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Longtime State Sen. Ward Crutchfield dies at 87

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Former Tennessee State Senator Ward Crutchfield of Chattanooga has died at the age of 87. Friends say he had been in poor health for a number of years.

Crutchfield, a Democrat represented the 10th district from 1963-1967 and from 1987-2007. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served two terms in the state House of Representatives. 

Crutchfield also served as attorney for the Hamilton County Board of Education.  Among his accomplishments were helping fund an addition for Soddy-Daisy High School, an engineering building for UTC, and Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

His political career came to an end in the mid-2000s.  FBI agents created a sting operation called Tennessee Waltz which resulted in the arrests of several lawmakers, including Crutchfield.

In 2007, Crutchfield pleaded guilty to bribery, admitting he took $3,000 in FBI money in exchange for supporting a fake company called E-Cycle, which was purported to recycle electronic equipment. He was sentenced to two years and a $3,000 fine. But at the age of 78, he served a six-month home confinement sentence with no jail time. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan “Bunny” Crutchfield; two daughters, Candis Ward “Candy” Crutchfield Kinsey, and Margie “Missy” Crutchfield; and grandchildren, Morgan Ward Kinsey, and James Ward Corn. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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