Clarence Craig, Sr., 98, a resident and native of Franklin, LA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 21, 2021 into a new life, at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette.
Public viewing will be held on Friday May 14, 2021 at Jones Funeral Home 1101 Main Street Franklin, LA from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. (All visitors are asked to adhere to the CDC/local regulations by wearing masks and practicing social distancing). Funeral services will be accessible by viewing the Jones Funeral Home, Inc. Facebook Page at 11:00 A. M. on Saturday May 15, 2021. Craig, Sr. will be interred in the Franklin Cemetery - Main Street in Franklin, LA with full military honors.
Clarence Craig, Sr. was born on January 12, 1923, in Franklin, LA to the late Susiana Marshall Davis and Isaiah Craig. He was the youngest of four children. Clarence passed away peacefully into a new life on April 21, 2021, at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center.
A kind, loving father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Clarence will be remembered as a faithful servant. Clarence was baptized by Reverend Buckner at an early age at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Franklin, Louisiana. He joined Triumph Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Octave Vincent and earned his preacher’s license in February 1963. Clarence remained a devoted Christian throughout his life often sharing his love for the Lord and wise counsel.
A proud military veteran, Clarence enlisted in the United States Navy serving during World War II. He returned to Franklin working as a journeyman and mechanic. Later, Clarence was employed by Halter Marines Industries, St. John Academy, and Winn Dixie until he retired. He was recognized by the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs in 1987 for his outstanding work ethic and service to the community. In 2014, Clarence was presented with a Black Achievement Award by the Broussard-Harris Committee for living a purpose-driven life.
Clarence was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. A. C. Marshall and Eliza Marshall; parents, Susiana Marshall Davis and Isaiah Craig; sisters, Rebecca Johnson and Florence Stewart; brother, Herbert Rawster (Rebecca); wife, Laura Conley; daughter, Lilly Craig; and son, Larry Craig, Sr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: five sons, Ronald Craig, Arthur Peter Craig, Abraham Craig, and Kevin Jones, all of Franklin, LA, and Clarence Craig, Jr. of Houston, TX; and five daughters, Laura Craig of Austell, GA; Linda Brooks of Morrow, GA; Brenda Foster (Robert) of Franklin, LA; Rebecca Craig of New York, NY; and Celeste Stansberry (Otis) of Marietta, GA; and one daughter-in-law, Betty Craig of Franklin, LA. Clarence also leaves a remarkable legacy behind for his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
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