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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

Billy Craven

22 February, 196515 February, 2020
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William Joseph Craven, III

Billy Craven, 54, of Memphis, TN, died February 15, 2020 with his family by his side after an acute illness. Billy was born February 22, 1965 to Elaine Reilly Craven and William Joseph Craven, Jr. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He worked over 25 years at United Parcel Service, earning multiple accolades for safe driving.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Reilly Craven of Memphis; sister, Patricia Craven Williams, her husband Greg Williams and their children U.S. Army Captain Reilly Williams and Jay Williams of Enumclaw, WA; brother, Dennis Craven, his wife Hope McKittrick Craven and their children William Craven and Lucas Craven of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. He was preceded in death by his sister, Maureen Elizabeth Craven, as well as his father Bill.

Billy, also known as Bill or WildBill, loved Memphis culture, especially the live music scene and Memphis sports. He will be remembered by his friends for his encyclopedic knowledge on many subjects, his sense of humor, and his big heart.

Visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home – Poplar Chapel, 5599 Poplar Avenue, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 20, 2020. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4851 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, with burial immediately following at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family asks that any memorials be sent in his memory to Holy Rosary Catholic School.

  • FAMILY

  • William Joseph Craven, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Elaine Reilly Craven, Mother
  • Patricia Craven Williams, Sister
  • Greg Williams, Brother-in-law
  • U.S. Army Captain Reilly Williams, Niece
  • Jay Williams, Nephew
  • Dennis Craven, Brother
  • Hope McKittrick Craven, Sister-in-law
  • William Craven, Nephew
  • Lucas Craven, Nephew
  • Maureen Elizabeth Craven, Sister (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Holy Rosary Catholic School

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, 20 February , 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 21 February , 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Adam Fredrick

26 February 2020

Thank you Billy for all the great memories! I will miss your wit and laugh. I will see you again in the Afterlife! Your friend and Brother, Adam

Valerie Lisa

20 February 2020

I will never forget Billy's kindness to me and to Mona. Mona dearly loved to be talked to and petted by Billy. We will miss him so much.

Margie Adams

19 February 2020

Billy always greeted me with, “Whazzup Baybay?”
I will surely miss hearing that salutation and the hug which accompanied it.

Rest In Peace Wild Bill.
And Thanks for teaching Pete to look for “hotties!”

Mary Bach-Onley

19 February 2020

I am so very sorry and will be praying for Bill’s family. I went to Holy Rosary with Billy . He always had the sweetest smile and biggest heart . I loved catching up with him again on FaceBook and getting to see how much he loved his family and still had that big heart .

Lya Icaza

18 February 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing Mrs C and the rest of the family lots of love, prayers and hugs during this difficult time.
Lya Icaza. IC class of 87

Dorothy (Dotty) Crain

18 February 2020

Many fond memories of the past!
Will miss you Billy.
Rest in peace.
Aunt Dotty

Carol “Fu” LaGraize

18 February 2020

The best memories are Wingdale Rd memories.
Probably taken at someone’s birthday party
As we were all dressed so nicely.
Billy Craven would wake up long before his parents and would stroll the neighborhood
Peeking in screened doors being welcomed to
Share breakfast food with
the next door neighbors,
Rita & Jimmy Johnson, The Lipford’s and the
Cuylers.... it was a fantastic street to raise a family.
I know heaven is like being back on Wingdale in those good days... RIP Billy “Wildman” Craven.
You will be missed on this earth but it’s comforting to know you are free of pain and flying high💝

Randy Bogits

18 February 2020

I will miss the person he was and my heart goes out to his family members. I will truly miss his FB postings and passions for all things that are Memphis. He obviously loved this town and socializing with his friends and family in the community. God bless.

Laurie Bristol

18 February 2020

Sorry to hear of our cousin Billy's passing. Hearts and prayer go out to everyone. You will sure be missed. RIP Billy

Virginia (Comella) Larsen

17 February 2020

Bill was an awesome individual. He was always fun and kind. I knew him from Holy Rosary School and recent reunion. He will always be with you in spirit and watching over you all. My prayers go out to you and the whole family. The picture that I shared with you is from the reunion this past year.

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Biography

William Joseph Craven, III

Billy Craven, 54, of Memphis, TN, died February 15, 2020 with his family by his side after an acute illness.
Billy was born February 22, 1965 to Elaine Reilly Craven and William Joseph Craven, Jr. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He worked over 25 years at United Parcel Service, earning multiple accolades for safe driving.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Reilly Craven of Memphis; sister, Patricia Craven Williams, her husband Greg Williams and their children U.S. Army Captain Reilly Williams and Jay Williams of Enumclaw, WA; brother, Dennis Craven, his wife Hope McKittrick Craven and their children William Craven and Lucas Craven of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. He was preceded in death by his sister, Maureen Elizabeth Craven, as well as his father Bill.

Billy, also known as Bill or WildBill, loved Memphis culture, especially the live music scene and Memphis sports. He will be remembered by his friends for his encyclopedic knowledge on many subjects, his sense of humor, and his big heart.

Visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home – Poplar Chapel, 5599 Poplar Avenue, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 20, 2020. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4851 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, with burial immediately following at Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family asks that any memorials be sent in his memory to Holy Rosary Catholic School.