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William Lewis Craig, of The Woodlands, Texas, died July 30, 2017, of a heart attack, in Quito, Ecuador. He was enjoying one of his favorite things, traveling the world with family and friends.
Bill was born March 14, 1944, in Marietta, Ga. Along with his sister, Polly, he was raised in Joplin, Mo., by loving parents, Richard Nelson Craig and Gene Starr Rice Craig. He graduated from Westminster College, in Fulton, Mo., in 1966, where he was an active member of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi.
Bill served his country during Vietnam in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. In 1968, he joined Texaco, working in a variety of marketing positions, and retired from Texaco/Shell in 2002. In retirement, Bill was active in a number of volunteer activities, including The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (performing arts organization), SCORE business counseling, The Beta Theta Pi Foundation, and The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
In addition to his community involvement, Bill took time to enjoy life with his wife, Gaye, traveling and visiting family and friends. He loved to use the phrase, "Life is too short!" and he certainly lived it to the fullest!
Bill was an example of loyalty, dedication and support to all those in his life and anyone fortunate enough to have known him. The imprint of his humor, positive attitude, and compassionate nature will forever be felt by the people he knew and loved.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Gaye Taylor Craig; and his two loving daughters, Shawn Nicole Pine, of Telluride, Colo., and Erin Jennifer Shilgalis, of Austin, Texas. He also leaves behind his son-in-law, Chip Pine; as well as his three grandsons, Ethan Shilgalis (17), Carlo Pine (16), and Colin Shilgalis (14). Other family members include his sister, Polly Craig Scoutaris and her husband, Milt, of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as his brother-in-law, George A. Taylor and his wife, Carol, of Highlands, N.C.
Memorial services for Bill Craig will be held on Friday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (Robb Chapel), 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. A Celebration of Life will follow, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center (Emerald Ballroom), 2301 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.
In Bill's honor, donations will be gratefully received by The Woodlands United Methodist Church Foundation, the Westminster Beta Theta Pi Foundation, or any charity of your choice.
Published on October 6, 2017
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