Crandall, Milton Roda "Billy"

Milton Rhoda “Billy” Crandall passed away July 23, 2011 at the VNA Hospice house in Vero Beach, Fla. He was born June 21, 1913, in Berwyn, Md., to Howard and Mable Crandall. Billy was a forth-generation Washingtonian. His mother and father owned a hotel (the Hill Top) and gas station (one of the largest on the east coast during the early 1900's in Washington D.C.) He was also the nephew of Harry Crandall, one of the largest theater owners in the nation at the time. Mr. Crandall married the true love of his life, Lena Bilyard, in 1935. Their marriage lasted nearly 76 years. They were married Sept. 6, 1935, and leave behind four wonderful and successful children, Jean Marie Stephenson, of Georgia, Joni Hedrick, of California and Vero Beach, Fla., Milton Crandall, Jr., of Roanoke, Va., and Diane McClunk, of Vero Beach. Billy was predeceded in death by his sisters, Mable Smarr, Edna Stewart, and brother, Jack Crandall. He leaves behind seven grandchilden, seven great-grand-children, three great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, two sisters, Louise Bare and Betty Forman, as well as his loving and devoted nephew, J. Emory Crandall. Mr. Crandall was mustered into service during WWII, at the Torpedo plant in Alexandria, Va., and afterward, worked in the federal government, retiring in 1970. Lena and Billy Crandall moved from Annandale, Va., in September 1977, to the Atlanta area, finally moving to Vero Beach, Fla., several years ago. Milton Crandal, at age 98, had become unquestionably the leader and guiding light of the family. A true leader for fairness and justice. A celebration of his life will held at 8 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 1, at Vero Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1644 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.