Henry Craft served in the United States Air Force for 21 years. For more than five decades, Craft also served the Boy Scouts of America in numerous roles. In 1993, he was named Scout Master of the Nation, also receiving the Silver Beaver Award the same year. In 2003, the Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg named him Humanitarian of the Year. Craft was also instrumental in the preservation of the Historic East Sixth Street USO, now home to the African American Military History Museum.
Operated and owned Rebecca’s Grocery, a full-service store with a meat market that served the East Jerusalem community for more than 50 years.