Born in Newport, R.I., on Feb. 22, 1945, he was the son of the late Joe Crockford and the late Betty Wright Crockford. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Woody Anderson; his sister, Nancy Neves; and his dear and special friends, Harold "Cricket" Grogan and Joe "Cat" Turner.
John was a member of Circle L. Ministries in Taylorsville where he enthusiastically attended regularly. John was involved in many community causes. He was a 17-year cancer survivor and participated in the annual Relay for Life celebrations. He also loved to help with the food pantry. An avid softball player, he used his business, Five Star Construction, to sponsor and support men's softball teams and the Trouble women's softball team. He enjoyed spending time with his teammates and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Patricia McGill Crockford; his daughters and son-in-law, Stormie Watkins, and Dede and Dewayne Sutton of Cartersville; his grandchildren, Chance Beck, Laura Sutton, Deion Watkins, Morgan Watkins and Deionna Watkins; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy Crockford of Newport, R.I., Bet and Don Nally, Earnest and Dorothy McGill, and Charles McGill; a special niece and caregiver, Darlene Henson; his adoptive family, Roy and Jimmy Walker; and a dear and special sister-in-law, Darlene Bagley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services with the Rev. Tony Lyle and the Rev. Roger Luke officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.
Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Morris, Charles McGill, Chuck McGill, Danny Snow, Todd Payne, Tim Henson, Doug Vernon and Westley Vernon. These gentlemen are asked to be at the funeral home by 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.
The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 430 Cassville Road, Cartersville.
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