CHRISMAN – Ira M. Craig, 80, of Havelock, N.C., and formerly of Chrisman, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern, N.C. He retired from the United States Marine Corps, at Yuma, Ariz., in March 1976. He was a staff sergeant.
Following cremation, a memorial service and private interment are at a later date.
Mr. Craig was born April 24, 1938, at Chrisman, the son of the late Ira L. and Mary Janet Smith Craig.
He is survived by a sister, Faye Craig Bland Haworth of Chrisman; a brother-in-law, Pete Saults of Dana, Ind.; one niece; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Sue Saults.
Mr. Craig joined the United States Marine Corps March 9, 1956. During his 20-year career, he served two tours in South Vietnam, was stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and also at various location in the U.S., including Cherry Point, N.C., Beaufort, S.C., El Toro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7315 and the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 141.
The family thanks special friends Jim and Kathy Inman, Bill and Pam Sweaker, Diane Bisesi and Paula Yeager.