CRAWFORD, Thomas Nov 6, 1944 – Feb 27, 2021

Thomas Chester Crawford, Kokomo, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27, at his winter home in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina.
Tom was born Nov. 6, 1944. He was the son of T. Chester Crawford and Mabel (Shufflebotham) Crawford.
He grew up in Kokomo, graduating from Kokomo High School in 1963. He graduated from Ball State to acquire an elementary education endorsement and a master’s degree in education. He taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades for Taylor Community Schools from 1967 until he retired in 2000.
Tom loved teaching history. He could make the personalities in history come alive for his students with his dramatic stories. Tom was extremely interested in the Civil War and read extensively on the subject.
After retirement, Tom became active in the Sons of Veterans of the Civil War and was a former state president of the organization. He did extensive research on local military officers of the war. He collected many Civil War weapons and artifacts.
He also enjoyed researching the genealogy of his family. He traced his family lines back for many generations and traveled many miles to county court houses and cemeteries in quest of information about his ancestors.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother; father; and older brother.
Tom leaves behind a sister, Judith Castor (Bill), Monticello; two nephews, Robert “Bob” Crawford, Richmond, Texas, and Josh Castor, Chicago; niece, Christina Crawford, Kokomo; great-nieces, Stacey Crawford (Matt Lambert), Washington D.C., Stephanie Jarrett (Destry), Manvel, Texas, Sarah Crawford, Rosenberg, Texas, and Brittany Crawford, Kokomo; great-nephews, Robert E. Crawford IV, Rosenberg, Texas, and Zach Crawford, Kokomo; great-great-nephews, Logan Crawford, Rosenberg, Texas, and Trey Jarrett, Manvel, Texas; great-great-nieces, Chloe Crawford, Rosenberg, Texas, and Mya, Audrey, and Evelyn Jarrett, Manvel, Texas.
There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1 p.m. at Ellers Mortuary Webster Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. Burial will follow at Crown Point Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions in Tom’s memory to the Kokomo Rescue Mission and/or the Community Foundation of Howard County. Envelopes will be provided.
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