Dorin Dee Crawford, son of the late Joseph Roscoe Crawford and Mary Francis Linchford Crawford was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Bee Branch, Ark., and departed this life Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the age of 85 years and 6 months.
Dorin met Flora Barron at the Rives theater. They married Nov. 5, 1949.
He was a farmer, a mechanic and gin operator. He managed to raise eight children through hard manuel labor. Dorin only had a third grade education, but was a very intelligent man. He could not read or write, but he could take apart heavy equipment and re-assemble it without consulting the manuel that he and his co-workers had been sent to Memphis to learn to read and follow. He enjoyed fishing and cooking a big fish fry for his family. He knew Jesus Christ and accepted him as his Savior.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Crawford, of Steele, Mo.; six sons, Roger Crawford and wife, Patricia, of Paragould, Ark., Randy Crawford, of West Plains, Mo., Ronnie Crawford and wife, Peggy, of Big Rock, Ill., Russell Crawford, of Steele, Mikle Crawford and wife, Raquel, of Piggott, Ark., and Mitchell Crawford, of Steele two daughters, Mary Gifford and husband, Jim, of Blytheville, Ark., and Lisa Turner and husband, Anthony, of Wynne, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Brandon Crawford, Mindy Murray, Emily Crawford, Justin Day, Julie Gifford, Jordan Gifford, Ryan Crawford, Lucas Turner and Hadley Jo Turner; seven great-grandchildren, Kaylea Murray, Arielle Murray, Elizabeth Crawford, Ana Day, Tyler Day, Jacob Day and Charlee Jo Henderson, and other relatives and many friends.
Dorin was only nine years old when he lost his father. He was preceded in death by his first-born infant son, Charlie Dorin Crawford; four brothers, Wesley, Toy, Odell and Earnest and four sisters: Effie, Ida, Lizzy and Audrey.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at McDaniel Chapel in Kennett with Pastor Brian Shearer and Truman Wycoff officiating.
Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery at St. Francis, Ark.
Pallbearers are Ryan Crawford, Jordan Gifford, Anthony Turner, Mikle Crawford, Ronnie Crawford and Jim Gifford.
Honorary pallbearers are Russell, Roger, Randy and Mitchell Crawford.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.