Cody Alexander Crawford, a resident of Abbeville, died early Wednesday morning, October 10, 2012, in McDonough, Georgia. He was 89.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 14, 2012, in the First Baptist Church of Abbeville with Reverend Marquis Wingard officiating and a eulogy to be given by a daughter, Lucky Armstrong. Full military honors and Masonic rites will be conducted following the memorial service in the Crawford plot in the Old Abbeville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the services at the cemetery. Holman-Abbeville Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Veterans Memorial Park, Inc., P.O. Box 23, Abbeville, AL. 36310.
Retired Lt. Colonel Cody Alexander Crawford was a lifelong resident of Abbeville, Alabama. Mr. Cody, as he was affectionately known, was the son of the late Albert N. and Neaomi Skipper Crawford.
After graduating from Abbeville High School, Mr. Cody found his way to Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University. He also attended the Commanding General Staff College, Ball State Teacher College, and North Carolina State as part of his military training. While serving in the U. S. Army during World War II, Mr. Cody served with the 7th Army Combat Engineers in the ETO (France, Germany, Austria and Italy). He was awarded the EAME Ribbon with two Battle Stars. His unit was commanded by General Alexander Patch, who was trained by "blood and guts" General George Patton. Mr. Cody was very willing to share his "war stories" of over 30 years and World War II experiences with anyone who would like to listen.
Upon returning to Abbeville, he remained active in military organizations, the U. S. Army Reserve and the Alabama National Guard Units. He started the first Army Reserve Unit in South Alabama in Abbeville with platoons in Elba, Enterprise, Troy, and Montgomery. He also worked tirelessly to have a new National Guard Armory built in Abbeville which was later named in honor and memory of his late father, Albert N. Crawford who served in three wars, the last of which was the Spanish-American War just prior to WWI. Mr. Cody's last military assignment was Chief of Staff with the 167th Corps Support Command of Birmingham, Alabama.
Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Cody was involved in numerous business ventures. Returning from World War II, he was employed by the Veterans Administration as a school teacher. His primary job was to teach basic business skills to returning veterans. He also owned and operated Abbeville Seafood while working in the family owned Farmers Quick Freeze. After retiring from the U. S. Postal Service with 20 years, Mr. Cody became owner of All Star Sports and was a distributor for Russell Athletic products. He also shared his "green thumb" through his much loved hobby of raising caladiums and other green plants.
Mr. Cody continued to be active in the Henry County American Legion. Along with other veterans, he campaigned heavily for the Henry County Veterans Memorial Park. This was a project which he thoroughly enjoyed and believed that it was a very important asset to Abbeville and Henry County. He was very proud to be a part of an organization which recognizes the importance of the women and men who served and are still serving to protect the people of the United States.
After completion of the Memorial Park, he turned his attention to securing permission for part of Washington Street to be designated as the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Mr. Cody was extremely happy to see this project come to fruition.
While his daughters were young and growing up, Mr. Cody was very active in the First Baptist Church. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School director and teacher, Training Union director and youth leader, a faithful choir member, and numerous other positions in the church. Later in life, he became a member in the Calvary Baptist Church. He was also active in promoting the Abbeville Teen Center and other community affairs.
Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by a sister, Jennie Crawford, three brothers, James F. (Buddy) Crawford, Sr., George A. Crawford and Robert N. (Mancy) Crawford.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Lucky Crawford Armstrong (Bill), Abbeville; Micky D. Crawford, Jonesboro, GA and Ginger Crawford Boutwell, Troy, AL; three grandchildren, W. Charles Armstrong, Jr. (Rachel), Daniel R. Boutwell (Rachael) and Jennifer Boutwell; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Armstrong, Reddick Alexander Armstrong and Lincy Boutwell; several nieces, nephews and cousins.