Everett Craig, son of the late Hallie Everett, Sr. and Nira Norman Craig, was born in Blytheville, Ark., on Aug. 16, 1920, and died at the Gideon Care Center on July 30, 2010, at the age of 89.
Mr. Craig had lived in Arkansas before moving to Essex in 1953. He had been a teacher and farmed for many years. He served for several years on the Richland School Board and was a member of the Life Church in Sikeston and a past member of the Essex Lions Club.
He was first married to Ruby Frazier, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 1988. He later married Maxine Fakes in April 18, 1989.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine Craig of Sikeston; four sons, Robert "Bob" Craig and Joe Craig, both of Dexter, David Craig of Sikeston, and Danny Craig of Alexandria, La.; one daughter, Diane Craig of Pine Bluff, Ark.; a granddaughter raised by Mr. and Mrs. Craig, Beth Newberry of Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Beth Craig Newberry, Matthew Craig, Rebecca Boyd, Elizabeth Craig, Sarah Craig, John Craig and Paul Craig; five great-grandchildren, Charlie Newberry, Clayton Newberry, Nola Craig, Everett Craig and Finnley Craig.
Other relatives and friends survive. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jeanice Craig Skaggs; one brother, O'Neal Craig; and one sister, Nan Watson.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, after 1 p.m. at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Services will be held Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at 3 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. David Craig of Sikeston and Rev. Danny Craig of Alexandria, La., officiating.
Interment will be in the Dexter Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
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