CREWE – The board of directors of Southside Electric Cooperative honored the late Reginald L. "Reggie" Craft with a resolution passed at their February board meeting Thursday. A beloved member of the SEC family for just over 13 years, Reggie passed away at age 55 on January 21st, after a battle with cancer.
"There was no finer man than Reggie Craft," and "a true gentlemen," were just a few of the many kind words that have been used by fellow SEC employees and board members to describe him. A Burkeville resident, Reggie was a dedicated employee whose friendly face and kind words always lifted the spirits of anyone in his presence. A veteran of the armed services, an avid hunter, and a loving family man, he was active in his community and in his church.
"Reggie had a big heart, and his upbeat attitude and warm demeanor were quite contagious," noted Jeff Edwards, president & CEO of Southside Electric Cooperative. "It was evident in his work, his smile and the way he lived his life. We are truly blessed to have served alongside him at Southside — I consider it a great privilege to have known Reggie, and he will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with his family and friends, especially during this difficult time."
Dr. Frank W. Bacon, SEC’s board chairman, reiterated Edwards’ comments. "The Southside Electric Cooperative family will always be grateful for the life of Reggie Craft, and deeply mourns the loss of one of its own," added Bacon. "This resolution is but a small way of expressing of our immense gratitude and appreciation for his service to the Cooperative."
First joining SEC in December of 1999, Reggie was initially hired as a member services representative, a position he held until 2003, when he was promoted to apprentice line technician. In 2005 he rose to utility service representative, which he held until his passing in January. Reggie's supervisor, Cheryl Hollomon, remembers him fondly: "It was people like Reggie whom you wanted to be around. He was a good man, a true friend and a gentleman. He loved God, his family and his job."
Born on August 16, 1957, in Amelia County to Martha C. Robertson and the late Lloyd W. Craft, Sr., Reggie became a member of Good Hope Baptist Church in Amelia, VA, at a young age. In 1976 he joined the U.S. Army and served his country for 15 years, during which he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. Reggie served in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, before returning home with his wife Edith in 1992 to the Burkeville area. Joining the Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Burkeville, Reggie became a deacon of the church and served faithfully until his passing.
His love for turkey, fox and deer hunting was quite well known by his co-workers at Southside. Frank Harris, manager of public & member relations, remarked that Reggie was able to enjoy one last week of hunting in January before his death. "Hunting was a true passion for Reggie, and we were all so happy that he was able to get out in the woods and do what he loved most."
As a great testament to the lives Reggie touched in the Amelia area, hundreds of family, friends and co-workers packed the auditorium at Amelia County High School to capacity on January 26th for funeral services. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Edith of Burkeville, along with two sons and three daughters.
For additional information please contact Franklin D. Harris, SEC Manager of Public & Member Relations at 1-800-552-2118; extension 3211, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.