Alfred Crawford

Alfred Bryan Crawford, 85, of Chesapeake Beach, Md., passed away March 25, 2014, in Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Md.

He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Elkins, to Emmett Bryan and Jemima Mae (Phares) Crawford.

Alfred was raised in West Virginia until joining the United States Air Force in 1948. He retired and was honorably discharged at the rank of master sergeant in 1968. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Alfred was then employed as a police officer for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alfred married Joyce Ramsey on March 12, 1959, and they lived in Alexandria, Va., and Oxon Hill, Md., and he was also stationed in Japan. He and Joyce moved to Chesapeake Beach in 1985. He was a member of the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking and attending family reunions in West Virginia every summer.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers and his wife, Joyce, who passed away in 1989.

He is survived by a daughter, Rhonda L. Smith and husband, James, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; and grandsons, James Douglas Smith and wife, Amanda, of Shady Side, Md., and Andrew Bryan Smith of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; and one great-grandson, Cayden James Smith.

Services for Mr. Crawford will be private. To leave condolence visit Memorial donations, in Alfred’s name, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements are by Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD