Estes Wilton Craig

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Estes Wilton Craig, 91, of Paragould, Ark., died Friday, September 4, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Craig was a veteran of World War II and a member of the America Legion. He married the former Bonnie Lou Blankenship on Jan. 20, 1947, and he and his wife were cotton and soybean farmers. They raised their children while living in Cardwell, Mo., until moving to Paragould in 1978. Mr. Craig was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. He leaves a legacy for his family that few men could attain. He was a gentle man and a great role model for all that knew him. He would give the shirt off his back helping anyone in need. He only saw the good in people and treated everybody with kindness and compassion. He was a one-of-a-kind man and will truly be missed.

Mr. Craig was a member of Walnut Street Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Virgil Craig and Onie Mae Jackson; sisters, Gertrude Wood and Jessie Higginbotham and brothers, Homer, Alvin, Vester, Carl and Chester Craig.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Lou Blankenship Craig, Paragould; a daughter, Jerri Carole Craig Stutts (Nick), Manilla; sons, Carl Estes Craig (Carla), Cookeville, Tenn. and Joe Allen Craig (Sherry), Murfreesboro, Tenn.; sister, Jean Grady, Cardwell, Mo.; grandchildren, Stephanie Stutts Rapert (Jerry), Jonesboro, Jennifer Stutts Jackson (Rodney), Lake City, Caylie Craig, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kelsey Craig, Caleb Craig, Karilynn Craig, Caitryn Craig, Claire Craig, Cookeville, Tenn., Matt Craig, Syracuse, N.Y., Jake Craig, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; great grandchildren, Kourtnei Jackson Qualls, Chase Jackson, Lake City, Abby Rapert, Jeb Rapert, Jude Rapert, Jonesboro; great-great grandchild, Ella Ruth Qualls, Lake City and a great-great granddaughter to be born in January 2016.

Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at noon, in the Heath Colonial Chapel with Dwight Harrison and John Shadowens officiating. Burial followed at Cardwell Cemetery. The family suggests memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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