Julia Snowden Crenshaw, 95, woke up in heaven on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Her last moment in her earthly home was filled with the love of her three children who were with her. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from 10:00-11:00 AM at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS, with funeral services to immediately follow at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Sammy Crawford and Rev. Tommy Gillion officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Mrs. Julia was born to the late Emily Teresa Snowden and the late James Ransom Snowden of Martin, MS, on October 29, 1923. After graduating from high school, she went to work at Woolworth’s in Meridian. She married her friend from school, the late Arthur Crenshaw, on September 22, 1942. Having a husband who did not want his wife to work outside the home, Julia spent her days being a loving wife and mother. She helped her husband from home in his business ventures and at the same time, rearing her children with much love and care. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and fishing. She always had a garden, vegetable and flower, even if she had to sow pea seeds in her flower bed in place of a big garden. Her children are blessed because of the lessons she taught them and the guidance she provided. Her legacy of love, determination, kindness and humility will sustain them and all her friends as they remember her sweet life. Reared by Christian parents, Julia found it natural to live a Christian life. She was a charter member of Fairview Baptist Church and of the first women’s Sunday School class there, the Fidelis Class. Determined to be faithful to the end, she attended Sunday School as often as her health would allow and apologized for missing. Her example of love for Christ and His church has inspired those who have been privileged to know her. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Retha Kidd Deal and Sarah T. Snowden Harrison; and her brothers, William Gray Snowden, James Hailey Snowden and Virgil Snowden. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Crenshaw McNees of Columbus, MS and Deborah Crenshaw Stafford (Patrick) of New Mexico; and her son, David Arthur Crenshaw (Christy) of Harvest, AL; her granddaughter, Caitlyn Towry; her five grandsons, Gary Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Tyler Crenshaw, Adam Stafford and Aaron Stafford; her four great-grandchildren, Josh Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Avyana Johnson and Henson Stafford; numerous nieces and nephews; and Bobbie Henderson, her long-time caregiver and friend. Serving as active pallbearers will be her grandsons, along with Robert Malone. Recognized as honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class of Fairview Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on August 13, 2019
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