Published 10:10 am Friday, March 20, 2015
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Ashley Crawford lived that out to the fullest. She was born on August 10, 1989 in Johnson City, Tennessee, and immediately brought a smile to the faces of her parents and siblings. Throughout school, she often befriended the new kids and the outsiders. It was her kind and compassionate traits that would lead her to a career in nursing at the Johnson City Medical Center. Ashley’s coworkers remember her beautiful and glowing smile and the attitude she brought to a job that often had lows. Through her loyal friendship and servant’s heart, she made anyone who knew her feel special and loved. Ashley unexpectedly passed away at her home on March 16, 2015, at the age of 25.
She is survived by her loving husband, Evan Crawford,Jonesborough, her mother and father, Richard and Dorothy Sluder, her sister, Jenny Canter, and her brother, Kenneth Fraze. She is also survived by three nephews, Alex Melendez, Richard Canter and Jamison Walker, and one niece, Erica Nunley; mother and father-in-law, Stanley and Joyce Crawford, and sister-in-law, Melissa Walker. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Davis officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Emmert Cemetery. Music will be provided by Michelle Faust. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, will be Alex Melendez, Richard Canter, Daniel Rickman, Jamie Simmons, Jason Simmons, Robert King, James Walker, Malik Crate and Peter Essler. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and employess of the Johnson City Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to our web site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
For all those left behind to mourn the loss of Ashley, we need to honor the legacy that she spent the last 25 years creating. She reached out to the lost and the least and spent every day treating people with Christ-like love. As she stands before the throne, there is no doubt that she is hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Crawford family.