Raymond “Junior” Crawford, age 84, of Winter Garden, FL. passed away May 20th, 2016. He was born July 11th, 1931 in Winter Garden. He was predeceased by his father Raymond Crawford and mother Artielou Casteel. He was a proud Korean War veteran of the Army. He was an Ocoee City Commissioner for seven years as well as an active lifetime member of the American Legion Post #109, Florida Elk’s Club #2165, and VFW Post #4305. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Ocoee (now known as Quest Church).
He was married to Margaret Crawford for 64 years and had four children; Teresa Crawford (Tommy), Susan Sullivan, Gary Crawford (Dana), and Greg Crawford (deceased). He also had eight grandchildren; Jason Vandergrift (Jennifer), Jennifer Perrodin (Corey), Kendall Sein, Julie Crawford, Nathan Crawford (deceased), Brian Crawford (Bree), Melissa Crawford, and Allison Petruccelli (Rick). There are also five great grandchildren; Kaitlyn Crawford, Ryan Stalvey, Reagan Vandergrift, Hailey Vandergrift and Bella Crawford.
In 1967 he opened a Gulf Station on McKey Street in downtown Ocoee which later started Crawford Tire Service. In 1980 Junior retired from the business and his son, Gary took it over.
During his retirement he enjoyed his antique tractor collection and building cabins in Georgia. He had many friends everywhere he went and spent a lot of time at his favorite restaurant, the Ocoee Café with the Coffee Club. They would meet every day for breakfast at 6:00am and come back for lunch at noon.
The Crawford family would like to thank West Orange County for their continued support.