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CRAIG, JAMES EDWARD

Posted By Whitney & Murphy On July 23, 2019 @ 5:16 pm In Obituary | 4 Comments

James “Jimmy” Edward Craig passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the age of 46, shortly after being diagnosed with Dermatomyositis. Jimmy will be lovingly remembered by Mindy, his wife and best friend of 15 years, his children Bianca Vasquez (Vince), George Rivera, and James “JT,” and the family dog Bandit. Jimmy will also be deeply missed by his mother Dutch Carpenter, brother Chad Carpenter (Francesca), 3 nephews and 7 nieces, best friend Rudy Carrizosa, and grandparents Robert and Jane Coogan, Will Schmink, and Mary Frances Voight.
He was preceded in death by his father Wade Carpenter, grandmother Loretta Schmink, great grandmother Beatrice Deskins, and the family dog Midnite.
Jimmy was born in Safford, AZ and was raised in South Phoenix. He graduated from South Mtn. High School and is a Veteran of the US Navy. He worked as a Housing Inspector Specialist for Maricopa County.
Jimmy was the epitome of what it meant to be a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He wanted only the best for his family and worked hard to provide. He enjoyed cooking, cleaning, and especially dancing! He was a very proud father and cherished every milestone his kids accomplished. His radiant smile would instantly light up any room; his gregarious personality would make strangers feel as though they were his friend for years. If you were to look up the word “loyalty” in the dictionary, Jimmy’s picture is what you would find. He was always just one call away and there was nothing he could not fix nor do; Jimmy was considered a real life “Superman.” If there is anything, he would want us to take away from his eventful life it would be: Live life to the fullest & cherish the little things. There is now a void that could never be filled.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. His burial will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please share or donate to the GoFundMe in memory of Jimmy: gf.me/u/t92rq9


Condolences for the family of “CRAIG, JAMES EDWARD”

Condolence from Ed Munoz on July 24th, 2019 8:30 pm

Jimmy lived down the street from us in south Phoenix he was 5 yrs old when we met him . He was such a happy playful kid and a joy to be around. Although we were much older we enjoyed him hanging out with us . We would their him for bike rides around the neighborhood he was always so happy. I met up with him last year and he hadn’t changed still a joyous person . Rest In Peace Jimmy your spirit lives on .

Condolence from Deidra Huerta on July 25th, 2019 3:08 pm

Our best friend, our road dog, our partner in crime! Jimmy, our lives will never be the same without you here. We miss your laughter and all the crazy memories we made together. Please take care of our angels in heaven and we will take care of yours here on earth. Rest easy amigo, until we meet again!

Condolence from Bernadette Trujillo Diaz on July 26th, 2019 10:26 pm

My heart breaks for the entire family!! Sending love and prayers to all during this tough time. I’ve known Jimmy since he was about 4 years old and as far back as then, he always had the biggest smile on his face. He was a family friend and brother to us all who knew him growing up from the old neighborhood, and he will be missed tremendously!! Rest In Peace, friend… From the Trujillo family

Condolence from Jerome Williams on July 28th, 2019 6:10 am

You will definitely be missed my brother from grade school to high school, you always was a Superman, really good to other people you were definitely bigger than life. I love you so much my brother. .. PS… I’ll see you in heaven
And I definitely will challenge you to a break dance battle I love you Jimmy Craig. R.I.P

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