Whitesburg KY

Watson Craft succumbs at 90



Watson Garret Craft, 90, died July 5.

The son of Pricey and Archealous Craft, he was born on a Revolutionary War land grant farm in Letcher County, the youngest of 17 children. He was the widower of Minerva Back Craft, to whom he was married for 68 years.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he left high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where trained as a submariner. He rose to the rank of quartermaster 3rd Class SS on the USS Sandlance.

After World War II, he completed high school and enrolled in Berea College. He was an educator and administrator in Boone County, where he taught vocational agriculture for many years and finished his career as principal of Ockerman Elementary. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Kentucky.

Surviving are two daughters; Linda Brown and husband

Stewart and Nancy Ryan and husband Russell; grandchildren, Schuyler Brown and Peter Novobaczky, Garret Brown and wife Tara, Casey Ryan and wife Erin, Caitlyn Sullivan and husband Jordan, and Cody Ryan and wife Aubrey; and great-grandchildren, Bennett Brown, Josie Brown, Eleanor Novobaczky and Annabelle Sullivan.

Funeral services were held July 8 in Walton. Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

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