Rev. Arville James “AJ” Crawford, met Jesus face to face, the One who he preached about for more than 60 years, on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
AJ was a veteran and a minister of the gospel of 60 years, which included 2 years at Hoitt Ave. Baptist Church where he was ordained, 18 years at Valley View Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN, 19 years at Ball Road Baptist Church, 21 years at Lakeview Baptist Church, Rockford, TN. He recently retired after 60 years of loyal dedication to the Ministry, and also retired from Y-12 in 1989.
A.J. Was such an outgoing person. He never met a stranger. He loved his family, missed the ones who had gone on before, and his love for the Lord led many to Christ. AJ was the happiest when he was in the pulpit preaching Gods Word.
The last few years of his life was spent at Morning Point in Powell, where it only took a few hours for them to fall in love with him. He will be missed by many. The family would like to thank the staff at Morning Point for their care of AJ.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Kathleen (Kat); parents, Lester and Julia Crawford; father and mother-in-law, Reed and Bessie Hester; brother, Edgar (Sarah); sister, Shirley Nelson (Hubert); daughter, Tina Renee Debusk; brother-in-law, Charles Hester (Frances); sister-in-law, Arlene Mellon (Roy).
Left to cherish his memory is Victor and Tammy Crawford, Russell and Carrie Hill, and Kara Hill, Amy and Nick Batson, Britt Tucker and Ellora, Adam Crawford; 8 great grandchildren, Robin, Aden, Christian, Josie, Adalyn, Tristin, Giuiliana and Hayslee; nieces and nephews; special friends, Gina Middleton, Lee Ilis, and Mack Orick who was always by his side.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 2:00pm until time of funeral service at 4:00pm at Valley View Baptist Church with Rev. Jared Shumate, Rev. Justin Pratt, and Rev. Mike Goodson officiating. Family and friends will meet on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10:00am to go in procession to Woodlawn Cemetery in Loudon Co. for a 11:00pm graveside service.
Pallbearers will be Russell Hill, Britt Tucker, Anthony Capalbo, Brian Davis, Al Aldridge and Blake Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mack Orick, Jim Rose and Rob Aldridge.
In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.mynattfh.com