Terry Neal Crawford
“A FIREFIGHTER HAS DIED TODAY. REMAIN SILENT AND MAKE WAY, AS WE LAY OUR BROTHER TO REST!”
Terry Neal Crawford
October 24, 1949 - February 2, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Terry Neal Crawford announces his passing. Terry was born on October 24, 1949, in Winshire, Texas, to Newburn Dee Crawford and Hattie Madelyn Allen. He passed away on February 2, 2018, in Bellville, Texas.
Terry was the fourth of five children and grew up in Houston, Texas, with his parents, brother and 3 sisters. He didn’t care much for school, but loved the rodeo. He rode bareback and saddle bronc on the South Texas Junior College Rodeo Team and competed in the National Finals Rodeo.
Terry was first introduced to his wife, Susan, at a rodeo. They dated and attended many more rodeos together. They were married on April 23, 1970, in Baytown, Texas.
Terry joined the Houston Fire Department on April 15, 1972. According to his wife, he loved everything about the fire department. He was a leader willing to do whatever it takes to make things better for all. He gave his heart and soul to the men and women of the Houston Fire Department. His love and devotion to them led him to be one of the founding members of the HFD Pipes and Drums, Honor Guard and write the HFD Funeral Procedure. He designed the HFD Retiree uniform patch as well as the Honor Guard Service Medal.
After almost 33 years of dedication, Terry retired from the Houston Fire Department on May 15, 2004, however, he continued to work with and develop the HFD Pipes undefined brother, Robert Douglas Crawford and sister Nita Ann Couch.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne Louise Mach Crawford; children, Shawneen Crawford Williams and husband David; Gayleen Raine Little and husband Nathan; Cody Allen Crawford and wife Candace; 11 grandchildren – Austin, Travis, Madison undefined Dillon, Collin, Lanceton and Brenton Little; Neal, Jack and Terry Crawford; sisters, Gwendlyn Dee Rider and husband Monte; Connie Florence Roebuck and sister-in-law Diane E. Mattice Crawford.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Second Baptist Church West Campus, 19449 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77094
Visitation begins at 9:00 am
Memorial Service at 10:00 am
Graveside Service at 12:30 pm at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville, Texas.
All are invited to join with us in honoring and celebrating Terry’s life and his contributions to all he loved - family, friends and Brothers and Sisters he served alongside in uniform.
In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely asks that donations be made in his honor to any of the following: