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Charles Ruble Craven 'Boo', 70, passed away peacefully at his home on August 15, 2014 in Pedro, FL.
He was born in Bardstown, KY on May 15, 1944 to the late Charles A. and Mary Craven. He was preceded in death by his brother Patrick Craven. Survived by; sisters- Mary Ferguson (Fran), Emily Giddens (Bo), and Betty Smith; brothers- Joe Craven, Perry Craven, and Steve Craven (Jeanne). His adolescence in Hollywood, FL with his siblings was recounted with great humor and love. In 1968 he moved to Pedro, FL where he quickly became a respected member of his community, Serving as Fire Chief of South Marion and Pedro Fire Departments. He was very proud to share his remarkable engineering talents with his community. Volunteering in the Belleview United Methodist Church in their thrift store and as VP of the Methodist Men's Group brought him and others great joy. Charles served as VP of the 1st Florida Chapter Military Vehicle Preservation Association where he enjoyed meeting and honoring those in service of their community and country. Hunting, fishing, racing and cooking for a crowd were his favorite hobbies. Above all else he treasured his family.
He is survived by his loving devoted wife of 25 years, Connie Wilson Craven; sons- Allen Craven, Joe Craven and Ricky Watts (Lynn); daughters- Kandi LaVoie (Ron), Cara Lee Carver, Sara Parris (Dewayne), and Tina Burgess; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service honoring him will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Belleview United Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest with a remembrance ceremony at Roger's Chapel United Methodist Church in Florence, AL on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: United Methodist Children's Home (51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 or by phone 386-668-5088) or Hospice of Marion County (online at or by phone 352-854-5218)
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2014
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