Dr. Mack Wayne CRAIG
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CRAIG, Dr. Mack Wayne Age 85, passed away on March 1, 2011. He was born May 13, 1925 in Obion County, TN and was raised in Jacksonville, FL. A well-known preacher, educator, story teller and historian, he came to Nashville in 1943 to attend David Lipscomb College. He received his Associates Degree from Lipscomb in 1944, his Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt in 1946, his Master's degree from Peabody in 1948, and his Ph.D. from Peabody in 1958. Dr. Craig joined the Lipscomb faculty as a teacher at David Lipscomb High School and served as principal from 1949-1957. He served as academic dean of the college from 1957-1978 and was known to thousands as "Dean Craig" or "Doc." Generations of students remember the Tuesday night devotionals he lead on the steps of Alumni Auditorium. He served as Vice President for Institutional Planning from 1978-1983 and Director of the National Development Board until his retirement from Lipscomb in 1985. Dr. Craig started preaching as a high school student in Florida at the St. Augustine Church of Christ. He served as minister of Nashville-area Churches of Christ for more than 60 years, including the Reid Avenue, Whites Creek, Charlotte Avenue, Vultee, Hillsboro, and the Allensville (KY) congregations. In his last years, he was an active member of the Crieve Hall Church of Christ. He held Gospel meetings widely and is remembered for leading singing at the 1962 Collins-Craig meeting (attended by over 90,000 people), which was the first event held in the Municipal Auditorium. Many remember his powerful sermon, 'There They Crucified Him," which he preached every Easter. After retirement from Lipscomb, Dr. Craig became a chaplain for the National Health Care Corporation, and enjoyed 25 years serving the residents and staff of area nursing homes. He was also a much loved trainer and speaker throughout the national organization. Dr. Craig had a love for history, including old houses and antiques. He restored the Pinewood Mansion in Hickman County in 1968, and the Pepper Place in Allensville, KY in 1983. Each house was open for tours, available for catered events, and operated as an antique shop. A noted story teller, Dr. Craig shared his love for Nashville and Civil War history with many groups, and was active in numerous organizations dedicated to Nashville and Tennessee history. He also loved historic travel, and over a span of 50 years led tour groups in the United States, Europe, the Far East, and the Bible Lands. Dr. Craig was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Anne Discher (Dottie) Craig in 1959 and his grandson, James Discher Craig in 1999. He is survived by sons, Larry (Mary Lou) Craig and David (Sally) Craig, and daughter, Marnie Craig (David) Ferree. There are 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Jan) Craig and sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Phillip) Morrison, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family offers special thanks to Tim Shelly, Patricia Berry, and all the staff at Richland Place for their extraordinary kindness in Dr. Craig's later years. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 4, 2011 at 2 p.m., in the Collins Alumni Auditorium at David Lipscomb University (Limited parking is available on University Drive in front of the Burton Health Sciences Building on Belmont Blvd. Satellite parking with shuttle service is available at the old Stokes School at 3701 Belmont Boulevard.) Burial at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens will follow the service. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Crieve Hall Church of Christ and from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday at Alumni Auditorium. Active Pallbearers are Richard Jones, Bard Young, J.C. Craig, John Dawson, Steve Flatt and Aubrey Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers are Burton Grant, Jennings Davis, Bob Mason, Pat Boone, Carl McKelvey, Dennis Loyd, Rubel Shelly, Andy Adams, Ben Adams, Harold Bone, Joe Gill, Dan Andrews, and Keith Hagan. Dr. Craig requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Ukranian Education Center in care of Greg Hardeman, 4301 Hillsboro Rd., Ste. 300, Nashville, TN 37215. Known for his wit, generosity, his ties and his servant spirit, Dr. Craig was widely loved and will be fondly remembered.


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Published in The Tennessean from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2011.
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April 13, 2019
Next to my Mother, Dean Craig is my most-admired example of God's love in human form. He was genuine in every way, and always showed the beauty of humility. I remember having nowhere to go one Christmas, and being invited to share the time with his family at Pinewood. As we all gathered around, he read "The Other Wise Man" and I cried as he brought the story to life, as no one else could do. If you have never read and then shared this powerful book with those you love, make it a new Christmas Eve tradition, and thank Dean Craig for the blessing. I wish I could remember every blessed moment from all his classes, Tuesday night devotionals, meals and laughs shared, and his healing smiles. What a blessing Doc was to all who knew him!!! To God be the glory!!!
Warren Green
Student
March 14, 2011
Brother Craig preached at Charlotte Avenue where my grandmother Emma Moon attended. I was present the day sister Dottie died. He has been a role model for me in my ministry. I thank my heavenly Father for knowing him. A special note of sympathy to Don with whom I have sat in many Bible Classes. Don Craighead, Portland, Tennessee
March 12, 2011
My husband and I took Dean Craig's Marriage class together at Lipscomb. We have been married 38 years this week. His life contributed to thousands of lives. Our children and grand children continue to be effected by his life. We know it isn't all about his class ,but it caused us to discuss and think about some things we needed to be consdering at that time.

Dwight and Mary Miller
March 10, 2011
We just want to let the children know how much we admired Dean Craig. We both still remember fondly his Tuesday night singings on the steps of Alumni Auditorium. We are 1961 and 62 graduates, and everyone loved your dad. God bless all of you as you adjust to his passing.
John T. & Ann Smithson
March 10, 2011
Marnie and family,
My heart is touched by your loss. May God's peace surround you today and touch you with His love.
I will continue to remember you in my prayers as you walk through the days ahead.
Love, in Christ's love, through me,
Barbara
Barbara Brown
March 10, 2011
He was truly a much loved trainer for NHC HealthCare. He was so interesting and always had what was best for our patients first in his thoughts. He was a very special person. We loved him at NHC. He has been granted his reward in heaven.

Terri Foresythe
Admission Coordinator
NHC HealthCare of Kennett, Mo.
Terri Foresythe
March 10, 2011
Just learned of Doc's passing yesterday. Like he was to so many others, he was such a special person in my life. I lived with Doc in the carriage house out back on Graybar Lane while at DLC and was blessed to spend so much time with him. Heaven became even richer with his arrival. We will all miss him.
Tom Casey
March 7, 2011
No one could preach a sermon, tell a story or bring history alive like Doc. He was such a generous, compassionate man who loved the Lord and his fellow man. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Will miss him the rest of our lives but cherish the memories he left us.
Rick & Trish Williams
March 7, 2011
Dear Mary Lou and Larry, Richard and Jan:
So sorry to learn of Dean Craig's death..I have many wonderful memories of Lipscomb & Pinewood days.
My times with all of you were a special gift that aided my journey immensely. Prayers lifted for all of you

I saw Richard at Charlie Walton's visitation and asked about all of you...
Would love to hear from you....

doris nelms Atlanta GA
dnelms@landorgroup.com
March 6, 2011
The first time "Doc" came to Allensville he didn't impress this 14 year old. We certainly didn't share the same interests. I now walk through our home now and see things that remind me of him each day. I can look out my window and see the house where he lived and the church where he preached, breathing life into both, like no one else could have. I remember having lunch with him most every Sunday for many years and the many long talks that we had, impressed that this "city guy" was interesting. Life has turned around because of his reminders to "Do better now, my child" and asking, "Is it Right?". I was blessed to have Doc as a mentor for 27 years. He performed our wedding and was one of the first to see each of our children. He has acheived his goal but will always be missed.
Rice Gill
March 6, 2011
Will and I were privileged to have Mack's parents as teachers at "Springfield" where Mack grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. They were great Bible teachers and humble servants. We know the roots of his great teaching ability! Marnie do you remember Will taking you fishing? Our condolences to the entire family.
will and Sue Alexander
March 6, 2011
Brother Craig held a meeting at the College church of Christ in Searcy when our sons were quite young...probably 4 and 7. He captivated them with his ability to tell stories about Gideon, Joseph, and others. We bought the tapes from the meeting, and our sons often listened to those tapes as they were drifting off to sleep. I still have those tapes...listen to them occasionally...thankful for the few days that Mack Wayne Craig came into our lives!
Deanna Brooks
March 6, 2011
We will always remember his passion for the Lord and His people. We will always remember his encouraging words he gave to us as students at Lipscomb College. We will always remember his dear niece, Robin. All of our memories are kind and caring of Dean Craig. May God be with you.
Ralph and Linda Davis
March 5, 2011
I was very fortunate to have been a part of Charlotte Avenue Church as a child. I still remember his spellbinding lessons and sermons, especially his "There They Crucified Him" sermon and his end of the year poem he recited yearly, "The New Leaf" that compared a child with a blotted lesson page to a penitent Christian looking at the end of the "stained and blotted" year and asking for another one. The last line says, "And into my troubled soul He smiled, "Do better now, my child." I believe that Mack Wayne Craig inspired so many to "do better now, my child" throughout his life. I am truly grateful to have known him and his lovely family.
Beverly Maynard Perry
March 4, 2011
Dean Craig was the best Bible teacher I ever had. My mother would call me a "Craigette." Then she decided to take the British Isles trip with him. This was the first of 8 trips she made with Dean Craig. I had made a Craigette convert. I will always remember the lessons he taught. My deepest sympathies.
Linda Atkisson-Jones
March 4, 2011
Doc was a special person to me during my days at Lipscomb. The memories of living on Graybar Ln. in the garage apartment out back and traveling with our quartet to student recruitment dinners make me smile. God bless you, Doc.
Gerry Spencer
March 4, 2011
Carol and I owe 42+ years of happiness to the class "Life of Christ" and the song "My God and I" under the tree to Dean Craig. We also had the good fortune of Pinewood which close to our house and the Dean's stories. He will always be remember and loved.
Mickey and Carol Tarpley
Mickey & Carol Tarpley
March 4, 2011
Debbie and I moved here from Marietta,Georgia in the mid 70's and were looking for a new congeration to attend.A friend told us of Vultee and the rest was history. The most powerful lessons I have ever heard were from Brother Mac as we called him. They are in my heart and I am thankful God placed him in my life. To see Christianity thru him was one of the greatest blessings God has given me.
Mike Toney
March 4, 2011
The last time I had one of those small bottle cokes was at his house. Its nice to know he is in that great cloud of witnesses rooting us on....
Billy Copeland
billy copeland
March 4, 2011
Dr. Craig was one of those professors you have in college that you remember long after graduation. His Tuesday nights devotionals and his "Stars" recitation are some of my fondest memories at Lipscomb. God bless.
Rhonda Daugherty
March 4, 2011
When I worked for NHC in the mid '80's, Dr. Craig's face was a familiar one. Even after leaving the company, I would see him in various places and know that he was doing his compassionate work with others. I'll always remember what a nice person he was and how he made it a point to speak to every patient to reassure them that the Lord cared about them.
Luann Landers
March 4, 2011
Will always remember the Tuesday night devotionals on the steps of Alumni. Bro. Craig gave me a lasting love and longing for John 17 : 1-4 I have never forgotten,
Don Walker
March 4, 2011
Remembering Dr. Craig as a wonderful,
caring high school principal, who imparted Christ's true spirit to us all.
Also, remember his dedicated love to his wife during her illness and death.

Jean Arnold, DLHS
March 4, 2011
Remembering the Tuesday night Devotionals, and his famous "Stars shine" speech. Mack Wayne taught me to challenge my faith, and to work out my salvation. I thank him for those lessons, and for his years of Godly work. Our sympathy to the family.
Dorrence Stovall
March 3, 2011
Our sympathy to all the Craig family. Dean Craig was a wonderful speaker and held audiences spellbound. I had him speak to the spouses at my work and when they left the Hermitage that day I'm sure they felt that Andrew Jackson had been the guest speaker! Once when we were taking family to the Hermitage and walking through the garden and cemetery and heard this child's voice telling our guests the story of Rachel. I thought this child really knows history and when I turned to see the child I saw our own small son. When I asked him how he knew the story he said "Dean Craig came to our class and told us about it." But, the most important things he said were of Christ. He will be missed by many.
Raymond & Vickey Setters
March 3, 2011
Bro Craig was my all time favorite teacher. His teachings and love of the gospel are embedded in my heart. His words of wisdom in Bible classes at Lipscomb have never failed me. He was our preacher at Charlotte Ave. I am thankful for having known him. RIP
Bonnie McCaslin
March 3, 2011
Mack Wayne Craig (Doc) had a powerful impact on my life. He baptized me at Granny White on April 4th 1968. I use to drive him to Memphis for nightly revivals he was conducted. He would sleep in the back seat both going and coming. He did let me cut his class the next morning without penalty. Our youngest son is named Mack in his honor. He was a friend and confidant. Our loss in Heavens gain. Praise God we shall see him again. Someone said it best. He taught me the real meaning of Grace and the love our Creator has for His children. Blessings to his family.
Dan Garrett
March 3, 2011
To the Mack Wayne Craig family, I extend my condolences, especially to Larry, whom I remember fondly because I was his teacher at Lipscomb shortly after the loss of his mother. I also remember Bro. Mack
fondly as I recall his performing the wedding ceremony
at Granny White Chapel for my son, Vincent and his wife, Becky, back in 1977 . My respects and sympathy to all,
Margaret Ann Knox
maknox4405@att.net
Margaret Knox
March 3, 2011
He was my high school principal for three years and taught my Latin classes. May he rest in peace with God.
William Phillips
March 3, 2011
My family and i would like to express our deepest condolences to Larry and Mary Lou. Larry, we know how much you loved your dad and we want you to know that we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Onyechi and Deysi
March 3, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to you all,
Lassie Draper , Mary Pat & Craig Hartline
Lassie Draper
March 3, 2011
There was never such another one as Dr. Mack Wayne Craig! We recall what it meant when he announced in chapel, "Today is a very BEAUTIFUL DAY," for that was our signal that a day in the park lay just ahead for the entire student body. Dr. Craig has just begun his own 'beautiful day' in the land where no cabins fall. May he rest in peace. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Betty Westmoreland, for the DLHS Class of 1960
Betty Westmoreland
March 3, 2011
Dean Craig taught with such enthusiam and love of our Heavenly Father that his classes were a gift to enjoy. Elaine Ragsdale, Tn
Elaine Ragsdale
March 3, 2011
I will always have fond memories of Dr. Craig. He had a true love for God by the way he lived his life. He could preach a sermon in 10 minutes with more meaning than anyone. He is now home with his God and will be truly missed by all. May God bless you all and give you peace now.
Dotty Adams
March 3, 2011
I rember the gatherings at Doc's house, and work trips to Pinewood while studying Psychology at Lipscomb. The attributes of Rogerian Therapy fit Dr Craig well: empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.
Randle Branch
March 3, 2011
Larry, David, and Marnie, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Thank you for sharing him with tens of thousands of Lipscomb students during your own young years! He had an open heart full of love, encouragement, and compassion for all of us, and in quite a few cases, mine included, an open house for those of us who had nowhere else to call home. Of course, DLC had many fine leaders and staff who knew and loved the Lord, but none showed God's love unconditionally in their daily lives as your Dad did. He is the brightest shining example of Jesus' love and teaching of any of God's servants I have ever known. And who could ever forget his humor, stories, and heart-lifting smile! I just know God is hugging the breath out of Dean Craig and smothering him with kisses right now as He says "Doc, I've got you all to myself now. While we're waiting for Tuesday night to get here, tell us your favorite stories!" With love and appreciation, Warren Green
March 3, 2011
Please accept my sympathy at the death of
our beloved Dean Craig. He had a profound
and lasting effect on our lives, and is a
vital part of our precious memories of
Lipscomb. Charlotte Samples, Huntsville, AL
Charlotte Samples
March 3, 2011
His profound influence on thousands seemed always personal, but in class and sermons profoundly spiritual and , because of his gifts, everlasting. His relationships with the Boones were sweet, and often hilarious, faithful. There are no superlatives too strong to describe Mack's personal and spiritual impacts. We-the Boones loved and laughed abundantly over the decades of his life and relationships.
We hated his last "down" times, as much for his sake as ours. WE are so glad he is with the Father, and they can enjoy eqach ther to the fullest.
Nick Boone
The Boones
March 3, 2011
We in NHC Eastern Region will always remember his speaking to us during our CNA Days. What an inspiration to put our heart into our work! May God bless you in your loss. Without a doubt he was God's gift to everyone he met.
Michel Rutherford
March 3, 2011
Marnie and all, Your father brought a lot of comfort to folks, which was a real gift. I enjoyed bumping into him when he lived across the hall from my mother at Richland Place. And, I would see him around the facility taking great care with many - spending time with those who might need company and conversation.
My condolences.
Anne Paine
March 3, 2011
To: the Mack Wayne Craig family
You have our empathy and sympathy. Dr. Craig hired me in 1965 to teach sociology at Lipscomb. We soon became friends and have remained friends ever since.
We had the pleasure to worship with him at the Natchez Trace congregation for a few years. He did his memorable recitation of the crucifixion scene.
Again to the family,
Our love and appreciation for Brother Craig and to you, his family
May the Good Lord Bless you
Dr. Hollis and Muril Todd
hemdtodd@att.net
March 3, 2011
I was a student at DLC graduating in 1970. Dr. Craig taught many of the Bible classes I took and I have very fond remembrances of my association with him. Dr. Craig was a giant among men but was as humble as they come. The world is a lesser place without him in it.

My thoughts and prayers go to the family. We will all miss him.

Jerry Gowen (Nashville, Tennessee. DLC class of 1970)
Jerry Gowen
March 3, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Mack was our dear friend and former DLHS principal, He married us September 15,1956. We attended Church with him at Crieve Hall for the past several years.
Jo-an & Doug Wright
DLHS class of 1953 & 1952
Jo-an & Doug Wright
March 3, 2011
Doc was a good friend and a wonderful teacher who will be greatly missed.
Jeff White
March 3, 2011
God truly blessed our family by knowing your dad. I grew up at Charlotte Ave. where he preached. He baptized me, performed my wedding ceremony and preached several funerals in my family. He was truly a special friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
In Christian Love,
Glenda Martin Jennings
Glenda Jennings
March 2, 2011
Larry, Mary Lou, David, and Marnie, just tonight at church they sang "Amazing Grace," and I couldn't help but think about those Tuesday nights and about "Doc." It seems like just a few days ago that he took me under his wing and became my mentor, teacher, and friend, but most of all my brother. God bless you in your loss, as God has blessed us with the life of this special man.
With love,
Johnnie Long
Johnnie Long
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