Rev. Dr. Julian F. Craig, Jr.

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Reverend Dr. Julian F. Craig, Jr. (Buddy), a retired Presbyterian minister, died at his residence on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Dr. Craig was born in Eastover, SC on April 29, 1929. He was the son of the late Julian F. and Lila Lancaster Craig and was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Craig Anderson. He graduated from Clemson University in 1950 where he was a member of the Tiger Brotherhood, an outstanding senior and cadet corps chaplain. He graduated from Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He taught in the Command and General Staff College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during summers and retired as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. He served as the founding President of Habitat for Humanity in Summerville, SC, served as the founder of the Summerville Meals on Wheels program, served on the Summerville YMCA board, the Trident United Way board and served on and chaired many committees as a member of Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.

Surviving are his wife, Jeannette Beisley Craig and three daughters, Tine Corley (Jimmy) of Greenwood, Juli Doub (Joe) of Lewisville, NC and Jeannette Blackburn (Marvin) of Burlington, NC and seven grandchildren, Christina Hurst (Brian) of Birmingham, Ala., Laura Garrett (Matthew) of Simpsonville, SC, Jill Doub (Brad) of Chicago, IL, Jane Doub and David Doub (Maggie) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Julianne and Joseph Blackburn of Burlington, NC as well as a niece, Celia Anderson of Avondale Estates, GA and nephew, Bill Anderson of Sanford, NC.

Dr. Craig served the Roselane Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, the Saluda Presbyterian Church, the James Island Presbyterian Church in Charleston, the First Presbyterian Church in Aiken and the Summerville Presbyterian Church. After his retirement he served six Presbyterian churches in the Charleston area as interim pastor, Moncks Corner Presbyterian Church, Johns Island Presbyterian Church, Second Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Harbor View Presbyterian Church, and he served the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Walterboro, SC and the First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC as an interim pastor.

Dr. Craig lived his life serving others.

The memorial service will be at 2:00 on Wednesday, July 2 at Summerville Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1685, Summerville, SC 29484 or Meals-on-Wheels of Summerville, P.O. Box 592, Summerville, SC 29484.

For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.

Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Craig Family.

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