On March 20, 1932, in Hazlehurst, the late Willie Semus Crawley Sr. and Geneva Mosley Crawley became the proud parents of their second son, Rozier Crawley, fondly known as RC. Later in life, his granddaughter Brittany dubbed him “Superman” because he was her Super Hero.
RC was so rambunctious! As a child, he brought the household to life and was full of mischief. He had a way with people and they loved having him in their presence. RC attended Tallahassee Missionary Baptist Church and was educated at Tallahassee Church School and Hazlehurst High School. He excelled in carpentry, dancing, singing and guitar. He and friends formed the True Tones Jr. Gospel Singers. They were sensational and extremely popular!
Early in life, RC married Doris Evelyn Briggs Crawley. They were blessed with three children, Rozier Jr., Robert and Bettye Jean. Soon thereafter, Rozier Jr. and Robert passed, followed by the sudden death of Doris. RC married Martha Evelyn Clinton Crawley. They were married 50 years until Evelyn’s death. They had four children Marva Evelyn, Sammie, Felton Louis, and Geneva Delois. During his twilight years he was married to the late Mamie Louise Marie Tyler-Crawley.
As a young man, RC worked with Philip Morris Tobacco Company in North Carolina. He moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., where he became a landscaping apprentice. He returned to Georgia settling in Atlanta where he worked for Terry Enterprises Corporation until retirement.
RC was charming. He delighted in reminiscing about the past, watching westerns, listening to gospel and quartet recordings and being passionate about sports, especially baseball. He loved those Braves! He had a compassion towards animals and there was not a dog he did not like! “Superman” doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love and adoration. Brittany, a vivacious granddaughter, preceded him in death.
RC became a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Atlanta, Bible Believer’s Church and Prince Hall Masonic Grand Lodge in Atlanta.
Survivors include children Bettye Crawley Brown (Hazlehurst), Marva Crawley (Atlanta), Sammie Crawley (Atlanta), Felton (Tonya) Crawley (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Geneva (Ronell) Johnson (Hampton); grandchildren April (Rob) Conley, Brandy Crawley, Shannon (John) Jean, Bianca (Logan) Martin, Mackenzie and Matthew Crawley; great-grandchildren Aaliyah and Skylar Conley and Ariel Shukura; sisters Geraldine Crawley (Hazlehurst); Catherine (Eddie) Wright (Jacksonville, Fla.); and Gwendolyn (Willie) Foster (St. Petersburg, Fla.); and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Dec. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at King Brothers Funeral Home in Hazlehurst.
Graveside service will be Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at Hazlehurst Memorial Gardens.
King Brothers Funeral Home is in charge. www.kingbrothersfh.com