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Alex Sanderson Crank
Alex Sanderson Crank, 75, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.
He was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Garland, Ark., to Elmer “Bill” and Vera L. Crank.
After attending Southern Arkansas University, he entered into military service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he met and married his Air Force sweetheart, Novella Mae Steer of Belle Vernon, Pa. They recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
In addition to working for a short time on the Southern Pacific Railroad, “Crank” was an entrepreneur of landscaping, soft drink home delivery, and used car and parts sales and service for 50 years. He was most proud of the service to the city of San Antonio of 34 years (1958-1993) as a professional firefighter. He was the recipient of the seventh annual fireman’s award in 1967: The Guy Cude Award was bestowed upon “the fireman who made the most outstanding contribution to the community and to civic projects.” Its motto is “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us but what we have done for others and the world lives on forever.”
He served local PTAs for 30 years in the San Antonio and East Central school districts. He received a “State Life Membership” in PTA in 1973. Not only did he receive several county and state 4-H awards as a youth, he served as an adult 4-H leader for 11 years. As a life member, Alex served on the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Auction Committee for 25 years.
Alex was a longtime member of Harmony Baptist Church, where he served in a variety of positions. He was known to most as “Papa Crank” and was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. Some of the best times of his life were spent on treks in the state of Colorado.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, numerous aunts, and cousins, along with a son, John Edward Crank (1962-1978).
Alex is survived by his wife, Novella; daughter Vicki Root and husband Greg; sons Alex S. Crank II and Timothy Crank and wife Melissa; grandchildren Christopher and Jennifer Sauer, Amy Crank Gallien, Alexis Crank and Jerry Fewox, Charles Thomas and Coty Stephens, and Travis, Andrew, Kaylee, and Christina Crank; great-grandchildren Tyler, Dyson, and Hunter Gallien; his brother, Billy B. Crank and family of Las Vegas, Nev.; as well as countless other family and friends.
Visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Mission Park Funeral Chapels South in San Antonio.
A firefighter memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home chapel.
A funeral service took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Harmony Baptist Church in San Antonio with longtime friends and pastors Mark Briggs and R.C. “Chuck” Miller officiating.
Interment followed in Mission Burial Park South in San Antonio.
The Crank family also wishes to encourage all who are able to donate the gift of blood to do so on the fifth floor of University Hospital of San Antonio. The excellent care and treatment of our family, while there, will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, 12088 Old Corpus Christi Rd., San Antonio, TX 78223.
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Stephen A. Green
October 13, 2008 6:47pm
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April 6, 2008 9:46pm
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October 12, 2007 9:33pm
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