Infectious smile. External Beauty. Internal Beauty. Smart. Loving. God-Fearing. Caring. Nurturing...and the list could go on and on.
Her tall, slender body and her beautiful smile immediately infected anyone who met her. However, as soon as she opened her mouth to speak, her personality blew people away. She was cherished by many and loved by all.
Taffi T. Crawford was born June 12, 1974 to the late Earnestine McChriston and the late Wilford “Spike” Jones.
Taffi dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and continued to serve faithfully at the Healing Temple COGIC in Winona, MS. As a young child growing up, Taffi was always the life of the party. Her character was contagious and her love toward others would always shine through. She was like the sun illuminating through the clouds on a dreary day. Everyone always wanted to be in her presence. She was an encourager, someone who was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Throughout Taffi’s junior high and high school years, she excelled in academics and cheerleading as a member of the Winona High School Cheerleading Squad where she served as Captain. She graduated in 1992. After high school graduation, Taffi enrolled at Mississippi State University, studied Sociology, and in 1997 graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Social Work. She continued her education at MSU where she took classes toward her Master’s Degree.
Taffi was deeply family-oriented. On occasion, she would speak of how she would get married and have children of her own. On February 5, 1999, Taffi married her high school sweetheart, moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and shortly after, a son was born. Taffi dedicated her life and strength to raising her son. She took pride in instilling spiritual values into her son and making sure that he would grow up to be a well-mannered, respectful, God-fearing young man.
Because Taffi was family-oriented, she and her husband decided to move closer to the rest of her immediate family. In 2003, they migrated to Memphis, TN where Taffi continued her career in Social Work at the Child Advocacy Center. Taffi loved her job because she enjoyed helping people. Taffi was a very spiritual woman of God and she always said, “Faith without works is dead.” She continued to serve God at New Fellowship Christian Church under the stewardship of Pastor Dwight Saulsberry until her untimely death. She was a member of the choir and other various ministries within the church.
Taffi decided to change her career, further her education, and take her willingness to help others to another level. In 2006, Taffi was accepted into Baptist College of Health Sciences. As a student, Taffi was eager to learn as much as she could in order to help those that ultimately trusted her with their lives. Taffi was always leading her fellow classmates in prayer as they prepared to take written or clinical exams. Taffi was a full-time student, held down a full time job, but most importantly, she was a full-time mother first all the while making it look so easy. Taffi was an inspiration to so many people. She trusted God and His unfailing love. Her favorite scripture, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” was a motto that she lived by. In 2009, Taffi received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. As a registered nurse, she was employed with Baptist-Desoto Hospital in the Emergency Department, as well as Delta Medical Center.
Taffi loved fashion. She was always “dressed to impress.” She took pride in her looks, not in a conceited type of way, but in a way that showed how much she thought of herself, and how God made her very special. Taffi was always lending general and spiritual advice that helped many people. She was an independent woman that worked very hard to receive the greater things in life. She was authentic and genuinely cared about those around her. She never met a stranger and befriended those who needed a friend.
Taffi’s future was so bright here on earth, but God needed her more. Taffi was called home to be with the Lord on February 12, 2010 as a result of a senseless act of domestic violence by her estranged ex-boyfriend who just could not let go. Taffi’s story is not the typical domestic violence story that a person typically hears about. Taffi was strong and knew what she wanted out of life. Many people may ask, why did she stay? Taffi did not stay. She took all avenues in order to remove this man from her life. Taffi often said that she needed to be here for her son. She was in the process of taking all of the necessary steps to regain her freedom from him, but unfortunately, it was too late. She was gunned down in the parking lot of Delta Medical Center as she prepared to enter her workplace in the early hours of the morning and later died at The Regional Medical Center. Taffi is in a much better place. The world lost a great person, but Heaven gained an angel!