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Ed Crawley

March 15, 1938 ~ October 31, 2021 (age 83)


George Edward (Ed) Crawley, Jr., 83, of Wilson, passed away Sunday, October 31.

Funeral services will be held graveside at Evergreen Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 4.  The Rev. Dr. Chris Thomas will officiate.

Ed Crawley was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a long-time member of the Elks Lodge and First Baptist Church. He enjoyed many friends and much laughter over cards or hunting events. Always an adventurer, he learned to fly a plane, fished many places, and managed several industrial businesses in Greensboro, Raleigh, Mt. Gilead, and Wilson after working seven years as an industrial arts teacher. He owned Wilson Marine Sales, and later worked 25 years before retiring from Bridgestone-Firestone.

Born in Halifax County where his parents were high school educators, he moved to Wilson in childhood and graduated from Charles L. Coon High School, where he was awarded Most Valuable Football Player. He attended UNC-CH and graduated from ECU in 1960, adding a Master’s degree in Education from there within a few years.

During his college era, he was introduced to the woman with whom he shared 60 married years full of love and laughter. Together, they raised a family of three children knit by their loving example.

In the last half of his life, Ed served 35 years as President of Red F Hunt Club, taught Hunter Safety classes for 15 years, and enjoyed several cruises with family and friends.

George Edward Crawley Jr. is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Crawley, son Benjamin Vick Crawley, daughter Anne Crawley Seifert; daughter-in-law Lisa Crawley Smith, granddaughters Sydney Crawley Pilgrim (Taylor), Mary Ellen Crawley, Virginia Crawley, and Caroline Crawley; great grandson Max Pilgrim; and sister-in-laws Nelda Stallings (Bill) and Margaret Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. George Edward Crawley III; father, George Edward Crawley, and mother, Ethel Crawley Armstrong; step-father, Cecil Earl Armstrong.

Please consider memorials in Ed’s memory to First Baptist Church, PO Box 1467, Wilson, NC 27894.

Condolences may be directed to Wilson Memorial Service at


Graveside Service
November 4, 2021

2:00 PM
Evergreen Memorial Park
2800 Nash St N
Wilson, NC 27896

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