James D. Crane, 79, was a life-long resident of Rossville. He passed away peacefully Wednesday night, June 18, 2014, after a valiant struggle with a sudden illness. He was a faithful member of the Rossville Church of Christ (formerly known as Bryan Street Church of Christ) for 57 years. He served diligently in the offices of church treasurer, Sunday school director, Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. At his retirement from teaching Sunday School, he proudly held the honored record of having consecutively taught classes from the years 1960 to 2010. His bible-teaching tenure included the "Teenage Class of High School Students," "The Men's Class," and the "Senior Citizens Class." Many of his bible students became Christians while in his classes. He retired from American National Bank of Chattanooga, where he served as vice president over the prominent Indirect Loan Department. His innovative business manangement practices for the bank helped to establish and bolster many companies all over the Chattanooga area. In Atlanta, he was instrumental in helping to establish a new branch bank there shortly before his retirement. After his retirement, James served in the elected office of Councilman for the city of Rossville, for eight years. His personal goals there were to make Rossville a better, stronger and more beautiful place to live. He was a instrumental in beginning the "Beautification Committee" and in campaigning for a new Bi-Lo Grocery store, which was proudly accomplished on its old site just adjacent to the historic John Ross House. He graduated in 1953 from Rossville High School as valedictorian and was a proud graduate of the University of Virginia School of Banking. Mr. Crane was devoted to his church and to his family, and was greatly loved by those who counted him as their friend. His long life touched many lives for good, and this is what he was known for. Though gifted with many talents, he strived to walk as did his Lord Jesus in humility and in gentleness. We, his beloved family, knew him as a man after God's own heart. Throughout his life, he was true to the character noted of him in his Roines High School Graduating Annual, which read: "Determination and plenty of grit, James will never give up or quit, and he will be so dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Joseph Durwood (Cowboy) Crane, Ella Merit Crane; his nephew, Jody Anderson; and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his beloved wife, Gwendolyn (Gwen) Jarnagin Crane of 61 years; his daughter, Dianne Crane Fincher; son-in-law, Mike Fincher; grandson, Eric Fincher; his daughter, Joy Crane Koger, son-in-law, Ed Koger, grandson, Matthew Koger; granddaughter, Bonnie Brooke Koger Dixon; grandson-in-law, Seth Dixon; and great-grandson, Hudson Dixon; sister, Joan Crane Greene; niece, Robin Moran; nephew, Gene Anderson Jr.; aunt, Ravenell Crane Wooten; sister-in-law, Bobbie Jarnagin; several great-nieces and nephews and many cousins-all of the Rossville, Ringgold and Chickamauga areas. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Rossville Church of Christ with ministers Jack James, Don Martin and Jerry Weldon officiating. Interment in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort and to watch the memorial tribute. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.