McMinnville resident and Warren County native John Thomas “Tommy” Craven, 68, was born July 5, 1948 and died Aug. 14 at his residence following an extended illness.
He was a retired business owner and a member of the Lutheran Church. He had a passion for cooking and became quite the chef. He was enthusiastic about history as well as being a music buff. He truly enjoyed UT football and golf.
He was the son of the late John William “Bill” and Sarah Mae Melton Craven. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Stephanie Robinson Craven; daughter Tracy Louise Craven; and sister Sarah Frances Bell.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Christy and Chuck Carlson of McMinnville, Latisha Craven and Andy Bernhardt of McMinnville, and Calisha and Harrison Woodlee of Rock Island; son Thomas Craven of McMinnville; eight grandchildren, Cole, Cade and Cali Carlson, Tiember, Icie and True Craven, and Weston and Eastlan Woodlee; special family friend, Kristy Timmerman of Nashville; and niece Rhonda B. Southard of McMinnville.
A graveside service and interment were held Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Gentry “Bucky” Newby officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center.
Gardens of Memory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.