OAKLAND – Craig S. Willison, 46, of Oakland went home to be with the Lord on Saturday (April 2, 2016) in Champaign.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1969, in Charleston to Jerry and Shirley (Redden) Willison. He married Carol Giovanazi on Sept. 17, 2004, in Elkton, Md.; she survives.
He is also survived by a son, Grason Willison of Oakland; stepsons, Matt Cothin of Dallas, Texas, and Chris Beam of Hockessin, Del.; his parents, Jerry and Shirley Willison of Oakland; a brother, Kyley (Kelsey) Willison of Oakland; a grandmother, Mary Alice Willison; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Andrew Cothin; and grandparents, Jim and Donna Redden and Herman Willison.
Craig attended Lakecrest School and graduated from Oakland High School. During his high school days, he attended a class through the University of Illinois and eventually became a certified aquanaut in Florida.
After high school graduation, he and his friend Jody Ponder formed the original heavy metal bands, LATEM and DaggaGod, in which Craig was the drummer.
He was previously employed at Willison Insurance Agency and Willison Real Estate as a Realtor.
He was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and the Oakland Masonic Lodge 219.
Craig loved his family and enjoyed playing the drums, scuba diving and spending time at the beach. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and everyone who knew him as "Song Bird."
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, with Masonic Rites to follow. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Oakland Masonic Lodge 219.