Charity Cathlene Craig-Merchant was born on September 2, 1976, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Regina Flute and Freddie Craig, Jr. and she passed away on September 21, 2022, in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the young age of 46.
Charity was saved and gave her life to the Lord. She was an avid reader of the Bible and loved to listen to Christian music. She had one the biggest hearts and most beautiful singing voices. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, mother, brother, and other family members. She also loved to discuss the Bible. She was very knowledgeable in the Word. She knew it was close to her time to be called home. She knew she would get to see her loved ones, especially Jesus when she left this world. She was not afraid. She just knew. She touched so many hearts and would give whatever she could to those in need, even when she didn’t have much to give. But she did give her unconditional love to anyone that wanted to receive it. A very special thank you to Charlene Brown for all the love and care for Charity in her time of need. She was loved by so many and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her father: Freddie Craig, Jr.; grandma: Evalee Mannon; grandfather: Mack Charles Flute, Sr.; grandmother: Edna Craig; along with many aunts, uncles, and a special cousin: Sherman.
Charity is survived by her husband: David Merchant; son: Grason; daughter: Tamara; mother: Regina Flute; grandfather: Carl Mannon of Westville, Oklahoma; “mom”: Debra Merchant of Sycamore, Illinois; sister: Miranda Ellis and children of Lincoln, Arkansas; brothers: Wesley Smith and wife Ashlie with their four boys of Lincoln, Arkansas, Markus Craig and wife Kandis with their children of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Josh Hewitt of White Bear, Minnesota; and one nephew: Isaiah Smith and wife Vanessa with baby boy: Pryor Reed stationed in Germany. Along with many other special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.