William Clifford Craven
Craven was born in White County, Georgia, March 3, 1919, the eldest son of Genie Warwick and James Robert Craven.
He was very happily married to Wilsa Ray Craven for 70 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate in WWII. He worked in his family’s businesses in Newland and Boone for many years before moving to Kingsport, Tenn., where he owned a home improvement business until his retirement. He was a man who was greatly loved by family and friends, with a strong love and commitment to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilsa Ray Craven; his brother, Robert Hoyt Craven of Blacksburg, Va.; and his sister, Hannah Elizabeth Craven, of Lakeland, Fla. He is survived by four brothers, John Watson Craven, of Montreat, Earl Mark Craven, of Blacksburg, Va., Charles Eugene Craven, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Talmon Philmore Craven, of Lakeland, Fla.
A graveside service was held at the Newland Cemetery 11 a.m. Saturday, August 10,2013, with the Rev. Gene Craven officiating.
The family would like to thank Levine and Dickson Hospice House Southminster for their kind, honorable, and professional care of Craven.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at http://www.rsfh.net.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Craven family.
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