Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Charles R. Craig, Jr.

Charles Ross Craig, Jr. 68 of Mt. Holly, NC passed away Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, NC. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be Thursday April 26 at 2 PM in Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC with Rev. Tom Kinman officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center.

Born March 19, 1950 in Mecklenburg County, he was the son of Charles R. Craig, Sr. and Lillian Frye Craig. He was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Charles retired in 2017 from Roadrunner Transportation Service as an account executive working in the Trucking industry for 50 years. He loved sports, was an avid golfer, and cherished every moment spent with his family he loved so dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Rhyne Craig, daughter, Amanda, sons, Josh (Lisa) of Gastonia, and Nathan Craig (Keri) of Oakboro, sister, Toni Grant (Raymond) of Mt. Holly and Denise Williams (Roger) of Oak Island, brother, Danny of Mt. Holly, and sister Dana Craig of Burgaw, and grandchildren, Laney, Lillian, Maverick, Logan, Alec, and Haley.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HGBC Family Life Center 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. Gastonia, NC 28056 or Live Simply for Orphans PERU P.O. Box 254 Monroe, NC 28111.

Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care of Locust is serving the Craig family.


  • Ana Posted April 23, 2018 9:03 pm

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

  • Renee Smith Posted April 24, 2018 7:03 pm

    Kathy and Family, it’s so hard to put into words how Larry and our family feel. We have loved Charlie and your family for many years. We are deeply saddened. It does not seem real this happened. I believe We are still in denial. We pray for you daily. I’m sure our Lord and Savior has given you that peace that passes all understanding. Charlie will be missed in so many ways but what a legacy he leaves in his children and grandchildren. You will continue to see him in each of them. Know we love y’all.
    The Smiths, Larry, Renee, Ashley, Rodney, Dusty and Jennifer.

  • Nelson Whitaker Posted April 24, 2018 8:22 pm

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr Craig while working at Road Runner Transport. I knew his son Josh well from my time at Fed Ex Freight. Although we only spoke a handful of times, there was one thing about him that stood out. He was genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. There can not be a more admirable quality in a person. My thoughts are with his family at this time

  • Nancy P Garner Posted April 25, 2018 9:42 am

    Denise, Toni, and Family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. God’s Peace be with you all!
    Nancy Popwell Garner

  • Buddy Holson Posted April 25, 2018 10:20 am

    Sometimes you meet a person who is just a good guy in every way. “Charlie was that guy” Also he will get to play a round of golf with Arnold Palmer soon. Charlie was a warrior for God and his rewards will be great. My prayers and thoughts are with Charlie’ s family.


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