Crawford Thornsberry

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10/28/2009 16:00:00

Henry Road Plymouth OH 44865 10/30/2009 11:00:00

Crawford Thornsberry, age 86, resident of rural Shelby, Ohio passed away on Monday, October 26, 2009 in Willard Mercy Hospital. He was born on September 19, 1923 in Knott County, Kentucky to the late Lewis and Mattie (Hall) Thornsberry and had been a Shelby resident for over 50 years. He retired from the former Copperweld in Shelby after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, farming and making people laugh.
He was a member of the 281st Field Artillery Battalion of the US Army. As a member of a 105mm howitzer gun crew, his unit fought through France, the Low Countries and into Germany. Crossing the Rhine River on a pontoon bridge, they subsequently defeated the German Siegfried Line. His unit was then charged with guarding former SS troops in a prison camp before returning home.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Thelma Thornsberry, whom he married on August 13, 1949; two daughters, Charlene (Dr. Vince) Trago of Lexington, OH; and Anna Lou Thornsberry of Shelby; four grandchildren, Brendan Crawford, Patrick, Killian and Bridget Trago; six sisters, Anna King; Bethel (Raymond) Anderson; Roxie Hall; Eddie (Pete) Butler; Marcella (Marvin) Rice all of Kentucky; and Lora (Vester) Webb of Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Thornsberry; two infant brothers, Luther and Crockett; and two infant sisters, Dixie and Clerinda.
Visitation will be held at the the Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church on Henry Road in Plymouth, Ohio beginning Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 4-7 PM with church services to follow, continuing all day Thursday with visitation hours from 5-7 PM with church services following, and concluding with the funeral service on Friday at 11:00 AM with Elder Buddy Carty officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven. Online condolences can be made at


The Family of the late Bro. Vernon & Juanita King - Oct 29, 2009

Thelma..So sorry to hear of Ticker’s passing..Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..He was a great man..God bless you all..

Reese Suddith - Oct 28, 2009

Angela and family…… I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle. you and your family are in my prayers stay strong my dear friend for if u feel weak please don’t hesitate to call on me I will be there any time anyday. with deepest thoughts concern n love…. Reese

Jim & Peg - Oct 28, 2009

Chuck and family,
Gale called last night and told us about your
dad. We are sorry for your loss. We are
praying for all of you. He was a wonderful man,
and he’s in a heavenly place surrounded by
Love to all of you.

Willa "wee-wee" Tthornsberry - Oct 28, 2009

Thelma & Family, I was very grieved to hear of Ticker’s passing. please know I loved him very much. He and Daddy was much alike. I know you will miss him, but just like Daddy and Mommy he is at rest/in peace. I can not be there with you, but I will be there in spirit. Love you all. Your niece, Wee-Wee

- Oct 28, 2009

Thelma, Judy, Buel,and Family
Darrell & Vickie are so sorry to hear about Bro. Crawford”s passing and you are all in our prayers and in our thoughts wish we could be there for you. May God Bless & Comfort you at this time of sorrow. We Love all of you.
Love Bro. Darrell & Sis. Vickie of Spurlock Old Regular Baptist Church in Perstonsburg Ky

Veral and Hazel Thornsbury - Oct 28, 2009

Thelma, Due to mine and Hazel’s health we are unable to attend the funeral. But we want you to know that we love you and that we will be praying for you. May God bless you and all the family. Veral

Ed and Karen Sheridan - Oct 27, 2009

Just wanted to say we are sorry to hear of your loss.
Ed and Karen Sheridan

Sister Vickie Martin - Oct 27, 2009

My deepest condolences on your loss. May the Lord put his arms around you and give you comfort
Sister Vickie Martin
Family of Love Old Regular Baptist Church

Sister Heeda Thomas - Oct 27, 2009

Your family has always been special to me. I wish I could be there with you, but sickness prevents me from getting out.
Love you all,
Sister Heeda Thomas
Family of Love Old Regular Baptist Church



Eric Chaffins and Shannon Chaffins - Oct 27, 2009

Sorry to hear about Brother Crawford. May God comfort everyone. We love each and every one of you.

elder jesse & malta pack - Oct 27, 2009

so sorry to here of ticker.s passing. haven.t seen him in a long time .but remember him so well.when we were all still in ky. visited his home once in shelby. we were made so welcome and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with the family. god bless.. bro jesse and malta[vance] pack

Gale - Oct 27, 2009

Charlie, Vince & Family,
Thinking of you during this sad time. Having never met your Father, I have the feeling he was delightful (after all, you are his daughter)! Please pass my condolences to your Mother and Anna. Take care.

bro. vern music - Oct 27, 2009

I am vary sorry for your lose. and i belong at the lily of the valley old regular baptist church. so we at the lily of the valley are realy sorry and we can all see him again when we get to heaven my god bless you all in our prayer’s JUST REMEMBER THAT OUR LOSE IS HEAVEN’S GAIN.

Jari Amburgey - Oct 26, 2009

Thelma & Family…We are so sorry to hear of Ticker’s passing. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. If you guys need anything, let Kevin and I know. We love you!
Kevin, Jari, Tyler & Alex