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6934 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Earl Craig

Earl Samuel "Sam" Craig Jr.

Thursday, March 20th, 1947 - Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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Earl Samuel “Sam” Craig, Jr. was born March 20, 1947 in Oklahoma City, to Earl Samuel and Catherine Mary (Ryan) Craig. Sam graduated from Bishop McGuiness High School in 1966, attended Central State University, and served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Sherlyn Eddie Jabara on July 29, 1972, and began a career selling yellow pages, soon starting Yellow Pages Media of Arkansas with partner Ken Chancellor, driving across state lines every week for nearly 25 years to produce the West Memphis phone directory. After retiring in 2015, he became a ride-share driver, and took great pride serving his faithful customers.

Sam loved vacations in South Padre Island with his family, warm nights relaxing on the patio, and naps with his favorite dog, “Padre.”

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sherlyn; his daughter, Corey Jennifer Craig of Vancouver, B.C.; his son, Ryan Samuel Craig (Kelly) of Los Angeles, CA; his beloved grandson, Colton Farris Craig; his sister, Charlene Craig, his brother, Steven Craig (Angela), his nieces and nephews, Jeff Kizer, Amy Harlow (Jeremy), Stephanie Craig, Allison Bost (Jared), Valerie Craig, Marshall Craig, Kyle, Chad, and Chase Jabara; in-laws Gina Jabara, Steve Jabara, Bryan Jabara (Barbara), and many cousins.

Family Visitation will begin at 10:30 prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church Chapel, 15000 N. May Ave., OKC 73134. Interment with military honors will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 NW Grand Ave Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Flowers that Do Not Wither Fund of St. Elijah Orthodox Church, or St. Anthony Hospital Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
    Address
    15000 N. May Ave.
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73134
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  • Trisagion Prayers

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. George Chapel of St. Elijah Antiochia Orthodox Christian Church
    Address
    15000 N. May Ave.
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73134
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    Officiant
    Fr. John Salem
    Co-Celebrant
    Fr. Constantine Nasr
  • Interment

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Rose Hill Burial Park - OKC
    Address
    6001 NW Grand Blvd.
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73118
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Anita Patterson

Posted at 03:25pm
Dear Sheryl and Family,

I'm so very sorry for your loss of Sam. I'm sure it wasn't expected, he was still so young. I hope you and the children are doing better. I think about you often. We had some fun days and nights.

All my love and prayers,
Anita & Phil Patterson
CC

Charlene Craig

Posted at 09:01am
From Charlene Craig...Sam you were all a sister could ever want. Bless your heart, you were always there for me, as I know you were for so many people in your life. As I always said you married up when you married the beautiful, kind, generous and loving Sheryl. You two added the funny, handsome and loving Ryan...and the lovely, sweet, and caring Corey to our family. Then Ryan had the good sense to marry the incredible Kelly and give you both the grandson who was the sunshine of your life in the precious Colton. Your family has been a rock for all of us.

You were not always so good however. When I had a slumber party after a Friday night McGuinness football game, you snuck home from St. Gregory’s in Shawnee, and waited for us. There were 6 of us and we had picked up pizzas from Sussys on Lincoln Blvd., made pallets all over my upstairs bedroom and had just settled down for our feast. Mom was playing bridge so I thought we were alone in the house. It being a balmy fall evening, I had the windows open. Unbeknownst to me, you had put a ladder up against the patio roof and with a hose sprayed my whole bedroom through that open window and soaked it and all of us...Pizzas, pep club uniforms, and pallets included. If I could have caught you I would have throttled you, but you ran over the back fence to a waiting car (which I always thought was driven by John Hendrix) and took off, not to be seen till the following weekend. Nothing smells worse than 6 wet wool pep club uniforms which we had spread out all over the house to dry, Kitty Roberts went out for more pizza while I ran 3 loads of blankets through the dryer. When Mom got home to this mess, I was still fuming and told her about your raid in no uncertain terms. And to add insult to injury, she burst out laughing.

But you redeemed yourself that December when we decided to surprise Mom with a studio portrait of the three of us...you, Steve and I. We conspired with Mom’s friend Jo Rice with what we wanted to do. So you snuck home from St. Gregory’s with your good clothes to Jo’s where we were to meet and change clothes and go to the studio. Well, Mom was recovering from minor surgery and was as irritable as an old bear, a rare state for her, and she forbid me to leave the house with Steve to go on some mythical errand. I had our good clothes stashed in the old Rambler station wagon and I was ready to leave. So I left the house defying her for the first time in my life. I was terrified. I was 16, you were 18 months younger and Steve was 6. When we got to Jo’s to meet up and change, we went in the house and Mom already had Jo on the phone ranting about me and my disobedience. I was on the verge of tears, but we quickly changed and made our appointment. All was finally forgiven on Christmas Day when she opened the gift and cried with joy.

Sam you were the Bain of my existence growing up, and there were times I didn’t think we would both live to do so because you were such a prankster and making crazy faces in every photo Uncle Charlie took. Loosing Dad when we were so young drew us all so close, but you and I lost our childhood that day in 1957.

But you met the challenge and grew up to be a strong and caring man. When you showed up at my front door in your Army uniform I was so stunned I thought it was Dad for a minute...you were the spitting image of him in in his WWll
Uniform. You did us proud serving our country.

Although we will all grieve your loss, Amy, Jeremy, Jacqueline,
Jeff and I, you will live forever in our hearts and minds. We love you more than words can say. Rest in a much deserved peace my dear brother. ❤️🙏🏼❤️
JH

John Hendrix

Posted at 09:37pm
Dearest Craig and Jabara family members,
We always called him Sam.
In 1962, my aunt, Elsie Kelly was a friend of Sam's mother, Catherine Craig. It was their friendship that introduced me to young Sam Craig, as he too was soon-to-be another new freshman at St.Gregory's Catholic High School in Shawnee, OK. Shortly after meeting Sam, I met his mother Catherine, his "very pretty" older sister Charlene, and his quiet little brother, Steve. At that time, my parents were still living in Arizona and deep down, I felt lonely and anxious. But meeting Sam made my life a whole lot better when he became my first friend in Oklahoma. Sam was a year older and nearly a head taller than most freshman and he always protected the rest of us. He also seemed to be the only one in the group with "common sense." In 1963, as sophomores, Sam and I, won many tournaments as acting partners in both Dramatic and Humorous Duet Acting Competitions as members of the St. Gregory's Speech Team. During a tournament that year, we were sitting together at Phillips University in Enid when a young actress rushed into the room shouting. "The president has been shot!" We thought it was a new cutting from some unknown Abraham Lincoln play. But it wasn't theater. That was the afternoon we learned that President Kennedy had just been assassinated in Dallas.
I was reunited with Sam recently at the "St. Gregory's One Hundred Year High School Reunion" and since them, we visited by phone when he could safely chat during his taxi/uber shifts. As everyone knows, Sam was a natural born salesman and he put his talent to work for many years to support his family.
May Our Loving God tenderly touch each of you with His gentlest mercy at your loss of "good Sam."
John Hendrix
H

Hallee

Posted at 08:19pm
I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Death is one of the hardest trials to cope with. May you find comfort from the future promise recorded in Revelation 21:4 which says “he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” We can be certain God will fulfill the words from his word the Bible.
TC

Ty and Eva Coon

Posted at 01:36am
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