Posted on October 11, 2021
Updated on October 13, 2021
Joann Craig passed into the loving arms of her Lord Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Born in Hutsonville, IL, December 2, 1928, to Joel and Arkie (Montgomery) Moorhead, she devoted her life to her family, her home, her church, music, always making a memorable entrance, and never staying on the stage longer than she could hold the spotlight. She married the love of her life, Harry Craig, September 22, 1946, and supported him in his career, living in five states, and retiring to Robinson, IL in 1991. Following his death in 2006, she moved to Columbus, OH. Joann shared her singing talent throughout her life, from performing with her sisters and brother as a "Moorhead Merrymaker" from the time she was two, to singing solos, family trios, and in church choirs. As a speaker for the American Cancer Society while living in GA, she was interviewed by Billye Aaron (Hank's wife) on WSB-TV's 'Today in Georgia' and shared the stage with Carol Channing at the regional fundraiser. As organist and pianist for Bopp Funeral Home while living in St. Louis, she was asked to play everything from the Mizzou fight song to Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," to classical favorites, to the most obscure old gospel hymns imaginable, all of which she managed to pull off with ease. Throughout her long and interesting life, she was neither intimidated nor impressed by power, money, or education—and more than a little suspicious of all three. Joann approached every person she met, whether in the Georgia Governor's mansion or the aisle at Dollar Tree as equally valuable, and she reaped much love and respect as a consequence.
She is survived by one sister, Rhea Glenn of Robinson, IL; her daughter, Harriet (John) McIntyre of Bexley, OH; a devoted granddaughter and her husband, Dallas Cheatham (Troy Meidinger), and one very special great-granddaughter, Nina, of Louisville, KY. Preceding Joann in death were her parents, her husband, three sisters and one brother. Her inscription by Theodor Fontane in a photo album she gave her daughter summarizes her philosophy. "One very important thing: that wherever we go, and however we go, we hear the music of life."
A public memorial service will be conducted on Saturday October 16, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the Hutsonville Cemetery, Hutsonville, IL, with Pastor Tom Buchanan officiating. Joann will be laid to rest next to her beloved Harry. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reynoldsburg Baptist Church, 887 Rosehill Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, with envelopes available at the cemetery.
Pulliam Funeral Home in Hutsonville, IL is in charge of these arrangements.
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