James W. (Jim) Crawford Jr. a third-generation newspaper owner, died Monday, September 21, 2020 at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. He was 91.
His family publishes four newspapers, and operates Mid-State Publishing Company that Crawford established in 1967. It was one of the first offset web printing facilities in the southeast.
The Lawrenceburg native, the husband of Marie K. Crawford for 61 years and the father of seven children, was involved in his community far beyond its twice-weekly newspaper, The Democrat-Union. He was chairman of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Committee that established the Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport. Mr. Crawford also was integral to the work that led to the Lawrence County Public Health Center, and served as chair of the county’s Board of Health.
Mr. Crawford owned and operated four publications: In Alabama the Colbert County Reporter in Tuscumbia and the Standard & Times in Sheffield and in Tennessee The Democrat-Union and the Hickman County Times in Centerville. All are weeklies and several of Mr. Crawford’s children are involved in their operation.
Mr. Crawford was preceded
in death by his parents, Jim
Crawford, Sr., Estelle Bethel
Crawford; granddaughter, Sarah Catherine Whitehead; and grandson, Lucas Sean Brasili.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Crawford; his children, Jimmy Crawford, III, Charlie Crawford and wife, Melinda, Estelle
Whitehead, Mary Ellen Wallace and husband, Mike, Bobby Crawford and wife, Cyndie, Carolyn Butler and husband, Bradley, Teresa McGee and husband, Scott; fifteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers Bill Crawford and Nathan Crawford.