James Lee Craft Jr.

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James Lee Craft Jr., age 74. Sunrise June 11, 1948 and Sunset June 30, 2022.

JAMES LEE CRAFT, JR. passed away on June 30, 2022. He was born and raised in Columbus, OH, and was the second of two children born to James L. Craft, Sr., and Thelma (Brown) Craft. James attended the Columbus Public Schools and was a proud graduate of Columbus East High School. Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force for four years. After being honorably discharged he had a long career to include AEP in the Line Department and several trucking companies retiring from Conway Trucking.

He leaves to treasure the life he lived, a sister, Bertina Johnson; nephews and niece: Jason Johnson, Aaron (Jasmin) Johnson and Kali (Derek) McQueen; the love of his life, Sherley Butler and her daughter, Ashley Dunmore. As well he leaves special friends and family, too many to name.

His celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at The Chapel of Peace East (Marlan Gary Funeral Home), 5456 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43232.

Condolence Messages

  1. Charmel Burton Carter

    Rest Easy Cousin.

    • Sherley Butler

      Charmel, thank you for remembering the life you shared with Craft over the years and attending the Service of Memory for him.

  2. LaVerne Ransom

    God Bless You Craft. Thank you for being a great neighbor to my mother.

  3. Jodelle Mixon

    Craft gave a lot of love to a lot of people whose lives he touched. He had a big heart, a big smile and he will be missed by many. He was like a big brother to me and he was an uncle to many children in his life. Always with a smile on his face and something positive to make you smile. Rest in peace my brother, you will be missed by all. With Love

  4. Jürgen Gorgias

    JC will be missed by all Con-way employees that shared his path. A wonderful person and always had a smile he would share. My sincere condolences to his family.
    Jürgen Gorgias

    • Sherley Butler

      Jurgen thank you for remembering the time you spent with Craft. Your kind words of encouragement have us still standing strong and very appreciative.

  5. Suezette Jumper

    Condolences to my beloved cousins family. May the Lord comfort and keep you.

  6. Rosenita Brown

    Craft (Sky Craft) will truly be missed. I was blessed to consider him as one of my very dear and close friends. Not only to me but also my family. The kindest, gentlest person I knew with that crazy sense of humor. You are gone in the flesh, but your spirit will always be with those whose life you touched. My heart aches that you are not still with us, but I count it all joy that I was a recipient of your friendship.
    My sincere condolences to the family!

    • Sherley Butler

      Rosenita, thank you for sharing with us. The flowers are beautiful. James Craft is much loved and very, very missed.

  7. To Family of James Craft,
    Condolences to the family and friends. He was like by all. We go way back to the days of playing on playground of St. Dominic. Much fun. After high school, the going out to parties and clubs was on. He will be miss. RIP my friend.

  8. Leonard and Lillian wood

    With loving memories of his beautiful personality and smiles….Until we all meet again in Our Savior Christ Jesus in eternity….MAY GOD GIVE THE FAMILY COMFORT IN KNOWING WE WILL SEE HIM AGAIN….

  9. Rest from your labor Big Cousin. Will be missed by many.

  10. Marilyn S Williams

    Craft. my dear friend.. I miss you already.. Thank you for being a part of my life, We had good and great times together. You always called me your little sis and I always thought of you as a brother. You will never be forgotten. Comfort to your family and all the people whose life
    you entered



  11. David Bowling

    1964 to 2022, what a run of time.
    Will miss you brother, but most of all the man and friend you are.
    Rest In Peace for GOD know you better than anyone else

  12. Craft was like a big brother to me at a time when I needed wisdom and guidance. He was protective, caring, and one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives. Care and Prayer to the family. And lots of love to Craft.

    • Sherley Butler

      Angela thank you for the kind remarks and attending the Service of Memory for Craft. I am blessed to have had him in my life.

  13. Danny Hilton, Chris Johnson, Fred Belcher

    Craft was one of the nicest guys I have ever known. We played basketball at Beatty Center and after we graduated from East High and did our time in the military. We started playing volleyball at the YMCA on Thursday night. Chris, Freddie ,Craft and I dominated the courts. I always wanted Craft on my side because I could not out jump him and he would set me up so I could spike the ball against the opposing team. Craft always had a smile on his face. And he never talked trash. Sail in my brother.

  14. Craft, I will miss you. You were my wonderful neighbor for 15 years. Rest in peace.

  15. Barbara J Rutledge

    Craft you will be missed so much by me. We didn’t have to talk all the time to know we loved each other. Your humor was the real you! I will miss your pop up visits to Canton.
    To the family and all his friends, I pray God will give you peace and comfort at this special time.

  16. Kathy J. Boyd

    It was my privilege to be introduced to Craft years ago. He definitely was a great person to know. Condolences to all of his family and friends. May God bless his soul. RIP Brother

  17. December Brown

    Uncle Craft will be dearly missed. Holding his family close to my heart in prayer and sympathy. ❤️

    • Sherley Butler

      December thank you for sharing and remembering your life with Craft. He adored you and your family.

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