Joe M. “Billy” Craven of Miami died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at his home. He was 83.
Craven was born Oct. 30, 1923, in Spurgeon, Mo., to Joseph Henry and Artie Dell (Craven) Hansford. He moved to Miami in 1962 from Seneca, Mo.
He was a World War II veteran of the Army.
He worked for B.F. Goodrich for 39 years and was a member of the United Rubberworkers Union, Local 318. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He served as the flag chairman with the American Legion and was an active member of the American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail. He was a member of the 40 et 8.
He was married to Vivian McGehee for 63 years. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include two sons, Rick Craven of Grove and Kim Craven of Afton; two daughters, Deborah Tucker of Springfield, Mo., and Brenda Stewart of Sherwood, Ark.; one sister, Otheda Sartin of Neosho, Mo., seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Everett Craven, and six sisters, Mary, Lella, Delpha, Leath, Verda and Fern.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami with the Rev. Donald Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Seneca Cemetery in West Seneca, Okla.
Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail.
Pallbearers will be Brad Tucker, Jeremy Tucker, Matthew Stewart, Aaron Edwards, Joseph Craven and Matthew Crafton. Honorary pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.