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Kenneth Craig

Kenneth Wayne Craig

Wednesday, July 14th, 1954 - Monday, February 17th, 2020
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Kenneth W. Craig, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 17, 2020 in Asheville, NC.

Ken was born in Glen Rose, TX on July 14, 1954 to Donald H. Craig and Norma J. (Ross) Robinson. He married Rosemarie Benson on Aug 24, 1978.

Ken was an Attorney and he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi on January 5, 1981.

He lived in Pisgah Forest, NC and he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was generous and kind, an avid golfer who loved taking the grandsons to the golf course. He had a passion for youth sports and always supported young athletes as a coach and mentor.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie Benson Craig; son, Justin T. Craig and wife Caitlin S. Craig, and their children Killian Fox Craig and Isla Scottlynn Craig all of Pisgah Forest;

Daughter, Erin G. Owen and husband Matthew S. Owen, and their son, Andrew Benson Owen, of Ft. Jackson, SC; parents, Norma Robinson, and Donald Craig.

A funeral service will be held Monday February 24 at 3 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ,980 Neely Rd, Brevard, NC 28712 with military rights conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Transylvania Co. Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be collected to establish the Ken Craig Memorial Fund. He had a lifelong passion for supporting young athletes and donations will be used to continue those efforts in his honor https://www.gofundme.com/f/ken-craig-memorial-fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com.

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, NC 28712
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    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    Address
    980 Neeley Rd.
    BREVARD, NC 28712
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Posted at 03:04pm
Rosie, your DAR Sisters are holding you and your family in our prayers and thoughts through all of this and pray God's peace may surround you all. Krisan Gregson (Yates Mill, Cary)
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Culley Davis

Posted at 10:25am
Ken and I first meet on a trip to Italy, with two other associates, because of the last minute planning of this meeting of this trip to meet with Fila Golf, all of us had to sit by ourselves throughout the plane. Ken and I were on the same row, but he was on the middle section of five seats I was to the far left with three seats, thank goodness I had I window seat at least. This flight was also a Red Eye flight so within a few hours most of the people were sleeping on the plane. Ken and I where still wide awake, reading and we were trying to talk with each other, finally Ken waved for me to come over and sit next to him in the middle section. Both of us not being the smallest guys, were not in the best of seats, we both prayed for isle seats, at least I with my window seat I could lean over and have some room. Ken was in a much worse spot but at least he had an empty seat next to him.

So I stood up on my seat in the plane and stepped on the armrest of the other two people next to me, so I wouldn't have to wake them up, and did the same thing, stepping across the isle onto the next arm rest until I reached the seat next to Ken. It was a bold but funny move, didn't get caught or in trouble, and on one woke up. So it worked our perfect. ha ha

As soon as Ken and I got situated we started talking about our families, school, sports of course, some politics, then religion came up. Having been a former missionary, and the other two associates traveling with us, Bruce Haglund, and John Hewlett both being LDS as well, this topic was helpful I think in letting Ken know about our faith. For the next few hours I pretty much gave Ken the Missionary discussion. He had lots of great questions, and I could tell he was very interested in what I was sharing with him. As I bore him my testimony, the spirit was strong, and I could tell that Ken was touched by the Holy Ghost.

As I recall we arrived about 3:30 am in the morning, and by the time we got to our Hotel and checked in, it was about 5:00am.
We all went to our separate rooms, I got unpacked and then the phone rang, it was loud and started me to death, as I wondered who would be calling me at 5:30 in the morning. It was Ken and he said, I hope I didn't wake you, but I can't sleep, I keep thinking about some of the things your shared with me, I have some more questions, and I would like you to answer them for me and tell me more about your church.Can we go for a walk?
I told Ken I was still wide awake, NO, I'm not sleeping, I'm still, I that I'd love to go for a walk, I'll meet you in 10 minutes down in the lobby ok.

Ken and I for the next two plus hours walked all over the place, I don't remember where we walked, we passed a lot of cool old buildings, but we were in another place, and the Holy Ghost was with us. Finally we sat on this wall, the spirit by this time was so powerfully present, that I could not hold back my tears, as I told Ken your my brother, my actual brother, and this is not by chance that we are having this discussion. This was all planned before you and I were born, and I want you to know Ken that every word I have said to you is the truth, and that the Lord wanted you to know and have His gospel in your life, and in the life of your family. Ken was in tears, we were both crying, gave each other a Big Hug. Then went and had breakfast.

When Ken got back home to Florida, he got the missionary discussions, and his entire family was baptized, and that was one of the most special baptism's I ever attended, and was so grateful to be apart of it. Ken is back home now, with family friends and loved one's. He is at rest and at peace again, and full of joy and happiness, and I look forward when it's my turn to go back home, to giving my brother Ken another Big Hug. I will miss him, and my deepest and fondest feelings and memories are with you Rosie, and your kids and family. Ken was such a kind, generous and thoughtful person, and he loved you deeply. His kids were his life, as his time and actions with them proved his love for them, being so involved in all they did. My heart is full, as I pray for all of you.

May our kind and loving Father in heaven, fill you all with His love and spirit, during this time or mourning.

Culley Davis
SC

Sharon Byers Conner

Posted at 09:21am
My sincere sympathies at this unexpected loss.
In prayer,
Sharon Byers Conner

Sheila Nicholson

Posted at 09:21pm
condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather & husband... may the memories you made help to easy your pain... and the love he has for each of you help to guide you through the journey ahead....

hugs & love , aunt sheila & family
JB

Jane Benson

Posted at 03:40pm
It’s been a few decades since Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Craig first Roller Skated his way into the heart of my double-first Cousin Rose Marie “Rosie” Benson Craig. Think of Ken as living in the hearts of those he touched for nothing loved is ever lost and Ken loved so much!
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