|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1930|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 2010|
Virgie Lela Kimbrell Craft (1900 - 1976)
Juanita D. Craft Abernathy (1919 - 2008)*
Aleta Nadine Craft Gooden (1920 - 2004)*
Billy D Craft (1927 - 2006)*
Bobby Ray Craft (1930 - 2010)
Healdton — Funeral services, with full military honors, for Bobby Ray Craft, 80, of Healdton will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Healdton, and will be conducted by Brother Stacey West. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home in Healdton.
Bob was born September 21, 1930, to Dave and Virgie Kimbrell Craft at their home on the Rockland Oil Lease, just south of Healdton, Oklahoma. He died in Healdton on November 2, 2010, of natural causes.
The youngest of five children, Bob was raised by his mother and by his older sister, Aleta Gooden and her husband, Jack. Bobby lived most of his life in the Healdton area. He graduated from Healdton High School in 1949. During the Korean War, he served his country in the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma National Guard, 179th Tank Company.
He married the former Betty Trail on September 30, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Healdton. They had two daughters, Robin and Stacy.
Bobby worked in the oil field, and with his father-in-law, Gene Trail, owned and operated Trail Well Service for many years. He was a charter member of the Oil Field Recreation Association; he played on a softball team and was a league bowler. He was a square dancer, and a popular caller throughout the state of Oklahoma.
Bobby became a member of the First Baptist Church in 1963. He was the "Voice of the Bulldogs" beginning in the mid-1970s through the 2000 season, announcing every home football game for many years. In 1981, he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr. He was a member of the Healdton High School Athletic and Band Boosters. Accompanied by his wife, Betty, he was the worship leader at the Healdton Nursing Home from 1976 through 2008. For over 50 years, he sang at many area weddings and funerals, and often sang in church as a soloist, in the men's quartet, special performances, and in community theater. He was Oil Man of the Year in 1992.
Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Craft; sisters, Aleta Gooden and Juanita Abernathy; brothers-in-law, Jack Gooden and Carmon Abernathy; parents-in-law, Gene and Dorothy Trail; sister-in-law, Lola Craft; nieces and nephews, Carmon Abernathy Jr., Betty Ruth Abernathy, Dick Abernathy, Jimmy Gooden and Carolyn Alderman; and a grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of the home; daughter, Robin Grattet and husband, Vaun, Colorado; daughter, Stacy Cole and husband, David, Broken Arrow; grandchildren, Elle and Bayli Cole, and Lela, Mari, Annlin and Jonathan Grattet; sister, Stella Craft, Oklahoma City; and nieces and nephews, Marylynn West, Ginger Burris, Judy Benton, Jackie Sutton, Bill Gooden, Beth Duke and Teressa Woodward; and sister-in-law, Judy Craft.
Pallbearers are Bill Dan Brady, Darryl Worsham, Joe Parker, Jim Amerson, Clint Nagode, and Tom Worsham.
Honorary pallbearers are Bill Brady, Bill Wilburn, Mike Brady, Ted Meador, David Brady, Larry Munholland, Casey Means, Todd Attalla and the 179th Heavy Tank Company of the 45th Division of the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Escort to Mount Olive Cemetery will be provided by the Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma.
Mount Olive Cemetery
Created by: Jack Roberts
Record added: Nov 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61145862