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Obituary ~ Basil Clair Craig
October 10, 1927 ~ October 09, 2015
EAGLEVILLE, MO - Basil Clair Craig, 87, Eagleville, MO passed away Friday, October 9, 2015 at his home.
Basil Clair Craig was born Oct. 10, 1927 to Clair Wayne (Buck) Craig and Ruby Evelyn (Blakesley) Craig. He was born at their home east of Davis City, IA; Decatur County. He had one brother, Harold who was born in 1929. The family lived in and around Davis City until they moved to a farm east of Weldon, IA in 1936. In 1939 his parents purchased a farm south of Cainsville, MO where Basil attended high school and graduated in 1947. It was there that he met his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann (Weable) Craig, who he married in 1948.
They had four children: Kenneth Lee (Marilyn), Allen Eugene (Peggy), Nancy Diane and Maurice Clair (Lila). They opened their home to many others; Bob Stobbe (Brenda) made his home with them from 1970 to 1974. A niece and two nephews; Kathy (Wes) Darnell. Jamie and Joe (Jane) Frazier came to live with them in 1976 after the death of their mother Charlotte (Barb’s sister). Other survivors are 15 grandchildren plus step grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Basil loved farming. To him that was the only way to live. He took great pleasure in working the fields and tending to his livestock. Most of the farms where he and Barbara lived were in Harrison County, MO, with a few years in Mercer County, MO.
He was an honorary member of the North Harrison FFA, and had been involved in the Pawnee Pepper 4H Club. Basil drove a school bus for the North Harrison school for 16 ˝ years. The children’s safety was of great importance to him. He enjoyed the children and he could relate many experiences he had as a school bus driver. Basil was a quiet man, for the most part, but he could speak out.
He believed in God, but mostly his religion was between himself and the Lord. He attended the Community of Christ Church in Andover, MO, where he and his wife were both active members. He served in many capacities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, 3 sister-in-laws, 3 brother-in-laws, a niece, nephew, and infant great-granddaughter.
He was a blessing to all those who knew and loved him.
Celebration of Life will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, at the Eagleville Christian Church, Eagleville, MO. Burial will follow in the Allen Cemetery, Eagleville, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the Allen Cemetery and/or North Harrison FFA Chapter in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2015