Crafton, Helen Vance

Posted: Mon 10:58 AM, Dec 03, 2012
Funeral Home: Crafton Funeral Home
Mrs. Helen Vance Crafton, 87, of Franklin, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at The Medical Center in Franklin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Crafton Funeral Home, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

A native of Simpson County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence London Vance and Beulah Tarrents Vance. She was a member of Salmon’s General Baptist Church. Her employment days included working at the Dog Wagon Restaurant, The Shirt Factory, Frosty Freeze and she was retired from the Lenk/Drackett Company. After retiring, she spent most of her time assisting at Crafton Funeral Home. She also enjoyed visiting and caring for friends and family who could not care for themselves. Her visits to nursing facilities and elderly friends’ homes kept her happy and helpful in her later years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Holt Crafton; and two brothers, Carl and Herbert Vance.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Crafton and his wife, Ann Mary, and Gary Crafton and his wife, Jennifer, all of Franklin; a daughter, Pam Hammonds and her husband, Steve, of Franklin; a brother, John Vance of Woodburn; two sisters, Oleta Dearing and her husband, Bobby, of Franklin, and Bonnie Perkins of Portage, Ind.; four grandchildren, Mary Thomas Vincent and her husband, Eric, Shanna Wisdom and her husband, Art, Patrick Crafton and Anne Hayden Crafton, all of Franklin; and four great-grandchildren, Andrew Thomas Vincent, Cameron Tyler Wisdom, Connor Wayne Vincent and Corbin Holt Vincent, all of Franklin.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today and after 6 a.m. Monday at Crafton Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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