies. Good bye Joe. Thanks for spending some of your time with me.

Archie

Karen Smedley

August 14, 2019

Joe was always fun to be around. He was a fine musician and a good man.