Myron Craig West

May 27, 1951 - April 1, 2023

05/27/1951 - 04/01/2023

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Visitation
Tuesday April 11, 2023
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Bay Leaf Baptist Church
12200 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
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The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall.

Service
Tuesday April 11, 2023
11:30 am
Bay Leaf Baptist Church
12200 Bayleaf Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
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Graveside Service
Tuesday April 11, 2023
3:30 pm
Douglas Hill Farm
Douglas Hill Farm Road
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
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Myron Craig West passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the age of 71. Craig was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Floyd and Mary West on May 27, 1951. He graduated from Broughton High School in 1969 before attending Louisburg College and East Carolina University. He was an NC State Wolfpack fan all his life and a member of the Wolfpack Club for 37 years, but he grew to love the Demon Deacons in the last decade of his life, as both of his kids were accepted to and graduated from Wake Forest University.

He is survived by his wife Leslee G. West, his son Matthew Craig West, his daughter Mary Glenn West, and his beloved black lab Jack. He is also survived by his siblings (and their spouses) – Charlotte Sutton, Woody West, Tommy (Holly) West, Anne (Johnson) Bissette, Buddy (Lisa) West, Kathy West, Joan West (Randy Adams), and Barbara Hearne – and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In his wake, he leaves a legacy of generosity and intentionality. From being the board chair for Hospice of Wake County for two years to being on the chain gang at North Raleigh Christian Academy’s varsity football team, he made time for the things he cared about most and always put his family at the top of that list. No matter how busy his schedule was, he always made it home for dinner and could make you laugh so hard your stomach hurt.

On any given weekend, you could find him and his family on the farm tackling some new project, enjoying a lunch of canned sardines and pork and beans on the tailgate of his blue 1986 Ford pickup truck (the “Blue Mule”), playing pool with the Walk the Line soundtrack playing on loop, and watching an old movie in front of the fire. And on Sunday nights, he made barbeque chicken.

Craig will always be the least retired “retired” person any of us have ever known. He pursued his goals, both personal and professional, with fervor. He was never one for idle hands, and he took great care to instill that same work ethic in his kids. He had held himself and everyone around him to a higher standard, a pillar of which was “do it right the first time.”

Craig and his brother Tommy purchased West Brothers Transfer from their parents in 1974. They grew West Brothers from a small family business into one of Business of North Carolina’s Top 100 Private Companies and Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 Motor Carriers. By the time they sold the business in 2010, they had received awards for their business practices and were considered the safest truckline in North Carolina. Their partnership continued after the sale with short- and long-term storage containers (Containers4Less) and trailers (West Brothers Trailer Rental). Craig took pride in their commitment to offering quality products for a fair price and their speedy, often same day, deliveries.

Craig was an avid hunter all his life. What started with a love for duck hunting in his youth grew into a pursuit of big game in his retirement. He traveled around the world hunting and fishing, but the trips he cherished the most were the ones he shared with Leslee, the love of his life. In 2019, they spent their 25th anniversary hunting together in Mexico, where he got his record-winning desert sheep. That same year, he was inducted into Boone and Crockett Club’s Wilderness Warrior Society, which recognizes and honors members’ commitment to wildlife conservation. He was steadfast in his dedication to wildlife conservation and management, and he contributed to organizations that actively prioritized their dedication to the same, chief among which were the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Sheep Foundation, and Safari Club International.

One of his greatest joys in life was sharing his love and appreciation of the outdoors with the next generation. He always looked forward to youth hunts at Douglas Hill Farm, even after his own kids had aged out. He grounded every hunt and mentorship opportunity in prayer, fellowship, and safety. He was a true sportsman, who loved the Lord and considered it a blessing every time he was outside, surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Being a part of so many young hunters’ journeys was a treasure for which he was eternally grateful.

His family welcomes family and friends to celebrate his life and honor his legacy with them on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. A visitation will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Bay Leaf Baptist Church from 10:00-11:15 a.m., followed by a service in the Chapel at 11:30 a.m. and a graveside service at Douglas Hill Farm in Scotland Neck at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Craig has requested that donations be made directly to the National Wild Turkey Federation, 770 Augusta Road, Edgefield, SC 29824-0530 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service~Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the West family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Marty Wooldridge Younts
7 months ago

I attended Frances Lacy Elementary School, Leroy Martin Jr High School, and Needham Broughton High School with Craig. Craig lived on Dellwood Drive and I lived nearby on Churchill Road. I just learned of his passing via the NBHS newsletter.

We were friends for over 12 years. He was the best-looking guy in every grade. All of the girls wanted to “go steady” with him.

He was also empathetic and kind. I especially recall how kind and thoughtful he was to me at our 25th high school reunion. Savoring a 30-year-old memory says a lot about a man’s character.

No doubt this wife, two children, and entire family are adjusting to life without him. Please know that we knew from the age of six that he was a special guy.

God bless!

-Martha (Marty) Wooldridge Younts

Rich and April Waugaman
10 months ago

Just now heard of Craig’s passing. Condolences to all the family. He was one of a kind. Love to hear the story of the time a squirrel got in his house and he was shooting at it!

Jim Byrd
1 year ago

Leslee,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time . I have a lot of fond memories with Craig back in the good ole days hunting in Enfield and duck hunting on the coast. Please try and find peace during this difficult time.
My deepest sympathy , Jim Byrd

Jamie Rogers
1 year ago

Hi West family. So sorry for your loss. After reading Craig’s obit, I sure wish I had known him, I have a feeling we would have been soul mates pertaining to the love of outdoors and hunting. For those of y’all that don’t remember me, I was raised up right next door to the first 4 of y’all on Georgetown road. Mayhue used to bring fish to my mom that he had caught.
I would sincerely love to make the funeral in Raleigh and the service at the farm. I remember as a kid Floyd and Mayhew going to the farm to bird hunt. We are currently in the process of moving from our farm near Statesville to our new farm near Oxford, but I’ll try my best to make one of the services. I am especially pleased to see that Craig will have a special resting place on the farm. A fitting tribute to such a great outdoors man.
Jamie and Marty Rogers

Leatha Perry Ritchie
1 year ago

Sending condolences to all of you. We appreciate the contributions that Craig gave to Hospice of Wake County and other organizations. Finding goodness in people is a life path, that Craig modeled for many.
Love from the Perry Family

Deb and Eric Perry
1 year ago

Greatest condolences to the entire West family!!! Prayers and love??❤️

Steve Smith
1 year ago

Craig was a unique man…He made the MOST of his abilities and in the process he “touched” and “created”much good! Craig respected life and its capabilities. Craig left this World a better place! Sending heartfelt condolences to all the family.

Monte Tutor
1 year ago

Leslee, I’m so sorry to hear about Craig. Prayers for you and the kids!

Tyrone Sanders
1 year ago

Craig West made me the cautious driver I am today. Due to his dedication to safety I was proud to be a part of the West Brothers team of drivers. Thanks and Rest in Peace.

Barry
1 year ago

Leslee, you and the kids are in my prayers

Barry Arrington