Barbara Davenport Craig, 86, of Mount Holly, passed away on January 12, 2018 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. She was born in Mount Holly to the late George Anderson Davenport and Jewel Morris Davenport. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allan Filmore Craig, and her brother, Allan Morris Davenport.
Barbara graduated with honors from Mount Holly High School and attended Gardner-Webb College and graduated from Appalachian Teaching College. She taught for seven years at Barringer School in Charlotte. Barbara and Allan married in 1959, and, while starting a new family, Barbara stayed home with their three daughters for 12 years, then returned to teaching, first at North Belmont Elementary as a teacher’s aide, and then moved to Pinewood Elementary as head reading teacher. She retired from teaching in the 1990’s and enjoyed retirement with Allan for 23 years.
Barbara was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly all her life and was very involved with activities there as a teacher, committee member, and volunteer. She was chairman of the board of the Rollins School Daycare during its short existence in the 1960’s. She worked faithfully as an advocate for affordable daycare for all local children.
For many years, Barbara loved spending time with family on Friday’s at The Sports Page in Coulwood, eating lunch together, discussing the latest political stories, celebrating birthdays, and sharing the goings on of family members.
Barbara is survived by her sister, Nancy McIntosh of Mount Holly, her daughters, Julie Craig Yarnell of Chapel Hill, Ann Craig Skidmore (Kevin Skidmore) of Mooresville, Lynn Craig Gregory (Robert Gregory) of Apex, grandchildren Michael, Caroline, Matthew and Jonathan Yarnell, Doug and Chris Skidmore, and Margaret and Frank Gregory, two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Barbara’s Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, January 19 at the First Baptist Church of Mount Holly at 2 pm with visitation the hour prior. Rev. Dr. Kendell Cameron will officiate the service. Memorials may be donated to First Baptist Church - Mount Holly Building Fund or Gordon Hospice House through Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County.
Jeffrey S. Painter Funeral Director Licensee of Mount Holly is serving the Craig family. www.jeffreyspainterfdl.com