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Bessie P. Craig


Sunrise: January 21, 1941

Sunset: September 20, 2020

Bessie “Pat” Craig, daughter of the late George E. Williams, Sr. and Florence E. Williams, was called home to glory on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loved ones.

Pat was born on January 21, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pat graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, where she met her high school sweetheart, James W. Craig, whom she later married on June 22, 1963. Pat and James have three daughters, Sharon Lamb (Robert), Renee Cardona (Ramon), and Sharnea Craig-Woods (De’Shawnn) and five grandchildren, Elicia Cardona, Ramon Cardona, Jr. (Jessica), Jasmine Bailey (David), De’Shawnn Woods II (Jalesa), and Deion Woods.

Pat began her career as a nurse’s aide at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and she was also a secretary at a local high school in Baltimore, Maryland. On Governor’s Island, in New York, Pat was a supervisor at the Coast Guard Exchange and she later retired as a Residential Clinical Records Clerk at the Pines Residential Treatment Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

At the young age of 13, Pat began her walk with Christ and was baptized by Pastor James A. Everett at Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. In later years, Pat joined Union Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia and served as a chairperson for the Pastor’s Aide Ministry.

Pat enjoyed reading, listening to music, shopping, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Pat leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, James W. Craig, her daughters, Sharon Lamb, Renee Cardona, and Sharnea Craig-Woods, her son-in-law’s, Ramon Cardona, De’Shawnn Woods, and Robert Lamb, and her grandchildren, Elicia Cardona, Ramon Cardona, Jr. (Jessica), Jasmine Bailey (David), De’Shawnn Woods II (Jalesa), and Deion Woods.

To also cherish her memories are her siblings, Warren Williams, Mary Banks, Marlyn Tyson, Marleen Hayes (Maurice), Joseph Williams (Elsie), and Roseann Collins (Bernard), as well as, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, George E. Williams, Sr. and Florence E. Williams, and her siblings, Walter Snead, Robert Bailey, Sr., George E. Williams, Jr., Louis Williams, and Michael Williams.

Viewing Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Rod Russell says

    To the Craig family and friends. I’m truly sorry to hear of the loss of Patsy. She was a wonderful person. My family and I will pray in Jesus Name!

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      Isaac, Loretta, and Melissa Mabry says

      To Brother Craig and Family
      I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Sister Craig. She was a nice and caring person. Always a smile on her face.
      She will be missed. We will continue to keep the family in our prayers.

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      James E Craig says

      Sorry for your loss

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    CHRISTINA BAILEY says

    Sorry for the lost of your wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friends to many. Jasmine praying for the family strength. Love yall

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      Terri Savage says

      You All Have Been in My Prayers my Heart Goes Out to You. So So Sorry For Your Loss……
      May God’s Peace Keep you Surround you And Strengthen you.

      Much Love…….

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        Marcelle says

        To my friend in Christ. Rip….To the Family she will always be with you in Spirit…💙

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    Shirlene N Bailey says

    To the family of Bessie Craig,

    Dear Jasmine & David Bailey
    We send to you our most sincere condolences. We pray that our heavenly Father will see you through this most difficult time. May He comfort your aching hearts. May He dry your tear stained eyes and strengthen you with His peace. May the memory of this precious woman of God live on forever.

    Sincerely yours,
    Mr. & Mrs. Gary Bailey Sr.

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    Robert M. Rice - Washington, DC says

    Blessed are they that morn, for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4 Extending my deepest sympathies as GOD’s peace rains down upon you during this difficult time.

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    89 CS/SCX says

    Shay and family, Deepest condolences from everyone here at the 89th and especially from your USAF family at SCX. What hurts you hurts us. Love you lady.

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      Shay says

      Thank you all so much for your love and support 😘

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        Sunni Denson says

        Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Craig, Sharon, Shay, Renee, and the grandchildren, and the rest of the family and close friends of Aunt Bessie. May God’s peace that passeth all understanding shower down upon all of you and comfort you during this time. Love you all.

        The Denson Family

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    Anothen Knott says

    Shay & Family, a bitter sweet experience to lose a loved one, just know that “Heaven holds the faithfully departed”

    The Knott Family

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      Sharnea Craig-Woods says

      Thank you😘

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    Ron Moton says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Craig family. Mr. Craig, Sharon, Renee, Shay and the grandchildren. Your family is like my family, I pray God strengthens you through your time of sorrow. I love you all.

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    Atonya Cuffee (Jessica Cardona’s Sister) says

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Love y’all.

