Command Sergeant Major John Cranford US ARMY (Ret.)

command sergeant major cranford  us army (ret.)

January 25, 1932 ~ March 9, 2022

Born in: Rockwell, NC
Resided in: Johns Creek, GA

John Cranford, age 90, of Johns Creek, Ga, passed away from a heart stroke on March 9, 2022. John was born on January 25, 1932, in Rockwell, NC, to the parents of Dorse Coy Cranford and Ella V. Holshouser.

John’s first job was when at the age of 16, when he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Osaka, Japan for three years. Upon returning to the states, John married his wife and longtime partner Jane Lillie Clark on December 29, 1957, in Salisbury, NC.

John and Jane were with true life partners whose enduring love guided them through all of life’s ups and downs. They recently celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. John & Jane have two sons named Curt and Joel and are blessed with four grandchildren Michael, Lauren, Jennifer, and Elizabeth.

John was a wonderful and devoted father who always loved Jane until his final day. John enjoyed over 44 years of dedicated service to his country, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major on his 60th birthday on January 25, 1992. John loved spending time with his family and especially with the grandkids. John and his wife Jane enjoyed traveling to Europe, Alaska, Canada, and the Blue Ridge Mountains during their 65 years of wonderful marriage.

Funeral Services will be held at Wages & Sons funeral home at 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA at 1 pm on March 13, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of John.


Funeral Service: March 13, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Visitation: March 13, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


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  1. CandleImageLove & prayers to Jane & family. You & Johnny were so kind & thoughtful to me when I was a student nurse @ PHSN. I have never forgotten after 60yrs. You are in my prayers.

  2. CandleImageWe have so many fond memories of John from Stone Mountain UMC. He was always kind, considerate and supportive. Our thoughts, our prayers and our sincere condolences to Jane and the entire family during these times of grief. Grace and peace.

  3. Dear Jane, Chris, Tim, and Family of Johnny Cranford,
    We are so sad to learn of the passing of your Precious Husband and Brother. We pray for precious memories to comfort you at this sad time in your lives. We do rejoice for Johnny to now be with his Lord, Sisters Gwen & Odessa, Brother Tony, his Mom & Dad, and all of his Loved Ones who have gone on before. He did know how very much all of you loved him. God Bless each of you… Pam & Ronnie

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