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Biography: Joe Crawford Tuscaloosa died 1937

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In the 1930s it was rare to see an obituary of an African American in the newspaper so whenever I discover why I like to include it on the page with the hope that it will help someone in their genealogy research. This man appears to have been well-respected and loved.

From The Tuscaloosa News May 5, 1937

Widely Known Negro Hotel Cook Succumbs

Joe Crawford, widely known Tuscaloosa negro who served as a cook at the McLester Hotel for a number of years, died recently at his home, 2616 13th Street. Funeral services were held Monday at the Spring Hill Baptist church at Coker with the Rev. Jones, the Rev. White, and the Rev. Jack Smith officiating.

Surviving him are his widow, Georgia Atkins Crawford, one sister, Pearl Cullen, four brothers, Moses, David, Eddie and George Crawford, five nieces, one nephew and other relatives.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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