I was a student at Ida Rankin Elementary School in the late 70's and early 80's. Although I didn't know it then, it was part of the foundation that made me who I am today. I'll always remember Mr. Craig for his humble temperament but firm presence. Even years after leaving Rankin, graduating high school, and becoming a police officer, I always called him Mr.Craig. That's who he'll always be to me. My prayers to his family on the loss of such a community treasure.
Godspeed Mr. Craig!
Barbara, I just today learned of Allan's passing, and the news came as a shock. While I spent many years away from Mount Holly, he was an anchor of our 1947 high school class, and I always enjoyed seeing him when I could get to the reunions. May you be comforted and blessed with the love that comes from all your family and friends.
Dear Allan Craig Family,
It was with great sadness that I read of Allan's death a few days ago. He and I were both principals in the Gaston County Schools for many years. I remember him as a great administer, friend and colleague.
When my Mom died in the early 70's Allan came to the visitation. I thanked him and he said,"Well, Jack, you didn't have any brothers or sisters and I just wanted to support you since I have such big family to support me." I never forgot that.
Sorry I couldn't get out to the receiving or funeral, but I have had a severe cold, cough, etc. for about a week and I certainly didn't want to give it to anyone.
May God bless you in this time of sorrow is my prayer.
Jack Kimbro, Principal (Ret.)
Chapel Grove Elementary School
When we moved to Mt Holly in 1962 I was in the 5th grade and collected lunch money on Mondays and took it to Mr. Craig. A year later I was in his office for a paddling with Gerald Jenkins for fighting. That time he let us off with a stern warning. Mr. Craig was a great educator and a great man. He had the magical ability to just appear out of thin air when any of us guys were on the verge of mischief. My deepest condolences to the Craig family.
Barbara, You are in my thoughts and prayers today.
It has been a long time since our days together @Pinewood and my days
@Ida Rankin with Allan.I know you and your family have many happy memories of your time together with Allan.He will be deeply missed.
Kitty & Tommy Helms (Sherrills Ford,NC)
May God wrap his arms around the entire Craig family and bring you peace and comfort during the days ahead. Mr. Craig was a huge part of our lives during our elementary school days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I would like express my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Craig. He was a true friend to the McCorkle family. My father as well as his brothers and sisters considered Mr. Craig as a lifelong friend. He was a very fair and compassionate educator and I will never forget his support for our family when I started in school in the first grade (1966).We will miss you Mr. Craig and thank you for looking after us!!
I could have watched the slideshow all day. What wonderful memories of a rich life with family and friends. We will certainly miss Allan and his love of all things relating to his family. I also admired his dedication to helping children to learn. We are proud of the many legacies he leaves behind. Much love from all the Sitton family. "Frannie"
Please extend my deepest sympathy to your family. I have the upmost respect for your father, He was a great Principal. You are in my thoughts and prayers during your hour of bereavement
Ms. Caroline A. Reid
He was the principal when I attend Ida Rankin in 1972 may he rest in peace
Barbara & family its with a sad heart I read of Allan's death. We went all the way through school together, have many fond memories. Just know you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara and family, I was so sorry to hear of Allan's passing. He was a good friend to me in my time of need. My prayers are with you all.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.