Former McDonough mayor dies at age 83

Former McDonough Mayor Richard Craig died Jan. 18 at age 83.

He is survived by his wife Nancy and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends during visitation Jan. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Haisten Funerals and Cremations, 1745 Zack Hinton Pkwy. S., McDonough.

The funeral service is Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Turner United Methodist Church, 2957 Turner Church Road, McDonough, where Craig was a member.

Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, 640 McGarity Road, McDonough.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to People First of Henry County, P.O. Box 806, Lovejoy, Ga. 30250.

“We offer our condolences,” the city of McDonough posted on its Facebook page.

McDonough City Councilman Benjamin Pruett said he was deeply saddened by the news.

“His insight, advice, and mentorship meant so much to me during my campaign and time serving on the council,” Pruett posted on Twitter. “He loved McDonough and our citizens, and never stopped working to help others.”

Denise McDonald of Locust Grove expressed her condolences on the Haisten website.

“Richard was a big part of my softball time and then that of my boys, always ready to lend a helping hand or answer your questions,” she wrote. “You will be missed.”

Ken Andrews of Duluth posted that he enjoyed working with Craig for many years at Southern Bell and then BellSouth, from which Craig retired after 33 years.

“During our time installing new central offices, Richard purchased an RV that he used to live in when he was assigned to locations away from home,” Andrews said. “He often told me there was nothing like going ‘first class’ on the job. He’ll be missed by all that knew him.”

According to his obituary, Craig was born in McDonough on July 1, 1934.

He graduated from McDonough High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army.

“He was a servant at heart and was involved in many areas of the community including politics, civics and sports,” the obituary reads. “He was known for his leadership, vision, determination and compassion.”

Craig served on the Henry County school board for 10 years, on the McDonough City Council for two terms and as mayor for two terms.

He is the namesake of Richard Craig Park in McDonough.

According to the Henry County parks and recreation website, South Cedar Park was rechristened in his honor in 2003.

“Mr. Craig served as chairman of the recreation board as well as playing, coaching and umpiring ball in Henry County,” the website states. “Mr. Craig also played a part in the first Sunshine League Field for handicapped athletes.”

Richard Craig Field at Alexander Park in McDonough is also named for him.

His awards include induction into the Henry County Sports Hall of Fame.

Craig was a past president of the Kiwanis Club, a charter member of the local Moose Lodge and volunteered as a Meals on Wheels driver for more than 20 years, his obituary states, and served on the county election board as recently as last year.

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