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CRAWFORD, Shaffin John, 5 Jan 1989 - 7 Feb 2003. 
(Little 14 year Shaffin John Crawford was an African American boy. He joins with other African Americans of like heritage who were then the slaves buried here in the past, though some were not likely black. Most prior to 1865 in unmarked graves and others with given name only.)

Shaffin John Crawford, 14, of Harlan Road in Columbia, died Friday, February 7, 2003 at his residence.

Funeral services for Shaffin Crawford will be conducted Monday, February 10, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with Reverend Thomas S. Wilson officiating. A private family burial will be in St. John's Episcopal Churchyard. The family will visit with friends Sunday from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Williams Columbia Funeral Home and Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 in the church parrish hall.

Born in Elgin, Illinois, Shaffin was the son of Richard Sr. and Barbara Hoffmann Crawford. He was a student at E.A. Cox Middle School, a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and Episcopal Youth Group. He was an honorary City of Columbia Policeman.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by four brothers; Harold (Mary) Crawford of Old Monroe, Missouri, Richard Crawford Jr., Robert Crawford and Steven Crawford all of Columbia; six sisters; Kimberly (Randy) Harvel of Lone Oak, Arkansas, Angela (Jeffrey) Thomas of Joliet, Illinois, Valerie (Dan) Knight of Lafarge, Wisconsin, Victoria Crawford, Erica Crawford and Leticia Crawford all of Columbia; Maternal grandparents; Raymond and Anne Krolak of Aurora, IL, Paternal grandmother Betty Crawford of Big Sandy, TN, God-mother, Debbie Quigley of Aurora, IL, God-father Tom Lejesik of Nashville, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be members of the City of Columbia Police Department.

 Photo & info by Mary Bob Richardson 9/24/2004. Udated 12 Jan 2011.