John Neal Cranford Sr., died Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Iredell County to the late Madrid Cass Jordan and Carl Jordan.

Mr. Cranford was a retired truck driver for CommScope. He loved fishing and hunting. After his retirement, he spent a number of years working with the Iredell County Sheriffs Office as a Special Deputy, which he enjoyed greatly. He was a member of the Grassy Knob Masonic Lodge #471, and he liked spending time with his friends. More than anything, he loved spending time and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Shirley Nicholson Cranford; a son, John N. Cranford Jr. (Melissa); a daughter, Chrystal Sloan (Tommy); two grandchildren, Jenna Cranford and Tara Sloan; and a great-grandchild, Derrick Bradley.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society – NC, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207. Online condolences may be left at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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