Crawley, William

CRAWLEY, Jr., William Leonard

William Leonard Crawley, Jr of Marietta, GA passed away peacefully on the morning of January 2, 2021. He was 93 years old.

Leonard was born on September 28, 1927 and raised in Atlanta. He attended Druid Hills High School and graduated from Emory University in 1949, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Soon thereafter he married Joan Brooking Brodnax on January 6, 1950, with whom he shared three children and a lifetime of loving memories until her passing in 2015. Leonard had a successful first career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society, earning the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Million Dollar Round Table Member. He later left Equitable and started a home building business, working for many years alongside his son William Leonard Crawley, III (Bill). Crawley Enterprises, Inc left its mark across the Atlanta suburbs, building hundreds of high-end family homes in numerous subdivisions.

Leonard was a dedicated business and family man, but also had many hobbies and interests over his lifetime. First and foremost, he was devoted to living and growing his Christian faith and was an active member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. Leonard enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid golfer, quail hunter, and fisherman in his younger years. For decades, he and his family made memories at a secondary residence on Lake Burton, and he always found time to visit the area to see the colorful fall foliage.

Leonard has many friends and loved ones awaiting him in Heaven, including his father, William Leonard Crawley, Sr, mother, Louise Hardy Crawley, wife, Joan Brodnax Crawley, and siblings, Walter and Louise. He is survived by his children Bill (Margaret), Lynda Price, and Victoria Beall (Michael), 6 grandchildren and their 4 spouses, and 7 great grandchildren (and counting!) Leonard will be lovingly remembered as a man of faith, dedication, and humor, who was always quick with a joke, laugh, and an easy smile.

Family members will celebrate Leonard's life at a small service at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on January 11th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation ( in honor of Leonard and his great granddaughter, Harper.