Cornelius Craig
April 21, 1948 - August 9, 2021
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Wednesday 8/18, 2:00 pm
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Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home
11400 Winton Rd
Forest Park, OH 45240
513-742-3600 | Map
Wednesday 8/18, 3:00 pm

Cornelius “Neal” Craig, Jr., age 73, passed away on August 9, 2021 in Cincinnati, OH. Neal Craig was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 21, 1948 to Myrtle Washington and Cornelius Craig, Sr. and was raised in the West End and South Cumminsville communities of the city. He attended Garfield Elementary School, Heinold Junior High School…

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Teresa Oldham left a message on September 1, 2021:
Just learned of Neal’s passing today, he was a wonderful man and will be missed. To the family you are in my thoughts and prayers
Venessa Caldwell left a message on August 19, 2021:
Rest in peace my friend.....
Marcia Hall left a message on August 18, 2021:
Craig…may you finally find, enjoy and Rest In Peace! My prayers are that our three children, Cornelius,III, Qia V. & Cornell L, will continue to benefit, grow & remember the examples & lessons they learned from you, as they proceed to develop, excel, mature & succeed, as shining stars & reflections of our & your positive contributions to them! Their memories & pictures will help them recall you in various categories, moments & stages of & in their lives with you… …from their early years of development…all three…seemingly following the same “Craig Playbook of Athleticism, Commitment, Determination, Perseverance & Success ”…:exclamation:… …their learning to take their first steps & confidently “letting go…to walk independently”… …or when they to began to run …& actually running behind you on the track, with incessant energy, as you worked out…causing you to applaud their efforts… …and how they each cooed, babbled until they said “DaDa” & you & they laughed uncontrollably… …when they learned & began to talk,..they carried on endless conversations with you …they were excited that you were a professional football player…& grew to know & love the game…like you & all three could throw & catch a football …they especially liked accompanying you when you engaged community activities…especially in Lincoln Heights & the West End…& as a Community Leader…! Craig encouraged education 1st, then athletics, accepting responsibilities, preparation & respect! They were his …“Third” “Thirdy”, “III”, “Weety Bird” & “Mr. Wheelers”…who knows about the origins…but they remained through their lifetimes…& his :interrobang::bangbang::joy:🤣 To his daughter…he was…her favorite guy, her first date…her “hero”:exclamation: To his sons…he was their “Brother in the Bond” …a “Nupe”:bangbang: To all three, he was referred to in many ways…as “Baldy”,“Pops”, “the Old Man”:exclamation::exclamation::exclamation: From the babble of “DaDa”, to Dad or the nicknames…above all and especially…he was …their “Father”:bangbang::bangbang::bangbang:
Christopher Robinson left a message on August 18, 2021:
Prayers for Cornelius Graig and family during this difficult time. With love ~ Chris and Camille Robinson and Family
Hiawatha Reeves left a message on August 18, 2021:
Your stories were "fantabulous" and always made me laugh. I will miss you and your wonderful sense of humor. I wish I had known that your name was Cornelius, it would have been one more thing that I could have teased you about.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Rosalind Lewis left a message on August 18, 2021:
Neal was such a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed by many. Thank you Neal for your counsel to our son Rob as he entered your frat. Rest in heaven:heart::heart: Robert and Rosalind Lewis
Kim left a message on August 18, 2021:
Neal was such a wonderful man. Always smiling and making others smile. We'll miss him. Our love and prayers go out to the family. We are there with you in spirit since we were unable to attend in person. Peace and Blessings to you all. Love Aunt Shirley and Cousins Kim and David
Marcia Hall left a message on August 18, 2021:
Craig…may you finally find, enjoy and Rest In Peace! My prayers are that our three children, Cornelius,III, Qia V. & Cornell L, will continue to benefit, grow & remember the examples & lessons they learned from you, as they proceed to develop, excel, mature & succeed, as shining stars & reflections of our & your positive contributions to them! Their memories & pictures will help them recall you in various categories, moments & stages of & in their lives…with you…& your life with them! …from their early years of development…all three…seemingly followed the same “Craig Playbook of Athleticism, Commitment, Determination, Perseverance & Success” …:exclamation::exclamation::exclamation: …you were there to help & watch when they learned & tried to take their first steps & their confidently “letting go…to walk independently”…& fast… …or when they began to run…& actually began running behind you on the track, with incessant energy, as you worked out…causing you to pause & applaud their efforts… …and how they each cooed, babbled until they said “DaDa” & you & they laughed uncontrollably… …when they learned & began to talk,..they carried on endless conversations with you… …they were excited that you were a “professional football player”…& they each grew to know, learn & love the game…like you…& all three could throw & catch a football… …they especially liked accompanying you when you engaged in community activities…especially in Lincoln Heights & the West End…& as a Community Leader…! Craig you encouraged education 1st…then athletics, accepting responsibilities, preparation, setting goals & respect! They were his…“Third” “Thirdy”, “III”, “Weety Bird” & “Mr. Wheeters”…who knows about the name origins…but they remained their names through their lifetimes…& his :interrobang::bangbang::joy:🤣 To his daughter…he was…her favorite guy, “her first date”…her “hero”:exclamation: To his sons…he was their “Brother in the Bond”…a “Nupe”:bangbang: To all three, he was referred to in many ways… “Baldy”,“Pops”, “the Old Man”:exclamation::exclamation::exclamation: From the babble of “DaDa”, to Dad, or the nicknames…above all and especially…he was …their “Father”:bangbang::bangbang::bangbang:
Velda Brown left a message on August 18, 2021:
To Debbie and the family of Neal Craig. It saddened my heart to hear about the passing of your love one. For the short time I have known Neal he was always a joy to be around and keeping you laughing at the things he would do or say. I am truly going to miss seeing him especially when I see you. Debbie. Debbie you and Neal was a beautiful couple/ family and I love you both so much. Hold on to God Grace and mercy and Neals sweet memories to get you through it all. Praying for you and hope to see you soon. :heart::pray::skin-tone-3:
Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home left a message on August 18, 2021:
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Joyce Palmer left a message on August 17, 2021:
To : The Craig Family You know that The Palmer Family is always here for you, both near and far. Craig lives on in his children with his infectious humor. May the peace that passes all understanding be with you always. Love, Joyce Lockhart Palmer & Family
Dorothy Cobbins-Wilson left a message on August 17, 2021:
I was sad to hear about Neal's transition. Neal was such a wonderful friend from Taft High School and the West End. He had such a friendly, warm, and happy personality. The Bible says that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. I pray that Neal's family will be blessed with the joy that comes in the morning. Until we meet again dear friend, with sincere sympathy.
