James Alton Craig
12/9/1940 - 7/28/2022
||Coker-Mathews Funeral Home
5100 Interstate 30 (at US-69)
Greenville, TX 75402
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James Alton Craig,
Jr., 81, of Duncanville, passed away on July 28, 2022, in Carrollton, Texas. A
graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at
Memoryland Memorial Park under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.
Dr. Craig was born
December 9, 1940, in Greenville, Texas, to James Alton Craig, Sr., and Alva
Marie Decker. As a young man, he worked alongside his grandfather, father, and
uncle in the family brick mason business. He graduated from Greenville
Highschool and attended the University of Texas at Austin from which he
earned an M.S. in Mathematics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Statistics from
Southern Methodist University.
While attending First Baptist Church Dallas, he met his future wife, Jan
Vanderslice. They were married there on March 29, 1969, by Dr. W. A. Criswell.
He and his wife lived in Duncanville for over forty years and raised
their three children there. He worked both as a mathematician in the
defense industry and as a university professor at several local
Some of his favorite activities were sailing, traveling in the mountains,
listening to jazz and classical music, and reading. He especially loved history
and was very knowledgeable about World War II and the history
of England. He had a vivid memory and could recall many events from his
life, going back as early as a year old. He could even remember the day of the
week on which any given event occurred! As a child, he loved to listen to his
elders converse, remembering many of the tales they told for the rest
of his life. His children enjoyed listening to his stories.
He is survived by
his wife Jan V. Craig; sons David Craig and wife Jennifer, Jonathan Craig and
wife Katie; daughter Rebekah Valerius and husband Lee; grandchildren William,
Zach, Matthew, Caroline, Hannah, and Rachel.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and his two brothers Bob and Bruce Craig.
Matthew Downey, a longtime family friend and elder at Community Bible Church
where the Craigs attended for a time, will officiate the graveside
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dr. Craig's name
to Coram Deo Academy - a classical Chrisitan school in the Dallas area that
several of his grandchildren have attended. Dr. Craig was passionate about
education and he loved the mission of the school. He always looked forward to
visiting its annual Grandparents' Day.