Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA


SFC (Ret.) Charlie Craft

March 19, 1931March 22, 2020

SFC (Ret) Charlie Nelson Craft, age 89, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. A visitation for family and friends for Charlie will be held Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Rd, Columbus, GA 361907. Unfortunately, Striffler-Hamby has been restricted to a maximum of 10 persons that can gather in a room. A graveside celebration of Charlie’s life and burial will occur Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Fort Benning's Main Post Cemetery, 66 Custer Road. Main Post also has restricted guest to only 10 people.

Charlie was born March 19, 1931 in Weathersby, Mississippi. Growing up he dreamed of being an ARMY Ranger. After joining the Army at a very young age and finishing high school, he soon found himself living his dream. Charlie loved the Rangers. He served in Vietnam before retiring and still remained close to the Rangers through The World Wide Army Rangers, V.F.W., D.A.V., and the I.O.F. Organization. He was very supportive of his family. Charlie was friendly, kindhearted and easy going. He enjoyed watching old cowboy movies, wood working and playing with the grandchildren. Charlie will always be remembered as a kind-hearted, good soldier that was always smiling.

Charlie was preceded in death by his first wife, Marianne Craft; son, Billy Craft; sisters, Ollie Kennedy and Elcina Gates; and brother, Harrison Craft.

He is survived by his wife, Olga Kelly-Craft; sons, Gordon Craft and Jeffery Craft; sister, Bunny Mathews; stepson, Gene Kelly; stepdaughter, Kristine Kelly; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends to cherish his memories.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the Craft family.


  • Olga Kelly-Craft, Wife
  • Gordon Craft, Son
  • Jeffery Craft, Son
  • Gene Kelly, Stepson
  • Khristine Kelly, Stepdaughter
  • Bunny Mathews, Sister
  • Marianne K. Craft, Wife (deceased)
  • Billy Craft, Son (deceased)
  • Ollie Kennedy, Sister (deceased)
  • Elcina Gates, Sister (deceased)
  • Harrison Craft, Brother (deceased)
  • SFC (Ret) Craft alsoleaves behind manygrandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation for Family and Friends Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • A Graveside Celebration of Charlie's Life Friday, March 27, 2020


SFC (Ret.) Charlie Craft

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Eli Castro

March 27, 2020

Mr Craft was one of many men that I grew up with and was like a father figure. The Craft family has always been a big part of our family. Our condolences and gratitude to the Craft family.

Eli & Marcela

Conrad Castro Castro

March 27, 2020

So Sad to hear the passing of Mr Craft. I lived next door to the Craft Family growing up in Benning Hills. I had a lot of fun with Gordy, Jeff and their Dad. He took me along with his sons on Fishing outings and overnight camping at King's Pond. I will always cherish those memories.

God Bless and Rest in peace fellow Ranger.

Christoph Castro

March 26, 2020

The Castro and Smith family sends our heartfelt condolences to the Craft and Kelly family. I’ve known Mr. Craft since I was a little kid and remember the fishing and camping trips to Fort Benning. We have been neighbors for years growing up in Benning Hills. I am glad that I was able to spend some time with him last year when I was in Columbus. It was very special to be with Charlie, Olga, Tina, Gene and Theresa on Memorial Day at Fort Benning to celebrate our veterans that gave all for our freedom we enjoy. Rest in peace Charlie, love Christoph

Patricia Scott

March 26, 2020

I feel so blessed to have known Charlie. I only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times and I remember him as being a kind and generous soul who made everyone feel at ease. I'll always remember how respectful he was to all, especially his wife, Olga.

Olga, I'm thinking of you during this time of loss and offer you and Tina my warmest and deepest sympathy. God Bless you and Tina.

Pat and Andy

Kathy Holden

March 25, 2020

Uncle Nelson your great smile and kind heart will be missed by everyone who knew and loved you, especially George and me. We’re so thankful for the time we spent together making wonderful memories to last a lifetime. We love you, R.I.P. You will remain in our hearts always.

Roland Feeser

March 25, 2020

Charlie werden wir sehr vermissen. Wir erinnern uns gerne zurück an unseren letzten Urlaub bei Olga, Charlie und Tina.
Auch die gemeinsame Zeit bei Charlie`s Urlaub in Deutschland und unseren Ausflug nach Oberbayern war sehr schön. Charlie war begeistert von Neuschwanstein und den anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten.
Danke für alles, was du für uns gemacht hast.
Wir werden Dich nicht vergessen!
In lieber Erinnerung
Roland, Moni, Rebecca und Melissa

Connie Barron

March 24, 2020

Uncle Nelson (Charlie) was such a wonderful loving man. He was loved by so many. Especially by me. I enjoyed all the many times I’ve had to spend time with him or just to talk to him on the phone. We’ve spent some wonderful times together and I’ll always treasure those memories. R.I.P. Uncle Nelson I’ll see you again in Heaven one day.

Marilyn Anderson

March 24, 2020

The world lost a great man. He had that sweet Craft way about him that to know him was to love him. His smile lit up the room and all were glad to be in his presence. As one of his many nieces I loved him beyond words. He will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

Isela Smith

March 23, 2020

My heart is broken. I have known Mr. Craft my entire life. He was like a father to me and I loved him dearly. He was a kind, generous, loving and honorable man and I will miss him greatly. Isela Smith