William E. Craver Jr., longtime chairman with the Charleston County Aviation Authority, died Sunday. He was 90.
Born Aug. 14, 1922, in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of William E. Craver and Myrtle Ivey Craver. After graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy, he served in the Naval Reserve during World War II, honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1955.
Craver was president of Universal Financial Corp., a local financial and business consulting firm.
Craver, a charter member of the Aviation Authority, was elected as the first vice chairman in 1970 and named chairman the following year. He was re-elected to the post for the next 18 years. Under his leadership, the new terminal of the Charleston International Airport was planned and built in 1985. In recognition of his extensive involvement, the authority dedicated the terminal to him.
He is survived by his wife, Jane McDonald Craver, one son, three daughters, a brother and sister, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church of downtown Charleston.
Arrangements by Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel of Charleston.