Benjamin Allen Crawford, III

Benjamin Allen Crawford, III, 64, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, surrounded by his family, from complications following a liver transplant.

Ben was born in Clarksdale, on Feb. 27, 1954, to the late Benjamin Allen Crawford, Jr. and Juanita Crawford.

He attended Mississippi College and rooted for the Mississippi State Bulldogs (and the LSU Tigers as long as they weren’t playing MSU).

Food was a passion of Ben’s and he was an excellent cook. He loved to travel and was a great road trip companion. Music wasn’t the only art he enjoyed as he also loved photography and passed that passion on to his children.

With over two decades in Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans, Ben made his way to Virginia and then Maryland for work, where he spent the last 10 years, most recently in Clarksville. Ben made friends wherever he went and always was quick with a joke. His love of music was also passed onto his children, and he played with various bands from churches to dive bars whenever he could find the time. Ben had many aliases over the years: Lampshade Benny, Big Ben, Daddy Dumbbutt and Grandaddy Dumbbutt.

Ben will forever be remembered by his devoted girlfriend, Nancy Robinson; his former wife, Beth Bush Crawford, and their children, Jeremy Crawford, Christian (Aimee) Crawford, Hannah Crawford and Katie (Neal) Bonham; and his grandchildren, Caleb Joseph, Emma Rose and Townes William. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Crawford; sister, Paula Williams; and mother, Juanita Crawford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by Nancy’s children, Adam White and Jennifer (Edgar) Guzman White, and her grandson, Lucas Guzman White.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. (visitation at 10 with the service at 11). A celebration of his life will follow at Brickyard South at noon.

We will have instruments for anyone who would like to pay tribute via song and jambalaya will be served. Come as you are to celebrate Ben’s life with music, fellowship, food and laughter.

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