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Richard "Dean" Craven

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

October 19, 1941 - June 8, 2024

Richard "Dean" Craven Obituary

Mr. Richard “Dean” Craven, age 82 of Roaring River, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

A memorial service will be held 5:30 PM Monday, June 10, 2024, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Victor Church and Rev. Brett Graham officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 5:15 PM prior to the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. 

Mr. Craven was born October 19, 1941, in Wilkes County to Johnie Vernon and Blanche Violet Bauguess Craven.  He was a driver for the NASCAR Baby Grand National team in the  70’s.  Dean was the race winner at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1976.   More importantly he was a dedicated father and pawpaw, a devoted husband.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annie Ruth Reins Craven; one son, Michael Craven; and one brother, Ray Craven.

He is survived by one daughter, Robin Kipp (Dusty) of Roaring River; one son, Steven Craven (Beth) of Cranberry Township, PA; two grandchildren, Levi Ray and Leah Adams (Gavin); one sister-in-law, Shelby Craven, of Kannapolis; and long-time family friend, Craig Poist of Ronda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1434, North Wilkesboro NC 28659.

Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard "Dean" Craven hosted by Reins - Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Richard “Dean” Craven, age 82 of Roaring River, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

A memorial service will be held 5:30 PM Monday, June 10, 2024, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Victor Church and Rev. Brett Graham officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 5:15 PM prior to the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. 

Mr. Craven was born October 19, 1941, in Wilkes County to Johnie Vernon and Blanche Violet Bauguess Craven.  He was a driver for the NASCAR Baby Grand National team in the  70’s.  Dean was the race winner at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1976.   More importantly he was a dedicated father and pawpaw, a devoted husband.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annie Ruth Reins Craven; one son, Michael Craven; and one brother, Ray Craven.

He is survived by one daughter, Robin Kipp (Dusty) of Roaring River; one son, Steven Craven (Beth) of Cranberry Township, PA; two grandchildren, Levi Ray and Leah Adams (Gavin); one sister-in-law, Shelby Craven, of Kannapolis; and long-time family friend, Craig Poist of Ronda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1434, North Wilkesboro NC 28659.

Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard "Dean" Craven hosted by Reins - Sturdivant Funeral Home.

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