Walter Craig Carman

Born in Murray, KY on March 16, 1948

Departed on June 27, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Walter Craig Carman was born in Murray, KY March 16, 1948. He developed a love for music in high school and taught himself to play the guitar. Craig graduated from Murray State University with a double major in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he became a journeyman meat cutter and worked in Johnson’s Grocery Store in Murray, KY.

Craig returned to Murray State and completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. Following that, Craig completed a Specialist Degree in Developmental Reading. He secured a job at Volunteer State Community College and moved to Hendersonville, TN in late summer 1976. He taught Philosophy, English and Developmental Reading for thirty years.

In 1977, he met and married Nancy Barton Holshouser. They began their life together in Gallatin, but later moved to Hendersonville to accommodate Nancy’s employment.

In addition to his teaching, Craig played and sang in Churches and small venues. As part of his venue music making, Craig also incorporated storytelling which added spice to his entertainment.

After retiring from Vol State, Craig pursued his love for music at Gallatin United Methodist Church, Gallatin Cares Worship Center, and Rehoboth United Methodist Church. Craig was loved by all who knew him, and his finger-picking music making and harmonica playing was a joy to those who knew him.

Craig is survived by his wife, Nancy Carman; his sister, Kathryn Carman Alexander; two nephews; and two great-nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Rehoboth United Methodist Church 2601 Cages Bend Road, Gallatin, TN 37066.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

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18 Comments to Walter Craig Carman

  1. Betty Gibson
    June 29, 2020 8:56 pm

    Nancy: I am sorry. Such a shock. Craig was always one of my favorites while at Vol State. He was such a gentleman and mild mannered individual. Was also very entertaining at times especially when imitating Dr. Ramer. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you.

  2. Sherrie Sorrells
    June 30, 2020 12:38 pm

    Nancy, so so sorry for your loss. You and Craig were dear to my heart, It is hurting right now. He was such a kind and gentle man. Please know you are in mine and Tommy’s thoughts and prayers. Love to you. Tommy and Sherrie Sorrells

  3. Mark Brown
    June 30, 2020 9:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a great friend. Will miss him dearly.

  4. LeAnn Hale Blevins
    June 30, 2020 9:41 pm

    Nancy, I’m so sorry to read of Craig’s passing. He was always the life of the room, except when you were in it. Then you see his eyes light up with pride and love for you. Sending many prayers for comfort and peace for you. Much love,

  5. Julie Sharp
    June 30, 2020 10:56 pm

    Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. I still remember the funny, entertaining things he used to say when we were working together at Vol State. There were no dull moments in the workplace when he was around. I pray that you will have the strength and grace you need to get through this loss. Love and prayers.

  6. Jane Armour
    June 30, 2020 11:08 pm

    Nancy, Craig’s passing comes as a shock. He was a dear, caring, bright gentleman. It was a pleasure knowing him. Blessings, Jane and Jerry Armour

  7. Marcy Rowland
    July 1, 2020 9:59 am

    Nancy, I don’t have words to express how much I will miss Craig. He was a true friend & the brother I never had. I have held you in my thoughts, knowing the depth of the love that he had for you & that you have for him. I hope you will reach out to me as I have reached out to you & Craig for help so many times. So much love to you, Marcy

  8. Dan Jewell
    July 1, 2020 2:43 pm

    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” C. S. Lewis…. Craig was a good friend and colleague over the years. I remember many wonderful conversations with him about his Olds 442, his restored Mustang, philosophers C.S. Lewis, and Blaise Pascal, his guitars including that beautiful slide guitar, and of course, Bob Dylan. He once played and sang on a recording project about JFK that Joyce and a I were working on. I’m truly sorry I never got to tell him I now believe that he and C. S Lewis were right about Christianity. My deepest sympathy to you Nancy and to your family.

  9. Joan Signorille
    July 1, 2020 7:11 pm

    On of the kindest and sweetest men ever! He was always so positive and completely enamored with Nan. He will be missed

  10. Dan Stewart
    July 2, 2020 12:05 am

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and friend.

  11. Ann Whiteside
    July 2, 2020 9:17 pm

    Nancy, I am so sorry to learn of Craig’s passing. From our years at Vol State I remember him to be such a gentleman, thoughtful, quiet at times, but quick to joke! I know the two of you had many wonderful years together and I pray that those memories, love, and God’s tender care sustain you through this difficult time.

  12. Scottie Wilburn
    July 4, 2020 10:21 am

    Nancy, I’m sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. Prayers and condolences for you and your family.

  13. Herman and Patsy Lawson
    July 5, 2020 5:17 am

    Craig Carman was a mellow Blues man,a consummate professor and educator, a superb philosopher and a man of values. Most of all he was a true friend to many, many people, no matter what their station in life. He was such a supporter of my wife Patsy and I. His humor, his imitations, his wisdom left indelible memories. Craig we love you and will never forget you. Nan, you shared Craig’s virtues. We love you and send you our condolences and our support.

  14. Ginger Stamps
    July 5, 2020 12:21 pm

    Nancy, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Craig. When I would see him in the halls at Vol State he always had a smile and a kind word. As others have mentioned, he was an “entertainer!” My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  15. charles b atkins
    July 5, 2020 12:31 pm

    Nancy, We are so sorry about Craig passing. We enjoyed his music at Rehoboth and his friendship. May God give comfort during these times. Love, Charles and Mary Lee Atkins.

  16. Tonda
    July 6, 2020 2:37 pm

    So sad to hear about Craig’s passing. Another high school classmate gone too soon. I will remember the early years and the boy who named himself Sunset Eagle…be at peace, old friend…tt

  17. Jim and Sharon Hiett
    July 6, 2020 3:10 pm

    We were so sad to hear of Craig’s passing. Know that we are thinking of you in your grief. Craig was a talented, principled, funny, gentle man who was, by choice and by training, a Master Teacher. He was a good friend and he will be missed. I am still wondering how much of our hearing Craig and I lost on the front row of a George Thorogood and The Destroyers concert at Exit/In in the ‘80s! Good memories.

  18. Bonnie Johnson Houk
    July 6, 2020 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. Craig worked at my dad’s grocery and we all loved him. Dad called him little feller.

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