GORDONVILLE -- William Albert "Bill" Craig of Gordonville died at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Southeast Health Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 12, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late James Leon and Lilly Craig, he owned Craig Appraisal and Real Estate Investment Services of Cape Girardeau. Following his service in the U.S. Air Force, he moved back to Memphis, Tenn., and on Aug. 24, 1969, married Charlotte Boyce of Sikeston. After graduation from Memphis State University in January 1971 and living from 1971 to 1972 in Chattanooga, Tenn., Bill and Charlotte moved to Cape Girardeau, first working for Colonial Federal Bank and later establishing Craig Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Services.
Bill never met a stranger and was a good friend to many in the community. He loved telling a good joke and collected trivia. He relished sharing these hobbies with his friends! An avid cook, Bill donated his time and skills to many organizations and served as the annual cook for the Woody Rushin Foundation Golf Tournament and for many years, the Rotary Club's Camp Enterprise as well as the annual Rotary Club picnic. He belonged to the Cape West Rotary Club for many years and served one term as president. He also loved to cook Christmas dinner for the Cape Girardeau County Mapping and Appraising and Assessor's office and Montgomery Bank employees. As a Boy Scout leader, his proudest accomplishment was acquiring the Boy Scout Wood Badge. He was a Master Tree Farmer and served on the Cape Girardeau County Road Advisory Committee. Bill was a charter board member of the Gordonville Volunteer Fire Department serving as the treasurer of that organization until his death.
Survivors in addition to his wife include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Sheila Craig of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and George Craig of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Andrew, Halie, Meiranda and Brandyn; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Juanita of Memphis, Tenn., Fred Steward of Sikeston; and Barbara and Lawrence Johsens of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Marilyn Boyce of Sikeston; cousins Joe Craig, Sue Hawkins and Betty Jean Molder all of Millington, Tenn.. and Joseph Albert Craig, Bobby Craig and Becky Herndon of Memphis; and many nieces and nephews, being especially close with Rebecca Steward-Purves and Mary and Stu Barragan. He also leaves four fur children, one being his beloved Maggie.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Linda Boyce Steward.
Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel where memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday with Gerald Jones officiating.
Friends are invited to speak at the memorial service if they wish. Full military honors by the Missouri Honors Team will be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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may be sent to:
The Humane Society
of Southeast Missouri
2536 Boutin Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701