Ms. Patricia Crawford Hawk, affectionately known as "Pat", passed away Thursday, September 15, 2022. She was 74 years old.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11 AM at Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, 254 Headland Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303.
Burial will immediately follow the service at Gates of Heaven Cemetery, 2106 Starling Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303.
On April 3, 1948, God outdid Himself when He decided that the Crawford family was missing something. Yes, they had a house full, but He decided they needed a "little miss sassy". We are sure, because she was so little, God gave her a little bit more "mouth" and attitude than the rest He created that day. He probably called this one "small but fierce". Suffice it to say the Crawford household and the Daniels lineage were never the same.
Pat was welcomed with open arms by her doting parents, the late Mr. Shelby Paul and Rose Belle Crawford. She attended Dothan City Schools and graduated from the Historic Carver High School with the Renowned Class of 1966. Pat was a lifelong member of First Missionary Baptist Church, where her sweet alto voice could be heard many Sunday Mornings in the Gospel Choir. She attended and graduated from Alabama State University and remained an active and supportive Alumni until death. Many called her Alabama State's greatest fan. She could often be heard chanting her alma mater's famous chant "AS, AS, ASU!!" After utilizing her Education Degree in the public Schools of Troy, Alabama, she discovered her true passion: shoes and fashion. She was renowned for her love of a good shoe. Truly living the adage that "if you love what you're doing it is never work", she spent 35 years making women look good and helping them to find the perfect shoe in Dillard's Ladies Shoe Department. Her humming and brutal honesty made her a legend there. "Give the girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" and "If you ever see me with my head bent down, it will be to admire my shoes" were her mottos. In addition to her church, family, Alabama State University, and shoes, her love of Elkdom was unparalleled. She served in every official capacity at Wiregrass Temple 566; most recently as Daughter Ruler. She was honored to be chosen Alabama State Elks of the Year. She achieved Elkdom's highest honor of Past Grand Daughter Ruler. She dedicated her life to promoting the philanthropic and not just the social aspect of Elkdom. Pat opened her home and heart on many occasions to feed those she loved with her famous meals which could literally make you swoon. According to some, her macaroni and cheese will go down in history! She channeled her energy into making sure her family was full and happy. The impact of her love of life and family will ensure that her memory lives on. Her love of Elkdom and travel took her all over the country. She truly believed in celebrating life and "doing it her way". She made it clear to everyone that she was "too blessed to be stressed" and that she "just came here to chill".
She was preceded in death by her heart: Terrance Allen Hawk; her beloved brothers: John Allen and Shelby Thomas; and her sister whom she adored: Peggi.
She leaves to carry on her legacy and memories to her beloved baby brother: Clarenton "Nicky" Crawford (Deborah); her sister of the heart: Rosena Jacobs; her daughters of the heart: Jacqueline Crawford Davis, Agnes Byrd Heard, and Sidra Coleman Wright; her right hand: Annie Nell Afford Reaves; her God-son: Braylon Johnson; her beloved Daniels' family; Carver High School Class of 1966; Daughters and Brothers of Elkdom everywhere, but specifically Wiregrass Lodge and Temple 566; her "porch crew"; her "Montgomery Crew"; and several great and grand nieces and nephews who will forever carry their love for her in their hearts. In honor of her life, do what she would want you to do: celebrate life, chill, and if you have the chance to sit it or dance, always dance.