Remembering the Victims

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Behind the bloodshed and manhunt marking Tuesday's double murder, there is the story of a father and daughter and the family and faith they leave behind.

Family and friends are staying silent in their grief and leaving their pastor to speak on their behalf.

And that speaks volumes about the two victims.

"They were very close-knit family," said Reverend Bob Johnson. "They loved what they were doing, and they loved their church. They were very active in their churches"

Rev. Johnson says Peggy Crawley loved the choir, music and fishing.

Her father loved the same activities and always was very focused on bettering his community.

"He went in at fifteen into the Navy in WWII, and that says a lot of who he was," Johnson explained. "He really wanted to be involved."

Their family was involved with this church from day one, Ross' mother founded it on Sandy Ridge Road- where much of the family still lives and where Crawley and Ross lost their lives.

"They loved their families. They loved their life and they loved their God and they were very active in that and life was important to them," Johnson said.

Family and friends will gather to remember Peggy Crawley and Bill Ross Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Reynolds Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

They will be laid to rest Saturday at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church in Waynesboro.

One friend says the family is holding strong to their faith and that Ross' wife has already forgiven.

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