Charles Crawford, 1964 - 2018
Charles was born as the only boy and middle child of Isaac James Terrell Crawford and Katie Viola (Beck) Crawford on March 8, 1964. At barely three pounds, it is incredible that he grew to the larger than life personality that we all remember. Many of you may not know, but he was so tiny that his grandmother carried him home from the hospital in her purse. In fact, it was his grandmother and grandfather who made absolute sure Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age.
His education started in Depew and he later moved to Bristow, Oklahoma where he graduated in 1982. He later attended and played football for Oklahoma State University (OSU) and was drafted by the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1986 as a 7th round draft pick. His football career was ended due to an injury in 1988. He then returned home to Bristow after his father passed to be with his family. Everyone who knew Charles knew he had a love for all sports growing up; and being close in age with his sister, Earstine, they bonded over basketball, track, baseball and softball. Despite his size, Charles was always proud to say he ran a 40 in 4.5 seconds.
Of his many ventures in the workplace, which included working as a CLEET certified security guard, pipe fitter, and various other jobs, he had the most fun as a bounty hunter.
He never lost his passion for football and was often found mentoring little league and school aged children. Although Charles never married, nor had any children of his own, he was instrumental and influential to many children during his lifetime. He always did have a soft spot for kids and dogs.
Charles found his “Victory in Jesus” on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Tulsa. Waiting to welcome his across the goal line to Glory were his parents, his oldest nephew Israel James, and other family members.
He is survived by his three sisters, Earstine Mason, Nicole Crawford, and Michelle Ramsey all of Tulsa. He also leaves behind four nieces, Kenynia Eusha, Sade’ Nicole, Olivia Ja’Nae, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Jade Elizabeth, of Tulsa. His great niece Na’kiyah De’ari, of Oklahoma City, in addition to his nephews Isaac James Terrell, William Leslie, and Devan Michael, of Tulsa, as well as a great nephew Elijah James, of Oklahoma City. His is also remembered by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates and friends.