Name: Mary Amy Hall
Birth: 27 OCT 1892 in Halls, Tn
Death: 25 FEB 1994 in Brownsville, Tn
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The following eulogy was delivered by Charles Alexander, Jr., Great Grandson of Amy Hall Crawford:
Amy Hall Crawford was born in 1892. In that year 'Benjamin Harrison was
President of the United States. Thomas Edison was revolutionizing the
American home with electricity. Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Henry James -
these were the literary figures of the day. Queen Victoria ruled the British
Empire. Painters like Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas were at the height of
their powers. The American West was still to a large degree the Wild West.
The American South was still an Agrarian society, a time when peoples ties
to the land and to each other were a matter of survival, strong and unquestioned.
People endured many hardships, knew the pain of loss and want, but enjoyed simple
pleasures. The rich soil of the fields; the bounty of forest and stream; the warmth of
home and family - it was into this rural landscape that Amy Hall Crawford was born.
Halls, Tennessee was the place of her birth. Her grandfather was a doctor and, as
a little girl, Amy often made the rounds with him, riding country roads with horse and buggy.
What a different world those young eyes must have known. In later years, Miss Amy once
remarked, as she watched the astronauts land on the moon, of the dramatic changes that
had taken place in her lifetime. Indeed, she had been witness to a whirlwind of change.
Two World Wars. A Great Depression. The birth of the Nuclear age. How different from
those early morning rounds in grandfathers rig, traversing the boundaries of a world that
was known and understood, greeting familiar faces, welcoming new ones, saying farewell
to old friends. For her, these boundaries, marked by the roads and fields of home, were
Enough. A word few of us seem to understand these days. In an ever-shrinking
world, bombarded with media campaigns and news from a global Village, we have
lost the meaning of boundaries. Always we are told to move faster, to be bigger, smarter,
better. We never seem to have, or do, enough. Some might say that having lost the context
of place we have lost the meaning of ourselves. Miss Amy, however, suffered little from
these considerations. She never traveled far from home -- ?Memphis and Jackson, on
occasion, were her outer limits. She never flew on an airplane. She never had a phone
or drove a car. Simplicity, another word that seems to have lost its meaning in our chaotic
modern existence, suited her best.
For over seventy-five years, Miss Amy's home served as a gathering place for children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; the place where many wonderful afternoons were
spent by many of you , her friends, just sitting in the yard, visiting, To many, that yard will always
be alive with shadows of the past - Miss Matt, Miss Irene, Miss Mattie Sue, Miss Lucy, Miss Kit,
and Miss Amy. They will always be a reflection of a gentler past, a way of life that must never
be forgotten. Miss Amy was a precious gift to those of the present generation, a reminder of
a simpler time far removed from the stresses of modern living. We were truly privileged to
have known her kindness, serenity, and simplicity. Through knowing her, we have learned
of our beginnings and have thus come to know ourselves in a truer sense.
Father: Evander McKever (Jr.) Hall b: 1864 in Halls, Lauderdale County, TN
Mother: Mary Abagal Tripp b: in Dancyville, Tn
David Craig (D. C.), Sr Crawford b: 1893 in Dancyville, Haywood Co, Tn
- Russell Hall Crawford b: 25 NOV 1914 in Double Bridges (Hall), Tn
- Annie Maria Crawford
- George Willis Crawford b: 25 JAN 1919 in Dancyville, Haywood Co, Tn
- David Craig (D.C.), Jr Crawford b: 4 JUN 1923 in Brownsville, Tn