CLIFTON BOYD CROWLEY, 100, passed away Wednesday, September 30 , 2015, at a Hamlin nursing home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at North Central Baptist Church in Hamlin, with burial following at Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home.
Born October 25, 1914, in Royston, Texas, Clifton was the youngest of ten children born to John J. and Kathryn (Hunt) Crowley. He graduated from Royston High School, and married Oscar Mae Bennett on March 31, 1938, in Sweetwater. The couple moved to Houston, where he worked in the shipyards building destroyers during World War II. Moving back to Hamlin, Clifton began farming in the Neinda area, working on the weekends at Heidenheimer's in Anson. He later worked for General Crude Oil Company, before retiring from TP Coal & Oil Company in 1979. An avid baseball fan, Clifton played catcher for several company teams in his youth, and boasted that no runner was able to steal second with him behind the plate. He loved listening to baseball games on the radio, especially his beloved Texas Rangers. Clifton spent most of his free time fishing, occasionally interrupting family plans if they happened to pass a good fishing hole. He followed the Dallas Cowboys, and attended all the Pied Piper sporting events he could.
Clifton is preceded in death by his wife, Ossie Crowley; his son, James Crowley; his parents, John and Kathryn Crowley; his grandson, Russell Crowley; and nine siblings.
He is survived by his son, Jerry Crowley and wife, Cherry, of Mesquite; his daughter-in-law, Vickie Crowley of Hamlin; his grandchildren, Randall, Stephen, Kyle, Susan, and Jamie; his great-grandchildren, Cody, Courtney, Brandon, Clayton, Connor, Jarred, and Mikaela; his great-great-grandson, Jaxon; and his special caretaker, Barbara Brown.