Eugene “Gene” Jackson Craven – The Newnan Times-Herald

Eugene “Gene” Jackson Craven, 87, of Newnan died Thursday, November 24, 2022 at the Sacred Journey Hospice of Newnan of complications from a fall.

He was born on October 2, 1935 in Heard County, GA to the late Rufus Howard Craven and Ethel Hardegree Craven. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter Deborah Haynes, son Jeff Davis, sister Julia Boone, brother Kermit Craven, and great-granddaughter Alyssa Calhoun.

Gene moved to Newnan when he was seven, attended the old Atkinson Elementary School, and graduated from Newnan High School in 1954. During his senior year, he began his career with Trimedge Aluminum Co. In 1958 his career began merging with his desire to serve in the military. He served in the Georgia National Guard from 1958 to 1964. Gene’s career at the Bonnell Company progressed and he was offered a position in the art department where he worked his way through the transition and name changes of Bon L, Ethyl and Tredegar. In 1998 he retired as a product engineer. Gene earned the respect and trust of many industrial suppliers of aluminum products across the country who continued to seek his design assistance after his retirement. gene

He began his Christian journey at Antioch Christian Church in Heard County and later transferred to the First Christian Church of Newnan for 27 years, where he served on the Deacon Board. He later became a member of the Royal Baptist Church and was a staunch member of the Riggs Life Group.

Gene was a member of Newnan Masonic Lodge No. 60 for 62 years, the former Newnan BPOElks and currently the Union City BPOElks for 54 years. He was a member of the Civitan Club until it retired and earned the reputation of the “Onion Man” for selling the most Vidalia bulbs each year for the benefit of the Rutledge Center. He was an avid supporter of children’s and veterans’ programs.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Monday 28 November 2022 at the Royal Baptist Church, 70 Mayo Royal Drive, Newnan. Pastor Steve Bullard officiates and Abe Wilkinson, presenter. The viewing will be held at the McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson Street, Newnan, on Sunday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to Coweta Cancer Support Group, 15 W. Washington St., Newnan, GA, 30263; Elks Aidmore Children’s Center, 2394 Morrison Road, Conyers, GA 30094; Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, GA 30263.

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Surviving is his wife Patricia Davis Craven, son James (Darlene) Davis; Grandsons, Joyce Davis (Ray) Merritt, BJ Haynes (Holli), Brittney Haynes; nine great-grandchildren and an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

McKoon Funeral Home & Crematorium (770) 253-4580