Lonnie Earl Craft left this earthly home for a place in heaven, on September 2, 2021. He was 79 years of age born on June 2, 1942, in Milton, Florida to Carlton and Clovette Jacobs Craft. Lonnie lived in the panhandle areas of Florida until he was 16 years of age, when his family moved to Lawtey, Florida. He graduated from Bradford County High School (Starke Florida) in 1960.
Lonnie held numerous jobs around the Starke area one being with the Florida Department of Forestry. He was employed with the Railroad for several years before settling into his career job at the City of Gainesville Fire Department. He played an active roll in the creation of Local 2157 for the fire department. After retiring from GFD in August 1988 he worked for the US Postal Service until 2008.
He leaves to treasure his memory: wife Helen Taylor Craft, daughter Lori Merchant Alexander, and daughter Sheri Crummey (Brian). Six Grandchildren Jennifer, Ashley, Dustin, Erika, Cliff, and Andrew. And 13 ½ great grandchildren (the ½ is due September 28th). Also, brothers Ewell (Janet), James, sisters Sue, and Debbie (Gary). There are also numerous nieces and nephews that loved him. Preceding him in death; his son Lonnie Earl Craft Jr., his parents and sisters Linda and Sandra.
A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler, Florida. Visitation with family from 2:00pm to 2:30pm with a memorial service following at 2:30pm. Immediately following the memorial service the burial with be at New Hope Cemetery 24315 NW County Road 1493 Alachua, Florida. Following all the services there will be a family and friends gathering at Ewell and Janet Crafts lake home located at 6676 County Rd 214 Keystone Heights, FL. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008 www.archerfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers please, donate to New Hope Cemetery Association PO Box 106 LaCrossee, FL 32658.