Deacon Joe Craig passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick Campus, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1933, to the late Luella Moman Craig and John Henry Craig. He was educated at Holy Family Parochial School in Birmingham, Ala. After receiving his education, he joined the United States Army on Feb. 17, 1956. After serving his country for several years, Joe worked in food services, waiting tables on trains from coast to coast and later relocated to Ponte Vedra, Fla., where he also worked in food service.
In the early 1970s, Joe worked as a maitre d’ at Hertz Sky Center Inn in Jacksonville, Fla., where he met Sandra, who became the love of his life. They were joined in holy matrimony nine years later on Oct. 27, 1984.
Joe became an ordained deacon at First African Baptist Church in 1989 where he also served as a faithful member. Deacon Craig began playing golf at an early age of 17 and became an avid golfer who traveled to various states to play competitively until 2012 and his health began to fail. He lived a very fullfilling life and was loved dearly by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Deacon Craig was preceded in death by both parents; his twin brother, George Craig; another brother, John L. Craig; and his daughter, Charlene Porché.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife and friend Sandra Green Craig of St. Marys; a daughter, Tammy Simon (Pete) of Houston; a son, Shannon Waye (Marjorie) of Marietta; a brother, Jim Craig Sr. (Louise) of Waycross; five sisters, Mary Louise Jelks, Alice B. Huggins and Bonnie L. Johnson, all of Birmingham, and Dorothy Jo Zackery and Barbara A. Lewis, both of Cleveland, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Xavier and Kennedy Waye, Toya Roberts, Jernaro Roberts, Sierra Richardson, Kwanza Burton, Tamara Vaugh, Dominique Simon, Kyia, Ashlea and Joshua Porché; three great-grandchildren, Omar Richardson, Kayla Burton and Gabriel Soto; two godchildren, Latrell Erondu and Tanika Danielle Walker; several adopted grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Antioch Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Final arrangements entrusted to Royal Funeral Home Inc. in Jesup.