A well-known Knoxville businessman has died.
Thomas Sylvester Crawford Jr., 82, held a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He owned and operated Animal Medical, Spay and Neuter Clinic at 2436 Magnolia Ave. until he retired after 60 years. He created internships for Tuskegee graduates at the clinic.
He was a former owner and one of several area vets to establish the Pet Emergency Clinic. In the community, Dr. Crawford was the former owner of WJBE and was CEO of WBMK-1430, Broadcast Media of Knoxville Inc.
He was a former trustee of Cannan Baptist Church and sat on the board of directors of Golden Age Retirement Village in its planning and establishment. He worked with the Animal Welfare League with Mrs. Elizabeth McDermott to get medical assistance for low-income families. He visited the White House at the invitation of President Jimmy Carter for tea and lunch. The Crawfords maintained homes in Knoxville and Jacksonville, Florida.
He is survived by wife, Bernice Goins Crawford; three sons, their families and many friends. Obituary information is here.
Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, December, 29 at St. Peter Primitive Baptist Church, 140 East Howe St., Alcoa, Tennessee.