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2005 Celebration of Life Angel List  

The first annual ceremony was held December 31, 2005 in Franklin VA. Sharing the memories of precious loved ones (child, parent, spouse, sibling, or friend)  around the world.... providing an opportunity to share some of their treasured memories from places as far away as England, Sweden, and Australia.

Adam Craig Hill
Aislinn Celeste McComsey
Allan Tomlin
Amanda Ruth Greene
Amy Lynn Hodges
Amy Phelps
Andrya Lianne Hobbs
Anita Adams Craddock
Angel Boy Rowe
Angie Ann Duhon
Anne Rountree
Anthony Rowe
April McCabe (Worth)
Asher Alexandria Huminsky
Ashlynn Nicole Swanner
Baby Girl Beale
Becky Lynn Fitzer-Groves
Benjamin Sandberg
Beth Nelson
Blake Raymond Divido
Bo Briscoe
Bobbo Flynn
Brandon Mobley
Brandon Sharpe
Breana Matthews
Brenda Huisenga
Brian Keith Trammell
Brittanie Ann Cole
Brittany Johnson
Brittany Nolz
Buxton Wade, Sr.
C. H. Ward, Jr.
Cal Bennett
Cassandra Silva
Chad Everett Behr
Charity Nichole Williams
Charlene Ross
Christian "Chrissie" Victoria Carrigan
Christopher Ronald Faller
Christopher E. Scott
Clyde W. Bolen
Colin Daniel Johnston
Cornelia Pitts
Craig Kelly
Cynthia Felton
Danielle Beving
Danny Biernasz
David Beaulieu
David Shaffer
Deanne Schauer Lawrence
Debbie Pelfrey
Devon Schultz
Diana Lacey
Donna O'Clair
Douglas Warren Maris
Dustin Fitzer
Earnest Porter Harrell, Sr.
Edward St. John
Emily Connelly
Eric Allen Michael Burgess
Eric Warren Hudson
Ernestine Bowden
Evan Throckmorton
Eve Lyn Smith Wiedmer
Geneva Elliot
Geoffrey P. Edwards
Gregory Dorsett
Gregory Wade Murray
Ira Moore
JD Gortmaker
J. J.  Wade
Jacquelin "Jackie" Bailey
Jacob Ryan Castro
Jake Travis Wills
James D. Ludwig
James H. Taylor, II
James Richard Clark, Jr.
Jamie Alexandra Grimsley
Jamie Wade Amerson
Janet Marie Hardy
Jason Daniel Brink
Jason Blantz
Jason McDonald
Jason Miller
Jeff Britt
Jeff Kelly
Jeffrey Allen Berkheiser
Jeremy Sullivan
Jesse Alan Canniff
Jessie Anne Amerson
Jessie Robert Ellis IV
Jim St. John
Joe Cunningham
Joey Scarpa
John Joseph Mullins
John S. Robertson, Jr.
Johnnie A. Moore, Jr.
Jonathan Adlington
Joseph Angelo Schiavone
Josh Coleman
Joshua Allen Hurt
Joshua Lynn Wade
Judy St. John
Justin Harres
Justin Luke Scancarello
Kaedin Wayne Newberry
Karl Bjorklund
Kathleen Mary McQuarrie
Kathren "Kattie" Loren O'Connell
Katrina "Noel" Burford
Kattie Parker
Kent Alan Lilly
Kristen Michelle Frank
Kristopher Kevin Doebbler
Kyle Gerald Smith
Lamar Blantz
Laura Ann Kimble
Laurie Michelle Baer
Lillian Octavia Garris
Lucas Geoffrey Parker
Marjorie Mae Bowen
Mary Wade Clements
Martin E. Greene
Matthew David Chaput
Melissa Noelle Hanson
Meshael Richardson
Michael Griffith, Jr.
Michael Walker
Michele Shaffer
Michele Wade
Michelle Delre-Webster
Mildred G. Etters
Mike Wilkerson
Mike Zollinger

Minnie "Darlene" Harold York
Myrtle B. Rogers
Nicholas D. Floriana
Nicole Spencer
Ola Marie Craddock
Otis Thomas Deziel, Sr.
Patrick McTague
Patti Lakernick
Randy Reed Hecox
Ray Craddock
Renee Bennett
Rob L. Northrop, Jr.
Robert Andrew Brannan
Robert F. Etters
Ronald R. Brush, Jr.
Roy E. Bickel, Jr.
Sean Joseph Lockhart
Seth Montgomery
Shaun D. S. Chapman
Shawn Richardson
Shelly Elise Martin
Sherman Bradley
Stanley Johnson
Stephanie Alexandra Smith
Steven Biernasz
Sylvia Marie Nunez Cassidy
Taylor Heintzelman
Terry M. Craddock, Jr.
Terry M. Craddock, Sr.
Tiffany Amber Wilson
Tim M. Jackes
Tyler Dickerson
Victor Fullmer
Wallace Greene
Wayne Smith
William Steele Bracey
Wixie B. Rogers


My Bundles of Joy  

Hope came with my first bundle of joy,
The love I shared with my only baby boy,
Will always fill my eyes with tears,
He only blessed my life for thirty one years.

The pain is difficult to bear,
Life does not seem fair,
That I must bury my child,
I miss the way you smiled.

