Mr. Craig was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Tiger to the late Virgil Craig and Cleo Halcomb Craig in Tiger. He was a U.S. Army veteran, being the first 18-year-old to be drafted from Rabun County and having served in Italy and North Africa during World War II and also in the Korean War. He retired from Fort Benning after 25 years of civil service. Mr. Craig was a member of Tazewell Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He was also a 3rd Degree Mason for over 50 years, having served as past master of the Marion Lodge No. 14. Mr. Craig loved to hunt and fish, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with all of his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: three brothers, L.E. Craig, Jess Craig and Wilfred Craig; four sisters, Myrtle Caudell, Evelyn Alley, Ivalee Chilton and Gladys Craig; and a son-in-law, Tommy Whaley.
Mr. Craig is survived by: his loving wife of 68 years, Betty Jean Icard Craig of Tazewell; six children, Uvalyne and Ray Smith of Macon, Pam and Larry Sims of Tazewell, Rosalind Whaley of Ellaville, Charlene and Lynn Turner of Ideal, Carol and Vance Streeter of Tazewell and Wayne and Cheryl Ray of Tazewell; nine grandchildren, Angie and Daryl Cohen, Barbara and Matt Gilbert, Fawn and Herb MacMillan, Terry and Shelby Whaley, Stacie and Todd Taylor, Joey and Mary Margret Turner, Carrie and Robbie Jordan, Craig Davis and Devin Ray; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, George Craig of Clarksville, Tenn., Lloyd Craig of Clayton and Jack Craig of Otto, N.C.; three sisters, Ruth Parker of Loganville, Nora Bingham of Clayton and Leo Smiley of Bryson City, N.C.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at Tazewell Cemetery with the Revs. David Chapman and Dean Long officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Cemetery Fund in care of Pamela Sims, 3655 Dr. Deryl Hart Road, Buena Vista, GA 31803; or to Marion Lodge No. 14 in care of Ronnie Hall, 823 Ronnie Road, Buena Vista, GA 31803.
Watson-Tante Funeral Home in Buena Vista was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.watsontantefuneralhome.com.