John Grier Crawford Jr.

June 22, 1923December 22, 2013

John Grier Crawford, 90, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born on June 22, 1923 in Cooleemee, NC, and was the son of the late John G. Crawford, Sr. and Lola Carter Crawford.

John was a graduate of High Point College in High Point, NC and also served in the US Marine Corps during WWII and received a Purple Heart. He moved from Falls Church to Harrisonburg where he has lived for 27 years. He was a chemist with the Food and Drug Administration before retiring.

John was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Sons of American Revolution, a 32nd degree Mason, the Shriners and Scottish Rite.

On October 27, 1956 he married the former Mary Lou Mueller, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Kathy Cheatham and husband, James, of Fairfax, Cheryl Hutcheson and husband, Michael, of Ashburn; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, his twin, Frances Wainio of Marblehead, OH, and Edna Harding of Charlotte, NC.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Sonderegger; two sisters, Mariola Crawford and Amy Myers. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg with Rev. Paul O’Gorek officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or visit the website at

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 28, 2013

John Grier Crawford Jr.

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Fran Hutcheson

December 30, 2013

Mary Lou, Cheryl, Kathy and families:
May GOD provide you love, strength and comfort at this time of sadness and sorrow. May your hearts find healing in cherished memories of your Husband and Dad. Love and Blessings.

Bill Cheatham

December 27, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.