Murray Baxter Craven Jr.

February 10, 1927October 6, 2021

Murray Baxter Craven Jr., faithful to God, his family, and friends was called home at the age of ninety-four on October 6th, 2021.

The only child of Lucy Flythe Knight and Murray Baxter Craven Sr., who knew him as “Sonny”, “Papa” is lovingly remembered by his wife of sixty-nine years, two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Having accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, he was a firm believer of John 3:16, led his family in prayer and church involvement, sang bass in the church choir for over 40 years, and served as Deacon and Elder first at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church and later at Forest Hill Church, where he was an active member for the last 57 years.

Born on February 10th, 1927, Murray grew up in Boone and Weldon where he attended high school. Active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Star Scout, he also played varsity baseball and basketball. Following graduation in 1944 at the age of seventeen, Papa joined the US Naval Air Force combat aircrew program and excelled at Naval Air Gunners School in addition to mastering an Aviation Radioman program eleven days before V-J Day. Honorably discharged on August 24th, 1946 after serving aboard a PBY aircraft, he subsequently signed up for the eight- year USNR program. Uniquely talented at sketching airplanes and trains, Murray studied Advertising Arts at the National Art School and received his diploma early by attending continuously.

Hired by the Ayer and Gillette Advertising Agency in Charlotte, he met Roberta Christine Baucom and three years later, they were married at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church on April 19th, 1952. Together, they designed and nurtured their home of 65 years. Papa called her, “The most wonderful wife and mom in the world.” He was a partner at Shotwell Craven and Varner, and after thirty-one years in advertising, Papa accepted another position working with the Corporate Communications Division at Duke Power fourteen more years before retirement. However, his most important projects were the candles he drew on his hand made birthday cards made individually for his family. Murray especially took joy in his family and enjoyed his neighbors as well. He was active for many years in the local Boy Scouts Council and at Central Piedmont Community College in Graphic Design. For get- togethers, making sweet tea was his responsibility, and he would thrill most family members by using his fingers to snuff out his own birthday candles to the enthusiastic cheering of his grandchildren. He is lovingly remembered for his gentle spirit, keen and uplifting sense of humor, and dedication to others.

He will be laid to rest alongside his parents and uncle at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. Celebrating his devoted life are his beloved wife Roberta, Bill and Susan Craven Kincaid of Waxhaw; Elaine and Murray Baxter Craven III, MD of Charlotte; his grandchildren Will and Amy Kincaid of St. Augustine, Fla; John and Elliott Kincaid of Charleston, SC; Christopher and Christine Craven Widman of Raleigh, Murray Baxter Craven IV of Arlington, VA, James and Kristina Craven of Charlotte, and Daniel Craven of Arlington,VA; and his great-grandchildren Palmer Kincaid, Charlotte Widman, Grant Widman, Aidan Widman, Carter Murray Widman, and Kennedy Craven.

A Service to celebrate his life will be held at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte at 12 Noon on Tuesday October 12, 2021. Due to the pandemic, masks are required and a reception will be scheduled at a later date.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021


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Emily McNeely

October 25, 2021

Prayers for continued peace and comfort.

Jeremy Dreier

October 11, 2021

What a terrific man. The artist's eye. The surgeon's precise hand. The editor's unsparing and inquisitive view. We collaborated on many projects and products at Duke Energy where I was continually instructed by Murray how to see things critically and to appreciate good graphic and editorial design. Lucky we were to be gathered with him in a collaborative office and not sequestered behind our screens at "work stations." He was that best combination of guru and friend. And the love of his family? Well, he wore that on his sleeve. God bless you all and our memories of Murray.

Everette Misenheimer

October 10, 2021

Dr. Craven,
We're so saddened to hear about the
loss of your father. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you during this difficult time and wanted to offer our sincere condolences.
We hope the good memories you have of him comfort you in the days ahead.

Nan Bauroth

October 10, 2021

I immediately recognized his name because his son Dr. Murray Craven was my internist for many years, and I so miss him. I send my condolences to you, Dr. Craven, and your family. Your father sounds as if he was a strong Christian and wonderful man with a great love for his family. May the Lord comfort you in his loss.
Nan Bauroth