Craig Phillip Paris 1953 - 2012 Columbia, S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -A memorial service for Craig Phillip Paris, 58, will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Craig Phillip Paris of Columbia, South Carolina, was called home on Friday, October 19, 2012. Born at Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, on November 4, 1953, Mr. Paris spent his early years traveling with his family as an Army brat. He graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas in 1971. It was at Lawrence High School that he discovered his lifelong love of motorcycles. Mr. Paris eventually achieved the position of master mechanic with Harley Davidson, and his expertise and honest nature led to his repairing and restoring bikes for all manner of Harley aficionados, from working stiffs to celebrities. He worked for various Harley Davidson franchises until 2010, and recently had commenced offering his talents by appointment through his own company, Paris Engines, of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Paris was employed by Sedexo at Lexington School District Two, where he thoroughly enjoyed working and mentoring with the staff and children at Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, and where he was grateful for the fellowship of his lunch ladies. Mr. Paris loved to camp, fish and was an avid collector of memorabilia. He entertained his family by purchasing and decorating “yard art,” particularly flamingoes, and was revered for his cooking skills, especially spaghetti sauce.
He will be greatly missed by his beloved daughters, Jennifer M. Paris-Schley (Glenn Schley) of Ballground, Georgia and Taylor E. Paris of Edwardsville, Illinois; grandson, Jake R. Schley of Ballground, Georgia; mother, Barbara M. Paris of Lawrence, Kansas; sister, Deborah P. Morgan of Columbia, South Carolina; brother, Scott E. Paris of Juneau, Alaska; numerous nieces and nephews; and many life-long friends. Mr. Paris also maintained an affectionate relationship with his ex-wife, Angela E. Paris of Edwardsville, Illinois. He was predeceased by his father, Edward J. Paris of Columbia, South Carolina and grandparents, Violet E. Paris, C. Harris Potts, and Helen Thomas Potts.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.