OBITUARY

Craig King

September 17, 1970December 28, 2020
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Michael Craig King was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on September 17, 1970 to parents Tommy and Carolyn Still King. Craig attended Nacogdoches ISD and graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1998.

Even before graduating from college, Craig began his career. He joined Teletouch Communications in the fall of 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks as one of the company’s best performers. He left Teletouch in 2006 and spent many years in the pharmaceutical industry. For the last two years, he’s worked as an outside salesman of oil and lubricants for Hubert Glass Oil Company out of Jacksonville.

Craig married Sharrone Leftwich King on July 15, 1995, but the two had been best friends since meeting at a college party in January of 1991. Craig and Sharrone celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past July. Craig loved Sharrone with every part of his being and told her every day how much he loved her. The marriage was built on a lot of love, but just as much laughter. Not one day went by that Craig didn’t make Sharrone laugh out loud. She is the love of his life as he is hers. In the summer of 2003, Craig and Sharrone learned they were expecting a baby. Britton Craig King was born in February of 2004 and quickly became the light of his parents’ lives. To this day, Craig would recognize his son as his greatest accomplishment and best buddy.

Craig was an avid golfer, and a very good one at that. Until 2008, you’d likely find him on a local course swinging a club with his golfing buddies if the weather didn’t keep him away. In 2008 all that changed when Britt picked up a baseball glove and bat. Suddenly, Britt’s interests became his father’s. Never has a father been more devoted to a son. Craig was hard on Britt and established high expectations for him from the very beginning but was always at his side to encourage Britt’s growth. Craig taught him something new almost daily... lessons that will last a lifetime. Craig, Sharrone, and Britt spent thousands of hours at baseball fields from central Texas to South Carolina over the last twelve years. It was truly the place they all most wanted to be and the thing they loved doing the most. When fall rolled around for the last many years, their thoughts turned to football. Craig coached the Garrison Little Bulldogs for several of those years. As the coach, he shaped and grew the lives of many young boys. To this day, Craig is still Coach King to them. They are “his boys,” and he never missed an opportunity to love on and encourage them long after they left the field. Craig was an avid hunter and a member of Caney Creek Hunting Club, otherwise known as “The Farm.” His farm family has long been loved as any blood relatives. The Allen family - Larry, Sally, Jeff, John, and Lori have been a huge part of his life for more than thirty years. Craig enjoyed being in nature and loved spending time teaching Britt about hunting, fishing, and wildlife.

Craig is survived by his wife, Sharrone Leftwich King and son, Britt King; his parents, Tommy and Carolyn King; brother Kent King and wife, Karen; sister Cammie Hicks and husband, Paul; sister Carol Matthews and husband, Terry, in-laws Jerry and Pat Leftwich, brothers-in-law Shannon Leftwich (Michelle), Shayne Leftwich (Debbie), and Payton Leftwich (Shawna) along with many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends who are more like family. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Malcolm and Muriel Warr still and Nelson M. and Ora Dell Wagstaff, and by his beloved uncle Don Still, and by life-long friend, Patrick Crews.

Please pray for Sharrone and Britt in the days and weeks ahead. Craig had a larger-than-life personality that can never be replaced.

Craig King Memorial Fund donations can be made at any CBTx location or can be mailed to Commercial Bank of Texas (Craig King Memorial Fund) PO Box 63505, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Garrison. A funeral service will immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church officiated by Coach Dempsey Compton and Pastor Bobby Smith. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 2, 2021

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Tom Vaught

January 3, 2021

Carolyn and Tommy, we send you our condolences and prayers. I have a fond memory of Craig. I was playing golf at Woodland Hills with him (he was still in high school at the time) one afternoon and he got a hole in one on hole # 3 (at that time it was the first par 3 on the front nine). I was excited for him and to him, it was like "another day at the office". He was an exceptional individual.

Sincerely,

Tom and Marilyn

Janet Vardeman

January 3, 2021

Carolyn, Tommy and Family,
Our hearts are grieved over hearing about the earthly loss of your son, Craig. May The Lord hold you close and grant ALL of you His peace as you face the days ahead. You are in our prayers. Janet & Randy

Sue Brown

January 3, 2021

Tommy & Ms. Carolyn, I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers

Chastiti Horne

January 1, 2021

So sorry for the loss of sweet Craig. Our prayers are with Sharrone and Britt and their entire family. “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22

Russell Brewster

December 31, 2020

All my condolences and sympathy for the entire King family.
Craig was a wonderful friend for many years. We enjoyed most of our friendship on the golf course. Craig was an excellent golfer, enjoyed practice, and had a very competitive attitude. Always a favorite tournament partner. He had laid down the golf clubs in recent years to devote time to Britt's baseball. A great family man.

Craig was always a very friendly personality, and we will all miss him greatly.

Russell Brewster

Tom & Elaine Hurst

December 30, 2020

Tommy & Carolyn:
Our hearts are heavy and hurting for you. We were so sorry to hear about Craig. May God wrap His loving arms around you during this very difficult time. Prayers for all the family are being said.

Tommy & Helen Wells

December 30, 2020

Tommy and Carolyn and the rest of your family
We are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. Please let me know if there’s anything we can do. We miss seeing you. You too Carol

Ben-Marieta Hobbs

December 30, 2020

Mr/Ms Tommy King (parents)
Our son Joe, a close high school friend of Craig, informed us of your loss in the passing of your son. We certainly understand the depth of your sorrow. In natural order, parents expect to go before their kids.
Craig certainly left behind a great testimony. In the few occasions he visited our home we were impressed by his grace, gentleness, politeness, manners and a great role model for Joe.
May you be comforted by God's presence, peace, grace and mercy.
Ben and Marieta Hobbs

Karen Perry

December 29, 2020

I lived with Creg' s family few months while I was in college. Creg was a small boy then. He was such a happy boy and had a smile that would melt your heart. He was very active which kept family members, on their toes to keep him safe. As an adult, he was gentle with children. When my daughter was about 3, she climbed into Cregs' lap at a large family gathering. It was like she knew him for a long time but she had not been around him since she was an infant.
He was so delightful and kept that warm inviting smile all his life. He grew into a fine man. He will be missed by many.

mark webb

December 29, 2020

Craig was always smiling when he came out to play golf, I lost touch with him over the years but he was a great guy and a good player I'm very sorry to his family for such a huge loss.

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