Obituary: Dena Brannon Crafton

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Dena Brannon Crafton, 48, of Batesville passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

She was born on October 23, 1971, in Batesville to William C. Brannon and Connie Kay (Rider) Brannon.

Dena was a member of Faith Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she also served as an Elder and taught Sunday School. She was protective and devoted to her family; she was a loving, caring, and amazing mother; she was extremely passionate about her children and loved spending time with them as well as attending all of their events. Dena was a graduate of Lynn High Schools Class of 1990; she worked at Future Fuel as a Senior Inventory Technologist for over 20 years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing and watching sports, and loved the Razorbacks and Yankees.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Talmage Brannon and Angie (Casper) Brannon and her maternal grandparents, Zeek Rider and Wilma (Sanders) Rider.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Randall Crafton and their two sons, Rhett Crafton and Reed Crafton of the home; her parents, William and Connie Brannon of Lynn; two sisters, Lisa Smith of Jonesboro and Kara Britton (Rob) of Lynn; her parents-in-law, Harold and Connie Crafton of Batesville; sister-in-law Sonya Gaither (Shayne) of Batesville; her aunt, Helen Lovan; one niece, Paige Britton; two nephews, Carson Britton and Trevor Jines; and several other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Shayne Gaither, James Bray, Barry Bray, Lynn Cornelius, Jamie Edwards and Reese Forse. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Elders of Faith Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Roller Crouch Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Faith Hopewell Cumberland Church under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home with Alan Meinzer and Rian Puckett officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery of Batesville.

Memorials may be made in her honor to Faith Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Women’s Ministry, 3895 Harrison Street, Batesville, AR 72501 or Susan G. Komen Foundation, 904 Autumn Road, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72211.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering and social distancing will be observed.

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