Fallen Hero: MSG(Ret.) James “Jib” Crawford


Funeral Home

McKibben & Quinn


Visitation will be Saturday, October 8, 2022, 5-7 pm at McKibben & Quinn, Grenada, MS and one hour prior to funeral.


Funeral will be Sunday, October 9, 2022, 3 pm at First United Methodist Church, Grenada, MS.



Note: Jib Crawford served as a warrant officer, NCO and an officer during his storied service. We spoke with his family and they said “his heart was always with his NCO service” and they said he would wanted to be listed with that rank.

Mr. James Provine “Jib” Crawford, 89, of Grenada, passed away Friday, October 7, 2022 at his residence. He was born February 12, 1933 in Grenada. Jib honorably served our country in the Armed Forces for over 42 years. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and ultimately retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard retiring as a Captain. Jib was also active in several non-commissioned officer’s organizations as well as the Grenada Civitan Club. He was an active and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Grenada.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 9, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Grenada with Rev. Daniel Herring officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Saturday evening at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service Sunday at First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Crawford Howell(Dalton) of Potts Camp; two sons, David Crawford(Debbie) of Fulshear, TX and Scott Crawford(Michelle) of Grenada; seven grandchildren, Kris Crawford(Laura Lynn), Lindsay Stafford(Zack), Jake Howell, Evan Howell, Nick Lee, Phillip Crawford and David Crawford and three great-grandchildren, Beckham Crawford, Lleyton Crawford and Carson Stafford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fisher Crawford, Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Avant Carroll; wife, Ruth Ann Crawford; three sisters, Mary Oswalt, Ruby Ferguson and Scarlett Willoughby; and four brothers, A.F., Lawrence, Billy and Fisher Crawford, Jr.
Jib’s grandsons, David Crawford, Kris Crawford, Phillip Crawford, Evan Howell, Jake Howell, Nick Lee, and Zack Stafford will honor him by serving as pallbearers and carrying him to rest in the Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church – Grenada. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on October 6, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home. MSG James P. Crawford (Ret), age 89, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 631st Artillery Group and Det 2 STARC and worked full-time at Cp McCain, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.