Crawford was born and raised in Rock Hill S.C. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) in 1958 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the engineering field until '78. He became a licensed Real Estate Agent in 1977, and went to work as an agent for Blalock and Griffin Realty in April of 1978. In 2001 he became a licensed Real Estate Broker and formed Crawford Grice Realty the following year. He joined Harry Norman, REALTORS Luxury Lake And Mountain in 2010.