Graveside services for Andrew Boyd Craig will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Llano City Cemetery in Llano with the Rev. Larry Coulter from Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin.
Mr. Craig died Aug. 25, 2013, in Austin. At 98 years old, he was generous of spirit and a joy to be around. He was born March 7, 1915, in Hamilton. He was one of nine children born to R.E. Craig and Jeanetta Walker Craig.
He graduated salutatorian from Hamilton High School in 1931. He began his management career with the A&P Grocery chain in 1939, which included stores in Gatesville, Dublin, Waco, Mexia and Temple.
In 1946, he opened his own newsstand in Killeen. With his business success, an expansion was necessary. This became a community focal point, known as “Craig’s” in downtown Killeen. This business was a beloved icon for the community. It was a perfect place to hear the latest record, sip on a soda fountain favorite, all the while shopping for the latest gifts, cosmetics, school supplies and much more.
He was embraced by his community, becoming president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1951, a founding member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Killeen, a member of the Masonic Lodge, bank director of First National Bank and Citizens National Bank, owner of Killeen General Hospital, and later Killeen Nursing Home and Crestview Nursing Home in Belton.
In his early retirement years, he was elected to the Killeen Water Board Commission. He became an active member of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church after moving to Austin.
Andy married the love of his life, Louise Stewart, of Llano on Sept. 7, 1941. She was his beloved friend, business partner and the mother of their two daughters, Sarah Craig Peters and Nettie Craig Martin.
Mr. Craig was preceded in death by his parents; eight siblings; and his wife, Louise Stewart Craig.
Survivors include his daughters, Sarah Craig Peters and her husband, Ralph Peters, of Austin and Nettie Craig Martin and her husband, Gary Martin, of Newport Beach, Calif.; three extraordinary grandchildren, Elizabeth Antry of Istanbul, Turkey, Andrew Peters of Austin and Joanna Peters of San Antonio; and many much-loved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank West Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, where Andy resided for the past 16 months, and Dr. Bruce Koehler, his longtime physician and friend from Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.