Craig was born in Blue Island on Oct. 3, 1960. His family moved back to the New Columbia area in 1972.
He was a loving husband, proud father, great son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. He lived in New Columbia most of his life.
New Hope Baptist Church in New Columbia was his home church for many years.
He taught the boys RA class, adult Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and was a deacon of the church.
He also was involved in building projects, mission trips to Jamaica, a Boy Scout leader of Troop 101 and a hunter safety course instructor.
Craig worked as a carpenter with his father during high school and after he graduated. Later, he owned his own carpentry business for some time. He then went on to become an insulator with Local 37.
Craig will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
He never saw a stranger, had a great big smile, lived his faith on a daily basis and was a devoted husband and father.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Brenda Staton Rushing and children, Eric Craig and Breanna Sue Rushing; his father, Robert L. Rushing and wife Linda of Metropolis; four sisters, LouAnn Urness and friend Dan of Racine, Wis., Roberta Davenport and friend Rick of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. and Kimberly Lunsford and husband Larry and Samantha Bailey and husband David, all of Metropolis; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley M. Rushing; his grandparents, Louis and Isabelle Fought and Charlie and Nellie Rushing; one half brother, Wesley Wiseman; one nephew, Duane A. Rushing; and one niece, Jennifer Rose Burnham.
Funeral service was held Monday at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Forthman and Rev. Marlin Mitchell officiating.
Burial followed in the church’s cemetery. Pallbearers were David Rushing, Justin Bynum, Scott Staton, Jeremy Staton, Adam Staton, Chris Urness and Lucas Urness.
Memorials may be made to the Eric and Breanna Rushing Education Fund, c/o City National Bank, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis, IL 62960.
To Those I Love
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown but now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories with your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on, so if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and welcome you home.