John Becraft

John Becraft

BECRAFT, JOHN John F. Becraft, age 89, of Loganville, Georgia, entered into rest on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Mary Villar Becraft, daughter and son-in-law, Katherine Vitale (Michael) of Macon, Ga. & son and daughter-in-law, William L. (Nancy) Becraft of Germantown, TN; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Vitale of Knoxville, TN, Christina Becraft of Philadelphia, PA, Melissa Vitale of Macon, GA, Elizabeth Becraft of Jackson, TN, Jonathan Becraft, David Becraft, and Anna Becraft all of Germantown, TN; sister, Mary Jane Lane of Middletown, NY; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by two sisters: Fanny Becraft and Ann Becraft Chase. Mr. Becraft was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 30, 1921 to Anna Dorothy Forney Becraft and Arthur Augustus Becraft. He was a 1939 graduate of Manuel Training High School in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Syracuse University and University of Illinois in Urbana, ILL. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in LaHavre, France. After the war Mr. Becraft moved his family from Brooklyn, NY to Atlanta in 1951 to work for the Campbell Coal Company as Brick Plant Manager. Thereafter, he went to work for F.W. Woolworth as Manager of Construction and Fixtures for the growing chain. In 1962 he started working for Sears, Roebuck & Co. - Southern Territory as Construction Foreman and Maintenance Superintendent, traveling to open new stores throughout the Southeast. He retired in 1985 after 23 years of dedicated service to Sears. After his retirement, Mr. Becraft worked tirelessly for the Decatur Elks serving in many capacities including Exalted Ruler of the Lodge. He was honored by the City of Loganville for his World War II service as Grand Marshall of the Christmas Parade. Mr. Becraft was a member of the Loganville American Legion Post # 233 and practiced his faith in the United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, the former Ousley UMC in Decatur and Snellville UMC. Mr. Becraft was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his country and was a true patriot. A Service Celebrating the Life of John F. Becraft will be held Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2PM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Julie Schendel officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth, GA with Military Honors and the Elks Righteous. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 P.M to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Flowers accepted, but those desiring may make donations to the Aidmore Children’s Home c/o Atlanta-Northlake Elks, No.78, 1775 Montreal Rd., Tucker, GA 30084-6724 in memory of John F. Becraft. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200.