Charles Crafton

Charles Crafton Dies Tuesday In Pekin Hospital
Charles Edward Crafton, 219 Koch street, died in Pekin Hospital at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday [July 16, 1957].

Born in Snicarte, Mason county Apr. 1, 1873, Mr. Crafton was the son of James and Mary Jane Vaughn Crafton.

He was married to Mary Charlotte Whitehead, Mason county, Oct. 22, 1902. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Crafton had lived in the Pekin area all of his life, farming from 1902 until 1925, when he went into the construction business. He retired in 1931.

Surviving Mr. Crafton are three daughters: Miss Lorena Crafton, Michigan City, Ind.; Mrs. Ruby Breeden, Barrington; Mrs. Nena Galianis, Coral Gables, Fla.; two sons, James Crafton of Pekin and Wayne Crafton of Havana. One daughter prededed him in death in 1920.

Also surviving are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and a half-brother, James Flamben. Four sisters and five brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral rites will be conducted by the Rev. T.S. Scott, pastor of the Faith Baptist church, at 10 a.m. Friday in the Preston Funeral Home.

Furth services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Bethel Baptist church at Saidora, Ill., with the Rev. William Ray officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Baptist church cemetery in Saidora.

Contributed by: Donna Yavorshak


Greta Mae Black Crafton

Pekin paper, October 1982

Greta Mae Crafton, 73, of Pekin, died at 2:20 p.m. Monday Oct. 11, 1982, in Pekin Memorial Hospital. She had been a patient there since Oct. 5.

Born April 12, 1909, in Schuyler County, she was a daughter of John and Ruby Bridgewater Black. She married Lester F. Crafton April 29, 1926, at Beardstown. He died Feb. 19, 1954.

Surviving are a son, Harold L. of Pekin; two daughters, Mrs. George (Wilma) Harbaugh and Mrs. Leonard (Sharon) Abbott, both of Manito; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John Black of Pekin; a sister, Mrs. Veda Guelker of Beardstown; and two stepbrothers, Jiram Moore and Eugene Morroe, both of Pekin.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Crafton was preceded in death by a son, a brother and two great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Manito and was a member of its Lighthouse Missionary Society.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thurday in Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin. The Rev. Ralph Sauter will officate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributed by: Donna (Singleton) Yavorshak & Sara Hemp


Lester F. Crafton

Pekin paper, February 19, 1954

Lester Crafton Dies Friday In Hospital
Following an illness of a month's duration, Lester F. Crafton, 59, of Pekin, an employe of Standard Brands Co., died at 6:40 a.m. today [February 19, 1954] at Pekin hospital and the body was taken to the Preston funeral home.

Born in Mason county on March 30, 1894, he was the son of Lee R. and Molly {Moore} Crafton. His marriage to Greta Black took place in Beardstown, Ill., on April 29, 1926

Surviving are his wife and the following four children: Mrs. William Graffis, Harold Crafton, Sharon Kay Crafton and Robert Eugene Crafton, all of Pekin.

Also surviving are a half brother, Floyd Crafton and a half sister, Mrs. Lela Pendergraft and his step-mother, Mrs. Jessie {Gossage} Crafton, all of Beardstown. There is also on grandchild.

He was a member of the Calvary Baptist church and services are to be held there Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Hubert Entwisle officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the Preston funeral home Saturday and until 11 a.m. Monday when the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until time of service.

Contributed by: Donna (Singleton) Yavorshak & Sara Hemp


Minnie Pherigo Crafton

Pekin Times

Relative of Area Residents
Chandlerville - Mrs. Minnie Crafton, 68, of Chandlerville, relative of several TIMES area residents, died at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 1974, in Memorial Hospital at Springfield. She had been a patient there 12 days.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home. Rev. Andrew Everly will officiate and burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call this afternoon and evening at the funeral home.

