“I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth; for the First Heaven and the First Earth were passed away; and there was no more Sea.”
William Henry Craig was born in Monongah, West Virginia on February 17, 1929 to the union of Jonas and Mary Lou Deed Craig. He was the first of two. He and his sister were sent to Alabama to be raised by their Aunt after the passing of their mother in 1935.
He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized.
He attended the Public School in Decatur, AL, graduating in May 1948 as the President and Salutatorian of his class.
He entered the Military on January 9, 1949, serving in Korea in 1950 and Vietnam in 1967. William was honorably discharged after 22 years of service. After retiring from the military he began working civil service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery for 19 years.
He was a member of Wheatley Heights Baptist Church and later joined Second Baptist Church working faithfully on the Men’s Usher Board until his health began to fail.
“Old Barracuda” was a Prince Hall 33 Degree Mason. He was a member of numerous organizations:
Past Master, Treasurer Beacon Light Lodge #50
Past Secretary, Lone Star Consistory #113
Past Potentate Moussa Temple #106, and Advisor to Moussa Court #119
Past High Priest and Secretary Shiloh Chapter #16 and Honorably Past Grand
Grand High Priest of Texas
Past Emmient Commander and Secretary of Alamo Commandery #7
Honorary Past Grand Emmient Commander of Texas
Past Commander Fred Brock Post 828 American Legion 20 District
Quartermaster Edward Robertson VFW Post 5142 District 20
Member of Ray B. Hodge DAV Post 128
Past Worthy Patron of Cubie C. Horton OES #14
William was united in Holy Matrimony with his beloved wife Verial “Sugar” Craig who preceded him in death after 39 beautiful years.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Mrs Sarah Ford and family, C.W. Bankston and family who took good care of him, sister in law; Anna Hamilton and family of Austin, Texas, favorite second cousin; Anna G. “Nute” Washington, Decatur, AL Negro High/Lake Side High School Alumni, Prince Hall Masonic Family and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. from Lewis Funeral Home, 811 South W.W. White Road. Funeral service is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2013 beginning at 12:00 Noon from Second Baptist Church, 3310 East Commerce Street. Rev. Dr. Robert L. Jemerson to officiate. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.