Marsene Crawford was born August 28, 1918 in Temple, the son of Hugh Raymond and Lillian (Smith) Crawford. As a young boy, Marsene moved Bellville where he spent the rest of his life. He graduated from Bellville High School in 1936 where he participated in all sports but excelled in baseball. After spending a year doing public works throughout the Midwest, Marsene returned to Bellville. Shortly after, he signed a professional minor league baseball contract with the New York Giants and moved to South Carolina to play. After returning to Bellville, he met Lena Schuette of Wallis. On November 7, 1942, Marsene and Lena were united in marriage at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brenham. Marsene served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he went to work for A.J. Smith Floor Company where he was employed for 40 years. On March 19, 1978, he was inducted into the South Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame. Marsene was a member of St. John Lutheran church and the Bellville Golf and Recreation Club. He passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in Bellville at the age of 86. He is survived by his daughter: Sandra Awbrey and her husband, Gerald, of Houston; Son: Alan Crawford and his wife, Phyllis, of Bellville, currently of Doha, Qatar; and grandchildren: Jason Awbrey and wife, Vicki, Brandon Awbrey, Sarah Thai and husband, Danny, Kristy Crawford, Duke Ness and wife Lucy, Austin Henderson and wife, Stacy, and Lori Fetterman. Also surviving are great grandchildren: Hakeem Marsene Awbrey, Kerouac Awbrey, Jacob Awbrey, Nathan Thai, Taylor Henderson, Lora Priem, Brittany Kieke, Crag Fetterman and Corry Feterman; sisters: Nell Blanchard of El Campo, Mildren Plentl and husband, Lester, also of El Campo, and Dorothy Lesser of Brenham; and many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lena and his brother Bobby Crawford. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aril 23, 2005 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with Pastor Milroy Gregor officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Knoll Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Awbrey, Brandon Awbrey, Duke Ness, Austin Henderson, Kent Smith, Michael Plentle, John Hermann, Ricky Smith and A.J. Smith. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home.
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