Craig Earl Dial, 73, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on November 4, 2019 at his home in Tazewell, Tennessee surrounded by family members. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather, and friend whose strong Christian faith gave him the power to endure his final illness with grace and strength. In every way, he provided an example for us, both in life and in death.
Craig and his twin brother, Keith were born on September 25, 1946 to Reverend Bill Dial and Pearle Snowbarger Dial in Saint Francis, Kansas.
Craig served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1969 where he was awarded two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and other recognitions for his valor. From 1987 to 2013 Craig and Karen lived and worked at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. Craig and Karen retired to Tazewell, Tennessee where they were very active Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Craig enthusiastically served as a choir member, Sunday School teacher, and Crossroads volunteer.
Craig’s greatest joy was his family, which includes daughter Stacia Lynn Carwell (Prestonsburg, KY) and her family: John (husband), Madison Bella (Daughter), Nicholas Isaiah (son) and John Michael (step-son); son Craig Earl, Jr (Corbin, KY) and grandson Anthony Jadon. He is preceded in death by his parents: Bill & Pearle Dial and his mother-in-law, Mary Louise Valenti.
Other surviving family members include twin brother Keith (Joyce) Dial of Wichita, KS; sister Jolene (Bill) Davis of Athens, GA; and Jeanette (Les) Kuhns of Tobyhanna, PA; five nieces; and many great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of the Life of Craig Earl Dial will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 9 in the Family Life Center of Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro, KY. Food and beverages will be served during the celebration. Craig will be interred in the Asher Family Cemetary in Beverly, KY.
Memorials may be sent to Covenant United Methodist Church, 602 Dorchester Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965 “in memory of Craig Dial”.
Complimentary Announcement by Hall Funeral Home.