December 2, 2021, 78, Goldsboro –
In humble submission to the will of God, we the staff of Serenity Memorial Funeral Home announce the earthly departure of Rev. Eva Crawford, who transitioned at the Wayne UNC Health Care, Goldsboro, NC.
Reverend Eva Gray Wells Crawford was born on July 29, 1943, in Wilson County, NC, to the late Donahue Wells and late Missionary Lillie Mae Banks Wells Barnes. Eva gave her life to Christ at an early age, and she went on to join Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Lucama, N.C. She attended Norwayne County Public Schools but was unable to finish. Although she performed extensive farm work, she was able to return to Wayne Community College to obtain her GED.
She worked for over 20 years at Acme United Corporation in Fremont NC, until her health was challenged. When she was called into the ministry, she became instrumental in Hotline Counseling for the city of Goldsboro and continued to strive to increase her education, with an Associate Degree in Childhood Development, which aided her to work at WAGES, in the Foster Grandparents program helping challenged Children. After her calling into ministry was answered, she enrolled in the Tabernacle of Prayer Bible Institute, and completed all their required courses for a number of years, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. In ministry, when the problem became overwhelming, she learned to turn it over to God, with her infamous slogan, “God! You Got A Problem!”. She became the pastor of the church she was raised in, due to the retirement of the previous pastor, and fulfilled that office until they found a new pastor, in which she assisted in the transference of leadership for the new pastor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband Claudia Lane Crawford, and a number of sons, daughters, and grandchildren, which she acquired by marriage. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Joseph Wells and Leslie Wells, one sister Martha Manning, and a grandson Ricky Hardy Jr, a host of aunts and uncles, including a special aunt, Mercy Lee Dawes.
Leaving to cherish her precious memories: Two sons, Pastor Donald (Brenda) Wells of Dudley, NC, and Prophet James Elvis Crawford of the home. Four daughters: Alice and Sheron Crawford of Goldsboro, NC, Sheila(Donnell) Winn of Trinity, NC, and Lavern(Ardell) Cox of Lucama, NC. Surviving siblings: one brother, Clifton(Courtney) Barnes, from Virginia, and five sisters: Edith Robbins-Worthy, and Minister Lillian(William) Sutton of Maryland, Betty(Donald) Herrion of Washington, DC, Brenda(Clifton) Battle of Georgia, and Rita(Joe) Watson of Windsor, NC. Three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Wells of Maryland, Emma Wells of Wilson and Hazel Woodard of Kenly NC, and one brother-in-law: Paul Woodard of Florida. Besides leaving, behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchild, and one great-great-great grandchild. She leaves to cherish an extended family of God-daughters: Ms. Theresa Gilitte of New Jersey, Ms. Joanne Robinson of Dudley, NC.; her special Caregiver, Mrs. Rita Houston of Goldsboro, NC; and another friend, Mr. Alexander McKinnon of Goldsboro, NC. She will also miss those weekly calls from her granddaughter Alicia Best of Georgia, her nephew Ronnie Wells of Maryland, friend Mr.Johnnie Moore of Florida, and Best friend/cousin Mr.June Banks of Goldsboro.