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    Tiane Harrison says

    Uncle Leftie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. Sending you love, support, thoughts, and prayers from Baltimore.
    Love,
    Tiane Harrison

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    Tia West says

    We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Hoping to see you soon ♥️

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    Curtis GUNN says

    Jim, daughters and family, please know that we are saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one and indeed our long lasting friend brought together by our Coast Guard relationship on Governors Island and continued through our being here in Portsmouth. We have memories of pleasant times of fellowship, weddings, birthdays, and visits to the Pharmacy. Pat has been a column of strength and friendship. We cherish her life and legacy.

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    Pauline Brogden says

    I will truly miss my cousin. I cherish my memories of her. I will always remember her warm smile, generosity and the love she had for her family. Rest in Peace!

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    Zelma Rawlings says

    To my Brother and his family:
    We are praying, trusting and believing with you. We know you know this but sometimes it just helps to say it again. In Sincere Sympathy, Love Eddie and Zelma

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    Andrea Riddick says

    To the Craig family,
    You will always be a part of our lives. May the condolences we send bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of Ms.Pat’s ascension to Heaven. May our Lord bless you and keep you always.
    We love you,
    Andrea, Perseus, and Morgan

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    Lotus Wheeler says

    To the Craig family, I truly thank God for the many beautiful memories that I have of Ms. Pat. Her sweet and joyful spirit and her beautiful smile will be forever remembered and treasured. I pray that our Heavenly Father will shower each of you with the peace, comfort, and strength that only He can give. Take Courage and Rejoice because Ms. Pat is now in the presence of Jesus!

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    ROBERT SHELTON says

    Craig Family, I am sorry for your lost. My deepest sympathy and condolences. Bobby Shelton

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    Nannette Curet says

    Our hearts are with you all. Your mom was loved by many. We know she felt the love you had for her as well. Stay close to each other. Your family and friends will see you through. God’s holding you all close! Prayers of Comfort, Strength, and Peace during this time!
    Curet Family

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    catherine. Kitty Wake says

    My sister-in- law will be missed but never forgotten she had a good heart loved by many!

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    Earl Wicks says

    My Prayers go out to the family, she will be greatly missed.

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    Sharron Singleton & Family says

    To my Family, I send my heartfelt condolences to you in this time of sorrow. I’m loving on you all from Baltimore. Praying for an abundance of strength.

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    Lloyd and Carolyn Bryant says

    Deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your wife. May she Rest In Peace.

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    Phaedra Williams says

    My deepest condolences. She was so loved and I am going to miss her so much. Her laughs and wisdom, fun and dancing and all the family time. She was truly an angel on earth. May God continue to bless the family and heal their hearts.

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    Dawn Wise - Dotts says

    My Deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss. GOD bless her loving soul and give the family the strength you’ll need to move forward. RIP Mrs. Pat Love Always Dawn Lia

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    Racheal Moore says

    To my extended family , I send my deepest condolences to you all. She was such a breath of fresh air and a loving woman of God that will be truly missed. I love you all.
    “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”
    2 Corinthians 5:8

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    Paul Beasley says

    Bro, James, sorry to hear of your loss!! Will keep you and family in prayer!

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    Andrea Stewart (Cookie) says

    My Heartfelt Condolences and Prayers. Pat was a beautiful person inside and out. I will always remember her smiling face. Stay Strong Family sorry I can’t be there ❤

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    Rev. Satarah Cheeks says

    Even now Lord comfort our family! Even though some of us Baltimore, MD can’t make this homegoing, we are there in spirit! Aunt Pat’s sister in laws, Catherine (Stanley), Michelle (Charles), and Brother in law Jerome (Rhonda) and the rest of the nieces and nephews are with you. We love you all on purpose! Know that Memories will strengthen you all the more! Grief angels come through to remove that heaviness of death and place a weight of joy, peace, and love!

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    Crystal Randolph says

    Sorry for your loss! Praying and love you all

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    Kelly Knox says

    Elicia and Family: sending my love and prayers to everyone. She will be missed by many!

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    Kelly Smith says

    So sorry for your loss, praying for strength and comfort. Much love.

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    Joyce Russell says

    So Sad to hear of this great loss to the family. You are all in our prayers.

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    Janet Palmer says

    Deacon Craig and family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Ms.Pat was a sweet person she will be dearly missed.My heart goes out to you and your family, may god strengthen you and your family.

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    Brenda Scott says

    My deepest condolences to the Craig family. I will always cherish the years that Pat and I worked together at the Pines. We had so many laughs. She loved talking about her family and I am thankful that I did get to meet some of you. My heart breaks to know I will not hear that laugh again or hear that voice. May God continue to bless all of you.

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