James Ronald Crawford

Born in Nashville, TN on July 19, 1936

Departed on July 8, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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CRAWFORD, James R., Age 76, July 8, 2013. Preceded in death by his spouse, Dorothy R. Crawford; parents, James C. and Eula Crawford; sister, Mary Jo Moore. Survived by spouse, Donice Heckler Crawford; children, Chris Crawford Amy and Margaret Crawford; step-children, Thomas Heckler Jeanne, Scott Heckler Sue, Kip Heckler Cindy and Kandi Whited Jim; grandchildren, Cody and Drew Crawford; 11 step-grandchildren; 5 step-great grandchildren; sister, Carol Turner Bill.
He was a teacher and a coach for 25 years. He was a varsity baseball coach for Overton High School where they were 3rd in the state in 1965 and 2nd in the state in 1968. He was the freshman football coach and was undefeated for 7 years and a baseball and football coach at Bellevue High School and the head football coach at Goodlettsville High School for 2 years. He was also an avid outdoorsman, gardener, architect and a master of all trades.
A life celebration service will be at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Harpeth Hills
Funeral Home with Curt Mitchell officiating. Interment to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Honorary Pallbearers: Tommy Griffith, Hale Harris, Steve Harris, Sam Young, Ralph Perkins, Jimmie Bradford, Rice Brown, Earnie Rymond and Doug Newman. Active Pallbearers: Joe Foxall, Jrex Donaldson, Brent Turner, Kevin Meadors, Ted Hackett and Jim Wilson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice or Juvenile Diabetes. Visitation, Tuesday, 3-8 pm and Wednesday, 12-1 pm at HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, 615 646-9292.

9 Comments to James Ronald Crawford

  1. Mark Willoughby
    July 8, 2013 12:00 am

    Coach was a great coach and a better man. He was one of the great influences on my life, and the lessons I learned playing for him serve me well even today. Blessings for peace to the family.

  2. Brian Badger
    July 8, 2013 12:00 am

    Coach Crawford blessed my life by giving me the opportunity to be a trainer for his Bellevue High football teams, which led to my receiving a college scholarship. I offer my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for his loved ones. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

  3. Marian Floyd
    July 8, 2013 12:00 am

    Coach Crawford was a generous and loving man. May his daughter and son take comfort in the knowledge that he is no longer in pain or limited by his weakened body. He is with your momma and they are on the grandest fishing trip of their lives.

  4. Todd Sneed
    July 8, 2013 12:00 am

    Coach Crawford you were a great friend, teacher and coach. A big supporter of the Bellevue Baseball & Football Community as well as creating one of the best baseball and football programs at Bellevue High School. Condolences to his family and you will be greatly missed by this Bellevue family!!!! R.I.P.

  5. Carl Johnson
    July 8, 2013 12:00 am

    Thank you for being our football coach at Bellevue HS. You were always fair. Bellevue will miss you.
    Class of 1980. R.I.P.

  6. Damon Cook
    July 9, 2013 12:00 am

    Coach Crawford taught me hard work and dedication to anything will pay off. He was a kind man good coach and could motivate you when you needed it HE help establish a winning attiuted at Bellevue that his players carry with them today. Thanks Coach!!!! Prayers with the family!

  7. Mike Brooks
    July 9, 2013 12:00 am

    I am sad to hear the news of Coach Crawford passing. Coach was my drafting teacher and football coach but most importantly a mentor and role model. He always made the time for conversation or to provide sound advice and guidance. He always strived to make us not just better players, but better individuals. I will remember the grueling 2-a-day summer football practices and running Coaches favorite drill “The Gauntlet” at the end of each practice. I will also always remember the summer that he took Chris and I down to the University of Alabama to meet Coach Bear Bryant and watch Alabama practice football. That was a trip of a lifetime for a high school sophomore. I also will never forget the time I left the drafting class to shoot hoops in the gym and he caught me, he gave me 3 licks for that. Coach Crawford was one of my favorite coaches and he help prepared me for life after high school. He was a positive influence, kept me on the straight and narrow and I will miss him.

  8. stan luckett
    July 9, 2013 12:00 am

    I am very sorry to hear the passing of coach crawford.Coach continue to wear that black cowboy hat in heaven,you will be missed by many in the Bellevue community.Sincerley Stan Luckett

  9. luke ewing
    July 10, 2013 12:00 am

    The ewing family sends condolences to the Crawford Family. My brother Sam Ewing was coached by Coach Crawford in baseball and other sports. My brother went on to play professional baseball- some of the my brother’s sucess should go to Coach Crawford. As a student at John Overton I learned alot from Coach Crawford just by how he treated other students and how he related to people that he coached.