He and his twin brother were born to H. Thad and Mary Louise Neisler Crawley on October 9, 1954, in Butler, Georgia. Will grew up in Reynolds, attended his Mother's kindergarten, Reynolds Elementary School, and graduated from Peach County High School. He really enjoyed attending Georgia Southern and Georgia Southwestern prior to studying at Fort Valley State University 35 years later where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters Degrees in Public Health and Mental Health Counseling. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Louise Griffin Neisler, parents, H. Thad and Mary Louise Neisler Crawley, and twin brother, Michael Bruce Crawley.
Will was a member of the Reynolds United Methodist Church, Mason, certified barbeque judge and recognized barbeque cook. He worked in several industries and once owned a landscaping business. He loved life, sports, and the outdoors. Many will remember the Little League Baseball games of his youth and the pickup basketball games in the Gresco parking lot. He was an avid golfer, a party planner, and later a designated driver - remember the annual Hippo Brothers Birthday Bashes.
Life became more of a challenge when hemochromatosis struck. His twin brother, Mike, a Registered Nurse, became his personal nurse, care giver, and motivator through a liver transplant and recovery in 2005. Life became even more complicated when Hippo passed away from liver cancer in 2007. The medical landscape grew yet again in 2012, when Will was diagnosed with cancer, he chose to battle it courageously with the support of his many friends. In mid December a stroke caused left side impairment, inability to eat, and a change in residence to The Oaks in Marshallville where he received love and care from a wonderful, professional staff. He remain engaged with his many friends and kept a positive attitude. He never gave up and worked hard during therapy sessions. The week before his death he walked again and always offered his advice on how the Oaks could make their food taste better.
Will believed in planting seeds to help others thrive. He was stubborn, compassionate, determined, and gave freely of his time, experience, and sense of humor - he was definitely one of a kind and Will did it his way.
Family left behind
His brother, Colonel Charles (Susan) Crawley of St Simons Island
His sister, Mary Crawley and his nephew Marcus Ellis of Athens
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Reynolds United Methodist Church. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 10:00 until the service hour.