MARION

Elizabeth Craig Tate Thomas, 76, of the Pleasant Gardens Community, went home to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, following a brief illness at Blue Ridge Healthcare (Grace Hospital) in Morganton.

The daughter of the late Locke and Mildred Padgett Tate, Craig, as many knew her, was born in McDowell County, Oct. 2, 1941.

A loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many, Craig had retired as a 5th grade school teacher from Glenwood Elementary School, and was an assistant teacher at Pleasant Gardens Elementary School, prior to transferring to Glenwood. An avid sports fan, she took great pride in supporting the basketball teams that her son, Allen, coached. A large supporter of the Democratic Party, Ms. Thomas was a member of the Christians Women Club.

A member of First Presbyterian Church of Marion, she served as the church organist since 2005, and was a former member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, where she had served close to 50 years. Craig ministered to thousands through music and played at many different events from weddings to funerals.

She has touched many lives throughout the years and will be missed by all that knew her.

Left to cherish her precious memory, special companion, Mr. William "Bill" Greenlee; one son, Allen Tate (Missy) of Marion; one brother, Keith Tate (Vanda); one grandson, who she was proud of, Michael Tate (Morgan) of Mount Airy; one nephew, Vance Tate (Renate) and their children, Logan, McKinley and Holden of Greensboro; and one niece, Amy Read (Lance), and their children, Colin and Alex of Charlotte.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Marion. A celebration of Craig's life will be held Thursday, March 1, at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Marion with Dr. Larry Gragg, and the Revs. Coy Jeans, Harold Webb and Jacob Douylliez officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church Cemetery.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Craig's memory are asked to consider, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or by visiting www.diabetes.org. Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Thomas family.

For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,www.beamfuneralservice.com , or by calling 828- 559-8111.

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