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Gerard will lie in repose at the Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg Chapel on Thursday October 21, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Tharp Funeral Home Madison Heights Chapel.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Madison Heights Friday, October 22, 2021. A Celebration of Gerard’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 800 Cabell St, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Interment will follow at the Baptist Cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at the church.

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Gerard Lamont Crawley gained his wings Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Charlotte North Carolina after a brief illness.

Born in Lynchburg Virginia, on July 25, 1988, he was the beloved son of Berle Crawley and Debra Ford Crawley.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert L. and Dorothy Wesley Crawley and Rev. Johnny Ford, Sr. and Shirley Colmore Ford.  He was also preceded in death by his godfathers David Lee Hutcherson and Robert W. Rose and his godmother Nina C. Stone.

Gerard had an adventurous spirit and never missed an opportunity for new challenges.  He never met a stranger and everyone he met became a friend for life. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Gerard was a graduate of Amherst County High School, class of 2006.  He went on to study at Christopher Newport University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Southern New Hampshire University where he earned a Masters in Sports Management.  Gerard had a contagious love of basketball and was able to share his talents as the Undergraduate Assistant Women’s coach at Christopher Newport University.  The team earned the title of NCAA Regional Champions during his tenure.  He also coached at the middle and high school level in the Williamsburg area.

Gerard worked as a special education teacher in the Williamsburg area and was currently employed as a Customer Care Analyst at AvidXchange in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was also a certified Notary.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Alicia D. Crawley of Madison Heights, VA, his aunts Sondra Jones (Alphonso) of Lynchburg, VA, Danielle Ford (Laurel) of Parkville, MD, Louise Marshall of Lynchburg, VA,  Minnie Hutcherson, Gail Brown, and Carolyn Thomas (Fred) of Madison Heights, VA and Lillie Jackson of Sacramento, CA, his uncles Johnny Ford Jr. (Diane) of Harker Heights, TX and Darryl Ford of Irvine, CA, godmothers Linda Ferguson and Minnie Hutcherson, devoted friends John Corser, Marcus Fontanez, Andrew Carver, Jacob Follman, James Wyatt and a host of great aunts, cousins, other relatives and loving friends.

Gerard will lie in repose at the Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg Chapel on Thursday October 21, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Tharp Funeral Home Madison Heights Chapel.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Madison Heights Friday, October 22, 2021. A Celebration of Gerard’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 800 Cabell St, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Interment will follow at the Baptist Cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at the church.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

Click here to see Gerard’s Memorial Slideshow.

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Posted by:
Howard and Arelia Langhorne

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October 25, 2021

Dee and Bunny, we remain in prayer with you, Alicia and the rest of the family! God is faithful. When Howard is stronger we look forward to personally embracing you. With LOVE, Howard and Arelia

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Lisa Sherman

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October 23, 2021

I am shocked by this news and am so sorry for the loss of your son, Gerard. My daughter also went to CNU and met "G" there (that's how our family knew him). They became good friends. Our family met "G" when he offered to take care of our two small dogs (aka puppies), while we went to the CNU graduation. "G" had a good heart because those dogs barked almost the whole time he was watching them. He got them to take a breath when he took a few photos of them. He really made our day, laughing about the whole experience when we came by to pick them up. He was a trooper. Our kids stayed in touch after CNU, as "G" so wanted to be a professional basketball coach. It was a dream he really worked hard at, gaining experience wherever he could. Then, one day, my daughter said she got invited to spend a day with "G" and the family. I believe it was his birthday or some special event like that. She came home hours later, bubbling about all the fun they had, where they went, and what a great day they had. A good memory for both for sure. We still have those little dogs and they still bark, - a lot. I also still have the photo he took on my desk, always reminding me of that day of dog sitting and what he did for a friend. "G" was a very kind, sweet hearted young man. He will be missed. With deepest sympathy, and prayers. - Lisa Sherman

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Anonymous

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October 23, 2021

Bunny and Debra: We were so sorry to hear the loss of your son, Gerard. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. We could not attend your son's service because we were dealing with a loss ourselves. The loss of our cousin, Gerard Hutcherson Sr. May God be with you and strengthen you during this difficult time. Always your friends and your neighbor:The Anderson Family- Ros, Cheryl, Jen & Brother.

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marie saunders

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October 22, 2021

I am so sorry, you and your family are in our prayers.

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marie saunders

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October 22, 2021

I am so sorry, you and your family are in our prayers.

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James &, Jennifer

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October 22, 2021

Bunny, Dee and family. Our hearts are heavy to hear about the passing of Gerard. Please know that we are praying for your healing, strength and comfort during your difficult days now and to come. Sincerely James and Jennifer Anderson Brown & Siblings

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Doris Kinney

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October 22, 2021

Our deepest condolences,we pray God gives you the strength to endure

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Tikwah Willis

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October 22, 2021

My deepest condolences. I remember when Gerard joined AvidXchange, he was always such a warm person and very easy to talk to, easily making connections with everyone around him. He was always very pleasant and smart. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Mary Walthall

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October 22, 2021

Trusting that all of the family will be granted strength to make it through this time of loss of Gerard. Blessings , ( Dee , Bunny & Lee, please hang in) From: Mary Walthall 10-22-21

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Shakira Alexander

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October 22, 2021

Gerard and I joined AvidXchange at the same time and didn’t miss a chance to “talk shop” as cubicle neighbors. I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to the family.

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Dr. Sterling Wilder

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October 21, 2021

Berle, Dee Dee & Alicia Crawley you and the family are in my prayers. I remember Gerard & Alicia attending Jubilee Summer Camp and Mentoring Program. Always an example and helping others. In one of his post "I believe my parents did a good job in raising me, if I say so myself ". Yes, your parents did a great job in raising a great caring son. He will be missed. Your loss is Heavens gain. He will always be in your heart and the precious memories of family vacations. You are in my prayers. Love you. Sterling

Posted by:
Lawrence Dale Ware, Sr

Posted on:
October 21, 2021

My sincere condolences and prayers to the family. May the Lord give you all strength to get through this difficult time.

 

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