First Responders 08


March 20, 1970 ~ December 19, 2020 (age 50)




 “To every thing there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,

and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down,

and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn,

and a time to dance;

 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep,

and a time to cast away;

 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence,

and a time to speak;

 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,

and a time of peace.”

CRAIG L. KING was born in Sondheimer, Louisiana, on March 20, 1970, to Thomas Smith, Jr., and Delores King. He was reared by Larry and Delores Oby.

CRAIG loved sports; in his youth, he played Little League Baseball for Southern National Bank. During his high school years, Craig played basketball for the McCall High School Dragon!! In his adult life, he enjoyed playing golf and continued playing basketball.

CRAIG graduated from McCall High School with the class of 1988. In 1989, Craig enlisted in the United States Navy and served for four years. During this time, he served in the Persian Gulf War. He moved to Arlington, Texas, in 2000. In 2003, Craig began working for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. There, he moved up the ranks and became Lieutenant. In 2019, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

CRAIG was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Caria Neller; Thomas’ parents; his brother, Larry; and son, Tajh.

Forever cherishing his memories are: his parents, Larry and Delores Oby; Thomas and Christine Smith; two daughters, Aujanae and Craijara (Nietra); two sons, Collin and Kyree; brother, Waltric Oby; granddaughter, Amoura; fiancé, Tyreaka Talbot; a godsister, Latrice; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and Class of 1988.

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Funeral Service
December 26, 2020

11:00 AM
Tallulah/Madison Community Center
800 Beech Street
Tallulah, LA 71282

Interment following funeral service
December 26, 2020

New Zion M.B.C. Cemetery
17880 Highway 65 North
Lake Providence, LA 71276

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