Eddie Craft

Sunday, September 11, 2005

with flag

and photo

Eddie Craft, 74, of Jackson passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1931, at Neelys Landing, the son of Zona Craft Hahs and stepfather Grover Hahs. He and Peggy King were married on Oct. 2, 1954, at Jackson.

Eddie was a 1949 Jackson High School graduate. Inducted in the U.S. Air Force on March 31, 1950, he served honorably and was discharged on March 30, 1954, as airman first class with good conduct and national defense service medals.

Eddie worked 38 years at Lenco in Jackson, retiring in January 2004.

A lifelong member of New Bethel Baptist Church near Pocahontas, Eddie was instrumental in starting the bus ministry and children's church, and was active on various church committees. He was known as an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Loving survivors include his wife of 50 years, Peggy; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Stephanie Craft of Cape Girardeau; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Wayne Keith of Flower Mound, Texas; three grandchildren, Jordan Cook of Millersville, Cheyenne Peterson of Yorkville, Ill., and Nora Craft of Cape Girardeau; and a sister, Connie Russell of Marble Hill, Mo.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cathy Craft, in 1962, two sisters and his parents.

Friends may call today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson and after 10 a.m. Monday at New Bethel Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the church with the Revs. John Rhodes and Thomas Bray officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery with graveside military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to New Bethel Cemetery or the American Cancer Society.