A daughter of James and Rosetta Watkins Pherigo, she was born Jan. 2, 1906, in Cass Co. She married Raymond Crafton May 2, 1925, at Saidora. He preceded her in death in 1973.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Rosemary) Naylor of Carpentersville and Mrs. Gerald (Kathryn) Watkins of Chandlerville; seven sisters, Mrs. Wilmer (Marie) Nall of Pekin, Mrs. Paul (Mary Ann) Kuhlman of Havana, Mrs. Noah (Katie) Johnson, Mrs. Johnny (Ella) Johnson, Mrs. Paul (Maudena) Atterberry, Mrs. John (Berniece) Griffie and Mrs. Eddie (Iona) Garner, all of Chandlerville.

Also surviving are four brothers, Eugene Pherigo of Chandlerville, Ernest of Havana, and James and Clifford Pherigo, both of Pekin, nine grandchildren and several neices and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, a sister and two brothers.

Contributed by: Donna (Singleton) Yavorshak & Sara Hemp


Robert Crafton

Pekin Daily Times, July 1953

Robert Crafton, 22, Killed In River Accident
Havana - A hot July 4th picnic excursion ended in cold tragedy for a Pekin family Saturday afternoon in the tepid waters of the Illinois River offshore of Havana.

Robert Crafton, 22 year old sailor on leave, son of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Crafton, 226 Sapp street, Pekin, died when he was overurn by an outboard motor boat operated by his father.

The young sailor's body was not recovered for five hours.

Crafton accompanied his parents and brother William to Havana for the outing.

Deep Laceration
Around 1 p.m. (cst) Robert, William and their father were cruising the river in an outboard boat near midstream off the foot of Main street when the sailor fell off the bow of the craft. He was apparently run over by the propeller. When found he had a deep laceration of the skull around the left ear and of the shoulder.

His father told Mason county coroner, Richard Hurley that he felt the propeller strike his son in the water.

It was reported the sailor was standing in the bow of the craft, holding on to the painter. A sudden lurch of the boat apparently threw him into the water. It was reported the boat lurched when hit by a wave caused by one of two passing barges.

Mr. Crafton said he stopped the boat immediately and dove futiley for his son.

Help was summoned. The emerancy crew of the Havana fire department, Fire Chief Alger Carpenter in charge, plus volunteer boatmen, dragged the river for five hours.

The body was recovered at ?:?? p.m. by fisherman Chester Huffman and two unidentified companions. Caught along the bottom by a drag line, the body was found an estimated 30 to 73 yards down-stream of the mishap.

Body At Kuecks
The body was brought to the Kuecks funeral home in Pekin where friends may call.

The young sailor was born in Pekin Dec. 21, 1930, a son of Woodrow and Edith Neville Crafton. His marriage to Georgina Leggett took place in Pekin on Feb. 21, 1950 (?).

Surviving are his parents, his widow, a year-old daughter, Sherry Lee; a brother, William Crafton and a sister, Miss Freda Crafton, all of Pekin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kuecks Funeral home, with Dr. C. C. Nording, pastor of Grace Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in War Veteran's Memorial cemetery.

Contributed by: Donna (Singleton) Yavorshak & Sara Hemp


Raymond Crafton I and Raymond Crayton II

Pekin paper

Father, Son Die; Kin of Pekinites
Raymond Crafton, Sr., 79, and his son, Raymond Duane Crafton, Jr., 33, both of rural Chanderville, relatives of several Pekin residents, died Monday and Friday respectively. Mr. Crafton, Sr., was a brother-in-law and Mr. Crafton, Jr., a nephew of Mrs. Wilmer Nall and Clifford and James Pherigo, all of Pekin.

Funeral services for Raymond Crafton, Jr., who died Friday night, June 1, 1973, in Springfield Memorial Hospital at Springfield, where he had been a patient two days, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home at Chandlerville.

Rev. Barton McClard officited. Burial was in Fairview cemetery near Chandlerville.

Funeral services for Raymond Crafton, Sr., who died at 11:57 a.m., Monday, June 4, 1973, in Schmitt Memorial Hospital at Beardstown, where he had been a patient four days, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home.

Rev. Barton McClard again will officiate. Burial also will be in Fairview cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. Contributed by

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