On, Monday, May 31, 2021, at the age of 96, Miss Goldsby Craig made her transition after serving the community with great pride and dignity, in a way that only she could.
Miss Goldsby Craig was a graduate of Central High School and the Electronic Computer Programming Institute of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne majoring in the field of Music Theory. She also studied music at Taylor University-Fort Wayne. She was a former student of Fort Wayne Bible College where she studied to be a teacher.
She was the manager of the Family Market, a neighborhood grocery store and retired from General Electric Company after 48 years of service.
Miss Craig received several music certificates. She was a June 1994 graduate of the Lucille E. Campbell Music Workshop in Richmond, Virginia. In 1998, she received a master’s degree from the Department of Music of the National Sunday School Board of Education Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana, a division of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.
She has received numerous awards and recognition.
Some of the honors bestowed upon her include: The John Dixie Award, Pilgrim Baptist Church; President’s Award, The Craig Singers; Honorary “Goldsby Craig Day,” City of Fort Wayne Mayor’s office; Declaration, Governor’s office, State of Indiana; recognition from Pilgrim Baptist Church Children’s Choir; Certificate of Appreciation for Vocation Bible School from Dr. Samuel Walker Jr.; a service award from the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C.; recognition from the Fort Wayne Ministerial Alliance Foundation committee; a community service award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; She was nominated for the Golden Rule Award in 1999 and 2000. She became a finalist in 2000. She received a citation from the Mayor of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, declaring Goldsby Craig Day in 1998.
She received The Community Service Leader Award from General Electric Company, numerous awards and recognitions from the Fort Wayne Chapter of the NAACP and WIN-NAACP and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. In 1999, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Miss Craig was a active and devoted member of Pilgrim Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher since 1945. She was also the pianist for the children’s choir and the Sunday school department.
She enjoyed playing and singing gospel music so much that she formed the Craig Gospel Singers, who engaged in performances all over the United States.
Miss Craig was an active participant in the church and community until her health began to fail.
Because of her sincere faith in God, it was bestowed upon her the ability to know her purpose in life and to foresee when trouble was on the horizon. Whenever she felt troubled, she concentrated on the Lord and prayed with all her might, so that she may receive help from God. The philosophy she lived by was: We would be just like a ship without a sail if it were not for the Lord seeing us through the storms of life.
Miss Craig worked with Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Crawley since they started the Ministerial Alliance Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Goldsby Craig Scholarship Foundation) a foundation dedicated to helping students continue their education. Rev Crawley declared Miss Craig the Ministerial Alliance Chairperson for life. For many years the Ministerial Alliance presented a Goldsby Craig special recognition award for those who were faithful in service to church and community.
Miss Craig was a faithful and joyful servant to Christ, her community and friends and will be missed greatly.
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