James “Jim” Dixon Craft Jr.
James “Jim” Dixon Craft Jr., of Hurricane, W. Va., passed away on July 12, 2020 after a long illness. James was born on January 15, 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio to Jim and Callie (Bowling) Craft. Jim graduated from Lakota High School before joining the Army in 1960. Upon returning from the Army he earned a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He had a successful 30-year career in the papermill industry.
Jim married the love of his life Brenda Witt in 1966.They began their family in Erie and then moved to Lock Haven, where they continued to raise their children. They moved to West Virginia seven years ago to continue their retirement. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, boating and exploring. He also loved music, especially bluegrass. He enjoyed sitting around a campfire singing, playing and telling stories.
Above all, Jim was a family man through and through. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with a fierce passion. He is survived by his wife and children, Antoinette Border (John) of Frederick, Md., Jamie Wendel (Andy) of Hurricane, W. Va., James D Craft III (Michelle) of Douglassville, Pa., David Craft (Michelle) of Danville, Pa., and Stephen Craft (Jennie) of Renovo. He also leaves grandchildren (who called him Pappy) Stephanie, Patricia, Christine, Michelle, AJ, Nathan, Daniel, Isaac, James IV, Julia, Joanna, Isaiah, Thomas, SJ, Aurora, and soon to be born Bjorn. In addition to his grandchildren, he leaves his great-grandchildren Chance, Callie, Cheyann, Caleb, Xavier, Sebastian, Ella, Jaxson and Arabella. Oh, how the “Green Grass” has grown around Jim’s roots.
Once retired, Jim was active traveling and spending time visiting his children and grandchildren. He loved attending the Craft family reunion in Manchester, Kentucky and the old homestead that was there. He tried to learn as much as he could about the family history and shared that knowledge with his family.
Jim was an amazing man full of love who loved to laugh. He was generous to a fault. In the spirit of his generosity he donated his body for medical research to Marshall University in West Virginia. He is predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Martha and Herman Witt, his brother Lonnie Fry and sisters Lona, Pete and Mary Lana as well as his beloved fur grandbabies HW, McGraw and many others.
Upon Jim’s wishes there will be no services. The family asks you to consider donating to either your local Hospice or VA in his name.