CARY, N.C. -- Edward Gaston Craig, 83, a resident of Glenaire Retirement Community since 2001, died on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at his home.
A native of York County, S.C., he was born on March 12, 1925, to the late Robert Mills and Ethel Parrish Craig. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters and his wife of 59 years, Alberta Williford Craig.
Ed served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, and was deployed to France and Germany during WWII. He was a 1949 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he received a bachelor degree in electrical engineering and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Professionally he was employed with Southern Bell from 1949-1982. He served as the Raleigh District Engineer from 1965-1978 until he became District Engineer for Chapel Hill. He retired with 33 years of service.
In addition to his professional contributions, Ed was involved in his community as a member of both the Cary Rotary Club and IEEE. A member of First United Methodist Church Cary since 1950, Edward served the church in numerous capacities including: Pastor-Parrish Committee, Administrative Board, Adult Sunday School teacher, Young Men's Bible Class and Adult Lay Leader. In his free time, Ed enjoyed playing golf in several senior golf associations.
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Ed was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Carol Craig Cook and husband, Jeff, of Apex, Tom Craig and wife, Bonnie, of Cary, Nancy Craig Dixon and husband, Brad, of Cary; six grandchildren, Joy and Justin Cook, Nathan and Craig Dixon, Aaron and Caroline Craig; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Edward's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2008, at First United Methodist Church Cary. The Rev. Dr. H. William Green and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Hamm will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park at a later date.
The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Ed's family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the dedicated care provided to him by Hospice of Wake County, Cary Cancer Center and especially his devoted caregiver, Sophie Warari.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to First U.M.C. Cary, 117 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511 or to Glenaire Retirement Community, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511.
Tributes may be made to the family at www.brownwynne.com.