OBITUARY

Craig Brackett Thomas Jr.

August 26, 1946February 15, 2021

Craig Brackett Thomas was born on August 26, 1946 and passed away on February 15, 2021 and is under the care of Baldwin Fairchild at Chapel Hill.

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Paul Kuske

February 25, 2021

Craig was an exceptional human being. He was a friend, mentor and fellow Navy veteran. He taught me so much about Human Resources, people management (theory X and Y leadership styles) and life in general. He was a pleasure to be around and was respected in his field by all who knew him. I enjoyed working with Craig and my day was always better when interacting with him on projects. He was intelligent, funny, caring and always respectful. I am a better person from knowing Craig. He will be greatly missed.

Patrick O’Connell

February 24, 2021

All too often the term “one of a kind” is used but in Craig’s case it genuinely applies. Craig was a mentor to me and so many others early in our careers. As he loved to say he was “leather tough, and panther quick” The man fought cancer so many times and always kept an optimistic outlook. He always had a story or experience to share even if it was an example of what not to do. He made work interesting and fun. He will be sorely missed.

David Tiller

February 23, 2021

Craig was my good friend and he will be greatly missed. The world will not be the same without his sunny disposition and good humor. He was a true gentleman.

Steven Parrish

February 22, 2021

Craig was a good friend. But also an incredible mentor. In my first job out of the military he took me under his wing and taught me so much about human resources management, but more so how to be a good person. I will miss his enduring sense of humor about all things.

He was a proud Navy Veteran. A true servant leader.

Gary Opala

February 21, 2021

Craig was that rare type of individual in your Corporate Career that is nearly impossible to forget. He was quite a character. We worked together for 8 years at Southdown now CEMEX in Human Resources. Some of my fondest memories of Craig are traveling with him to the various plant operations in Central Florida and Southern California to conduct training and employee informational meetings. One of his favorite catch phrases when developing a strategic plan was "form follows function." I remember stopping for lunch or dinner during our travels, and the restaurant hostess would query, "are the two of you together?" Craig's standard retort was, "we are together, but we are not dating."
I remember visiting him in 2000 when he was battling cancer and a shadow of his former self. He must have made an amazing recovery.
I remember him talking about Cherry, the love of his life, and how she would always slip "love greeting cards" in his briefcase when he would travel.
Such a good guy, so many great, fun moments, my hunch is that he will be missed by many family and friends.

Terrance Hawkins

February 19, 2021

Heaven only knows where I would be if I had not met Craig over 17 years ago. Craig was the first person I met from CEMEX . I was at a very low point in my life when I walked into that very first interview. His demeanor lifted my spirits and left a lasting impression as he has been an inspiration since that day. CEMEX couldn’t have asked for a better mascot. Not only did he make an influence at work, he also made it a point to offer support to other Cancer patients. His living was not in vain. Nicole and I extend our deepest condolences to the family. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need anything.