John Goodwin Craddock Jr., husband, father, physician, died on Jan. 12, 2014, at his beloved home in the Eli Whitney community of Southern Alamance County. He was born June 11, 1926, in Lynchburg, Va., to John Goodwin Craddock Sr. and the former Louise Moretz, both of whom predeceased him.
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Dr. Craddock was educated in the Lynchburg and Charlotte city schools as well as Duke University and was a 1954 graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. His internship and residency years in Internal Medicine were served at what is now UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
During World War II he served as a Seaman First Class radioman aboard the destroyer USS John R. Craig in the Pacific Theater. In 1953 he married medical classmate Annabelle Thomas with whom he had four children: Charles McCoy, Elaine, John III, and Ann Louise, all of them survive him. Charles gave him two grandchildren: Scott Thomas and Hannah Catherine; John III gave him Alexander Williams and Anna Helen. After the death of his first wife, Dr. Craddock married Frances Elizabeth Garrison with whom he shared 43 years of great love, contentment, lively conversation and political argument. His sense of humor as well as his kind and gentle spirit will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
His younger sister, Ella Goodwin Craddock Martin died in 1973.
At his express wish he will be cremated and there will be no formal services and no formal visitation. His ashes will be scattered by family members at locations he loved which were chosen by him. An animal lover all of his life, he would be pleased to know that in lieu of flowers, any memorials to him might take the form of contributions to The Humane Society of Alamance County, PO Box 5117, Burlington, NC, 27216.
Dr. Craddock's wife and son, John, appreciate beyond saying the love and assistance rendered to him and to them by his great and good friend, Dr. Jeffrey W. Byrnett, in the days prior to his death.
An online book of memories can be signed at www.williamsfuneralandcremation.com
Williams Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.
2120 May Drive Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2014