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Ruth Ann & Jib Crawford Memorial Scholarship

"Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning." Job 11:17


A $500 memorial scholarship in honor of Ruth Ann and Jib Crawford will be provided to a young person from Grenada, Mississippi that is enrolled in a two or four-year college, technical certification or vocational training program.



The Ruth Ann and Jib Crawford Memorial scholarship will be awarded at the end of January 2023. In order to be considered for this scholarship please send a 500 word or less narrative on the impact of your parents or grandparents on your life and future plans. Please submit your narrative to michael@maxeys.org. Applicants should submit their narrative by January 30, 2023.


At the end of the day, all we have that really matters in our lives is our family, friends and neighbors. Their influence is remembered over the years not so much in what they said but in the way they made you feel. Ruth Ann and Jib Crawford had a positive impact on so many lives in Grenada and beyond. They were good friends and set an example of what it means to make a difference in a community. I remember how they were one of the first families to visit us after my step-father suddenly died in 1968. Ruth Ann comforted a young boy who years later would remember the love she showed that day. When my mother passed away in 2009, Mr. Jib stepped forward to be a pall bearer for her funeral service. These are the things we don't forget -- these are the things that give us a memory of love, of compassion and of a community that cares. We were blessed to know Ruth Ann and Jib.


Mr. James Provine “Jib” Crawford was born February 12, 1933 in Grenada. He served his country in combat during the Korean Conflict and went on to be part of the U.S. Armed Forces for over 42 years. Jib was active in several non-commissioned officer’s organizations as well as the Grenada Civitan Club. He was an active and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Grenada. Jib passed away on October 7, 2022. His obituary is at https://www.mckibbenandguinn.com/obituary/jib-crawford.


Mrs. Ruth Ann Crawford was born January 30, 1935 in Webster County. Ruth Ann was the Office Manager at Commercial Credit for many years. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church and served for over 50 years in the church nursery, choir and women's group. Ruth Ann was a leader and a compassionate "mother" to many. She passed away on January 28, 2021. See https://www.mckibbenandguinn.com/obituary/ruth-ann-crawford.


A video tribute is available at https://www.mckibbenandguinn.com/obituary/jib-crawford -- a short clip from that tribute is presented below.


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