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Granville Shaw Crane, Jr.

January 5, 2022

Granville Shaw Crane, Jr.

Granville Shaw Crane, Jr., age 95, went to heaven Wednesday, January 5, 2022. He was born August 26, 1926 in Eldorado, Arkansas. He married his sweetheart, Mary Viola Roper Crane on November 20, 1947.

Granville was a survivor of the USS Indianapolis. He reported aboard ship in April 1943 at the age of sixteen. He was aboard for eight of the ship's thriller battles as he called them. The men of the USS Indy were torpedoed after delivering the components of the atomic bomb to the Island of Tinian that would later be used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The sinking of the Indianapolis resulted in men stranded in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean for 5 days. 316 men survived while 879 were lost at sea. Among the many awards Popa has received, he and his shipmates were recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their role in the winning of World War II.

Granville gave God all the glory for his survival and after the war, he surrendered to the call to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a church planter, he started and pastored many Baptist churches in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas. He pastored for over 60 years. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Gulfport, MS to work at Temple Baptist Church as an assistant pastor to his son, Stephen. Granville, known to many as Popa Crane is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Pastor John Stephen Crane and Valerie; his 4 grandchildren, Jackie Carr and husband Dan Carr, Jr., Jennie Tewell and husband Andrew Tewell, Johnny Crane and wife Emily Crane, Julianne Daniel and husband Kurt Daniel; 14 great grandchildren; 1 brother-in-law, Dois Roper; his beloved nieces and nephews; and countless friends and family. Popa was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary; his son, Jack Walton Crane and his daughter, Anita Crane Cooke as well as his parents and a brother.

Please join us in celebrating his life, Wednesday, January 12 from 4:30-6:30 PM for visitation at Temple Baptist Church, 14190 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport; Thursday, January 13 at 11:30 AM with the visitation beginning at 10:30 AM also at Temple Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Biloxi National Cemetery at 1:30 PM on Thursday with military honors by the US Navy.

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home, O'Neal Road, Gulfport, MS is honored to serve the Crane family.

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Visitation

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

4:30 - 6:30pm

Temple Baptist Church of Gulfport

14190 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport, MS 39501

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Visitation

Thursday, January 13, 2022

10:30 - 11:30am

Temple Baptist Church of Gulfport

14190 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport, MS 39501

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Funeral Service

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Starts at 11:30am

Temple Baptist Church of Gulfport

14190 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport, MS 39501

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Burial

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Starts at 1:30pm

Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Ave., Biloxi, MS 39531

Military Honors by the US Navy

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