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Lawrence Craig

Lawrence Ronnie Craig

Thursday, October 17th, 1946 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Lawrence Ronnie Craig, 73 of Walkersville, WV peacefully entered his Heavenly Home on Monday morning, June 15th, 2020. His final days were spent at home reminiscing with the comfort of many family and friends. He was born October 17th, 1946, in Weston, WV to Lawrence Robert and Nina Vera (Smarr) Craig. Ronnie was a loving and devoted husband of nearly 50 years to his wife, Retha Ann “Woots” (Lowther), whom he married on June 26th, 1970. Also surviving are his daughter, Connie Ann (Craig) Johnston and husband Ernie; grandchildren, Claire LaWren and Cameron Luke Simmons, all of Walkersville; and sister Dottie (Craig) Starr and husband Rick, of Lakeland, FL. Blessed with a large close-knit family, he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Nina; paternal grandparents, Alva and Louisa (Weaver) Craig; and maternal grandparents, Clarence and Dorothy (Harris) Smarr.

Shortly after graduating from Walkersville High School with the Class of 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country during 1966-1968 as a Line Haul Driver in Viet Nam. He enjoyed reminiscing with fellow veterans as an active participant in the annual Viet Nam Line Haul Reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. His service continued as a former member of the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Throughout his career, Ronnie worked various jobs as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. Prior to his retirement in 2008, he served as the Lewis County Animal Control Officer.

With Ronnie’s passing, the Craig family lost its most charismatic storyteller. His embellished tales of actual life events held the attention and generated laughter for all who experienced his oratory gift.

Over the years, many horses, hunting dogs, and farm animals had the pleasure of having Ronnie as their caretaker and handler at Double C Farm. Fox chasing, coon hunting, rabbit hunting, and horsemanship were some of his favorite hobbies. He dutifully held the office of former Secretary of the Hackers Creek Coon Hunters Association and his fine hounds accumulated several United Kennel Club event trophies. He also enjoyed attending and participating in Central West Virginia Riding Club horse shows and the horse sales in Sugar Creek, OH.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the funeral visitation and graveside service to be held on Wednesday, June 17th 2020 at 4:00pm in the Sapp Family Cemetery on Craig Drive, Walkersville, WV with Reverend Chad Lewis officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Lawrence Ronnie Craig’s Christian testimony of experiencing peace and comfort in times of uncertainty provides lasting sentiment to his family and friends. As such, in lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to his attending church, Full Gospel Church, c/o Reverend Chad Lewis, 512 Shumaker Road, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Hardman Family Funeral Home of Weston considers it an honor and privilege to serve the family of Lawrence Ronnie Craig.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 4:00pm
    Location
    Sapp Family Cemetery
    Address
    Sapp Run Road
    WALKERSVILLE, WV
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    Notes
    Visitation, funeral and graveside service
    Officiant
    Pastor Chad Lewis
  • Interment

    Location
    Sapp Family Cemetery
    Address
    Sapp Run Road
    WALKERSVILLE, WV
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Full military honors conducted by the US Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard

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KeepingTheAceMemory

Posted at 10:49pm
My most sincere condolences to Ronnie's family. Please feel comfort knowing he is now smiling down on all of you with his extended Line Haul Vietnam buddies.
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Peggy and Dick

Posted at 10:09am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Peggy Payne

Posted at 10:05am
Ronnie maybe did not make a lot of our family get togethers, but he was always there for us and especially our Mom. He was a very special guy to many of us in different ways. I remember Ronnie did not like to go to funerals, but he brought my Mom to our house when Bob died and I will never forget that and Allison slept by his door until he woke up he was always so good to young children .Ronnie will be in our hearts forever and Happy Trails to you Ronnie and to the family our prayers and thoughts are with you always Love and prayers Aunt Peg and Dick
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Jim and Roxanne Harlow

Posted at 08:51am
Connie, Ernie, Claire & Cameron;

Even though I did not know your Dad, his picture tells all...that he loved life in itself and you can tell that he was a happy man with such a great smile. My sincere condolences to all of your family at this very heart wrenching time of sorrow...I know that Claire spoke in high regard to her grandfather and grandmother as well and hopefully one day you all will be reunited with him once again. Hugs and prayers are with each of you.
LW

Larry Walters

Posted at 07:52pm
Good memories from Larry Walters, your 1st cousin and Ann Walters oldest son. Also from Debbie Walters, Larry's wife.
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