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Obituary for COL John E. Craig (USA-RET.)

COL John E. Craig (USA- RET.), age 71, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017.
A celebration of John's life was held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church.

Retired U.S. Army COL John E Craig was born on 20 August 1945, in Wilmington, NC to the late Henry and Minnie Craig. He entered into eternal rest on 24 July 2017.

John graduated from Williston Senior High School Class of 1963, Wilmington, NC and proudly received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University. Following graduation John married the late Brenda Joyce Edwards Craig in 1970 and to this marriage their children, John and Joyce, were born.

After graduation from A&T, John was commissioned in the United States Army achieving the rank of Colonel. His tours of duty include Fort Hood Texas, Fort Benning Georgia, Ranger School, Vietnam, West Point New York, Fort Lee Virginia, Jefferson City Missouri, Fort Meade Maryland, The National Security Agency, Fort Lewis Washington and The Pentagon. After 26 years of service COL John E. Craig retired.

After discharge from the Army, John became a mentor to young boys inspiring them to value their lives. He also served on various boards including the Department of Social Services where he helped to improve services being delivered to people in Wilmington, NC.

Dearly loved as a husband, uncle, cousin and father, he was most often smiling, making jokes or dancing the electric slide. He enjoyed cooking shrimp and potato salad and catching up with current events while doing his crossword puzzle.
John will be missed but is now with many beloved family members who went before him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Susan Craig; son, John Craig; daughter, Joyce Craig; step-sons, Mark Rodeffer (children, Logan and Haley) and Robert Rodeffer (children, Dylan and Sophia); sisters, Geneva Davis, Thenia Small and Louise Hunter Moore; brothers-in-law, Joe Small and George Davis; nieces and nephews, Gwen Pinnix (Jim), Cynthia Walker (Charles), James Craig, Alonzo Craig, Warren Jackson (Chimene), Margaret Craig, George Davis Jr (Christine), Angela Davis, Valerie Clinton (Ronald), Joseph Small Jr,. and Carlton Small (Carolyn); many other great nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends.

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Wilmington, NC 28401


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