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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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