Fred William Craig
1942 - 2020
Fred William Craig

January 13, 1942 - December 28, 2020

Fred William Craig, of Hickory, passed away due to COVID-19, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in the 78th year of his life.

Fred was born in Caldwell County, Jan. 13, 1942, to Carolyn Cook Craig, and the late Floyd Craig. He was preceded in death by his son, Shannon Tris Craig; wife, Charlotte Craig; father, Floyd; and brothers, Dennis and Wayne Craig.

Fred attended Hudson High School and Caldwell Community College. He started work as an upholsterer, and while still in his 20s, started his own furniture business named Holiday Furniture Company. His continued hard work, and dedication to realizing his dream to be an entrepreneur led to his founding of Hickory Furniture Sales, serving customers throughout the Southeast, and in various parts of the United States.

As years went by, Fred decided to leave the furniture industry and pursue yet another dream: becoming a homebuilder. He and Charlotte worked together in both careers and their partnership led to creating beautiful homes for families. They also developed many close friendships through their collaborative efforts – and those friendships have been evident in the love and support shown to his family, both during his COVID illness and his death.

After Charlotte passed away, Fred stayed busy. He continued to care for his Mother of 102 years, and spend time with his own children and grandchildren. He was a model son, wonderful and loving friend, father and grandfather. He golfed, travelled, and did all he could to stay busy, productive, and help his friends, family and community. His recent deep affection and friendship for Jane Broyhill was known to be a bright spot in his life.

Fred leaves behind a saddened but loving family. His son, Ronnie (Joanne) Craig of Huntersville, and their three children, Billy, Ben and Emily Craig; daughter Tammy (Frank) Bowdoin, of Newport News, Va.; mother, Carolyn Cook Craig of Granite Falls; sisters, Mildred (Terry) Hall of Taylorsville, and Wanda (Johnny Heffner) of Valdese.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to honor Fred, give a charitable donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – 800 – 608-3023; This hospital treats children with cancer and many other terminal diseases; giving hope and life to so many. It was a hospital Fred believed in; and he was a regular donor to SJH after the death of his son, Shannon.

The family wishes to thank so many of his friends and extended family who have shown continued love, support and given assistance in dealing with the many aspects of this loss.

A memorial service to honor Fred's life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Bass-Smith Funeral Home, in Hickory. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to family members only.

A short graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., at Catawba Memorial Gardens, in Hickory. Attendance is not limited, but social distancing and safety measures are required.

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Published by Hickory Daily Record on Dec. 30, 2020.
Memorial service
Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
334 2nd Street NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Graveside service
Catawba Memorial Gardens
, Hickory, North Carolina
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Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory
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Ronnie So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Bill Jenkins
January 3, 2021
Tammy and Fred's family: I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good man and will always be remembered for his kindness and the love he had for his family. I know he is united with Charlotte now and can only imagine that reunion. You and all of your family are in my thoughts and my prayers! Love, Brenda Dove Noble
Brenda Noble
January 2, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers to the Craig family and Jane Broyhill. We will always remember his friendly ways and bright smile.
Claude and Marion Brewer
December 31, 2020
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out for this fine man´s family. I always told my wife that I wished I had his temperament and his kind compassionate attitude. I only had the pleasure of knowing and being around Fred for the last twelve years but what a great twelve years they were. I wish there were more but his kindness must have been needed more in a better place. I have lost a lot of friends and acquaintances over the years but this one is going to sting for a while. Rest In Peace Fred and god bless your family and everyone else who is missing you like I am.
Mike Reeves
December 30, 2020
With the mention of Fred's name, you always heard what a good, kind and wonderful man he was. No matter how busy he was, he always took the time to stop and chat. He was a man who showed compassion to others freely, a fair and honest man. I will truly miss our conversations. My prayers go out to Jane and his family. We all lost a special man who will be greatly missed. Heaven gained an angel of the most highest grandeur! Rest easy dear friend. Until we meet again!
Elaine Tucker
December 29, 2020
My heart and prayers go out to the family. My dad Gene Shelton thought so much of Fred.
Leisa Bentley
December 29, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Craig family. May God be with you and give you strength in this time of loss.
Robbie Lowe and family
December 29, 2020
Fred was absolutely wonderful to Randal and I. We rented an apartment from him years ago and I have seen him several times in the past couple of years. He was so kind to always ask how we were doing and giving his condolences when Randal passed. He was a great man.
Carrie Dyson
December 29, 2020
Fellow realtor who enjoyed Charlotte and Fred very much. You will long be remembered. Prayers for the family.
Jane Willis
December 29, 2020