Thomas Ray Craigo of Hansford, West Virginia, was born in Montgomery, West Virginia, on February 9, 1978, and died at age 40 on March 24, 2018. He was a supervisor with Hutch’s Wrecker Service in Handley for 16 years. He was a Masonic member of the Coal Valley Lodge #74 AF& AM in Montgomery.
Thomas was a lieutenant for Pratt Volunteer Fire Department and a volunteer firefighter for 15 years, having served with the Montgomery, Smithers, Handley, and Pratt departments, and he was a swift water swimmer.
His kids always came first and were his top priority. After that, it was helping others. Whether it was with the fire department or at work, Thomas would help anyone who needed it, no matter what, no questions asked. He always had a smile on his face and saw the good in everyone. He could be happy without having anything. You could trust him with anything and ask him anything. He would tell you if he didn’t agree, but he never judged you for your actions or opinions.
We never had a honeymoon or even a family vacation, but every Sunday we would go for a drive, usually with no destination. It could take 15 minutes or four hours; we would just pick a different road every time. We would talk and sing all the way. There were so many places in West Virginia that we had never seen or heard of. We never had money to go places or do anything extravagant. Thomas had never even seen the ocean or walked on a beach, but we didn’t need all that to be happy.
Thomas loved music and dancing. He knew every song on every station and would sing and dance to them all. He always said he learned to dance from his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Noel Craigo; his children, Koby and Brooke Craigo; his sister, Tasha Craigo, of Clarksburg; his brother, Todd Burnett, of Blakely; his mother, Tamie Starks Hudson, of Comfort; his father, Alan Burnett, of Blakely; his aunt, June Tuck, of Hurricane; and his uncles, David Starks of Comfort and Donald Starks of Blakely.