Irvin "Danny" Daniel Crane

November 5, 1932November 24, 2018

Irvin Daniel Crane 86, of Stoneville, NC, died November 24, 2018. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Maxine Weaver Crane; his daughters Cheryl Danielle Hunter (Barry) and Catherine Michelle Reel (Bill); his three grandsons, Steven Seth Chain, William Daniel Reel (Lauren), Aaron Thomas Reel (Katharine); and five great grandchildren. Danny graduated from Culpeper County High School in 1951 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track He received a football scholarship to Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, where he received many lasting records in football and track. He was honored to be on the All-Conference football team in 1953 and 1954, and was an All- American football player in 1953 and 1954. He graduated in 1955 and received a football contract with the Pittsburg Steelers. Because he was drafted into the army, he could not accept the contract. After graduating from Concord College, his #28 jersey was retired. Danny was named to the All-time football team and the All-time track team in the state of West Virginia. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Concord College. While in the army, he played football at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Frankford, Germany, where he made the All- Army Team. He later received his Masters Degree from the University of Virginia. In 1957 Danny entered the teaching and coaching profession. He coached and taught in the same manner in which he was coached and taught. He always said, “The Lord was very good to me.” After 35 years of teaching and coaching, Danny retired and he and his wife moved to Stoneville, NC. A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia, with the Reverend Charles McGathy, First Baptist Church, Madison, NC officiating. Interment in Fairview Cemetery will immediately follow. At the conclusion of the service at the cemetery, the family will receive guests at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 23557 Lignum Road, Lignum, Virginia. Gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be Steven Seth Chain, William Daniel Reel, Aaron Thomas Reel, William Frank Reel, Barry Scott Hunter, Thomas Allen Crane. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be donated to the First Baptist Church of Madison, 110 South Franklin Street, Madison, North Carolina 27025 or Hospice of Rockingham County, Inc., 2150 NC 65, Reidsville, NC 27320. Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Crane family through The Crane family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.


  • First Baptist Church of Madison
  • Hospice of Rockingham County



  • Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2018


  • Interment to Follow Funeral Service

Irvin "Danny" Daniel Crane

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Mel Meadows

December 3, 2018

I was blessed to be coached in both football and track by Coach Crane. His integrity and dedication helped shape my life. I was there when he blew out his Achilles tendon trying to teach me the high hurdles. He was always positive and approachable ... always an example of an authentic humanity. Coach served as my best man when Julie and I married in 1970. I am who and what I am today due to what God poured through Coach Crane to me. Thanks, Coach, I look forward to seeing you on the high side.

John & Ruth Dodson

December 2, 2018

Dear Mrs Crane, and family...
There's a new Star in the sky, as another Angel got his wings.
John and I hope you find comfort in the memories you have with him, but also the wonderful memories others have of Coach. I'm sure you know how respected he was by the Osbourn Football Players, and our Cheerleaders. His voice had been burned into John's memory forever because we had moved to Spotsylvania, and when our sons were younger, and playing football, they had a game held at Brook Park in Stafford. John looked at me, and said Coach Crane is here! I said what, he said listen... he recalled his voice from the 70's, and set out to find him, and find him he did...Coach had a grandson playing there as well, and they stood there chatting a bit...He absolutely loved seeing the Coach that had made a Great impression on him while playing for him. He still reminisces over the times Coach rewarded those that made interceptions with dinner at his home...HE WAS a GREAT MAN, and MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Unfortunately, we just learned tonight from our sister-in-law, Olga Holsclaw Dodson, of his passing or we would have done our best to be present to give our condolences in person.

Andy Bennett

December 2, 2018

I didn't find out until Dec. 2 that he had passed, but Coach Crane was a huge influence on me. I am honored to have been able to play golf with he and Coach Gray a couple times shortly after I graduated High School, two men who taught me what it was to compete, and in many ways taught me to be a man.

Thank you for everything Coach!

Rose Svedek

December 2, 2018

Cathie and family. So sorry for your loss. Cathie you know I am here for you anytime, whether it's to meet for lunch or just to talk. Love you. Rosie

Tom and Elsie Reese

December 1, 2018

God bless the family during this time.

Carol Garland

November 30, 2018

Coach Crane and Mrs. Crane were mentors to me at Gar-Field High School. I have always treasured the invaluable guidance and friendship they provided. Sincere sympathy to the family on their loss, but what joy they can find in a life so well lived and the positive impact he made on so many lives.

Neal Deane

November 29, 2018

Mr. Crane coached me in football and taught me Science in the classroom. Coach always showed everyone respect and served as a mentor and positive role model to us. I also recall him sharing his hunting stories before class started. There are so many fond memories.
RIP Coach.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Crane family.
Neal Deane

Shirley Pitts

November 29, 2018

Frank and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the family. We're sorry to be unable to attend the services but will be with you in spirit. Please lets keep in touch as you move forward.
Love, Shirley

Tudgy Turner

November 29, 2018

Please, accept my sympathy for the loss of a wonderful husband and father.
I think fondly of the long -ago days at the old Gar-Field, and remember your girls when they used to “help” us get ready to open school! I shall always remember what a good and decent man Danny was. Bless you, Maxine .
“Tudgy” Turner

Chris Fulk

November 29, 2018

We were so blessed to have met Danny several times while he was visiting his family in Kernersville, NC. He was a kind man, full of energy and always made you smile. Those that knew Danny are better people because of him and the example he set in this life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maxine and the entire family.

Chris, Carole, Carly & Casey Fulk