May 26, 2021

James Jim McClung crane
James “Jim” McClung Crane, 93, of Crawley, entered his heavenly home on Wednesday May 26, 2021.
In death he is preceded by his son James H. Crane; Parents James A. and Winona McClung Crane; and sister Vivian Crane.
Survivors are his 73-year-old wife Hilda Shepherd Crane; Daughter Brenda Brooks and husband Hubert; Grandson Scott Brooks; Granddaughter Melissa Brooks; Granddaughter Stephanie Kunin and husband Wallace; Great granddaughter Hannah Brooks; and great-grandson Jared Brooks.
After graduating from Rupert High School, Jim worked as an electrician for his uncle and then for the Appalachian Power Company, where he retired after a 38 year career. He started out as an electrical mechanic; then home demonstrations; was involved in the early introduction of the use and maintenance of heat pumps; then retired as construction and maintenance manager.
A jack of all trades, Jim kept his electrician license long after he retired and was always ready to help a friend or neighbor for years to come. After being unable to do the physical labor himself, he could still brainstorm a problem and offer advice and “fix” guidance.
Jim was of the Baptist faith. He served as an ordained deacon in several Baptist churches. He was active in the American Baptist Association, held leadership positions, and was in some ways associated with the American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Disaster Relief Service.
The service will be held Tuesday, June 1, at noon at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville, with Pastors Monty Foster and Lawrence Hoptry serving.
Friends can call the mausoleum half an hour before the service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please note the short time to express your condolences to the family.
COVID-19 guidelines are followed: wear a mask and social distancing.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donating to the American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Ministry or the WV Baptist Camp in Cowen.
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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Published on May 29, 2021