School 12

Dorothye McKnight Craft

March 6, 1923 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 98)

Obituary Image


Dorothye Beatryce McKnight Craft was born to Garrett and Marguerite McKnight on March 6, 1923 in Bluefield, West Virginia. She was raised in a fairly strict Christian home. Although her parents did not spare the rod, they did manage to spoil this only child with private school, piano lessons and other trips and treats. 

Dorothye graduated from Genoa High School at age sixteen, and Bluefield State Teachers College at age 20. Soon after, she eloped and married her Tuskegee Airman, Silas E. Craft, on July 15, 1943 in the chapel at Tuskegee Institute. From this union, her family grew to six children: Rebecca (Isadore), Silas, Jr., Virginia, Dwight (Brenda), Kaye, and Sharon (John), and one great niece, Carmen. In her own words excerpted from her book, “Bits and Pieces”:

As I look back over my life, bits and pieces
seem to make up the years. I taught Home
Economics, worked with Head Start, was a
school secretary, volunteered with the
NAACP, was a pianist and choir director for a
number of churches and community
organizations and (was) a surrogate
“Grandmother” to the Silas Craft Collegians
Program at Howard Community College.

Though my family is my crowning glory, I am
proud and grateful about a few other things.
I have received many service awards from
various groups but I am most grateful that I
was able to create two CD’s of me playing the
piano….These CDs (became) an important
part of my Christian ministry … In addition
to playing the piano, I (took) great joy over the
years in writing and putting on skits for
churches and the community, and in writing
poems, plays and newsletters.

Preceded in death by her parents Garrett and Marguerite McKnight, her husband Silas E. Craft, Sr., her daughter Sharon C. Moore and sons-in-law John R. Moore and Isadore Felder, Jr.  Dorothye leaves behind her greatest legacy: four generations! 


It was Dorothye’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations. Please consider the following in lieu of flowers:

First Baptist Church of Guilford; 7504 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, MD 21046

Please Specify:  The Silas and Dorothye Craft Scholarship Fund


Howard Community College Educational Foundation: 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Please Specify:  The Silas Craft Collegians Program

Read Dorothye’s Story online at:

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dorothye, please visit our floral store.


November 30, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046

Video is available for this event

Funeral Service
November 30, 2021

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
November 30, 2021

First Baptist Church of Guilford Cemetery
9240 Cartersville Road
Columbia, MD 21046

© 2021 Snowden Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy