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Ridout's Valley Chapel

1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL

OBITUARY

Dr. James Ralph Cranford Jr.

November 10, 1955May 11, 2020
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On Monday, May 11, 2020, Dr. James Ralph Cranford, Jr., (64) was ushered into eternity surrounded by loving family.

Ralph was preceded in death by his father, James Ralph Cranford, Sr.; his mother Billie Jean Sauls Cranford; and his sister, Grace Jean “Cissy” Cranford Beard. He is survived by his devoted wife Amanda Pilkington Cranford, his two children: Jaley Cranford Norwood (Will) and James Ralph “Trey” Cranford, III; two step-children, Mariah Ford Johnson and Regan Ford, and one grandson, Lee Thomas Norwood.

Born November 10, 1955 in Mississippi, Ralph received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and his MD Degree from The University of Mississippi. Practicing medicine in Birmingham for more than 30 years, Ralph lived his life serving others, with a passion for adventure, he spent his free time spending time with the people he loved, running, and travelling.

The family will receive friends at Ridout’s Valley Chapel on Friday, May 15, 2020 beginning at eleven o’clock with the funeral service following at one o’clock in the afternoon. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at one o’clock in the afternoon at Colonial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mississippi.

Memorials in memory of Dr. James Ralph Cranford, Jr. may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

Memories

Dr. James Ralph Cranford Jr.

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Rob Moss

May 15, 2020

I met Ralph about 20 years ago in the gym and we share some mutual friends. I always appreciated his upbeat attitude and admired his discipline in his profession and his fitness. He was always willing and eager to chat for a few minutes even though he had a lot of demands on his time. He was a good man and a lot of people in this community will miss his smile. Rest In Peace Ralph

Vicki Bacon

May 13, 2020

Loved working with Doc! He had a way with people and could astound even a seasoned RN with his quick and accurate diagnosis. Prayers for his family.

Claire Schauer

May 13, 2020

My husband and I were patients of Dr. Cranford. We are so sad to hear of his passing. Praying for his family.

Roxanne Bailey

May 13, 2020

Dr. Cranford was not only an amazing doctor but a great friend! It was a joy to work with him. He was an attentive listener and consistently gave the most helpful advice. He taught me what it meant to possess strength and kindness which I utilized in every aspect of my life. His presence will be missed, and he will always be remembered.

Curtis Newman

May 13, 2020

Sorry to hear this news. It was a privilege to work with him and an honor to call him a friend...

Beth Johnson

May 13, 2020

In 20 years of nursing this precious, funny, kind hearted man has always been my absolute favorite Dr. We worked many years of weekend shifts together in the ER. He cared about his nurses so much. He went above and beyond bringing us food and treats and telling funny stories, he just made the work day so much better. He is one of a kind, once you met him you loved him and would just never forget his contagious personality. I know he is in Heaven and celebrating his life so well lived! We all love you Ralphie. ❤️

Annette Hurst

May 13, 2020

Ralph was such a great doctor! I loved working with him at Citizens ER.
He touched so many lives and hearts with his giving spirit and quick wit.
I’ll always smile when I think of him.
Praying for family to have peace and comfort during this time.

Kim Ellis

May 13, 2020

Best doctor I ever had! Love and prayers for his friends and family!!

Sandra Thomas

May 12, 2020

I worked with Dr Crawford for several years in the ER. He was a good ER MD. I enjoyed working with him. He made even the tough shifts easier. My thoughts are prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

Tracy Stedwell

May 12, 2020

I worked with Dr. Cranford for about 4 years. There was never a dull moment and he became affectionately known as “Leroy”. He’s a great doctor and a good man. He will be missed by many and he was taken too soon.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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