Whitesburg KY

Services held for James Wiley Craft

Funeral services for Mayor James Wiley Craft, 76, were held June 2 at the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium in Whitesburg. Burial was in Thornton Cemetery.

Born in Thornton to the late Gertrude Hunsucker and Commodore Craft, he died June 29 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Mayor Craft was a 1963 graduate of Whitesburg High School, and was later graduated from Pikeville College, and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

He had practice law more than 50 years and served as Public Defender, Assistant Letcher County Attorney, Letcher County Attorney, Letcher County Commonwealth Attorney, Letcher County School Board Attorney, City of Whitesburg Attorney, City of Jenkins Attorney, and lastly, Mayor of Whitesburg.

Mayor Craft was the prosecutor in the famous Acker murder case, and earned the reputation as a tough-nosed prosecutor.

Surviving are his wife, Tiffany Craft; a son, Judge James Wiley Craft II and wife Kim of Eolia; two daughters, Sammi Lauren Craft of Whitesburg, and Rebecca Webster and husband Scott of London; a brother, Commodore Craft Jr. and husband Rick of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Wyona Gossett of Liberty Township, Oh.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Reda King of Cromona; a brother-in-law, Tyler King and wife Brooke of Hazard; a sister-in-law, Nina Craft of Whitesburg; three grandchildren, Rebecca Cook, James Wiley Craft III, and Lincoln Webster; and two great-grandchildren, Rhiannon and Rosanna Cook.

Mayor Craft was preceded in death by three brothers, Burt Craft, Archie Craft, and Edward Craft.

Everidge Funeral Home of Whitesburg had charge of arrangements.

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