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4/15/08--Tyler

Smith County Says Goodbye To Judge Larry Craig

Mentor, colleague, confidant ... to many, he was all of those things. But to others he was something more.

"I knew him as Papaw," said Carter Halbrooks. 

His Grandfather was Judge Larry Craig.  Carter said during the time his grandfather spent on earth, he touched many lives.  Tuesday those he touched, family members and friend gathered to say goodbye.

"I called Larry 'Judge Craig' out of respect," said his pastor Dr. John Robbins with Marvin United Methodist Church, not because of the position he held, but rather the man that he was.

Judge Craig wore many hats.  He was a devoted family-man. 

"I've been to a lot of little league games, school programs, church musicals, and I've looked over there and there I've seen Larry Craig," said Reverend Scott Wiley, a family friend.

Friends said Craig was also a man of faith. 

"There's no way to adequately describe him other than to say he was the kind of man that made God proud," said Robbins.

He was a man many called a selfless public servant.  

"It was always his goal to remember that he was dealing with people who matter, one way or another.  People were first for Judge Craig," said Robbins.

In death, his words still inspire. 

"I challenge you to hold on to your dreams," his grandson read.   "Rethink your priorities, keep God first and foremost, and don't have a critical, negative spirit."

They're words many said Judge Craig not only preached, but practiced. 

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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