A “Bit” of Remembrance – Earl Wayne Craddock and Alpha Boyett Craddock

Wayne Craddock and Alpha Boyett Craddock at the Boyett home in Malakoff
Date of photograph unknown

Earl Wayne Craddock

Earl Wayne Craddock was born on 1 November, 1901 in Gilmer, Texas.  His father, Jessie L. Craddock, was a farmer and his mother, Allie Thomas Craddock, was a teacher.

Wayne Craddock entered the University of Texas in 1919, but after three years of study, dropped out in order to teach.  He taught for five years – one year at Port Lavaca, one at Yoakum, and three at Weatherford – before returning to the University of Texas to complete work on his degree. 

He received his diploma in 1928 after changing his major from mathematics to English to drama.

While teaching Latin, mathematics and English at Port Lavaca, Mr. Craddock was also coaching that school’s football team. While teaching at Hearne, Texas, he would receive his master’s degree from Texas A&M College while he serving as high school principal and coach.  While at Hearne, he helped build what is believed to have been the first lighted football field in that section of the country.

After four years in Hearne, Mr. Craddock taught and coached football at Coleman, Texas for one year before going to Palestine in 1934 to teach and coach football.  In 1936, he gave up coaching to devote all of his time to classroom teaching.

He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1942 as a civilian ground instructor.  Following his discharge in 1944, he accepted a teaching position in Corsicana, but ultimately returned to Palestine to teach.

Many of us remember the time Mr. Craddock spent teaching mathematics at Malakoff High School in his later years.
Earl Wayne Craddock died on 9 November, 1994 in Palestine, Texas and is buried in Malakoff City Cemetery.

Alpha Boyett Craddock

Alpha Boyett was born in Malakoff on 4 April, 1902.  Her father was William Edgar Boyett, manager of the Malakoff Mercantile

Alpha Boyett – 1920

Company, and her mother was Nettie Beatrice Owen Boyett, a teacher in the Malakoff schools.  Alpha Boyett graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1924, and in her senior year was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a national honorary scholastic society. 

She moved to Palestine in 1924 and married Wayne Craddock in 12 June, 1938.

Alpha Boyett Craddock taught English in the public schools of Texas for 15 years, all but one in Palestine.

She died on 4 January, 1991 and is buried in Malakoff City Cemetery.


The Malakoff News – 23 January, 1959
The Malakoff News – 10 January, 1991
United States Census – Upshur County, Texas, 1910
United States Census – Robertson County, Texas, 1930
United States Social Security Death Index
Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998


3 thoughts on “A “Bit” of Remembrance – Earl Wayne Craddock and Alpha Boyett Craddock

  1. What a great teacher, I still have fond memories of this sometimes but mostly serious , funny man. Most importantly, I learned to expand my mind and horizons from this wonderful teacher. Thank you ,SIR.

  2. Mr. Craddock was my favorite teacher in high school. He followed the rules without exception. In my graduating class Paul Hinkle, Jerry Harper and I were in a virtual tie until my brother Robert decided to go to a Major League Baseball exhibition game in Longview. We got see Stan Musial and Ted Williams play. All of my teachers excused my absence but Mr. Craddock counted me absent. As result I finished third by a small fraction of a point. I still qualified for an academic scholarship to the University of Texas. I did not have a telephone at home and did not get the job I needed to pay for living expenses.

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