Geneva Spratt Craig
Geneva Spratt Craig
  • July 14, 1919 - September 24, 2017
  • High Point, North Carolina

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Geneva Spratt Craig, 98, died September 24, 2017. She was born July 14, 1919, the eighth of ten children in the Dysartsville community of McDowell County, a daughter of James L. Spratt and Finnie G. Spratt.

She was a graduate of Glenwood High School in Glenwood, North Carolina, where she was first in her class. She graduated first in her class from Asheville Normal and Teachers College in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Geneva was president of her Senior Class and was chosen by the faculty as speaker at the commencement exercises. She began her teaching career in Wake County as a second grade teacher in the fall of 1941. In 1943, she joined the Naval Reserve (WAVES) and served three years including New York, Iowa and Arlington, Virginia, serving in Naval Personnel. She was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer in July 1946. She came to High Point as a second grade teacher at Emma Blair School. In 1949, she entered Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, where she received a Master of Arts degree with emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She returned to High Point in September 1950 to resume teaching, where she met and married John O'Neal Craig, Jr. on August 5, 1951. They were married 52 years, until his death on December 21, 2003.

Geneva also taught at Brentwood Elementary, Fairview Elementary and several other schools in High Point. She retired from High Point City Schools in 1979, after 33 years of teaching. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and the Adult Fellowship class for 60 years. She was also a member of the Live Alive Club, formerly The Friendly Club. She also taught in the Sunday School Nursery Department of the church for several years. She was a life member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society honoring key women educators.

Along with her parents and her husband, Geneva was preceded in death by seven sisters and two brothers and step-grandson Andrew Coleman.

Surviving are her son, Superior Court Judge John O'Neal Craig III, and wife, Kari; a grandson Ian Thomas Craig, and step-grandson Ryan Coleman,
step-great grand-daughter Madeline Coleman.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 29, at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson officiating. Visitation will be held in the Asbury Room at the church following the service. A private family burial will be held at Oakwood Memorial cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Children's Ministry, the Older Adult Ministry, or the Discretionary Fund of In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Children's Ministry, the Older Adult Ministry, or the Discretionary Fund of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, P.O. Box, 5289, High Point, NC 27262 or Hospice Home at High Point, 1803 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.

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