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Walter Hurley Craig Sr.(1944 - 2013)

KERSHAW–Walter Hurley Craig Sr., 68, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill. Mr. Craig was born July 25, 1944 in Lancaster County. He was a son of the late James William Craig Sr. and Ruby Pauline Drye Craig. Mr. Craig was a retiree of the Lancaster and Chester Railway. He joined Pleasant Plain Baptist Church at an early age and upon graduation from Flat Creek High School in 1962, at age seventeen, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was later selected for a special tour of duty and was stationed for one year in Boston, Mass. aboard the U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides," where he operated the ship's store. It was at this time in his young life that he began his lifelong interest in history. Mr. Craig enjoyed volunteer work very much and was a volunteer with the Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park for several years, and previously served on the boards of the Lancaster County Historical Commission, the Olde English District and the county Transportation Commission. In addition to his love of history, he enjoyed genealogy, fishing, traveling, spending time with his family and friends and working in his yard and garden. Mr. Craig's greatest love was for his family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Mrs. Melody Clyburn Craig; a son, Walter H. Craig Jr.; and a daughter, Tracey Craig; three brothers, James William "Billy" Craig Jr. and his wife, Maggie, of Kershaw, George Arthur Craig and his wife, Mary, of Lancaster, Wade Craig and his wife, Sandra, of Orangeburg; four sisters, Ruth Mahaffey and her husband, Jim, of Lancaster, Sadie Bozarth and her husband, Sonny, of Mount Holly, N.J., Judy Hinson and her husband, Rusty, of Lancaster and Jane Catoe of Lancaster. He was the proud grandfather of Mrs. Gleynnda Craig Miller and her husband, John, of Williamston and Sloane and Caden Taylor of Lancaster; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Pleasant Plain Baptist Church, with burial at the Kershaw City Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Pleasant Plain Baptist Church, 3795 Pleasant Plains Road, Kershaw, SC 29067. Baker Funeral Home is graciously serving the needs of the Craig family.
Published in The Lancaster News on Mar. 6, 2013
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