Jessie Crawford, Jr. was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Hooper City High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. Later he attended Philadelphia Technical Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he studied refrigeration and air conditioning.
The Navy enabled him to travel throughout the world. During this time, he learned new skills which also helped to enhance his civilian career as a Maintenance General Foreman with the United States Civil Service.
Mr. Crawford retired from the civil service in 1993 after 28 years of service. He completed his Navy career by retiring from the United Stated Navy Reserve in 1995.
Upon retiring from both careers the inspiration to write children’s stories came to him in a dream. The first of his children’s stories was “The Christmas Prayer,” published in 2006 followed by “The Greatest Commandment,” published in 2007.
Mr. Crawford is always willing to share his stories with teachers and students. He makes himself available for speaking engagements to schools, educational facilities, churches, and anyone who has a desire for him to come.
Mr. Crawford currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Josephine. He has one son, Anthony (Kim) and two grandchildren, Elijah and Noni.