Will (Willie) Crawford III "Pops" died peacefully at UPM Hamot Wednesday night February 17th 2021 in Erie Pennsylvania at the age of 71. He made his peaceful transition from this life following a brief deal of illnesses and hospitalizations. Strong and passionate, yet humble and resilient, Willie was a resident at the Soldiers and Sailors Home; a proud veteran that served his country for many years in the armed services.
Willie was born on February 5th, 1950 in Harveyton, Kentucky; a son of the Will Jr. and Virginia Williams-Crawford. Married to the late Deborah Harvey, Willie was a proud father and veteran. He did his patriotic duty serving his country well in the United States Navy. During his tenure in the Navy, he was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and was an excellent marksman. Willie was also a graduate of Tech Memorial High School where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He worked for G.E designing locomotives, and engineering some of the world's finest equipment, also at Erie Unemployment Office and Walmart as a greeter. He loved hanging around family and friends and was very sociable and outgoing.
Williw was preceded in death by his step-mother Mrs. Vera Stanton Crawford, (2) sisters, Clara Jackson, Ida Stanton and nephew, Larry Crawford. He leaves to cherish his children: (3) sons, Billy Crawford, Todd Harvey (Margaret Ferguson), Dwayne Harvey and (3) daughters, Desiree Crawford, Tina Moyer-Hobson, and Athena, (2) brothers, Lamonte Crawford of Jacksonville Florida, Danny Stanton (Elaine Stanton), and (5) sisters, Carolyne Crawford, Johnnie B. Lee, Andrea Wallace (Fred) of Detroit Michigan, Patricia Steele (Ricky), Tonia Stanton of Pittsburgh PA, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews
The family would like to thank all the caregivers/hospital staff/etc. at the Soldiers & Sailors Home, UPMC Hamot and Slomski Funeral Home for their efforts, care, and dedication.
All are welcome to attend a graveside service with full military honors at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home Cemetery 560 East 3rd St. Wednesday at 1pm. There will be no reception to follow per request of the family. Flowers are gratefully decined. Condolences and donations and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc 2101 Ash St. is handling arrangements.
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