With fair winds and following seas, Craig Stephen Kidd Sr. transferred to his final duty station from the Green Houses at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo to Marine Barracks Heaven for guard duty on 10 July 2014.
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Born in Holly Springs on 24 July 1946 to Jesse L. Kidd and Helen O. Benton, Craig graduated Holly Springs High School in 1964. After attending the University of Mississippi on basketball and tennis scholarships for two years, he chose to enlist into the line of family Marines in 1966. Having served in Vietnam and Cuba, he returned to Holly Springs to begin his career in law enforcement. As a sports fanatic, when the opportunity arose in 1970 for him to join the police department in the city of his favorite football team, he moved to Dallas, Texas. He earned numerous city, state and national awards for his duty as a Dallas Police Officer while completing his degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in criminal justice. Craig worked for several companies, Skagg's, American Food Stores, and General Nutrition Center enacting and enforcing loss prevention. He returned to Mississippi in 2004 for service to the public again as police chief in Ashland. He ended his long career in law enforcement in 2007 where it began, as a detective in Holly Springs. Craig found great happiness when he moved to Traceway Retirement Community. It was during this time that he came closer to God in the fellowship of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Craig is preceded in death by his Marine father Jesse, mother Helen, Marine brother Jesse ""Jerry"" Jr. and Marine brother-in-law, Drue Birmingham. His new duties are to include keeping watch over his sister Annice Birmingham, son Craig Jr., Marine son Billy (Heather), Marine granddaughter Hailey, sister-in-law Cindy, nieces Debra Cloud (Steve) and Melissa Reed (Darren), nephews Brian Birmingham and Barry Birmingham (Beverly).
Craig took pride in the devotion of duty, calling, and love he received from his friends and staff of Traceway Retirement Community and Sanctuary Hospice House. He would be honored in any memorial donated to either Traceway or Sanctuary Hospice House so they may continue their service and love.
Arrangements are with Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. An announcement will be made at a later date for a service in Holly Springs.
""…Ever look on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines."" –Marines' Hymn.
Coleman Funeral Home
1400 Highway 72 East Corinth, MS 38834
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on July 16, 2014