Carol Ann Barrett Crawford, 84, died in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 11 in Braselton, Georgia. Carol was born in 1937. She was the oldest of four children born to Nelle Oleta Gorman and Henry Franklin Barrett. After graduating high school, she obtained a B.S. in biology from North Georgia College. She then attended the University of Georgia where, after taking a year out to teach, she completed a graduate degree in psychology.
While at the university, she met fellow graduate student Morris Lee Jackson Crawford (Jack) and they married in 1960. It was while in Athens, in 1963, their only child, Michael Jackson Crawford, was born. Following a three-year period in Mississippi, where Jack studied on a post-doctoral fellowship, they moved to Houston, Texas. It was there that Carol was blessed to survive ovarian cancer and after recovering, became active in several volunteer organizations. She also taught school for a short period of time and, for several years, worked as a patient representative at one of the local hospitals.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her loving sister Janelle Black. She is survived by her devoted husband of more than 62 years, Jack, now of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and their son, Michael, and his husband, Tom Crawford, of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also survived by her brothers, H.F. (Pete) Barrett, Jr. and wife Hazel, of Cornelia, Georgia, and J.E. (Tim) Barrett and his wife, Kathryn, of Evans, Georgia; brother-in-law Leroy Black of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; brother-in-law J.R. (Bobby) Crawford and wife, Sue, of Dalton, Georgia; sisters-in-law Mary Wynn of Valdosta, Georgia; and Sara and her husband Charlie Powell, of Social Circle, Georgia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Carol was very grateful for family and friends with whom she shared this earthly journey.
In keeping with her wishes, memorial contributions may be directed to one of the following organizations or to the charity of your choice: Southern Poverty Law Center, The Living Bank, the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to a library or school of your choice.
Carol will forever have a view of one of her favorite sights – the rocky face of Mount Yonah – following placing of her ashes in the columbarium at Yonah View Memorial Gardens. A celebration of her life will be held in the fall.
I want to thank everyone who was part of Carol’s journey. Thank you for your friendship, laughter, stories and the time shared together.
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.