Bernice Yvonne Goins Crawford
10/11/1949 – 1/22/2022
Obituary for Bernice Yvonne Goins Crawford
BERNICE YVONNE GOINS CRAWFORD
Bernice Yvonne Goins Crawford, age 72 passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Bernice was born October 11, 1949, in Knoxville Tennessee, to Clarence and Lillian Goins. She was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Primitive Baptist Church of Alcoa, TN; Bernice attended Emmanuel Church of God while living in Jacksonville, Florida, her second home. Bernice was part owner of the radio station of WJBE of WMBK-1430 am Broadcast Media of Knoxville, Inc. Bernice worked part time in the family business at the Animal Medical Spay and Neuter Clinic, Knoxville, TN.
Bernice graduated from Alcoa High School in the class of 1967. After her graduation, she continued her education and received her Associate of Science Degree from Knoxville Adult Vocational School (LPN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee School of Nursing (RN) in Knoxville, TN. Bernice was active in the field of nursing for over 40 years. She was employed at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Missouri. After returning to Tennessee, Bernice was employed for Fairpark Health and Rehabilitation in Maryville, TN as a RN, Nursing Supervisor, and instructor and at NHC Health Care of Knoxville as a RN until her medical retirement.
Bernice lived life to the fullest and enjoyed family gatherings, shopping, eating out and traveling. Bernice loved to sing and play the piano. In her early years, she sang in several local groups in Knoxville, Alcoa and surrounding areas. Bernice was a good friend to all and loved helping family and friends. She was very passionate and a strong advocate for her political party and would volunteer to help at local voting poles; in 2012, she proudly volunteered for the Barack Obama campaign phone bank in Knoxville and later traveled to North Carolina to the Obama Head Quarters where she worked in many capacities toward his re-election.
Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Lillian Goins; husband, Dr. Thomas S. Crawford, JR.; brother, Clarence Lee Goins; sister, Galene Goins; uncle, Clifford Goins.
Survivors sons, Christian Vincent Crawford, Thomas Sylvester Crawford III, Jonathan Rufus Crawford of Jacksonville FL; sisters, Dalene Wilson, Monteagle, TN and Bobbie Ann Cook, Alcoa, TN; grandchildren, Tamaiya Crawford, Tianna Crawford and Tynisha Williams Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia Dunn, Albuquerque NM; aunt, Virginia Goins, Maryville TN; devoted nieces, Carole Cook Hammond, Knoxville, TN, Karen Gramann, Jefferson City, TN; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends, 12:00-1:00 pm, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Rest Haven Baptist Church, 224 Watt Street, Alcoa, TN; funeral service, 1:00 p.m., Elder Leander Blackmon, Officiating.
Interment Hilltop Cemetery, Louisville, TN
Arrangements by JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY
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