Payne and the Rev. Josh Herrington officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors provided.
Mr. Cragg went home to Heaven on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, after an extended illness.
Born Feb. 19, 1919, in Gordon County, he was the son of the late Anderson and Ida Cragg. He was the youngest of 11 children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice Kirby, Dovie Crider, Pearlene Terry, Conie Parker, Rosie Kelly, Mattie Jo Wheeler, and Mellie Jo Wilbanks; brothers, Clyde Cragg, Levi Cragg, and Canie Cragg; and one infant grandson, Isaac Pitts.
John got the nickname “Josh” at a very early age and was most commonly known by Josh in his life.
The family moved to the Alto area when Josh was 2 years old. The family worked hard raising their crops and living off the land. When he was 21 years old, he entered the Army during World War II and proudly served his country. After he returned home, he married Lois Russell and they had four children. He worked hard providing for his family by working full-time jobs in addition to raising chickens. He always had a garden and was well known for having the best sweet potatoes, peas and green beans. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church and was an ordained deacon for more than 40 years. He loved his church and the church family and always had a burden for the lost.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Lois Cragg of Alto; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Palmer of Demorest, Evelyn and Raymond Payne of Cornelia, and Ann and Tom Jones of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Loretta Cragg of Lula; granddaughters, Angela Palmer Lee, Kayla Cragg Fouts, and Elizabeth Pitts Hannas; grandsons, Andrew Palmer, Chad Payne, Kent Payne, Tommy Cragg, and Adam Cragg; great-grandchildren, Tristan Payne, Savannah Payne, Austin Payne, Colton Shadburn, Luke Hannas, Amos Lee, and Cameron Fouts; and many well-loved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Enon Baptist Church, 7321 Old Cornelia Highway, Alto, GA 30510; or to the charity of one’s choice that would honor the life of Josh.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Cragg family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Northeast Georgian
December 12, 2012