Henry “Hank H.C.” Craft, 61, of Chesapeake, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the SOMC Hospice Center. Born on June 3, 1955 in Portsmouth, he was a son of Paul and Melba Williams Craft. Hank spent most of his adult life in water distribution for the residents of Scioto County and was a sales representative/consultant of Utilities Service and Supply in Morehead, KY.
Hank was a 1973 graduate of Wheelersburg High School and attended Findlay University on a music scholarship. He was a much loved referee official for many years and will be honored by East High School for his devotion to music and band and for his on the field-off the field contributions, being a mentor to so many over the years.
Even in death he will still be contributing the only part of his body the cancer hadn’t taken-his eyes so that someone else might see.
Hank was a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Chesapeake. He is now resting in God’s Glory.
Surviving are his wife, Deby Rickard Craft, two sons, Michael Paul Craft of Columbus and Joshua Clay (Christy) Craft of Portsmouth; two stepsons, Nate DeLong of South Point and Jimmy (Kristy Jo) DeLong of South Point; his mother, Melba Craft Comer of South Webster; three sisters, Kimberly Craft of New Boston, Susan (Jimmy) Stringer of South Webster and Rebecca (Scott) Will of Wheelersburg; three grandchildren, Bryna Licerio, Andrew Meadows and Sophia Craft and many much loved nieces and nephews whom he cherished.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Brother Tom Ross officiating. Interment will be in Vernon Cemetery.
The family will receive guests at Brant’s from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Honored pallbearers will be Mike Craft, Josh Craft, Jimmy Delong, Scott Will, Jeff Berry, Jimmy Stringer, Andrew Meadows and Zane Rickard. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Bryna and Sophia.
The Craft family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Summers and his staff at SOMC Cancer Center for their excellent care.