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Originally published: 2013-02-05 16:17:50
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Sam Wyndham Craver Jr

Sam Wyndham Craver, Jr. passed away peacefully at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village on Feb. 2, 2013. He was a native of Charlotte.

Sam was born Feb. 13, 1928, to Sam Wyndham Craver and May Pitts Craver, in Charlotte.

Sam graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, in 1946. He continued his studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Journalism. Upon graduation he served in the Army at Fort Bragg during the Korean War. After his military service he joined his father's business, Craver Theaters in Charlotte. After 11 years in Charlotte he moved to Roanoke, Va., to further his theatre career. He had a very distinguished and successful career during his 30 years in the motion picture business.

He moved back to Charlotte in 1974 merging his Virginia theatres with Consolidated Theatres in Charlotte. In 1977 he became president of Consolidated Theatres. He and his business partner, Herman Stone, took Consolidated Theatres into the fast growing multiplex theatre business. Consolidated Theatres was based in Charlotte, but built and operated theatres in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. The business was sold in 1988. At that time he retired to his farm in Union County, North Carolina, and became a gentleman farmer. He enjoyed spending the summers in Blowing Rock, at his summer home, while working on the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. During his younger years he showed in many horse shows. He helped found the Roanoke Valley Horse Show and for many years served on the board of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.

Sam was proud of his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He spent quality time with each and they were the joy of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sarah (Sissy) Rhodes Craver; son, Sam Craver III, and wife, Sally, of Roanoke, Va.; son, G. Rhodes Craver and his wife, Ann, of Durham; daughter, Ashley and her husband, Howard Rice, of Durham; grandson, Stephen Craver of Charlotte; grandson, John Craver of Durham; and granddaughter, Sarah Virginia Craver of Apex.

The family would like to express deep appreciation to the Galloway Ridge Arbor Staff, for their excellent care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund at 3000 Galloway Ridge Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312, or to The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation, Inc., PO Box 605, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: http://www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.

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