CHIPLEY - The community is mourning the loss of a doctor and medical community leader who treated at least four generations of local residents.
Dr. James B. Craven, Sr. passed away Monday, Sept. 1, at his home after an extended illness.
He was born April 19, 1930 in Chipley to the late William Milton Craven and Marion Miner Craven. He graduated from Chipley High School in 1948.
During their younger years, he and his brother Billy Craven operated the family dairy farm south of Chipley. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, he attended the University of Chattanooga and graduated from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.
Upon completing postgraduate training at The Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. He practiced medicine briefly in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He then returned to Chipley where he practiced medicine for more than forty years.
"Dr. Craven was a great doctor and an even better person," said Amer Dastgir, a 1993 Chipley High School graduate who went on to become an orthopedic surgeon. "I used to shadow him in high school and learned so much from him. He left a legacy"
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 3, in Glenwood Cemetery in Chipley.