Sunday, December 21, 2008

Rev. T. Harold Craig 1929-2008

undated unknown newspaper clipping from mary johnson (? I think?)

Reverend T. Harold Craig peacefully passed into God's heavenly kingdom on Friday, April 18, 2008.
He was born Aug.1, 1929, in Davis City,Iowa, the son of Clair Wayne and Ruby (Blakesly) Craig. The year of 1947 was an eventful year for him; he graduated from Cainesville High School, married his high school sweetheart and accepted the call to serve the Lord, all in the same year.
He married Evelyn Fern Delong on Dec. 27, 1947, she preceded him in death on October 23, 1994. He was later married to Carmen Kelly, who also preceded him.
He received his baccalaureate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served several Southern Baptist churches in the Northwest Region of Mo., including those at King City, Grant City, Pattonsburg, Fairport, Newtown, Cainesville, and Ridgeway.
He was a pastor of Patee Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph from 1967 to 1977, and later served as Chaplain at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. In recent years, he served as Intentional Interim and supplied various churches.
He served on the Advisory Board for the former State Hospital and now, Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center.
He was truly a life-long learner; never losing his curiosity or interest in things. He contributerd much to many, including the lives of his family and friends.
Reverend Craig is survived by one brother, Basil Craig of Eagleville, MO; three daughters, Debbie Murphy of Stilwell,KS; Kenise Arrango and her husband Nick of St Joseph; and Becky Steele and her husband Steve of Chillicothe, MO.
His fourth daughter, Valerie Annette Scroggins, died in 1970.
Other survivors include his grandchildren, Gabriel Murphy, Valerie Murphy, Matt Schlorff, Justin Schlorff, Valerie Steele and Craig Stelle; brothers-in-law Howard DeLong adn Ed Delong; several geat-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Patee Park Baptist Church. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematroy, St. Joseph, where friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday. Rev. Craig will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Baptist Home, Chillicothe, Mo. or World Wildlife Foundation.

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