William J. Craft, 85, of Leesburg, Virginia, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Benton House of Sugar Hill, Sugar Hill, Georgia.
Born June 24, 1933 at Clayhole, Kentucky, he was a son of the late George W. and Laura (Noble) Craft. He was united in marriage to the former Peggy Sioux Lamison May 4, 1957. Mrs. Craft Aug. 19, 2016.
Mr. Craft is survived by three children, Sioux Ellen Kimberling and husband, Michael, of Leesburg, Virginia, Allen J. Craft and wife, Caryn, of Suwanee, Georgia, and Christopher L. Craft and wife, Sylvia, of Alpharetta, Georgia, and two grandsons, William Craft and Zachary Craft.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Donald Craft.
Mr. Craft served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in Japan.
He was a dual member of Austin Lodge No. 12, Austin, Texas, and Olive Branch Lodge No. 114, AF&AM, Leesburg, Virginia, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Austin, Texas, and Kena Temple AAONMS, Fairfax, Virginia. He also held a commercial pilot’s license since 1970 and served with the Civil Air Patrol, Frederick, Maryland, for many years.
Mr. Craft retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller after 33 years then worked for the FAA as a rehired annuitant until 1993.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Cherry Grove Cemetery, Three Springs, R.R., with the Rev. Steven Heaster officiating.
Friends may call at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, 565 Ridgley St., Orbisonia, from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Cromwell Lodge No. 572, F&AM, Orbisonia, will conduct a masonic funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.