Name: David Craig (D.C.), Jr Crawford
Birth: 4 JUN 1923 in Brownsville, Tn
Death: 12 FEB 2005 in Danceyville, Tn
_MILI: WWII, U.S. Army 1943
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D.C. CRAWFORD and his wife of 38 years, Martha, still make the Dancyville Community
their home. D.C. was born and raised in Dancyville along with two brothers and one sister.
His father died at the age of 36 from a ruptured appendix, and his mother, Amy, lived until
the age 101. He attended Dancyville Elementary and graduated from Haywood High School
After graduation he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany. Crawford, in the
378th Infantry, was wounded in frontline fighting and had a six-month hospital stay. After
World War II, he was sent to Camp Shelby near Hattisburg, Mississippi, and was discharged
in November 1945. While in the military he received the Purple Heart and the Combat
After returning home, D.C. farmed several hundred acres. He harvested mostly cotton but
also had corn, beans and milo. He also operated a small general store in Dancyville. In 1955,
he bought into the ginning business with Sam Rhea in Stanton. He and Martha married in 1961,
and he managed the Dancyville gin in partnership with Sam Rhea and Clyde Caldwell while
his brother watched his store business. He also maintained a large herd of cattle.
His general store closed, but several years later he took over the business of another store,
also in Dancyville. In August 1993, Crawford suffered a stroke, which kept him hospitalized
about two months. At that time, the gin closed primarily because of outdated machinery and the
cost to upgrade. When D.C. returned home from the hospital he resumed his store business
immediately. He has suffered another stroke but has recovered. He's at the store everyday ready
The Crawfords attend the historic Dancyville United Methodist Church, and he serves as Sunday
School superintendant. They have three children: Craig, Bill and Chris.
In 1954 Mr. Crawford was elected by members of Chickasaw Electric Cooperative to represent
their service area. He still holds that position.
Note: This profile is a reprint of a Board Member Profile, published by the Chickasaw Electric
D.C. Crawford is the grandson of James Monroe Crawford, a Haywood County pioneer, who
came to Dancyville about 1872, at the age of 17.
DAVID CRAIG "D. C." CRAWFORD
Mr. David Craig "D.C." Crawford, 81, died Saturday at Memphis Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services were held Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at Brownsville Funeral Home. Interment was in
Dancyville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Crawford, a retired farmer, was a World
War II Army veteran and a member of the Dancyville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Martha Duck Crawford of Dancyville, Tennessee; three sons,
Craig Crawford of Indianapolis, Indiana, Bill Crawford and Chris Crawford both of Memphis, Tennessee.
The family requests any memorials be made to the Dancyville United Methodist Church.
Father: David Craig (D. C.), Sr Crawford b: 1893 in Dancyville, Haywood Co, Tn
Mother: Mary Amy Hall b: 27 OCT 1892 in Halls, Tn
- Note: Living Parent(s) - Details withheld