Craig Funeral Home
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
In 1915 Mr. Augustus Hedrick Craig went to work at L.F. Sanchez Funeral Home which was established in 1899. The original funeral home was located at 30 St. George Street, in what is now the historical part of St. Augustine. After a few years Mr. Craig became a partner in the business and in 1918 the name was changed to L.F. Sanchez & Craig Funeral Directors. The funeral home was located on the first floor and the Craig family lived upstairs.
In 1934 the location and name of the funeral home changed again. Mr. Craig became the sole proprietor of Craig Funeral Home, Inc. the new funeral home was located at 20 Granada Street, where it remained until 1984. Sadly, in 1943 Mr. Craig passed away. His wife, Willie Lee “Bambo” Craig and her sons continued to run the family business. Mrs. Craig passed away on February 4, 1980.
In 1984, due to the increasing size of St. Augustine the funeral home was relocated to its present day location at 1475 Old Dixie Highway. The Flagler College Auditorium now sits where the funeral home once stood. One year later the Craig family acquired St. Augustine Memorial Park. In 2001 we finished construction on the annex building which allowed us to move our business office out of the main building and just across the parking lot, thus reducing the amount of noise in the funeral home created by office equipment. In 2002, we installed our crematory located at St. Augustine Memorial Park. We are the only funeral home in St. Augustine who own and operate a crematory, allowing us to have total control over the cremation process. In 2005, the funeral home had its interior redecorated to bring in more light and update the furnishings. We have always strived to continue to update our facilities and services to provide our families that allow us to serve them with the highest quality.
Private Ambulance Service
Today, ambulance service and emergency transport is handled by the city or county fire rescue department, but before they took over this service it was provided by local funeral homes. Just as other funeral homes, Craig Funeral Home operated a private ambulance service form 1918 until the mid 1970’s. Many people in St. Augustine where transported to local hospitals in one of our hearses that also doubled as an ambulance.