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Ralph Eugene “Butch” Croft, 79, of White Hall, died Saturday, December 31, 2022, at his home. He was born May 16, 1943, in Humphrey, AR, to Ralph Oliver “Slick” and Thelma Eugene Sanders Croft. During his early years,... Read More
Ralph Eugene “Butch” Croft, 79, of White Hall, died Saturday, December 31, 2022, at his home. He was born May 16, 1943, in Humphrey, AR, to Ralph Oliver “Slick” and Thelma Eugene Sanders Croft. During his early years, he began working at Westbend Manufacturing in Sheridan. He also learned to repair washing machines and dryers, earning him the nickname “Maytag Man” around Sheridan. Later, he began working for Stant, Inc., from which he retired.
Ralph loved spending time outdoors, whether he was hunting, fishing, or camping (especially at his vacation home in Mountain View). He loved raising chickens and giving away eggs to friends and neighbors, and growing a garden which was jokingly referred to as “more like row crops” as described by family. He enjoyed the “Saturday Breakfast Club” at Huddle House with his friends. In his spare time, he loved collecting and restoring old guns or Victrolas. He loved animals, and was quick to take in one in need of a home. Ralph was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Sheridan.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tracy Croft; three sisters, Margie Herring, Wilma Haynes, and Janet Conners; and a brother, Sammy Croft.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Marsha Lynn McBurnett Croft; daughters, Kim (Brian) Wilson, Geneva (Eric) Waddle, Lori (Keith) Waddle, and Gayle (Corey) Jackson; son, Bobby Vanlandingham; sister-in-law, Verbie Croft; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel followed by funeral services at 11:00 A.M. with Kay Lynn Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
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