My only baby girl, born on New Year’s Eve,
We helped each other love, trust, and believe.
You were gone after a mere twenty seven years,
A second time to cry those heartbreaking tears.

The pain is difficult to bear,
Life does not seem fair,
That I must bury my child,
I miss the way you smiled.

When it was time for my angels to leave,
For my loved ones I will forever grieve,
For everything there is a season
Only the Lord knows the reason.

Faith helps me understand,
Dear Lord, You took their hand,
I love and miss them so,
Give me peace until it’s time for me to go. 

Copyright protected Diane Craddock
This is one of the first poems I wrote after JJ and Michele's deaths.



Celebration of Life Announcement  
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Two Angels' Arms Scholarships were established at Paul D. Camp Community College, by Diane Craddock.  Tax-deductible donations to support these scholarships (in memory of my children, Michele Wade and J.J. Wade) can be made payable to Paul D. Camp Community College (or PDCCC) and mailed to Dr. Patsy Joyner, PDCCC, P.O. Box 737, Franklin, VA 23851.

Dr. Patsy R. Joyner, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Paul D. Camp Community College
100 North College Drive Franklin, VA 23851
757-569-6791 FAX: 757-569-6795
pjoyner@pc.vccs.edu 

First scholarships awarded in Fall 2006!!!! 

Elizabeth Ongor, Smithfield VA, won JJ's
Cindy Clements, Carrsville VA, won Michele's
 

Second scholarships awarded July 2007!!!!
Stephanie Gray, Boykins VA, won Michele's
Jamie Cotton, Franklin VA, won JJ's


Thank you for visiting and God bless you all !!!!

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BACKGROUND & HISTORY  
I was born in Suffolk VA, the third of six children born to Terry and Ola Craddock. At age eighteen, I married and my life was blessed with two beautiful children. William James Wade, Jr. "JJ" was born 9/22/72 and died 1/26/04. Diane Michele Wade was born 12/31/76 and killed instantly on 5/20/04 when a woman crossed the center line.

At the time of this life history, August 2005 ....I am raising JJ's two sons, Brandon and Jamie, as well as Michele's youngest son, Michael. I am unable to return to my job at a local hospital, since I attempted to return in September 2004 (after JJ's sons returned to school). But since they were having so many emotional problems dealing with the deaths of their Dad and Aunt Michele, as well as the abandonment from their biological mother....I was only able to remain at the hospital for six weeks. A local Virginia Juvenile Domestic Relations judge in August 2004 ruled "grandparents do not have rights in Virginia" when I filed for visitation of Michele's other three children so they would be able to spend time with their baby brother, Michael--3. Michael who was severely injured in the crash that killed his Mother should not suffer losing his siblings too. How many other children are being subjected to the same unfair rulings? Let's work together to make some drastic changes.

Our move to Virginia  
The children and I moved to Virginia in 1984, when their father and I separated and later divorced. We moved to be closer to my family, as I worked swing shift in Franklin VA. I began working at Union Camp in November 1974, as a paper  inspector. In 1984, I became involved in union offices. Over the next 15 years, I held the offices of trustee, recording secretary, treasurer, to President of Local 1488. I started and organized a yearly "Bright Star" Christmas program for the last ten years before I retired. We would select 120 children from four local surrounding counties and assure they would have new toys and clothes for Christmas. The last year of the program, Christmas 1999, senior citzens in nursing homes without family were included to receive gifts. I retired from the paper mill in June 1999. When I retired, I went back to school and graduated in March 2001 and passed State Board for Certified Medical Assistant; back to school again....completed classes and passed State Board for Certified Nurses Assistant in May 2003 and started working on the Med/Surgical floor at Obici Hospital in Suffolk VA.

GrandRally and Commonwealth of Virginia issues  
With the responsibility of having to raise three of their six children, the realization of several disservices to Virginia families and their children have become apparent. The Commonwealth of Virginia does not have a "with death involved" statue in place (where a person while driving a motor vehicle kills some one) that can be attached to the end of the minor traffic violation received for the crash. Also, Virginia does not have grandparents rights, which in turn does not seem to be in "best interest of the child." A child needs to have the involvement of all loving, active relatives...."it takes a village to raise a child."

I had the distinct pleasure of attending the GrandRally in Washington DC September 13-15, 2005 for the purpose of trying to make positive changes for minor children. At the rally I learned the State of California has 10-12 laws in place for making a difference in children's lives but the Commonwealth of Virginia only has two....federal laws need to be in place so there will be consistency from state-to-state. A couple of important things we are taught when growing up....CHILDREN NEED LOVE AND CONSISTENCY!

Each state in our United States of America needs to have local delegates that understand these priorities. How many other states have a deficient in these crucial issues? The innocent minor children are the future generations of our nation. We need elected officials and concerned citizens working together  to make a difference. As a Virginia citizen, that has been tragically and personally affected by these deficients, I am actively involved in trying to promote positive changes for both of these very important issues in Virginia.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation for two wonderful ladies, Lola & Michelle...both from California, that graciously allowed me (a total stranger) to share a room for the two nights I was in DC. If anyone would like to become a sponsor for one or both of these issues... contact me: 
     mail--PO Box 154 Carrsville VA 23315
   email--angelsarms2004@verizon.net
Read my background history to understand why these issues need to be revised, if you have any further questions send them to one of the addresses above and I will respond to all inquiries.

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