Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 4:00 pm
The Messenger, January 3, 2013
Completed arrangements are being announced for Norval Cranford, 88, of Union City, who died 12:04 a.m. Jan. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home. The Revs. Jerry Leggett and Chip Davis will officiate. Burial will follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. today.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Calhoun, Kenneth Barnes, Lynn Barnes, Thomas Taylor, Terry Taylor and David Hugh Keefe. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Lake Road Baptist Church.
He was born July 17, 1924, in Obion County, son of the late John B. and Ollie Frances (Lee) Cranford. He married the former Katherine Barnes Dec. 14, 1945. She died Sept. 1, 2000. He married the former Virginia (Jenkins) Stone June 16, 2007. She survives.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany from Dec. 7, 1944, until April 22, 1945. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member of the American ex-prisoners of war organization. He retired from General Motors Corp. Chevrolet Division in Livonia, Mich., after 32 years of service. He was a member of Lake Road Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
He is also survive by his son, Barry Cranford of Union City; his stepdaughter, Suzanne Keefe of Tiptonville; two stepsons, Billy Stone of Eads and Rick Stone of Troy; his brother, Ilar Cranford of Gladwin, Mich.; his grandson, Eric Cranford of Northville, Mich.; his granddaughter, Karen Perky of Jasper, Mich.; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Donnie Cranford, and two sisters and five brothers.
To leave messages of condolence for the family, visit the funeral home website at www.emfuneralhome.com.