In Memory

Noble Sonny Crawford

From the Sewickley Herald: Wednesday, May 2, 1984; page 24:

Noble E. (Sonny) Crawford, 24, of 614 Grimes St., Sewickley, died suddenly on April 27, 1984. He was dead on arrival at Sewickley Valley Hospital.
Mr. Crawford was born in Sewickley, the son of Noble E. and Thelma Blackson Crawford Sr. He was a 1978 graduate of Quaker Valley High School and attended California University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Crawford, a member of Antioch Baptist Church, was employed by U.S. Air in the baggage department at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Gervaise L. Edger and Arvella E. Crawford, both of Sewickley; and a brother, Carl D. Lockhart U.S. Army, Ft. Lewis, Washington.
Friends were received at the Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Sewickley, where a funeral was held on April 30. His pastor, the Rev. Jezreel Toliver officiated, Burial was in Sewickley Cemetery.

Sonny was a cool dude. Never a harsh word to say; he had a disarming manner that made one want to be around him. I smile at his memory...L Murrer.

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02/28/08 09:10 PM #1    

Thomas Tom McCormack

I worked with Sonny over the summer for the high school. Sonny used to tell great jokes, and had a contagious laugh that he would stretch out, and we would laugh at his laugh. Big bright smile, sharp wit, and like Lee said, never a harsh word. Nice guy.

03/06/08 10:48 PM #2    

Brian Cole

I remember it like it was yesterday, the night my Mom called to tell me Sonny had passed. I had known Sonny since we were 6 yrs. old and our friendship was as strong as brothers. I had grown up in the funeral business and had been involved with hundreds of funerals, but none like this. Lance Whitlock performed Sonny's service, at the beginning you could have heard a pin drop, we were all in shock, but about half way through the sermon another preacher slammed his hand on the pulpit and shouted " Do not cry for Sonny, be joyful for his life! Nobody has lived a life so full of Love and Happiness than Noble, nobody could bring a smile to a stranger with just his/her own smile like Noble. Stop your crying, Sonny is with GOD"....The church atmosphere had changed. There was singing and clapping and tears, but not of sorrow, they were now tears of joy for all who had the chance to know and love Sonny. He will always be missed but never forgotten.
Brian Cole

09/30/08 07:22 PM #3    

Donald Don Neely

Having been a Paramedic for many years, I always feared being called to help friends and family in distress. Imagine my surprise that beautiful spring day when I arrived at a house on Grimes street in Sewickley for a Man Down and found out that the man was actually my friend and former classmate Sonny Crawford. I guess the matter was out of my hands even though everything possible was done including some impromptu prayer. Sonny fought hard that day. I also miss his wonderful smile. It seemed that Sonny never had a bad word to say. Rest in peace my friend.

10/05/09 02:44 PM #4    

John Thompson

Sonny was the best of us. I knew Sonny from Kindergarten/First grade? (Time makes things fuzzy) When we had fractured off into our own little cliques come High School, Sonny's world included all of us. We were all part of his group. When I heard he passed away it crushed me. He was a good man, a good friend, and as I said earlier the best of us.

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