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Archer Funeral Home
Tuesday September 7th, 2021
2:00pm - 2:30pm

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Celebration of Life

Archer Funeral Home
Tuesday September 7th, 2021

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Lonnie Earl Craft

Lonnie Earl Craft left this earthly home for a place in heaven, on September 2, 2021. He was 79 years of age born on June 2, 1942, in Milton, Florida to Carlton and Clovette Jacobs Craft. Lonnie lived in the panhandle areas of Florida until he was 16 years of age, when his family moved to Lawtey, Florida. He graduated from Bradford County High School (Starke Florida) in 1960.

Lonnie held numerous jobs around the Starke area one being with the Florida Department of Forestry. He was employed with the Railroad for several years before settling into his career job at the City of Gainesville Fire Department. He played an active roll in the creation of Local 2157 for the fire department. After retiring from GFD in August 1988 he worked for the US Postal Service until 2008.

He leaves to treasure his memory: wife Helen Taylor Craft, daughter Lori Merchant Alexander, and daughter Sheri Crummey (Brian). Six Grandchildren Jennifer, Ashley, Dustin, Erika, Cliff, and Andrew. And 13 ½ great grandchildren (the ½ is due September 28th). Also, brothers Ewell (Janet), James, sisters Sue, and Debbie (Gary). There are also numerous nieces and nephews that loved him. Preceding him in death; his son Lonnie Earl Craft Jr., his parents and sisters Linda and Sandra.

A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler, Florida. Visitation with family from 2:00pm to 2:30pm with a memorial service following at 2:30pm. Immediately following the memorial service the burial with be at New Hope Cemetery 24315 NW County Road 1493 Alachua, Florida. Following all the services there will be a family and friends gathering at Ewell and Janet Crafts lake home located at 6676 County Rd 214 Keystone Heights, FL. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008 www.archerfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers please, donate to New Hope Cemetery Association PO Box 106 LaCrossee, FL 32658.

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A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Craft

Mitchel Starling Sep 7 2021 8:19 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Marianne Hall. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Lonnie Earl Craft.

Marianne Hall Sep 7 2021 8:17 PM

May it be of some comfort to know others care and are praying for you

Nita Brown Sep 7 2021 12:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Craft

Nita Brown Sep 7 2021 12:54 PM

I have such good memories of Lonnie from my times at my aunt Myra and Uncle Russel's home place - the farm. Lonnie will be missed by all. I am so sorry to hear of his illness and passing on.

Mitchell Farthing Sep 7 2021 11:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Craft

Selena Breedlove Sep 7 2021 9:11 AM

Gainesville Fire & Rescue shares in the loss. Lonnie was a colleague, friend, and so much more.... he was instrumental in the establishment of a union that has meant so much to so many. Rest in peace.

Chief Joe Dixon Sep 7 2021 8:35 AM

Tommy called me about Lonnie. He was a good man and I always loved seeing him and giving him a hug. He and I had many good conversations over the years. Lonnie will be missed and I am glad to have known him all these years Wish I could be with you on Tuesday but I lost a loved one as well and that service is on Tuesday at 3. Thinking about you during this time. Will get with Tommy for all of us to get together. Prayers are with you. But I know you will be fine. You are a strong and beautiful lady. Love you
Janet Malphurs

Janet Malphurs Sep 6 2021 9:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Craft

Lamar and Susan Courtney Sep 6 2021 9:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Craft

Amie Morgan Sep 5 2021 10:25 PM

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