GHENT, Ky.-William Lee "Bill" Craig, 88, of Ghent, died Friday, July 19, 2013, with his family at his side at the Gallatin Health Care Center in Warsaw, Ky.
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A celebration of life Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Ghent Baptist Church with Bro. Graham Reynolds officiating.
Bill was born on Nov. 16, 1924, on the Carroll/Gallatin County, Ky., line ,the son of the late Albert Gallatin Craig and Jennie Lee Hance Craig. He graduated from Gallatin County High School and attended the University of Kentucky. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. and a member of the Ghent Christian Church.
He farmed and was co-owner of Davis & Craig Marathon Fuel Distributor, where he delivered fuel oil and gasoline to farmers in three counties. After retirement he was a substitute Rural Mail Carrier out of the Ghent and Carrollton post offices.
Bill was a volunteer and captain of the Ghent Fire Department, commissioner of the city of Ghent ,also serving as mayor for several terms. He was very involved in the Tadmor Masonic Lodge No. 108 and was caretaker of the Ghent Masonic Cemetery for decades. He played the guitar, banjo and sang, passing along his love for music to his children. He was a loving, even-tempered husband and father ,who worked hard to provide for his family and he could fix anything.
He will be missed by his wife, Mary Lynn Scott Craig of almost 66 years, they married on September 28, 1947; two daughters, Vicki Lynn (Mike) Harmon of Mesa, Ariz., and Retta (Darrell) Lykins of Ghent, Ky.; two sons, Bill (Julee) Craig of Nazareth, Penn., and Ed (JoAnn) Craig of Smiths Grove, Ky.; siblings, a brother, Albert Craig, Jr. of Burlington, Ky.; and a sister, Inda Davis of Ghent, Ky.; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren also survive.
His parents preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Ghent Baptist Church, P.O. Box 457, Ghent, KY 41045.
Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home, 809 Highland Ave. in Carrollton was entrusted with the arrangements. Funeral home website: www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.
Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home
809 Highland Avenue
Carrollton, KY 41008
Published in The News-Democrat on July 24, 2013