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Celebrating the life of
Horace Randolph Crawford
March 04, 1928 - December 16, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Saturday, January 02, 2016
  • St. Peter\'s United Methodist Church
  • 20775 Kingsland Blvd. (Map)
    Katy, Texas 77450

  • 281-492-8031
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, January 02, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Nan, your father sounds like a truly amazing man. My love, prayers and blessings to you and your family.

Carolyn Holland, Cambridge, MA

What an abundant life! May your memories of Randy provide comfort during this time of loss and rememberance.

Jim Miller, Alton Bay, NH

What a wonderful man! He will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Robby Marlene and Jori Smith, Aledo, TX

Dear Louise and Family, We are so sorry about the passing of Randy. He was such a wonderful gentleman and we feel so blessed to have known him. The times we were able to spend with him and all of you at family reunions will always be cherished memories. You are in our hearts and prayers. Sending much love, Callie and Lee

Callie and Lee Hampton, Abilene, TX

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. ( 2 Corinthians 1: 3,4 ) The Bible helps us to understand how God and Jesus feel about death. The Bible at John 11: 35 says " Jesus gave way to tears" Tis was when his dear friend Lazarus died. The Bible also teaches us that God is eager to raise the dead. ( John 14; 13-15) God yearns to bring the dead back to life. Isn't it heartwarming to know this? Please take your Bible and look at what it teaches about the resurrection . ( John 5: 28, 29 , Acts 24: 15) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at jw.org. Sincerely yours, JW

Jo, Houston, Tx

Blessings and healing thoughts to Randy's family.

David Zucker, Langdon , NH

Nan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds as though your dad's life was well-lived and will be well-remembered. It is a rare thing to read an announcement like you have published here and reflect on how the world is just a bit better for having had him walk upon it. My thoughts are with you.

Callee Redman, Denver, Co

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Sam Crawford, Riverside , Cal

Our family will be lifting you up in prayer in the days to come. Many fond memories of Haskell and Stamford to include Sam and John Crawford's families. We are so comforted by knowing Christ as our Savior. "Sorry not for we shall see them in the morning over there." Onis Crawford family: Jim Crawford, Robert Crawford and Mignon Crawford Brown

Onis M Crawford family, Lubbock, Texas

Just wanted to send our sympathy from the Clyde Crawford family. Our prayers are with you during this time. We pray that in the days ahead you will be comforted by the God of all comfort and that His peace will consume you as you remember the wonderful times with Randy.

Jan Crawford Fonville, Magnolia, TX

Horace Randolph Crawford was born March 4th, 1928, the 6th child of John and Annie Maude Crawford of Haskell Texas. He died of congestive heart failure on December 16, 2015, in his home with his wife of sixty years and children by his side. Randy was a man of wisdom, humor, intellect and love. He lived his life with gratitude, grit and grace. He encouraged the people in his life in countless ways and would often say, “be kind to yourself.”

After graduating Salutatorian from Haskell High School, he attended Texas Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was selected to teach Radiological Defense to U.S. officers in Gifu, Japan. After being discharged, he worked for Sun Oil briefly then attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Masters and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. More importantly, while at UT, he met his wife to be, Mary Louise Holcomb. She was working in the Chemical Engineering Building, as she pursued her degree in Costume Design at UT. They married in 1955.

Randy and Louise then moved to Dallas when Randy went to work for the Western Company followed by Lone Star Gas, then finally in 1979, Conoco in Houston where he worked for 15 years. He retired from Conoco in 1994 but continued to find great joy in his work as a Financial Analyst and Investor. Randy believed that the best investment one could make is in their education. Strong advocates for education, Randy and Louise provided scholarships for over 100 students to attend college. Randy received numerous patents, awards and commendations, including the honors of being named a Legend by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Distinguished Engineer by Texas Tech. Randy was an optimist and in 1963 was President of the Richardson Optimists Club. Randy grew up tending family cotton farms in West Texas. The farms continued to be a source of pride for him throughout his life.

Randy traveled to many countries for work and with his family. Randy loved connecting with people, especially from other walks of life and cultures. Randy delighted those who knew him. While working in Slovakia, he was supervising a crew of oil riggers and their days began at sunrise. One morning he handed out song lyrics to the Slovakian crew and much to their amusement led them in a round of, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.”

Randy reveled in the love of his family. He was a man who reached out to others and showed up. He was the friend or family member who would give the eulogy. He is survived by his wife, Louise Crawford, son Michael and his wife Sarah, son Don, daughter Nan, daughter Barbara and her husband Garth Mueller, grandsons Gray, Miles and Benjamin, his brother, Duffer Crawford, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11am at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450 followed by a celebration & remembrance of Randy’s life at 2pm at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

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Nan, your father sounds like a truly amazing man. My love, prayers and blessings to you and your family.

Carolyn Holland, Cambridge, MA

Candle tribute lit by Sean, Delphine, Wyatt and Celeste Belle — Massachusetts

What an abundant life! May your memories of Randy provide comfort during this time of loss and rememberance.

Jim Miller, Alton Bay, NH

Candle tribute lit by Glenn & Earline Smith — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Becky Olmstead — Texas

What a wonderful man! He will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Robby Marlene and Jori Smith, Aledo, TX

Candle tribute lit by Robby,Marlene and Jori Smith — Texas

Dear Louise and Family, We are so sorry about the passing of Randy. He was such a wonderful gentleman and we feel so blessed to have known him. The times we were able to spend with him and all of you at family reunions will always be cherished memories. You are in our hearts and prayers. Sending much love, Callie and Lee

Callie and Lee Hampton, Abilene, TX

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. ( 2 Corinthians 1: 3,4 ) The Bible helps us to understand how God and Jesus feel about death. The Bible at John 11: 35 says " Jesus gave way to tears" Tis was when his dear friend Lazarus died. The Bible also teaches us that God is eager to raise the dead. ( John 14; 13-15) God yearns to bring the dead back to life. Isn't it heartwarming to know this? Please take your Bible and look at what it teaches about the resurrection . ( John 5: 28, 29 , Acts 24: 15) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at jw.org. Sincerely yours, JW

Jo, Houston, Tx

Blessings and healing thoughts to Randy's family.

David Zucker, Langdon , NH

Nan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds as though your dad's life was well-lived and will be well-remembered. It is a rare thing to read an announcement like you have published here and reflect on how the world is just a bit better for having had him walk upon it. My thoughts are with you.

Callee Redman, Denver, Co

Candle tribute lit by Louise Feder — Colorado

Candle tribute lit by Stephanie Thomassen — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Julie Mabry — Texas

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Sam Crawford, Riverside , Cal

Our family will be lifting you up in prayer in the days to come. Many fond memories of Haskell and Stamford to include Sam and John Crawford's families. We are so comforted by knowing Christ as our Savior. "Sorry not for we shall see them in the morning over there." Onis Crawford family: Jim Crawford, Robert Crawford and Mignon Crawford Brown

Onis M Crawford family, Lubbock, Texas

Just wanted to send our sympathy from the Clyde Crawford family. Our prayers are with you during this time. We pray that in the days ahead you will be comforted by the God of all comfort and that His peace will consume you as you remember the wonderful times with Randy.

Jan Crawford Fonville, Magnolia, TX

Candle tribute lit by Nan Crawford — Texas


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