Jamie Bennett Kraft

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Nov. 14, 1952 - Aug. 8, 2013. "O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6. Jamie Bennett Kraft was born in Winnfield, Louisiana in 1952 to Robert L Kraft and Doris Allen Kraft. He graduated from Winnfield High School where he was the Bell Science Award Winner and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After working as a computer programmer for the State of Louisiana, JB joined NASA's Johnson Space Center Program where he worked on the Space Shuttle Orbiter Program while completing his law degree at South Texas College of Law in Houston in 1979. Jamie worked for attorney Theodore (Ted) Jones in Baton Rouge, before working for Martin Marietta in Orlando, Florida. He then returned to Texas to practice law, after which time he and his wife Judy, moved to Palestine, Texas where they became active members of the community. Jamie served as Commissioner of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Palestine from 2001-2011. He was a member and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Palestine, an avid cook and especially enjoyed time with his family and friends. J.B is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Judy Kraft, step-sons Ronald Lee Smith of New Orleans and Kevin Michael Smith, who is currently serving in the Navy; sisters Bobbye Robinson and husband Jim Robinson of Temple Texas and Betty Kraft Mixon and husband Russ Mixon of Pride, Louisiana. Jamie is also survived by Aunts Annie McMillan of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lois Allen Smith of Lake Charles, an Uncle Marvin Allen of Winnfield. Jamie leaves behind 4 nephews: Matt and Dawn Robinson from Belton, Texas, Jon and Linda Robinson from San Antonio, Texas, Mark and Dawn Robinson from San Antonio, Texas and Luke Robinson from Newport, Rhode Island, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and cousins. A Celebration of Life Memorial for Jamie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnfield, located at 302 South Beville Street. Being a rabid LSU fan, it was JB's wish that friends and family wear LSU attire to this celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the to the .
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17, 2013
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