Scout’s honor

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 15, 2004

William “Bill” Crane, 92, a legendary figure to the thousands of young men whose lives he touched during his 34 years of service to Boy Scouts of America, died at his home Monday, June 14.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 17, in the Chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with the Rev. Sandy Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home directing.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Lawrence Funeral home.

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A resident of Selma for 65 years, he served as the Boy Scout District Executive for the Selma District, now the Crane District. His tenure was interrupted by service in the Army during World War II.

During his years of service, Crane was honored with awards from numerous organizations; among them, being named Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, Woodmen of the World Man of the Year, Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, the Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds, Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club awards.

From the Boy Scouts of America he received the Silver Beaver Award and earned the Vigil Honor Award as a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also honored to have named for him the lake at Boy Scout Camp Tuckabatchee and the local Boy Scouts of America District.

Crane was a long time member of Memorial Methodist Church, where he was an honorary board member.

Survivors include his son Ben Crane and his wife Ardis Powers Crane of Selma; his granddaughter Casey Crane Carr and her husband Steve of Hixson, Tennessee; his grandson Pat Crane and his wife CC of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and his great-grandchildren Nikki, Chris and Matthew Carr of Hixson, and Kelly and Davis Crane of Stillwater.

His wife Jean Bottoms Crane preceded him in death.

His Pallbearers will be Charles Cobb, Fred McCormick Jr., Judge J.C. Norton, Richard Morthland, Jere Peak and Cosby Carmichael.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Memorial Methodist Church or the Crane District of the Boy Scouts of America.