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Daniel Burnette Craddock

April 14, 1955 — December 4, 2023

Livingston, Alabama

Daniel Burnette Craddock, affectionately known as Danny, passed away on December 4, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service and unwavering love for his family, friends, and community. Danny was born on April 14, 1955. His life was marked by his commitment to public service, infectious sense of humor, and love of family.

Danny's journey in law enforcement began in 1976 when he joined the Columbia Police Department. Soon after, Danny became the Chief of Police and held that title until he joined the York Police Department in 1978, where he served for eight years before moving to Livingston, Alabama, dedicating over two decades of his life to serving the community. From 1989 to 2012, Danny faithfully served the City of Livingston as a police officer and animal control officer. However, his influence extended far beyond these roles.

During his tenure in Livingston, Danny's spirit of service knew no bounds. Danny became a member of Gainesville Methodist Church and served as the treasurer for the church. His discipleship extended far beyond his church as he started as a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT, valiantly responding to emergencies and going above and beyond for every call. His genuine care for others inspired him to extend a helping hand wherever it was needed. A mentor to many within the fire department, Danny always made sure his colleagues felt supported and valued. His exceptional work ethic set an example for those around him, earning him the respect and admiration of both peers and superiors alike.

Danny served as the current McGregor Lodge #38 Fraternal Order of Police Secretary/Treasurer for an impressive two decades. Last year, Danny's commitment to his profession was rightfully recognized when he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the McGregor Lodge. This honor acknowledged his thirty-plus years of devoted service, a testament to his loyal dedication and impact on the community he held dear.

Outside of his professional life, Danny held a deep love for his family. He cherished every moment spent with them and took great joy in making his nieces and nephews feel special and important. His brothers were not only siblings but also integral parts of his life, sharing countless memories that will be forever treasured.

To Danny, retirement merely meant shifting gears while continuing to serve his community tirelessly. His thirty-four years of combined service between various agencies highlighted his dedication. Even in retirement, he remained actively involved, always looking out for the well-being of community members and public safety personnel. Whether driving his truck to lend a listening ear at odd hours or ensuring the hydration and comfort of responders at sporting events in his side-by-side vehicle around the University, Danny's commitment to helping others was unwavering.

Beyond his adherence to public service, Danny indulged in some personal hobbies and interests. A passionate supporter of Alabama Football, he eagerly followed every game, celebrating victories and commiserating losses. His love for his family extended to collectibles as well, as he amassed an extensive collection of model police cars that fascinated all who had the pleasure of visiting him. Danny was an avid animal lover and had many furry friends over the years; he especially enjoyed the companionship of his cats.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Charles B. and Aileen D. Craddock, as well as his brother, Charles O. Craddock. Though they are no longer with us, their memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved them.

Danny is survived by his loving family, including his brothers, Philip D. Craddock (Katie), Timothy S. Craddock (Marie), and Mark N. Craddock (Regina); sister-in-law, Naima Craddock; and special sister, Rose Mack, who held a unique place in Danny's heart. His nephews, Nelson Craddock (Kasey), Carter Craddock and Duncan Craddock; along with his nieces, Devan Grayson (Wes), Lauren Kerchner (Aaron), Jordan Johnston (Philip), and Karla Braswell (Cross) will forever cherish their uncle's impact on their lives. Meanwhile, great nephews, Austin, Hunter, Felix, and Caster, alongside great nieces, Stella Kate, Nora Beth, Zoey, Coco, Paisley Grace, and Mattie Rae will carry forward Danny's spirit of joy and love.

Later in life, Danny found companionship and solace in the company of Elise Edwards, who shared with him a profound connection that brought laughter and light into their lives.

Danny Craddock's presence enriched the lives of countless individuals. His caring nature, generous spirit, and genuine compassion touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His witty remarks and infectious humor never failed to bring a smile to anyone's face.

To honor Danny's memory, a visitation will be held at Siloam Baptist Church - 34 Siloam Church Road, Cuba, Alabama 36907 on December 8, 2023, from 11:00 AM until the 12:00 PM funeral service. Burial will follow in Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery. 


Daniel Burnette Craddock will be deeply missed but forever remembered as an exceptional public servant, loving family member, and cherished friend. May his soul find eternal rest as his legacy continues to inspire us all.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Friday, December 8, 2023

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery

34 Siloam Church Rd, Cuba, AL 36907

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