Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
In Loving Memory of Charles Ray Craft, Affectionately Known as "Chuck"
Born on September 29, 1947, in Shaw, Mississippi, Charles Ray Craft, fondly referred to as "Chuck," entered the world as a ray of light to parents, Willie and Roberta Craft. He peacefully passed away on August 19, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and unwavering faith. Chuck's life was a testament to the power of love and commitment.
At the age of five, he moved to Texas, where destiny awaited him. In his junior high years in Fort Worth, he met the love of his life, Brenda, whose heart he would capture forever. Their love story unfolded beautifully, culminating in their wedding in 1964. Over 59 incredible years, they built a life filled with joy, love, and devotion, raising four children—a son and three daughters—together.
Chuck's career path was marked by dedication and entrepreneurship. He managed Swinfords, a beloved BBQ restaurant, with an enthusiasm that infused every dish he crafted. Additionally, his passion for sustainability led him to establish a successful recycling business, leaving an indelible mark on his community.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Chuck's heart thrived in his hobbies and passions. His love for cooking BBQ was a source of culinary delight for countless fortunate souls. The peaceful art of fishing brought him moments of serenity and connection with nature. His eyes gleamed with pride as he watched his children and grandchildren engage in sports, a reflection of his undying support and love. Chuck's life radiated with the warmth of family gatherings. These gatherings, filled with laughter, stories, and cherished moments, were his true treasure
His spiritual connection was deepened by his daily readings of the Bible, and his unwavering faith made him a beacon of love and guidance for those around him. Never one to shy away from helping others, Chuck tended a garden brimming with fresh vegetables, always ready to share his bounty with those in need. His compassionate heart extended to those less fortunate, as he frequently fed the homeless and extended a helping hand to those in search of hope.
Chuck was a remarkable soul who touched countless lives with his love, generosity, and unshakable faith. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and remind us of the power of love, family, and compassion. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary man, let us celebrate a life well-lived and carry forward the lessons he imparted to us all.
He will be deeply and lovingly missed by his wife of 59 years, Brenda Gail Craft; children, Denise and husband, Jim Nabers, Terri and husband, Alex Perez, Michelle and husband, Mike Cox, and Kevin Craft; nine grandchildren, Paul Sims, Shawn and wife, Tara Sims, Lacey and husband, Kelley Griffin, Colten and wife, Cheyenne Nabers, Amanda and husband, James Herrera, Joey and wife, Renea Lopez, Cristopher and wife, Francesca Lopez, Anthony Lopez, and Matthew Cox; twelve great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at Azle & Lake Worth Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 1:00 PM with a Celebration of Life 2:00 PM. Interment will be rendered at Azleland Cemetery & Memorial Park.