Fred Craiglow, 1942-2010

Dallas, Texas
December 9, 2010

From Griffin-Leggett, Conway, Arkansas:

Frederick Freeman Craiglow was born on December 6, 1942 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR, to Ernestine Johnson Craiglow and Raymond Craiglow. He lived and went to school in Little Rock until 1960 when the family moved to Dallas, TX. Fred then attended the University of Texas at Arlington. He married in 1961 to Joyce Odom of Oklahoma and they had a daughter Kimberly Ann born in 1965. Fred and Joyce divorced and he then married Jan Nixon of Conway and they had 2 sons, Barry Freeman born on March 5, 1972 and Wesley Townsend, born on November 30, 1976. Fred worked for many years for Johnson-Evinrude and traveled in the boat business. In 1976, Mr. Craiglow divorced and moved back to Dallas and had a very lucrative career in radio advertising. In 1977, he met Kathy Hastings of Dallas, who had a daughter Allison, born June 15, 1976, and they dated for 17 years and in Dec of 1994, Mr. Craiglow and Ms. Hastings married in Laguna Beach, CA and settled there.

Mr. Craiglow remained in advertising until he started his own company, ATM Marketing Network, and the Craiglows then moved back to Arkansas and settle in Maumelle for 5 years until Mr. Craiglow’s business took him back to Dallas. There he sold the ATM business and started a Courier Service, Park Cities Courier in Highland Park, TX.

Mr. Craiglow became ill in 2001 with throat cancer and after an operation and radiation therapy, fully recovered and was free of cancer for 7 years. In 2008, Mr., Craiglow was diagnosed with MDS, a bone marrow cancer, and though fatal, Mr. Craiglow persevered and fought a valiant fight for 2 more years until he succumbed to the disease on December 9, 2010, 3 days after his 68th birthday.

Mr. Craiglow was preceded in death by his father, Raymond in 1966 and his mother Ernestine in 2007. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Kathy Ann Craiglow, sons, Barry and Wesley Craiglow of Conway, (and Barry’s wife, Dana) daughter, Kim Porter of Rotan,( And Kim’s husband, Michael), TX, step-daughter, Allison Morrissey of Denver, CO,(and Allison’s husband, Sean), brother, Richard Craiglow of Aledo, TX (and Richard’s wife, Vikiann) and grandchildren, Megan Adler, Makayla Craiglow, Bella Cate Craiglow and Rocco Craiglow and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

Fred was dearly loved by his family, friends and co-workers and he will be missed immensely. His sense of humor, gift of gab and his generous nature endeared him to all who knew him. He truly never met a stranger.

Mr. Craiglow was cremated and his ashes were spread on his parents grave in Dallas, in the Florida Keys, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and some have been saved to mix with his wife, Kathy’s ashes, so that they will spend eternity together in a secret place they chose long ago.

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