OBITUARY

Olin L Craig Jr.

Passed away on March 8, 2020

EASLEY, SC – Olin Lemuel Craig, 87, of Pickens passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, March 8, 2020 following many loving visits made by family and friends. Born in Cateechee, SC on June 27, 1932, Olin was the son of the late Olin Lemuel Craig, Sr. and Pearl Garvin Craig.

Olin grew up in Cateechee, South Carolina and spent a tremendous amount of time working on the Craig family farm near the former Keowee River. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1950, and then Clemson A&M College in 1954 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Upon his graduation, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following his military service, Olin moved to Charlotte, NC where he worked for International Harvester Company and then later with Singer Company in Pickens, SC. In 1965, he purchased a local oil distribution company with his wife to become Craig Oil Company until his retirement in 1991.

He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Craig Kline of Charleston, his son Michael Lin Craig (Kitzi) of Seneca, his daughter Rebecca Craig McNichols (Jim) of Sunset, SC, his son Steven Earl Craig (Molly) of Charleston, as well as eight grandchildren Kathryn Craig Martin (Ashley), Malinda Craig McCrary (Zack), Jane Elizabeth Robinson, Steven Aubrey Craig, Mary Agnes “Macy” Craig, Anna Eberhardt Robinson, John Wickliffe Robinson and Michael Holmes Craig, and two great grandchildren Finley Reid Michael Martin and Aven Collins Craig Martin. . Mr. Craig was predeceased by his loving wife of over 60 years, Jane Atkinson Craig; two granddaughters, Aubrey Anne Craig and Rebecca Elizabeth Craig; and, one great granddaughter, Kellie Rynn Martin.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens, SC on Wednesday, March 11, 12:30-1:45 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Private burial at Craig Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Community of the Foothills, 205 Bud Nalley Drive, Easley, SC 29642 or to the Kellie Rynn Academy, P.O. Box 2301, Greenville, SC 29602. A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting www.DillardFunerals.com.

Dillard Funeral Home Pickens, SC

  • FAMILY

  • Olin Lemuel Craig Sr, Father (deceased)
  • Pearl Garvin Craig, Mother (deceased)
  • Jane Atkinson Craig, Spouse (deceased)
  • Eleanor Craig Kline, Sister
  • Michael Lin Craig (Kitzi Craig), Son
  • Rebecca Craig McNichols (Jim McNichols), Daughter
  • Steven Earl Craig (Molly Craig), Son
  • Kathryn Craig Martin (Ashley Martin), Grandchild
  • Malinda Craig McCrary (Zack McCrary), Grandchild
  • Jane Elizabeth Robinson, Grandchild
  • Steven Aubrey Craig, Grandchild
  • Mary Agnes "Macy" Craig, Grandchild
  • Anna Eberhardt Robinson, Grandchild
  • John Wickliffe Robinson, Grandchild
  • Michael Holmes Craig, Grandchild
  • Finley Reid Michael Martin, Great Grandchild
  • Aven Collins Craig Martin, Great Grandchild
  • Aubry Anne Craig, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Rebecca Elizabeth Craig, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Kellie Rynn Martin, Great Granddaughter (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Carl S Bagwell

March 26, 2020

I've known Mr. Olin Craig and also his father for many years due to being born and raised up at 4 South Street , Cateechee,SC . He will always be remembered by myself and others that knew him when he owned Craig Oil , for he was a very unique individual and was liked by all people who either confronted him in their daily lives who knew him or even meeting him due to his business in Liberty,SC. Mr Craig was well respected by all residents of Cateechee and Norris Cotton Mill . He taught me to respect and caring for others was most important!

Hendrix & Janice King

March 20, 2020

Rebecca and family......We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Your dad was a great man and will be greatly missed. Always looked forward to seeing him at the bank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chris Wells

March 17, 2020

Dear Steven, Rebecca, and Mike:

I have very fond memories of Olin and always his enjoyed his sense of humor. Both he and Jane were among the finest people I’ve ever known. Praying for God’s peace for the entire family.

God’s blessings,
Chris Wells
Dallas, Texas

Lilibet Lowrance

March 15, 2020

Rebecca: I was saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and just loved his gentle nature. Love and sympathy to you and your family.

Cliff Collie

March 12, 2020

I always enjoyed talking with Olin when he volunteered at Baptist Easley Hospital. He was very proud of his family. We will miss him.

Praying for comfort

Carolyn Keese

March 11, 2020

Deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. I grew up in Grace Church Pickens and remember both of your parents so fondly. I married a Craig Cousin, Deryl Keese so we would reconnect at summer reunions. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Hovey & Frances Anders

March 10, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of Olin’s home going. He was a true gentleman who will be missed.

Bernie Hood

March 10, 2020

Dear Rebecca, Mike andSteven,
Bobby and I were so saddened to hear about your dad’s death. He will be missed by many but especially by you. You are in our thoughts now and will be tomorrow. I am so sorry that Bobby and I are unable to make it to the funeral but we will be there in spirit. Our prayers and love are with you. Bernie

CHIP DYCHES

March 10, 2020

Such a good man.I have countless fond memories of my time spent with the Craig family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Hugh Hammond

March 10, 2020

So sorry to hear this distressing news. I have many happy memories of the many family gatherings at Grand Mother Craig's river farm. Olin and I were, I think, the youngest of the bunch. I celebrated my 90th. Birthday last July 4th.. Much love to all of his children, grand children, and great grand children. Wish I could be there tomorrow, but our kids won't let me drive long distances anymore.

FROM THE FAMILY