By Bob Weaver

Lew and Jennie Craddock enjoy their spacious
country home in the Calhoun backwoods

Calhouner Lewis Craddock went back to college and got a Master's Degree at age 60, proving it is never too late to obtain a degree. Craddock just graduated from West Virginia University in Parkersburg with a degree in communications, maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

"It was a real challenge," said Craddock (pictured left), "The WVU staff did an excellent job teaching the course and helping me through it," while he continued working.

Craddock works with the West Virginia Department of Corrections in St. Marys and is currently teaching classes in Criminal Justice, having earlier obtained a BA in the field and working originally in the California corrections system.

He served the military during the Vietnam War and Gulf War, and is a pro-active advocate for veteran's rights.

Lew and his wife Jennie returned to his native Calhoun in 1987, coming back to help take care of his ailing mother. The couple have now erected a new home on his grandfather's farm, the Dave and Letha Price Craddock place on Sinking Springs.

The spacious county home sits high atop a hill between Sinking Springs and Barnes Run. "It was mostly built by our own hands (including his wife's) over a period of ten years," he said.

Lew grew up on Daniels Run, the son of the late Forest and Emma Woods Craddock. He left Calhoun in 1959, moving to Ohio and later to California, where he worked at Folsom Prison.

He has a brother, Ron Craddock, who lives on Daniels Run.