David Maxwell Crawley, Servant of Christ
went home to his Lord on September 17, 2015
Dave was born on December 22, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late John and Velma Seagraves Crawley. On September 4, 1959, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean McCartney. After fifty-six years of marriage, they have four children and fifteen grandchildren. Dave was born again in 1962 through the ministry of his neighbor in married student housing, Jay Adams, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. Dave served his Lord faithfully in all the various roles with which he was entrusted throughout his life. After earning his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Dave began a career with Stauffer Chemical Corporation, which led him through jobs of increasing responsibility from Michigan, to West Virginia, to Connecticut, and ultimately to Columbia, Tennessee, where he built and managed a chemical plant. Following a brief retirement, Dave returned to chemical engineering with Fisher Scientific in New Jersey and (after another retirement) as a private contractor in San Diego, California. Retiring yet again, Dave and Jean settled in Stanley, North Carolina, where they built their dream house and, with family members, developed the small subdivision of Cowans Ford Park. Dave worked hard and played hard, playing basketball in his youth, fly-fishing with Jean before kids, coaching his sons’ soccer teams, and riding bikes long-distances. Although knee problems and two failed knee surgeries later limited his physical activity, as skilled golfers, Dave and Jean enjoyed playing regularly, eventually playing the Old Course at St. Andrews in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Despite suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Dave played a round of golf almost every week until the last month of his life. From the time of his conversion, as Dave studied Scripture, he also began to teach those around him, beginning with his family and extending to home Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and service as elder in various churches (the OPC, PCA, and ARP). An inveterate supporter of his children, grandchildren, employees, friends, or anyone else in the vicinity, he gave of his time, energy, biblical counsel, and years of experience to further their pursuits. His eagerness to share biblical wisdom continued in the midst of his “retirements” and afterwards, as Dave and his friend Jay began the Christian book ministry Timeless Texts in 1994. Dave continued operating Timeless Texts and its companion store Timeless Christian Books, as a labor of love, through the rest of his life. Dave’s powerful physique mirrored the strength and vitality of his character, gifts which he put to good use as he worked tirelessly for the growth of the Kingdom and the good of his family. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Memorials may be made to Timeless Texts, 8261 Hwy. 73, Stanley, NC 28164.