March 30, 1933 – June 28, 2020
Robert L Craig of Post went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 28, 2020. He passed away at a Lubbock hospital.
Robert was born on March 30, 1933 in Lynn County to Mary and Robert Lee Craig, Sr. He was one of 17 children.
Robert was the consummate farmer, known foremost for his cotton crop but also for sharing a perpetual bounty of fresh vegetables and fruit throughout the community. Everyone loved the watermelons he grew, especially the wildlife around the farm. Robert’s strategy was to always plant more than the coyotes could eat.
He was honored by the Post Jaycees in 1967 as Garza County’s “Outstanding Young Farmer.” He was 34 at the time. Robert had fond memories of meeting Governor John Connally, keynote speaker at the awards banquet. He was commended for implementing new practices such as parallel terracing and skip row interplanting and for engineering and modifying his own farm equipment.
Robert loved motorcycle riding, fishing and being on or in the water. He was an excellent swimmer and he could waterski without getting a drop of water on his John Deere cap. As a teenager, he and his family dug their own swimming pool, which drew people from far and wide, including Dan Blocker of Bonanza fame.
The pool was where Robert met the love of his life, Patsy Jane Shults. They were wed on Nov. 7, 1953 in Grassland and marked their 66th wedding anniversary in 2019. The couple raised four children on their cotton farm six miles outside Post. Robert never met a stranger, so he struck up a conversation wherever they went. He modeled for his family the virtues of hard work, integrity and a deep and abiding faith.
Robert was a longtime member of Post’s First Baptist Church. He was a deacon and, in his later years, he particularly enjoyed volunteering in the church nursery.
In addition to his wife, Patsy, Robert is survived by his children, Joe (and Kelly) Craig of Tahoka, Robert P. “Bob” (and Susan) Craig of Arlington, Al Craig of Post and Patricia (and Sam) Canon of South Padre Island; his grandchildren, Christopher Craig, Kimberly Craig, Laura Craig, Stephen Craig, Meagan Ruttkay, Skylar Kyzar and Kami Pierce; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, W. C. “Dub” Craig of Waco; and his sisters, Pearl Herman of Azle and Barbara Hawkins of Austin.
A private graveside service was scheduled for July 1 at Grassland Cemetery.