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William "Billy" Arcemis CraigOctober 1, 1937 ~ April 9, 2017 (age 79)
BT2 USN William Arcemis "Billy" Craig, 79, of Black Mountain went Home to be with The Lord April 9, 2017. He was a son of the late Fletcher and Elmina Craig.
Mr. Craig was one of the last Flat Hat sailors who served on the USS Laws, a true Tin Can Sailor.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby T. Craig of the home; sons, Chuck (Diane) Craig and Stewart Craig; daughters, Robin (Dale) Bright, and Michelle (Mike) Mulvey; two brothers, Glen M. Craig, and R. Dean Craig; four sisters, Margaret Kelly, Shirley Nowlin, Jennie Cannon, and Ellen Steiner; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with Military Honors was held 10:00 AM Thursday, April 20 at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with Rev. Doug Melton officiating.
"Fair Winds and Following Seas. Shipmate, the watch stands relieved. Relieved by those You have trained ,Guided, and Lead. Shipmate you stand relieved. We have the watch."
Billy is my special brother,
And like him there’ll never be another.
In my eyes he’s a winner,
He’s always willing to share his dinner.
Tall and slim and good-looking too,
Eyes of piercing lightest blue,
They light up when he smiles at you.
Good and gentle, bold and brave,
Of himself he’s always gave.
At getting things done, he’s really the most,
But he isn’t one that likes to boast.
Going fishing is his greatest fun, and
He goes when his day is done.
At catching fish he’s the best,
And he’d rather fish than get his rest.
When he fishes, he’s oh, so serious,
And you know it’s really curious,
He always manages to get a bite,
And lands his fish after a good fight.
Others get so mad and upset,
When he hauls in the big one in his net.
As you can see, my brother means a lot to me,
Because even when he sailed the seven seas,
He took the time to write to me.
His family with me he’s always shared,
And he always made me think he cared.