Junnie Mae (Williams ) Craig

Born: Mon., Sep. 17, 1928
Died: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017


Visitation

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 03, 2017
Location: The Good Shepherd Funeral Home Inc.


Funeral Service

Sat., Nov. 04, 2017


Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

Music by The Piano Brothers


Junnie Mae Craig, affectionately called “Junnie Mae” was born to Lillar Mae Salter Nunn on September 17, 1928. She went home to be with the Lord on October 31, 2017. Junnie Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor George D. Craig and mother, Lillar Mae Salter Nunn.

She is survived by a son, William Craig, Columbus, Ohio, a daughter, Patricia Watford (Elverie), Columbus, Ohio, five grandchildren: Nichole Thompson (Robert), Montgomery, Alabama, Michael Craig (Whitney), New York, New York, Kristi Moses (LeDon), Dallas, Texas, John Paul Craig, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Felicia Craig, Dallas, Texas, and four great-grandchildren, devoted cousins and close friends.
Junnie Mae spent her early years in Luverne, Alabama, and later moved to Shelby County, Alabama, where she would meet a young Pastor, George D. Craig. In 1962, they married and began their life together, which included rearing three children: William, Eddie and Patricia.

Junnie Mae began her work in the Kingdom at an early age, serving diligently in various capacities within the Church. She considered it an honor to labor for the Lord. She served with distinction and nobility as the First Lady of Mt. Gilead (Montgomery, AL) and 46th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL) for over 40 years. She was always proud of her membership at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained until her death.
Junnie Mae strongly believed that education was the great equalizer, and despite your back-ground, ethnicity, economic or social status, education evened the playing field for every-one. But even more significant, she knew and understood that education was the means by which God’s destiny and purpose enhanced our lives. In short, Junnie Mae knew, education was empowering and imbued each of us with a sense of self-worth.
So it was not by coincidence that she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical College in 1949. She would later complete a Master’s degree from the University of Montevallo, Alabama. For more than 40 years, she was an intricate part of the lives of the children in Shelby County, as an educator.
Junnie Mae also believed that serving others was also serving God’s kingdom. She not only joined multiple organizations, too many to count, but closest to her heart was her beloved Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., and Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. Every organization she was a part of, she was a tireless, dedicated worker, who did not broker laziness. She was probably most proud of her work with young women. Always believing that youth were the life blood of any community, and those ahead had a God given duty to reach back to guide and nurture as many as could be reached. So it was not unusual to see her encouraging and instructing young women.
Junnie Mae led by example. She was strong willed, caring and dedicated. God has surely returned an Angel to heaven.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montevallo with burial at Montevallo City Cemetery.                                                                   

VISITATION AT tHE FUNERAL HOME ON FRIDAY FROM 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. only. The body will Lie in State at the Church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at which time the funeral will begin. . 

 

 

 

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Free delivery to our funeral home & save on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Lois Allen
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
My prayers are with the family. Mrs. Craig will be missed. She was my favorite teacher. I can sew and cook today because of her. She lived a wonderful life and she has impacted many people. God is with you and remember to take one day at a time because earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal. Be bless. Lois Allen (Lacey)

Lenor Reese
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
Our Condolences to the Family for Soror Junnie Craig. You are in our prayers. Soror Junnie Craig was a "gamma gem," actively serving for over fifty-five years in leadership positions. She will be missed and has left a legacy of commitment and dedication for all to follow.
Soror Lenor Reese, National President, Board of Directors, Soror Kartessa Bell, Southern Regional Director and members of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Lenor Reese (correction)
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
Our Condolences to the Family of Soror Junnie Craig. You are in our prayers. Soror Junnie Craig was a "gamma gem," actively serving for over fifty-five years in leadership positions. She will be missed and has left a legacy of commitment and dedication for all to follow. Soror Lenor Reese, National President, National Board of Directors, Soror Kartessa Bell, Southern Regional Director and members of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

Dolazella & Roslyn Smitherman
   Posted Fri November 03, 2017
Our prayers are with the family; Mrs Craig Was a special person in our life:We will miss her.🙏🏾

Linda Jones Puryear
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
Mrs. Craig taught me Home Economics at Montevallo High School from 1974-76. I remember the day she took my measurements (36-24-36) and she said "Girl you've got a perfect figure"!!!! She taught me to cook and sew and I was at the top of her class in sewing. You have earned your wings Mrs. Craig so fly high with The Lord. You will be missed.

Debra Ann Hicks (Salter)
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
My condolence, to the family. My mom Leona (Salter) Morris "Fannie" as known to our family passed away on October 16th, 2017 she even was still talking about how she wanted to see and talk to Junnie Mae so for now they will meet up in that heavenly sky with Jesus where they can talk and see each other. May they both rest peacefully.

Debra Ann Hicks, Buffalo, New York