HIGH POINT Joe Crawford has begun his eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus! He is again able to sing and praise God, laugh, dance, and love people as he was so clearly called to do. Joe was raised in Greensboro, where he was involved in Young Life ministries and where he first began a relationship with God. He met his wife, Diane, while attending UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in Sociology and Psychology. He continued his education with a Doctorate in Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in preparation for his call as a pastor. Joe served in churches in Florence, S.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Kannapolis, over his 25 years in ministry. Joe and Diane's children, Ryan Crawford (and Kathryn) and grandson, Braxton of Mebane, Kenan Crawford Hill (and Nick) of Atlanta, and Graham Crawford of Atlanta, will always remember him for his dedication to serving God and his family, his heart, his corny jokes, and his amazing love for them and for life. Joe's mom, Bobbie Crawford of Greensboro, and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews will remember his humor and love for them also. Even as Alzheimer's disease affected Joe, he continued to gently show God's love and acceptance to those around him. Special thanks to Black Mountain Neuromedical Treatment Center for their amazing care and love for Joe and our family. A memorial service of gratitude and praise to God will be held Saturday, June 8, at 2:00 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3906 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC. Memorials may be made online or by mail to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209, or to Young Life, P.O. Box 70065, Prescott, AZ 86304-7065.

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Sorry for you lost. I'm find hope in Bible verses. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 said "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God". You can go to www.jw.org

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