Allan Filmore Craig

October 11, 1929January 16, 2013
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Mt. Holly – Allan Filmore Craig, 83, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2012. He was born October 11, 1929 in Gaston County to the late Albert and Edna Rankin Craig. Allan retired after 36 years of service in Mt. Holly Schools as teacher, assistant principal and principal. He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Holly and served in many areas at the church.

Allan is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Craig of Mt. Holly, NC; three daughters, Julie Yarnell of Chapel Hill, Ann Skidmore (Kevin) of Mooresville and Lynn Gregory (Robert) of Apex; eight grandchildren, Michael, Caroline, Matthew and Jonathan Yarnell, Doug and Chris Skidmore, Margaret and Frank Gregory; two sisters, Nancy Bryant of Huntersville and Ruth Cauble of Gastonia.

Allan was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Mt. Holly. Rev. Kendall Cameron will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 S. Main, Mt. Holly NC 28120.

Online condolences may be made at

Carothers Funeral Home is serving the Craig family.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Scott Wright

February 8, 2013

I was a student at Ida Rankin Elementary School in the late 70's and early 80's. Although I didn't know it then, it was part of the foundation that made me who I am today. I'll always remember Mr. Craig for his humble temperament but firm presence. Even years after leaving Rankin, graduating high school, and becoming a police officer, I always called him Mr.Craig. That's who he'll always be to me. My prayers to his family on the loss of such a community treasure.

Godspeed Mr. Craig!

Jack Thomas

January 26, 2013

Barbara, I just today learned of Allan's passing, and the news came as a shock. While I spent many years away from Mount Holly, he was an anchor of our 1947 high school class, and I always enjoyed seeing him when I could get to the reunions. May you be comforted and blessed with the love that comes from all your family and friends.

January 20, 2013

Dear Allan Craig Family,

It was with great sadness that I read of Allan's death a few days ago. He and I were both principals in the Gaston County Schools for many years. I remember him as a great administer, friend and colleague.

When my Mom died in the early 70's Allan came to the visitation. I thanked him and he said,"Well, Jack, you didn't have any brothers or sisters and I just wanted to support you since I have such big family to support me." I never forgot that.

Sorry I couldn't get out to the receiving or funeral, but I have had a severe cold, cough, etc. for about a week and I certainly didn't want to give it to anyone.

May God bless you in this time of sorrow is my prayer.

Jack Kimbro, Principal (Ret.)
Chapel Grove Elementary School

January 19, 2013

When we moved to Mt Holly in 1962 I was in the 5th grade and collected lunch money on Mondays and took it to Mr. Craig. A year later I was in his office for a paddling with Gerald Jenkins for fighting. That time he let us off with a stern warning. Mr. Craig was a great educator and a great man. He had the magical ability to just appear out of thin air when any of us guys were on the verge of mischief. My deepest condolences to the Craig family.

January 19, 2013

Barbara, You are in my thoughts and prayers today.
It has been a long time since our days together @Pinewood and my days
@Ida Rankin with Allan.I know you and your family have many happy memories of your time together with Allan.He will be deeply missed.
Kitty & Tommy Helms (Sherrills Ford,NC)

Rick & Joyce Bush

January 19, 2013

May God wrap his arms around the entire Craig family and bring you peace and comfort during the days ahead. Mr. Craig was a huge part of our lives during our elementary school days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Franklin McCorkle

January 18, 2013

I would like express my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Craig. He was a true friend to the McCorkle family. My father as well as his brothers and sisters considered Mr. Craig as a lifelong friend. He was a very fair and compassionate educator and I will never forget his support for our family when I started in school in the first grade (1966).We will miss you Mr. Craig and thank you for looking after us!!

Fran Craig Sitton

January 18, 2013

I could have watched the slideshow all day. What wonderful memories of a rich life with family and friends. We will certainly miss Allan and his love of all things relating to his family. I also admired his dedication to helping children to learn. We are proud of the many legacies he leaves behind. Much love from all the Sitton family. "Frannie"

January 18, 2013

Please extend my deepest sympathy to your family. I have the upmost respect for your father, He was a great Principal. You are in my thoughts and prayers during your hour of bereavement
Ms. Caroline A. Reid

crystal Hogan

January 18, 2013

He was the principal when I attend Ida Rankin in 1972 may he rest in peace