David Stephen Crawford, 61 - Elkins

A former Calhoun resident has died in Elkins.

David Stephen Crawford, 61, a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Class of 1963, died suddenly May 20, at his residence.

Family members said he had been in good health and death was unexpected.

Upon graduation from West Virginia University, Stephen began his career in 1968 at Family Drug Store in Elkins. He served as Director of Pharmacy for Davis Memorial Hospital for 18 years.

Stephen formed Pharm-C, Inc., in December 1988 to provide professional staff and management to long term care facilities, assisted living facilities and he practiced pharmacy at Health Center Pharmacy until his death.

He served in multiple state, national and international offices for the American Pharmaceutical Association.

At the age of 29, he was the youngest President of the West Virginia Pharmaceutical Association. In 1987 he became Chairman of the Board of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

He assisted young pharmacists by serving as a Pharmacy Preceptor for West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. He served as President and longtime member of the Elkins Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow and was a member of the Masonic Bodies of Parkersburg A.F. & A.M., Nemesis Shrine Temple and Scottish Rite No. 1 of Wheeling.

He served as President and Campaign Chair of the Randolph County United Way and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkins.

Stephen's life was devoted to caring for people not only through the profession of Pharmacy but he was a mentor for many young men and women in the health care field.

He loved his Family and especially loved playing with his grandson. He was an avid golfer and loved to fish.

Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. On Wednesday, he will be moved to the First United Methodist Church in Elkins where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley will officiate and interment will follow in the Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Gilman.

He was born October 23, 1945 at Parkersburg, WV a son of the late Bonnidene and Veon Crawford. He was married in 1965 to Kandes McClain Crawford who survives in Elkins.

Also surviving are one daughter, Stephanie Elin Haynes and husband Voras also of Elkins; his grandson and "buddy", Nicholas Crawford Haynes; his mother-in-law, Leota B. McClain; brother Larry V. Crawford and wife Ann of Lost Creek, WV, a niece, Rachel Wilkinson and nephew, Larry Crawford, II and several cousins.

He was the Godfather of two special people, Katherine Cain and Stephen Walker.

Also preceding him in death were an uncle and aunt, Foster and Lillie Poling; his father-in-law, Irvin S. McClain and a granddaughter, Lillie Katherine Haynes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, West Virginia Affiliate, PO Box 11062, Charleston, WV 25339 or to the North Central West Virginia Chapter Alzheimer's Association, 1299 Pineview Drive - Suite 3 Morgantown, WV 26505 in memory of Stephen.

Condolences may be expressed to the family
at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com