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 William Wiley Craft

William Wiley Craft

Birth
Millstone, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Oct 1966 (aged 91)
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 92765048 · View Source
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THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE, WHITESBURG, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1966
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W. W. CRAFT DIES
Funeral services were held at the Thornton Regular Baptist Church in Mayking Wednesday for William Wiley Craft, 91.
Officiating ministers were Elders Ray Collins, Bill Sparks, Basil Hall and I. D. Back.
Burial was in Green Acres cemetery.
Mr. Craft died Sunday at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, where he had been a patient for about two weeks.
He and his wife, the former Mary Wright, had made their home in Lexington for the past three years.
Mr. Craft was born and reared at Millstone. He was a son of the late Ben and Henrietta Adams Craft. His father, a school teacher, died when he was 13, and he had to leave school and take over the support of his mother and three sisters. He often recalled working all day for 25 cents and said that sometimes his family would go a year without seeing even a quarter in cash. After he married he and his wife lived in a log house near Slemp Camp west of Millstone. The house burned several years ago. Mr. Craft recalled that as a young man he took eggs, milk, chickens and butter all the way across the mountains to Norton, Va., to "barter" for coffee, sugar and other items which could not be grown at home. After the coal fields opened in Letcher County, Mr. Craft worked for many years for South East Coal Co. He handled the mine livestock and worked at the Millstone tipple until he was in his 60's. After he retired he continued to farm until poor health forced him to move to town. Even in Lexington, he insisted on growing a backyard garden, his family said.
He and his wife would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary next August.
Mr. Craft was known for his gentle disposition and quiet demeanor.
Mr. Craft had been a member of the Regular Baptist Church for more than 50 years.
Besides his wife he is survived by five sons, Archie Craft, Whitesburg; Dr. T. Garrett Craft, Harlan; Dr. Ben W. Craft, Lexington; Dr. Cecil B. Craft, Richmond, and Dr. James W. Craft, Harlan; two daughters, Mrs. Lettie Dallas Thompson, Harlan, and Mrs. Henrietta Creech, Lexington. Six children died earlier.
Seventeen grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive.
(Kentuckiana Digital Library)
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KENTUCKY DEATH RECORDS
William W. Craft
Age: 91
Place of residence: Fayette
Place of death: Fayette
Date of death: 10 - 30 - 1966
Certificate: #23058


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  • Created by: Joyce Tinsley
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92765048
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Wiley Craft (21 Nov 1874–30 Oct 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92765048, citing Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Joyce Tinsley (contributor 47516959) .