George Lynwood Craig Jr.

August 27, 1936January 29, 2013
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George Lynwood Craig Jr., 76, of Amherst, passed away January 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ellen Ogden Craig. Born August 27, 1936, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late George Lynwood Craig Sr., and Louise Womack Craig. George was educated in the Lynchburg Public School system and completed his education in the USAF, from which he received an Honorable medical discharge. He was a life-long professional salesman with many interests. Along with running a restaurant, he was a past member of the Brookville–Timberlake Lions Club, BPO Elks Club in Lynchburg, and past governor of the Madison Heights Moose Lodge. George was a licensed American Horse Show judge, and was the master of ceremonies for many horse shows. As a hunter, he enjoyed the hunt as much as the “hunting stories”. His love of his Black Angus Cattle and farm was evidenced in his later life. He was a member of the American Angus Assoc., the American Gelbvieh Assoc., Virginia Cattleman’s Assoc., and past-president and director of the Nelson Amherst Beef Producers Assoc., Inc., which he helped develop. He served his county well as a member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Leadership Council, Amherst County Board of Assessors, Amherst County Planning Commission, and as Amherst County’s elected representative of the Farm Service Agency. Survivors also include his son, George L. Craig III, of Amherst; his daughter, Lynn Lee Craig, of Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Emilyann Louise Craig (Papa’s best girl); devoted and great friend, Paul P. Keller, Lt. Commander, retired, USN, of Newport News, VA; a niece and nephew, cousins, other relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Whitten Monelison Chapel, and at other times at the residence. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, at Fort Hill Memorial Park, by Pastor Carol Martin Jr., of Kingswood Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to American Lung Assoc., 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004; Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, Attn: Gift Processing; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or to the American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 1, 2013

George Lynwood Craig Jr.

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Carl & Debbie Coffey

February 12, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. George was a good man and will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

Susan Steele

February 4, 2013

I am so very sorry to learn of George's passing. I have missed seeing him on a regular basis since we closed the optical shop. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and especially our Emily, during this sad time.

Debbie Childress

February 3, 2013

Mrs. Craig & Family
I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was well thought of and I always enjoyed his many stories. May God bless your family during this time.

February 2, 2013

Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was a really wonderful person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,

Temby Lloyd

Nancy Mays Mottley

January 31, 2013

Ellen and Family,
I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of George, and words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel. I will always remember him as a Friend, and memories of his stories about all the horse shows. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies as I send you thoughts of peace and comfort during this difficult time. God give you strength.

Anthony(Tony) Moshonas

January 30, 2013

Ellen please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss and sending thoughts of Peace and Comfort to you and your Family.

Jim and Betty Thacker

January 30, 2013

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Libby Howell

January 30, 2013

Hi Ellen, so sorry to hear of George's death. I always enjoyed talking to him, he was so interesting. You will be in my prayers.

Ann Evans & Jr Maddox

January 30, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember George from all the horse show years with fondness. I hope your heart starts healing soon. You will remain in my thoughts.

January 30, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Brenda and Johnny Creasy