James Edward Crawford

December 23, 1929February 5, 2014
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Haughton, Louisiana. Services for James Edward Crawford, 84, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2014 at First United Methodist Church of Bossier City. Officiating will be Rev. David Dietzel and Rev. Ashley McGuire of First United Methodist Church of Bossier City. Internment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Hillcrest Funeral Home. James was born December 23, 1929 to John Brice and Susie Tarver Crawford in East Point, Louisiana and was one of nine children. He passed away peacefully February 5th, 2014 in Bossier City, Louisiana after a lengthy illness. After serving in the Korean War, James returned home to marry his once in a lifetime sweetheart, Virginia Barbo and resumed working for Bossier Rural Electric Co-op as a lineman, settling in Haughton, Louisiana where he lived for 53 years. He knew every line, pole, and transformer in rural Bossier Parish and spent many days and nights "keeping the lights on". After 44 years, James retired from BREMCO and transitioned into a loving, doting Grandpa to his two granddaughters, attending every music or dance recital, soccer / softball / basketball game, and school or church event where they were involved. He was a constant presence in their lives, and will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Floyd, Vernon, Johnny, and Bobby, and sisters Jimmie Lou Watkins and Wanda Faye Rachal. James is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Barbo Crawford, son Michael Crawford and wife Linda, and granddaughters, Lara Catherine and Claire Elisabeth Crawford of Bossier City, Louisiana; sister Carolyn Layfield of Coushatta, Louisiana; brother Billy Dean Crawford of Haughton, Louisiana; "daughter" Pauline Barbo of Haughton, Louisiana; special niece, Paige Barbo of Bossier City, Louisiana; his Barbo brothers and sisters, Bill, Bertha, Jack, Jeanette, Melvin, Walter, Pauline, and Helen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Honoring James as pall bearers will be his nephews Randall Crawford, Russell Crawford, Ryan Crawford, Patrick Crawford, Steve Moore, Joey Moore, and Bobby Moore. The family would like to thank Dr. Attila Balogh and the staff of Promise Hospital Bossier City for their patient and tender care, and our FUMC-Bossier family for their many, many prayers. John 14:2 (KJV) In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you


  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, February 9, 2014

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David Pemberton

February 27, 2014

Sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

February 9, 2014

Dear Mike and Crawford family, may God keep you in his care. May the joyful memories of your loved one give you comfort. Sincerely, Chris Vergo

Pam Price

February 9, 2014

Mike and family, I am so sorry about your loss. I wish i could have stayed for the service, i know it will be beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

D Wright

February 9, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time.

Liz Dugger

February 9, 2014

Mrs. Crawford, so sorry for your loss, You will be our prayers and thoughts at this difficult times. Amelia and Joseph Downey sent their love to you...I only knew you for this past year(since I moved down here from Tn...but I loved talking you and having you as my neighbor...May God bless you and your family,
Liz Dugger..Haughton, La.

February 9, 2014

"Virginia, Michael and Family"
May it bring you comfort to know that your sorrow is shared and You and the Family are in our Thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time.

Buck and Bonnie Spear

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

February 8, 2014

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James Edward Crawford our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for James. And to James it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. James, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to James's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Bruce & Nanette Jones

February 8, 2014

Mike, we are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. All the best to you and your wonderful family.

Joe & Joey Guice

February 8, 2014

Virginia & Family, We are so sorry to learn of James passing. We are very, very fortunate to have had you & James as neighbors.

Rise' & Archie Jones

February 7, 2014


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. When I worked with you, you would tell us all GREAT stories about your Dad. I know from experience that those memories will be one of your most prized possessions.

Know that we are praying for you and your family.