BLAKELY -- Wilvern Kenneth Craft, Sr., 85, died early Friday morning, December 7, 2012 at his residence in Damascus, GA. His funeral will be a graveside service Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Arlington, GA with Hospice Chaplain Rev. Andy Glover officiating.

The family will receive friends from 3 PM until 4 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral home in Blakely, before the graveside in Oak Grove at 4:30 PM.

Mr. Craft was born June 23, 1927 in Baker County to the late Early Beldsoe Craft and Myrtle Lee Killebrew Craft. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Arlington Baptist Church.

His survivors include his wife, Bernice Newberry Craft of Damascus, GA; a daughter, Nancy Heard and husband Jerry (Joe) Heard, Sr. of Newton, GA; two sons, Ken Craft and wife Phyllis of Damascus, GA and Tim Craft and wife Jill of Blakely, GA; two sisters, Ann Newberry of Arlington and Jeanene Shadburn of Albany; two brothers, Wayne Craft and wife Olive and Melvin Craft and wife Betty Jean- all of Albany; there are seven grandchildren, Jerry Heard, Jr. & Tammy of Damascus, GA, Jeff Heard & Janna of Newton, GA, Karen League & Jim of Toccoa, GA, Holley Jaakkola & Juha of Savannah, GA, Brooke Odom & Louette of Arlington, GA, Cale Craft and Kayla, both of Damascus, GA; there are also eleven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. The family also wants to mention 3 wonderful caregivers that looked after Mr. Craft, Dale Craft, Brenda Brossman and Becky Butler.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39818

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home

Blakely 229/723-3421