USMC, 2ph Vietnam Veteran, (2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1965-1969) Sgt. Robert “Hillbilly” “Bobby” O. Croft, 71, of Soddy Daisy, TN died peacefully on the evening of Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at his home.
Preceding him in death were his father, Kermit Croft; mother, Agnes Irene Bishop Daniels; brother, Tommy Lynn Croft; and stepdaughter, Jillian Boesnecker.
Bobby grew up in Hixson, TN and went to Hixson High School (Class of 1968), where he excelled in football. He then went on to join the USMC. After proudly serving our country for four years, Sgt. Hillbilly Croft was discharged with two Purple Heart metals along with several other medals of recognition. He worked mainly in construction, retiring from TVA, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.
Surviving are his loving wife, Joyce M. Croft; brother, Kenneth (Diane) Croft; sons, Robert Moore and Daniel Croft; daughter, Rhonda Croft; step-son, Matthew (Catherine) Gaudreau; grandchildren, Cassandra (Jeff) Elkins, Christopher Castleberry, Jacob Moore, Ava Gaudreau; great-grandchildren Justin and Jaylee Elkins, and several nieces and nephews.
Bobby loved his family and was a proud American.
In keeping with Dad’s wishes and the current health regulations, there will be a small private service held with his immediate family members, on Friday, May 15th at Williamson Funeral Home, Soddy Daisy, TN. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Veteran’s Service Organization at a later date to be announced.
Those who would like to pay tribute by driving through the parking area of the funeral home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 15 can do so with the understanding that the gathering inside is private and no one is permitted inside the building other than immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 203, P.O. Box 23405, Chattanooga, TN 37422. Semper Fi.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.williamsonandsons.com.
Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.
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