Reg Cranford, DDS, 73, of Big Spring, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Funeral services will be 1:00pm Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park. Services will be live streamed on the FBC Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Friday, September 17, 2021 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born on November 7, 1947 to RL Cranford and Doris Ruth Allen Cranford in Mineral Wells, Texas. Reg married the love of his life, Suzanne Jordan, May 29, 1971 in Wichita Falls. She preceded him in death March 28, 2013.
Reg graduated from Big Spring High School in 1966 and graduated from Texas Tech in 1970. He then attended Baylor Dental School, graduating in 1973. Because of a profound love of country, Reg joined the United States Navy. The family served two years in China Lake, California. After retiring from active duty, he served in the Naval Reserves, retiring in 1997. He practiced dentistry in Big Spring for 40 years, retiring in 2013.
Reg was an active member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and loved helping to run the Media Ministry. He was very involved with the Big Spring High School Exes Association and especially the class of 1966. He also enjoyed being the football announcer for 25 years for the Big Spring Steers. He was blessed by lifelong, faithful friendships and enjoyed spending time with his extended family and precious grandchildren. His family is forever grateful for his love of Jesus, the way he walked faithfully the words he read in his Bible every day. The legacy he left is beyond measure.
Survivors include his daughters, Jennifer Garcia and husband, Patrick, and Sarah Hawkins and husband, Brandon all of Lubbock, TX; his mother, Doris Ruth Cranford of Rowlett, TX; nine grandchildren: Kristina Antu, Brenna Antu McMeans and husband, Matthew, Randy Antu, Cora Hawkins, Evie Jo Hawkins, Truett Hawkins, Everett Hawkins, Rance Hawkins, and Nolan Hawkins; three sisters, Judy Smith and husband, Bryan, Nan Dean and husband, Michael, and Janice Vorster and husband Andre.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father, RL Cranford.
The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church, 705 W. Marcy Dr., Big Spring, TX 79720 or to the BSHS Ex’s Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com