George W. Craft (WRENS, Ga.)

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WRENS, Ga. - George W. Craft, 85, loving husband of 60 years to Gloria Norton Craft, left this world and entered into his eternal home on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at his residence. Rev. Jerry Thompson will officiate the graveside services at Wrens Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:00PM. George was born to the late Ellie Gordon and Franklin E. Craft in Uvalda, GA. He proudly served our country by joining the Navy Submarine Force. He met his sweetheart when they both participated in a play production in Wrens and has been her "Burton" ever since. George was a master carpenter for large construction companies building apartments, theme parks, banks, condominiums, etc. He was a man of many talents and also owned and operated the Big Top and the Dairy Barn eating establishments. He was a member and deacon at Stapleton Baptist Church and a former deacon at Wrens Baptist. George took every opportunity to serve his Lord and Savior-Sunday School teacher, choir member, Boy's RA leader- and his community, where he was a former Boy Scout leader and past commander of American Legion Post 229. When he was not working or serving others in some capacity, he enjoyed fishing and golfing. Simply put, George was a good, honest man who loved his Lord, his family and his country. George is preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Craft Edwards, and his brother, Harry Craft. Survivors also include his daughter, Beverly Craft, Martinez GA; his "honorary" daughter, Tanya Eulenfeld, Martinez, GA; two brothers, Ray (Jenny) Craft, Metter GA, and James (Helen) Craft, Claxton, GA; several nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. Pallbearers will be Raymond James, Bill Norton, Gary Hutchins, Rolph McDonald, Bill Timms and Oliver Gay. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 229. The family will receive friends at the residence and at James Funeral Home prior to the service on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, from 10:30-11:45AM. The family wishes to thank Dr. David Shumans, Kay Deriso and the staff of Wrens Physicians Health Group for their love and compassion. They also extend a special thanks to the nursing staff at Jefferson Hospital, his personal caregivers and United Hospice for their special attention to them and their needs. James Funeral Home - Wrens, GA

The Augusta Chronicle-March 30, 2010


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