According to Benjamin Franklin, there is only certainty in this world when it comes to death and taxes. Needless to say, Rusty Hall has ample job security as Funeral Director of Craig Funeral Home.
Growing up on Granada Street, across the street from the funeral home’s original locale, Rusty worked for the Craig family doing odd jobs like washing cars and pulling weeds for extra spending money. Little did he know it would eventually turn into a full-fledged career.
“When I was a senior in high school, Mr. Gus Craig sat me down and asked what I was going to do after graduation,” says Rusty. “I had no quick answer and he offered to send me to school to become a funeral director.” After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Hall moved back to St. Augustine to return to work at Craig Funeral Home. That was nearly 34 years ago.
“There are two things I like most about my job,” says Rusty. “Foremost is the sense of helping someone in what has to be their darkest hour, guiding them through the process of caring for our dead and celebrating that person’s life. The second would have to be the people I work with. We are like one big family.”
1475 Old Dixie Highway
Photo by Brian Miller