Benny Joe Craig, 80, of Marion, NC died Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Solace Center in Asheville, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on July 24, 1931, he was the son of the late Grady Henry Craig and Katy Huffman Craig. Benny attended Glenwood Baptist Church and loved hunting and fishing.Benny is survived by his son, Randy Craig of Marion; grandchildren, Matthew Craig and wife, Bethany, of Dallas, TX, Sara Craig of Marion, and Mary Craig of Marion; two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Vernon Craig of Drexel, NC.In addition to his parents, Benny was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Smith Craig.Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Keever Solace Center, P.O. Box 5779, Asheville, NC 28813. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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