By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Omar D. Craig, a dean of Oxford attorneys, died Thursday at age 84.
“He was probably the first- or second-oldest practicing lawyer in the state,” said Charles Walker, another longtime lawyer. “He had a lot of knowledge and compassion. He knew a lot about the law, and he was a good, fair and kind person.”
A native of Kosciusko, Craig had a concrete bulldog at his office on Jackson Avenue, a reminder that though he made his home in Oxford for most of his life, he remained loyal to Mississippi State University. He graduated from State in 1949 and was once president of the MSU International Alumni Association.
The sculpture brought occasional comparison to Craig’s own jowly countenance and the friendly growl of his gravelly voice.
Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth recalled him as a man of great integrity.
“Omar had three things that mattered in his life – his faith, his family and the practice of law,” he said. “As a lawyer, you could take him at his word on anything. He was a zealous advocate for his client, and he loved the practice of law.”
More in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.