March 25, 2009
HAMILTON — Helen Ruth Mattox Crawford, 82, died March 24, 2009, at Garden Suites Assisted Living in Aberdeen. Services are Friday at 11 a.m. at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Bo Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Crawford was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Monroe County to the late David Marshall Mattox and Mary Ruth Goddard Mattox. She lived in Aberdeen for 20 years and in Hamilton for 62 years. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and was a charter member of Aberdeen High School Band as a majorette. She was a mother, homemaker, local historian and genealogist. She was a member of Aberdeen Women’s Club and served on Evans Memorial Library Board. She was chosen by Aberdeen’s Junior Auxiliary as 1988’s Woman of the Year. She was a member of several organizations including Tombigbee Chapter of DAR and Monroe County Historical Society. She was a contributer of articles for newspaper publications. She and her husband authored the book “Something Good About the 30’s,” and she helped publish a local history book “Mother Monroe.” She contributed to Evans Memorial Library historical and genealogical section and conducted the initial survey of the E.S. McKnight Glass Negative Collection from 1897 to early 1930’s which was featured in National Geographic Magazine. She was an antique shop owner in the early 1960’s and her home “Cedarwycke” was open to the public in Hamilton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Wilburn Crawford; and brother, D.M. Mattox Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Sue Wright, Connie C. Long, O.D., and Carol Crawford Burfield, D.V.M., all of Hamilton; sons, Sam Wilburn Crawford Jr. of Hamilton and Marshall Mattox Crawford of Stockbridge, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jeff Long, Michael and Trey Crawford, David Wilson, Britt Long and Don Wright. Memorials may be made to Evans Memorial Library or Hamilton Library.