Pine Crest Funeral Home & Pine Crest Cemetery

1939 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL


Dr. John R Cranton

June 6, 1936February 2, 2020

Dr. John R. Cranton, 83, passed away peacefully at Saad Hospice Facility on February 2, 2020. John was born on June 6, 1936 in Birmingham, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1949 and became a United States citizen in 1953. He graduated from Murphy High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. in 1957. He also earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama in 1961 and did his internship from 1961-1962 at the United States Air Force Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. His first duty assignment was at the 839th Tactical Hospital, Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee in 1962 as a Flight Medical Officer and in 1964 he became a Flight Surgeon. Dr. Cranton was released from active duty in June 1965 and he did his residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Alabama Medical College, Birmingham, Alabama from 1965-1968. He served in the Air Force Reserves till he retired as a Chief Flight Surgeon Colonel, MC. June 1996. He specialized in psychiatry and worked in Mobile, Alabama till retiring December of 2019.

John is survived by his loving wife Pat of 22 years; children, Deborah (David) Bates, Pamela Cranton, Kimberly (Tom) Kordell, Christopher (Michelle) Cranton, Gregory Cranton; grandchildren, Erin, Joshua, Andrea', Benjamin, Jacob, Andrew, Jason, Caleb, Bethany, Cameron, Emily, Evan, Caden, Ella and Olivia; great-Daddy John to many. He was predeceased by parents John and Ella Massey.

Services are scheduled to take place at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 1050 Azalea Rd., Mobile Ala 36693, on Saturday, February 8, 2020. A visitation will take place at 12:00pm with a memorial service to follow at 2:00pm. A military honors service will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery, 1939 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, Ala 36605. In lieu of flowers please make any donations to St. Lukes Episcopal Church.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


Dr. John R Cranton

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February 8, 2020

Dear Pat and all family of Dr Cranton, I have so many nice things to share with you about DR Cranton . As you know, He was my respected colleague and friend . I saw him as a Renaissance Man , He had varied talents , I respected his ability to sing and his past surgical , military knowledge .and psychiatric knowledge . but you are Most likely aware of all of his talents . Today, I would like to share a memory about something Dr Cranton did for me 35 years ago I had become sick during a pregnancy was hospitalized and delivered a stillborn infant . . I was alone in my room ,as it seemed ,most people did not know what to say and I felt alone . To my surprise and relief . I had a unexpected and appreciated visit from Dr Cranton .!!! He just stopped by the hospital room and showed his concern for my grief and loss . I will never forget how much his visit meant to me . I remember it like it was yesterday and I wanted to share this with you .
I send my love and I am thinking of you all
Sincerely , Julie Trice

Bob Petersen

February 8, 2020

My sincerest thoughts to the Doc's family. He was a true flight surgeon that cared about his fellow flyers and fought for them at every turn. He will be sorely missed and remembered. Thanks Doc for you service and your friendship over the years.

Travis Hawkins

February 8, 2020

John Cranton, quite literally, saved my life more than once. He was a catalyst for love and goodness in the life of my family. I wish I could thank him just one more time for the transformative effect he had on our lives. We love him and he is sorely missed.

Sherry Bishop

February 7, 2020

I met Dr. Cranton 50 years ago in a treatment team meeting when I was a new employee. We next worked together on the 7th Floor at Mobile General. I have been flooded with memories since learning of John's passing. God speed.

Dolores Bray

February 7, 2020

I remember babysitting your children. Before I knew I was working in psychiatry next to you. I loved sharing memories of my parents with you , so personal. Going to dinners by drug sponsors. Always made everyone comfortable.
God bless you. Thank you for your friendship. Your knowledge and expertise in psychiatry will be missed but carried on for years.
God bless you Dr. Cranton

Dolores Muscat Bray