Billy Gene Crawford
February 22, 1932 – September 12, 2018
Billy Gene Crawford, 86, of Conway passed away Wednesday, September 12. He was born February 22, 1932 in Danville, Arkansas to Tom and Lillie Horn Crawford.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Kellermann, daughter Lisa Hart, his parents, one brother Murlys Crawford, and four sisters Thelma Hutchins, Inez Bailey, Tommye Hamilton, and Mattie Higgs.
He retired as a Technical Sergeant after 20 years in the United States Air Force, and he retired from the Arkansas Employment Security Department in services to veterans. Having served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict, Billy was an advocate for veterans, not only in word, but in deed. For many years he was an active member of the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and DAV. He had over 1000 hours of volunteer service. He always enjoyed “coffee and” with his many friends at Ed’s Bakery and Julie’s Sweet Shoppe. He appreciated Julie Goodnight and the special attention that she extends to honor veterans.
He is survived by his daughter Debbie Crawford, son Tommy (Mary) Crawford, grandchildren Matt (Angela) Crawford, Parks (Nicole Segear) Crawford, Jessica (Matt) Kaykhossrokiani, Ben Hart, and four great-grandchildren Carroll Ann Crawford, Forrest, Joni, and Charlea Kaykhossrokiani. He is also survived by his closest sister, and best friend, Lillie Snow of Alexander. He had a special place in his heart for all of his nieces and nephews and their children.
The family would like to acknowledge all of the residents, employees, and Cynthia Tillman at College Square. We appreciate you all, you were truly a second family to Billy.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph School Endowment, Conway Arkansas, or a charity of choice.
Visitation is Monday, September 17 from 5-6 p.m. With the Rosary at 6 p.m. in Griffin Leggett Conway Chapel. Service is Tuesday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Griffin Leggett Conway 1751 Dave Ward Dr. Conway, AR 72034 Online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggettconway.com.
- Ruth Crawford, Wife
- Lisa Hart, Daughter
- Lillie Ellen Crawford, Mother
- James Crawford, Father
- Murlys Crawford, Brother
- Thelma Hutchins, Sister
- Inez Bailey, Sister
- Tommye Hamilton, Sister
- Mattie Higgs, Sister
- Debbie Crawford, Daughter
- Tommy Crawford, Son
- Mary Crawford, Daughter-in-law
- Matt (Angela) Crawford, Grandson
- Parks (Nicole Segear) Crawford, Grandson
- Jessica (Matt) Kaykhossrokiani, Granddaughter
- Ben Hart, Grandson
- Carroll Ann Crawford, Great Granddaughter
- Forrest Kaykhossrokiani, Great Grandson
- Joni Kaykhossrokiani, Great Granddaughter
- Charlea Kaykhossrokiani, Great Granddaughter
- Lillie Snow, Sister
- United States Air Force, Active Pallbearer
- St. Joseph School Endowment
- Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
- Rosary Monday, September 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018
- Committal Service Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Billy Gene Crawford
September 23, 2018
Tommy, we had no idea your Dad passed away until my mom mentioned it to me on Friday. I'm so sorry to hear of this, because my memory of you dad was always such a nice, happy and fun man! Both Charlie and I want to extend our sympathies and have you all in our prayers.
September 20, 2018
I'm so sorry about your loss. You will be in our prayers.
September 18, 2018
I brought communion to Mr. Billy on Monday mornings at Collage Square. I also visited him when he was in rehab at Conway Regional. There, I met his sister, Lillie. She was just like him. Both were friendly and so enjoyable to visit with. I will truly miss his radiant and precious smile on Monday mornings!
September 18, 2018
To the family I would like to say that I'm so very sorry. Bill shared so many sweet stories about his family over the years. I will always cherish the memories of his friendship, his sweet smile, warm hugs, and his unforgetable laugh! What a great man with a sweet spirit!! Praying for y'all in the days ahead.