Ranger Exes Memorial - Others

TALMADGE RICHARD "T.R." CRAIG, age 86, of Breckenridge, TX died on Oct. 1, 2005 at his residence with burial at Eastland Cemetery. Talmadge Richard "T.R." Craig was born November 30, 1918 in Hilton, Nolan County, TX, to parents Jessie Elmer Craig and Bulah Mary Robinson Craig. He moved to Morton Valley when he was 6 years-old. He graduated from Morton Valley High School and Ranger Jr. College. T.R. married the love of his life, Margaret Alta (Nancy) Hooks in July of 1939 in Ranger. They were married for 66 years. T.R. owned and operated Craig’s Music Co. in Ranger from 1939 to 1959. In 1959 he went to work for Southwest Athletic Repair Co. in Ranger and later in 1966 he moved his family to Monroe, LA, to work for Haddad Athletic Co. He retired in 1984 from ALL America Athletic Co. in Erie, OH. For 25 years, T.R. serviced high school and college athletic departments throughout Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. He loved refereeing football games and was a member of the Ranger Southwest Football Officials Association. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Monroe, LA. T.R. served his country during WWII from 1943 to 1945 as a Navy Electrician aboard the destroyer-tender, the USS Yosemite in the Pacific Fleet. After retiring T.R. and Nancy moved to Breckenridge to enjoy family, friends and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Adlene Craig Franklin and Darphern Craig Shamerberge and brothers, Alfred Craig, Kermit Craig, Barbee Craig and Quillman Craig. At the time of his death, T.R. was survived by his wife, Nancy Craig (RHS-1942) of Breckenridge; daughters, Barbara Craig Graff (RHS-1960) of Odessa and Mary Craig Jones (RHS-1966) & husband, Vernon of Houston; grandchildren: Deborah Jones Bart & husband, Michael of Houston, Sarah Graff Bodner & husband, Jason of Dallas, Mitchell Graff of Houston, and Richard Jones & wife, Mary of Houston; a great-grandchild, Crystal Bart of Houston; niece, Barbara Hill & husband, Ken of Eastland; nephew, Rick Craig of Oklahoma; and sister-in-laws, Rosemary Craig of Mineral Wells and Betty Mielke (decd-2011) of California.