Russell Ray Becraft, 94, of Tampa, Florida, went to be with the Lord on September 24, 2012. Russell Ray was born April 1, 1918, to Bill  and Bessie Becraft.

He is survived by daughters, Charlotte Jeske (Paul), Nancy Hawkins (Ron), and Heidi Mattioli (David); ten grandchildren, Jennifer Greene, Lauren Welch (Greg), Natalie Abarca (Paul), Ty Jeske, Tiffany Kutz, Heidi Stenberg (Andrew), Lindsay Holloman (David), Danielle Macaluso (Mike), J.D. Mattioli, and Taylor Mattioli; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vetrice Goins, Marjorie Evans and Doreen Moore, all of Memphis; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Russell was a WWII Veteran in the US Army, and worked for Seaboard Coastline Railroad as an engineer. He was a member of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL.

Donations in Russell’s name may be made to Meals on Wheels, Tampa, FL.