Helena S. Craft
Born on March 23, 1926, she was raised in the Four Corners community of Davie County, the oldest of 7 children born to Smoot and Abbie Shelton. Being the oldest, her responsibilities included helping her parents care for her siblings, doing laundry, ironing, farm chores, attending church weekly with her family, delivering the Sunday newspaper at 4 a.m. with her dad, having perfect attendance in school for 11 years, taking piano lessons and generally being a model daughter and sister. After graduation from Farmington High School, she attended Draughn Business School where she met her husband, Robert Craft. They co-founded Craft Dry Cleaners on South Main Street in Winston-Salem and worked together daily until his unexpected death in 1980. She continued to operate the business for 2 years before selling it, then worked at the cleaners for an additional 10 years. Her greatest joy was her Savior, Jesus, and her family. Helena took great delight in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by: siblings, L.S. Shelton, Marie White and Edna Ann Beck.
Surviving: her daughter, Linda Hill (Doug); son, Terry Craft (Sharon); grandchildren, Drew Hill, Blake Hill, Abby Hill Sharpe, Robbie Craft, Kinsley Craft Coley, Courtney Craft Woodall; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Bettie Smith, Leonard Shelton and Bill Shelton.
A celebration of her 94 years was held at Calvary Baptist Church on Nov. 1.
Memorials: Calvary Baptist, 134 S. Peace Haven Rd., Winston-Salem, 27104.