W. George Craven, Jr.
May 23, 1961  -  September 24, 2017

W. George Craven, Jr.


Rose Lawn Funeral Home
2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5 - 7:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Rose Lawn Funeral Home
2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:00 AM
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Rose Lawn Cemetery
2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL  32563
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W. George Craven Jr, age 56, of Gulf Breeze, FL died Sept. 24, 2017 after a long illness.
He was born May 23, 1961 in Jamestown, TN to William George Craven Sr. and Emily Rhoda Demchik Craven. He studied Biology at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN., and in 1983, he moved to Gulf Breeze to start his 34-year career at the US E.P.A. on Pensacola Beach. He worked as a Dive Team member, navigated boats for scientific research, and ran tests in the research lab. His interests included scuba diving, fishing, and music, and he played rhythm guitar in a band in Jamestown and at Calvary Chapel Gulf Breeze.
He is survived by his daughters, Emily Caroline Craven and Ashley Taylor Craven of Gulf Breeze, FL and his wife, Dawn Blackwood Craven originally of Hendersonville, TN. His siblings are brother Patrick Craven of Chattanooga, TN; sister Denise Craven Romer, spouse Jim and children Michael and Carrie, and sister April Craven and child William, all of Jamestown, TN.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, 2942 Gulf Breeze Pkwy in Gulf Breeze, FL. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday Sept. 28 at 10:00AM.
Memorial Donations may be made to Life Church Gulf Breeze - India Orphanage Fund.

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  1. Cheryl (Koger) Huff
    Jamestown, TN

    So very sorry for your loss. May god comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Pam Wright
    Jamestown, TN

    So sad to hear about George. Deepest sympathy to the family.

    Pam Wright
    YAI Class of 1979

  3. Tim Cravens
    Jamestown, TN

    So sorry to hear about George. Praying for all

  4. Dannetta Asberry Duncan
    Murfreesboro, TN

    So sorry for your loss. New George and his family growing up. Prayers for your family

  5. Tammy Koger
    Jamestown, TN

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew George most of my childhood. I attended elementary and high school with George. He was a wonderful person.

  6. Leonard, Betty, Karen (Cooper) & Greg Bilbrey
    Jamestown, TN

    We have loved George always! So sorry for the family's great loss.
    Love and prayers to you all.

  7. Rhonda Williams-Neese
    Jamestown, TN

    So very sorry for your loss.

  8. Wendell & Angie Madewell
    Jamestown, TN

    So sorry for your loss. George was always so kind and enjoyed life. Will be praying for your family.
    Wendell & Angie

  9. Jeff Bowmer
    Woodbury, TN

    Will miss you. Great times growing up with you

  10. Cheryl Williams Crabtree
    Jamestown, TN

    So sorry to hear of George's passing. I haven't seen him in many years but always considered have my friend. Grew up around his family....our Dads were friends and served on the same bank board for many years. Prayers for the family.

  11. Carl & Barbara Powell
    Jamestown, TN

    Prayers for George's family during this difficult time.

  12. Benny Hughes
    Jamestown, TN

    So very sorry for your loss. I was proud to be on the same high school football team with George. Honored to call him my friend.

  13. Teresa Garrett Graham
    Crossville, TN

    Saddened to hear of this loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. George was a good friend and classmate at YAI.

  14. Alan&Sandra Bailey
    , TN

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. Alan & Sandra Bailey.Class of 1979 YAI

  15. Vicki and Sam Crooks
    Jamestown, TN

  16. Rhonda (Moody) Tate
    Jamestown, TN

    I went to high school with George. He was a wonderful, caring person. I always enjoyed listening to their band. Loved his family. His sister, Denise, gave me my first job out of college and was a wonderful boss. I never saw George after he moved to FL but I often thought about him and how adventurous he was to follow his dreams.

  17. Brent Bumgarner
    Franklin, TN

    George was my first best friend when in moved to Jamestown in the 4th Grade and that very close friendship lasted throughout our years in Cookeville at TTU, until my dear friend followed his heart and moved to the Gulf. Thankfully, he (and April) introduced me to and influenced my musical taste more than anyone else. I came to love Springsteen, Bowie, Queen, ELO and more. I attended his wedding and visited a few times throughout his 34 years there, but not nearly enough (and I regret that). However, we remained close and talked occasionally (more the last couple years) on the phone anout family, UT football, music and our favorite subject at the time, politics. We also discussed faith and he confirmed his relationship with Jesus Christ and personal salvation (of which I'm hugely thankful). And, we always ended our call with "I love you". George never changed no matter the situation or challenge and in my last trip to FL, he helped my twin boys catch their very first fish....we had a fun, but brief visit and my boys were elated! I never fathomed it'd be the last time seeing my friend but I'm confident that I will see him again.

  18. Ed and Virginia Pasek
    Milton, FL

    Our prayers of comfort for George's family and the EPA community are with you as you face life without him. We knew him through Jed, our son, who loved and respected him and often spoke of him to us. May pleasant memories and God be with you always.

  19. Tere McMahon
    Navarre, FL

    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  20. BD
    Milton, FL

    I'm so sorry about the loss of George. He'll be missed by so many. God promises us at Isaiah 25:8 that one day soon death will be swallowed up and done away with. Those comforting words we look forward to being fulfilled.

  21. Karen Wilson
    Jamestown, TN

    So sorry and saddened to hear of George's passing. Praying for all during this difficult time and the days ahead. I'm so blessed to have known George and to call him my friend, he was a wonderful man. GOD Bless.

  22. Sonny & Kathy Mayer
    Las Cruces, NM

    George was a profound professional, employee, and friend! Our sympathy to his family and so sorry for your loss.

  23. George Smith
    Pensacola, FL

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Craven family. George was a dear friend I will miss you more than I can explain. Shark fishing will never be the same.

  24. George Smith
    Pensacola, FL

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Craven family. George was a dear friend I will miss you more than I can explain. Shark fishing will never be the same.

  25. Marie Cottrell and Family
    Jamestown, TN

    Good memories of when we came to Jamestown with your Mom Emily opening her heart to our family.
    With love and prayers

  26. Steve and Joanne Foss
    Gulf Breeze, FL

    Your sorrow is shared by all who have known George throughout his life. Our prayers are with his family.

  27. Sue Channell
    Pensacola, FL

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers for Dawn, Emily, Ashley and other family members. May God bless and guide you through these troubled waters. Precious Memories...how they linger.

  28. Caroline Cottrell Hutchison
    Mount Juliet, TN

    So many memories that we shared throughout our teen years in Jamestown. Between high school and church we laughed so many times. Life changed with introduction of the Beatles and Queen with screaming every song, skating rinks, soccer time with Daddy at York Elem. and the hallways of YAI plus football games :) Your family accepted us newbies to Jamestown with open arms. May God place HIS hands upon your family, guide and comfort them and bring them peace and love. Your memory will be locked in everyone's hearts forever,

  29. Pamela D Smith
    Jamestown, TN

    Prayers of comfort for George's family and friends during the loss of their loved one. George was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

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