Don C. Crafton
Sept. 9, 1928 - Feb. 16, 2014
Dublin, GA- Services for Don C. "Billy" Crafton, age 85, will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Dublin Memorial Gardens. Dr. Lamar Holley and Dr. Cliff Morris will officiate.
Mr. Crafton was born September 9, 1928, in Laurens County, the son of the late Donnie C. and Ruby Carr Crafton of Mace Cannon Road, Dublin, GA.
He was a graduate of Dudley High School, and was named High School "All District Player" in basketball. He was a Veteran of World War II
, serving in the 24th Infantry Division as a Corporal in the U.S. Army
Occupation of Japan, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Japan and was rated "expert" with the M1 Rifle and "sharp shooter" with smaller army carbine rifle. He traveled through Hiroshima four times, seeing the twisted steel, destruction and devastation that helped bring an end to World War II.
He began his banking career as a bookkeeper and teller, and was a bank examiner with the State of Georgia for two years, worked with Farmers & Merchants Bank in Dublin for five years as Bank Cashier and Loan Officer. In January 1962, at the age of 33, he was elected Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Planters Bank in Hawkinsville, elected to Board of Directors the following year, and afterwards President & CEO where he served eighteen years, also serving on the Board of Directors and as Advisory Vice President of the newly organized Pineview State Bank during this time. He returned to Dublin, 1980 as President, CEO and Director of Morris State Bank, retiring in 2002 after 28 years of service in Banking.
He was past President of Georgia Bankers Association, was one of the original organizers and was a Trustee of the Georgia Bankers Association Insurance Trust in 1965 that provided Group Health, Life and Disability Insurance to Georgia Bankers and their dependents, and served continuously for 37 years until his retirement as Vice Chairman in 2002.
He was a 50 year member Emeritus of Masonry and a 47 year member of Al Shah Shrine Temple in Macon, was active in business and civic organizations, serving in Hawkinsville as 1966-1967 President of Hawkinsville Rotary Club
, Charter President and Director of Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Hawkinsville City Board of Education, member of the R.J. Taylor Memorial Hospital, member of the Pulaski County Department of Family and Children Services, and was chosen the Hawkinsville Lions Club as Citizen of the Year.
In Dublin, he was past President of the Dublin Civitan Club in its early beginning, past President of the Laurens County Unit of the American Cancer Society, past Chairman of the St. Patrick's Festival, past President of the Dublin-Lauresn County Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member of the Dublin Housing Authority, member of the Dublin Rotary Club, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and Will Watt Fellow, with 48 plus years as a Rotarian, member of the American Legion Post 17, Dublin, Laurens County member or the Dublin Country Club for 30 years and a member and deacon of First Baptist Church.
He was survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lawanna Avery Crafton; son and daughter-in-law, Gene A. Crafton and Teresa H. Crafton of Dublin; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and William B. Carlen III, of Cookeville, Tennessee; grandson, William Ben Carlen IV of Cookeville, Tennessee; sister, Nell Walker and brother-in-law, the late James Walker of Dudley, Georgia and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Active Pallbearers will be William O. "Bill" Edgar, Bob Walker, Judge Gibbs Flanders, Johnny Warren, Scotty Jones, Roger Folsom, Mike McCarn and Scott Beasley.
The Forum Men's Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and members of Morris Bank, Dublin Board of Directors have been asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Other Honorary Pallbearers are Ben H. Hall, Chuck Harwell, Dr. Andy Williamson, Charlie Garbutt, Clifford Barfoot, Al Scarborough, Robert H. Callier, Fred Glenn and John "Butch" McGowan.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Monday, February 17, 2014 at the funeral home.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 405 Bellevue Ave., Dublin, GA 31021.
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