Dennis Washington left a message on August 17, 2021:
To the family of Neal and Deborah, his loving companion for many years. Words can’t describe how deeply saddened we are about the loss of Neal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. His friendship will be forever remembered and please know, we are here for you. “ Say not in grief, he is no more but in thankfulness that he was” Hebrew Proverb Dennis and Yvonne Washington
Vaughnetta Caldwell left a message on August 16, 2021:
May God bless and keep the Craig family during this time. His spirit lives on in all of you. Thinking and praying for you. Vaughnetta Caldwell
Amen left a message on August 16, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Rev.Oliver Cobbins jr. left a message on August 16, 2021:
To the family during your difficult time. May the eternal promise of Jesus Christ bring all comfort, strength, and peace to the whole family at this time. Rev.Oliver Cobbins jr. Dallas Tx.
Amen left a message on August 16, 2021:
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Joliea Smith left a message on August 16, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Shirley Henderson Jones left a message on August 16, 2021:
Condolences to the family of Neil Craig from his Taft HS graduating class of 1966!
William and Jackie Gipson left a message on August 16, 2021:
Brother, we miss you!
vernon brown left a message on August 15, 2021:
Neil Craig Jr. was my father‘s first cousin Walter Brown. Back in the day we enjoyed seeing Neal come over to our house because he loved our father. A few times our father will take us to see him practice when he played for the Cleveland Browns. He was a positive image for us to look up to and we really appreciate him being around back then. To the family of Neal Craig you are in the Brown’s family’s prayers and we may be able to meet one day on better terms. May God continue to be with you all.:pray::skin-tone-4:
vernon brown left a message on August 15, 2021:
Neal Craig Jr. was my father’s first cusin Walter Brown. My name is Vernon Brown. As a little boy I and my brothers enjoyed seeing Neal when he came over to our house. My father would take us a few times to watch him practice with the Cleveland Brown. He was one to really look up to back then. He was a very respected person. To the family hopefully we all can meet again on better days. You will be in the Brown’s Families prayer :pray::skin-tone-4:
dr stewart m harris jr left a message on August 15, 2021:
As a freshman at Fisk in 1968 I recall seeing this muscle bound guy come into the cafeteria with essentially 2 trays of food. I later learned that he was my home boy,Neal Craig. After watching him on the football field I realized why he needed 2 trays of food. There're other things I could say but I won't,except that I hope Jesus is ready for him! Dr Stewart Harris,aka "Crazy Horse"
April Moore left a message on August 15, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Katherine C Jordan left a message on August 15, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Dante M. Coleman Sr Taft C/O 84 left a message on August 14, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Tina Hale left a message on August 14, 2021:
Good memories to remember you , rest in paradise my friend :innocent::two_hearts::two_hearts::two_hearts:. Tina Hale
Bill Smith left a message on August 14, 2021:
Neal and I shared many, many, many goods time in the spirit if Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. It didn’t get any better. If Neal called and said head south, I did. I had to take a deep breath when I learned that Neal had entered the Chapter Invisible. A wonderful man, a great Brother, and a good friend, has reached the Golden Shore. Bill Smith, Cleveland Alumni Chapter.
Vincent Brown left a message on August 14, 2021:
Brother Neal was truly special. His energy, passion and humor made him one of a kind. I am blessed to have known him. Travel well my brother to the Golden Shores. Yours in the Bond. Vincent
Dante M. Coleman Sr Taft C/O 84 left a message on August 14, 2021:
I remember always seeing in the West End as a child. He had this nice Grey classic car..a 40-50 type classic sounded awesome. He would always speak and had the greatest smile. When I found out who the tall bald man was with the car was impressed. Seeing his pic in inthe gym was always a sense of pride me. Rest Easy Mr. Craig, from the little kid you always let look at your car.
Ingrid Smith left a message on August 13, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Robert E. Caldwell left a message on August 13, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
Brenda Marlene McMullen left a message on August 12, 2021:
As fellow "Taft Senators" we send our prayers and love the "Craig" family. May God bless and keep you. We grew up with Neal in the "West End" and went to school at Robert A. Taft High School with him "all of us graduating from "the dynamic class of 1966"! Neal had a fun filled spirit and was an out going guy and he will be sorely missed. John and Brenda McMullen
Regina Ingram left a message on August 11, 2021:
He was a good friend and always made you laugh so hard with his jokes and playful spirit! He was like part of our family. He will be remembered!
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Linda Nixon left a message on August 11, 2021:
Lit a candle in memory of Cornelius Craig
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