Jerome Crawford was the second son born to now deceased parents, Johnnie A. and Virginia Crawford in Macon, Georgia. He is survived by four affectionate sisters, Gwendolyn, Arzella, Veronica, and Joanne (Mike). His older brother, Johnnie, Jr. preceded him to the afterlife.
In 1966, Jerome was graduated from Withrow High School. Soon thereafter he was employed at U.S. Shoe Corp and ultimately retired from United Parcel Service (UPS) after a rewarding career of delivering packages in the heart of downtown Cincinnati where he was highly esteemed. He was especially proud of his coveted Safe Driving Award.
Jerome, married his childhood sweetheart, Pepper (nee Geneva Spears), and their bond remained strong through the years. Eight devoted children were born to their union—seven remain to continue the family legacy: Brett Anthony (Deion); Mark Joseph; Jerome Michael (Malikah); Mandi Marie (Jason); Rodney James (Tracy); Shara Monica; and Drew Edward. Their fifth precious son, Jason Vincent, departed this life in 2016.
In addition, Jerome is survived by 14 devoted grandchildren, three great grand’s and a host of caring nieces and nephews. He shaped a special bond with “Nephew”, Tyree. He was shrouded with lots of love by many other family members and friends including sister-in-law Carolyn and his “downtown” buddy Mike (and crew) whom he held in high regard and with whom he spent much time.
Also surviving him are a host of cousins to include Rev. Dr. Michael E. Dantley of Cincinnati; and devoted aunts who have supported him through life—Kaola Wooten (GA), Onie Mae Samuel (FL), Annie Ruth Aaron and Margarette Stephens (GA).
Jerome had a beautiful singing voice and related ardently to the music of Andy Williams. His attention-getting style of dress was conservative and always well-coordinated. Jerome loved playing games of chance and the card game “coon cane” with is buddies. Everyone knows that Jerome had the inordinate “gift for gab” and he was dubbed “the philosopher”. He also enjoyed writing and reciting poetry.
Jerome led a full and productive life that he fashioned for himself by the Grace of God-With No Regrets.
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