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emike123

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Greg Craven
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:16:51 PM »
Carl just informed me that Greg Craven passed away yesterday:

http://manninglive.com/2017/04/26/santee-man-found-dead-at-lizzie-creek-dock/

Greg was a colorful fellow who I often said "could talk the ears off a bunny rabbit," but we were friends.  Everyone who knew Greg formed an almost immediate opinion of him, but there is no underestimating the relic recoveries he was involved with in South Carolina from the site of the burned Confederate train cars to the location of the USS Dai Ching to so many other places.  He told me the number once -- but I have since forgotten as I am ashamed to admit now that I let too many of Greg's words go in one ear an out another -- but I bet he recovered well over a thousand and closer to two thousand artillery projectiles.  Although Greg was often accused of hyperbole, this is a fact and I own 150+ of them to this day including a large batch still being run through electrolysis.

I had it on my to do list for the last month or so to give Greg a call.  I was in South Carolina last week with my 89+ year old Dad and that took priority so I did not get up with Greg.  I am really sorry that I missed the chance to speak with him another time.  We had a lot I wanted to talk about.

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 08:03:11 PM »
i really hate to hear that. Greg was a larger than life guy that was amazingly prolific finding and recovering relics. As Mike said he could talk and did. But he knew an awful lot and would share information freely. I only wish I could have the guts to go to the places he told me to, guess maybe I will at least go look out of respect. I met Greg at the Winchester show back in the late 70's and still have some of the stuff I bought from him that day. We reconnected in Charleston and remained friends. So long Greg,the Charleston show wont be the same without you. your friends David and Christine

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 07:06:04 AM »
well said, Mike and Dave.   
    I can't add much, but we all probably have a shell or two or 150 found by Gregg. He was one of the original researchers and water diggers, no doubt.  Larger than life describes him no doubt.   Peace to you and your family, Gregg

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2017, 01:21:32 AM »
Sorry, guys. R.I.P., Greg.
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Dave Slemmer

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 03:16:00 PM »
Godspeed and RIP.

Daveslem

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2017, 12:44:53 PM »
Here's a pic of Greg.
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Dave Slemmer

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2017, 12:58:11 PM »
wow yall had fun that day ;D
It's not always "Survival of the fitest" sometimes the idiots get through.

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2017, 01:21:49 PM »
That's not me. I wish. I remember seeing pics of his bridle cutter cache in magazines years ago.
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Dave Slemmer

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2017, 09:08:00 PM »
Not a bad day of digging.  Some neat relics.

For those who may not know that is Greg on the right.  Anyone know the guy on the left?
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Carl

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 10:08:52 AM »
Do tell more about this find. would love to read about it.
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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 10:17:47 AM »
Awesome find and picture!  thanks!  Love seeing old timer images with their finds. 

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 07:08:36 PM »
Later,
Dave Slemmer

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2017, 08:44:08 PM »
 :o wow. I want one. LOL.
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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2017, 03:39:54 PM »
Hello Carl!!  The guy on the left in the picture is Robert Bohrn.

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Re: Greg Craven
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2017, 03:57:35 PM »
I've known Greg since the early 1980's. Dug shells with him a couple of times. When it came to digging shells he was a BULL!! Nothing would stop Greg!  CarlS said it best when describing Greg. He was a personality and source of knowledge that will be missed in the hobby.