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This is to advise of the passing of the last known "Real Son" of a Confederate veteran.
Compatriot Calvin Robertson Crane
Real Son of James Antony Crane
Ringgold Battery, Company B, Virginia Light Artillery
Calvin R. Crane died Sunday, September 15, 2019, at the age of 102. He was the son of James Antony Crane and was living at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. Calvin's father fought in the War Between the States. He was only a year old when his father died. Because he really never got to know his dad, Calvin Crane said most of his memory of his dad was just what he had been told by other family members. He recalled they mostly talked about how he loved to hunt. Calvin was very pleased that he inherited his daddy's shotgun.
Calvin was the youngest of the five children of James and Annie Crane, who married around the turn of the 20th century when James was in his 50s and Annie was about 18. James was a widower who served during the war with the Ringgold Battery, Company B, 13th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery. He had 16 children by his first marriage. Annie was an orphan who was taken in by a farm family outside Danville. She and James eloped across the North Carolina line to marry.
The Crane family lived on a farm near White Oak Mountain outside Danville, but after James Crane's death, the family had to move into the city in order for Calvin's mother to take a job working at the Dan River Mills. She would leave for work before dawn, leaving her youngest son in the care of his oldest sister, and often return home after dark when she would tend her garden to put food on the table. Despite her hard work, times were difficult for the family before and during the Great Depression.
Crane served in World War II, spending part of his time in North Africa. Back home, he scrambled to find work, moving to Roanoke to take a job with an uncle in the dry-cleaning business. He eventually worked in roofing, the sheet metal business, and at a foundry before landing the job from which he would retire in the maintenance department of the Roanoke post office. He was a member of the Fincastle Rifles Camp #1326, SCV.
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