Craig W. Avant

Craig W. Avant

Virginia Beach, VA
02.15.1961 - 09.30.2018

Craig William Avant, 57, of Virginia Beach passed away on Sept 30, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his father, A. Calvin Avant.

He is survived by his mother, Joan A. Eberwine and husband George; his son, Joshua W. Avant; 2 sisters, Valerie L. Avant and Vicki A. Newman and husband Steve; 3 nephews, 1 niece, and 2 great nieces.

He was the owner and president of SPEC Light, specializing in lighting design and controls. Craig was a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Craig could always be found on 64th Street at the oceanfront, where he lived for over 20 years. He loved life and nature and captured it beautifully in his photography. His happy place was a day on the beach with good weather, family, and friends. Craig's loss saddens us all and he will be forever loved and missed.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Thursday at Centenary United Methodist Church at 3312 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth. Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk VA 23435 is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or the Surfrider Foundation, P.O. Box 6010, San Clemente, CA 92674.

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Centenary United Methodist Church
3312 Cedar Lane
Portsmouth, VA 23703
United States


My sincere condolences goes out to the family during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in God's promise at Revelation 21:3,4 where we look forward to a time when there will be no more pain and death any more.  For additional comfort please visit this website:….


Craig and I worked together for over 30 years. He is a rock star - in so many ways - and on so many levels. Craig helped to significantly change my life - and I will be forever grateful.

Jay Peterson

Craig and I knew each other through the Lighting Industry. We didn't see each other much but when we did, we had way more fun than two average bears for sure. He is also the sole reason I bought and love my mountain bike. I will, now for than ever before, be thinking of him when I ride. Rest easy my friend and enjoy the waves. Josh

Josh Ryan

I had the pleasure of knowing Craig for over 20 years and spent many afternoons and evenings at his place on 64th. I always enjoyed his excitement and enthusiasm when it came to lighting and lighting applications. Many conversations would lead to breaking out samples and showing me different products and why one performed better than another. I’m sure the neighbors loved us lighting up the street and the dunes late into the evening. I feel very fortunate to have known Craig and will cherish a wealth of memories and good friends that I have made who traveled in his circles. He had a great heart and an infectious personality. You will be missed my friend. Rest well and tell Jimbo hi for me!

Jesse Jernigan

I had the privilege of knowing Craig for about 22 years. Web Chandler introduced me to Craig on my second day of work at DJG Inc. That was the start of our friendship and him mentoring me in the wonderful world of lighting. He was always eager and happy to help me in my private and business life. I learned a great deal about lighting from him and I would often ask for advice on lighting design solutions. I also had the pleasure of Craig opening up his home to me and always made me feel welcome. I will miss him very much and have many fond memories of Craig. I'm thankful he was a part of my life. Craig may you rest in peace.

Adam Mickiewicz

I met Craig several years ago through a mutual friend, and hung out with him several times in Va Beach. No matter the activity, it was always evident that he loved living the beach life and made the most of it all. May you have an Endless Summer my friend.

Dave Turner

I met Craig 9 years ago at a Maryland/Virginia Tech game. We shared many happy and special times together that I will always cherish. Craig, you will always remain in my heart. My love and condolences to his beautiful family.


Janet Dobson

Craig and I have been friends for a long time. He had a heart of gold and was a sincere, loving, caring individual. He taught me a lot about lighting design and introduced me to many of the local icons of the industry. We had many, many good times together here in Va. Beach as well as in Las Vegas, New York, or wherever. He was a bright, shining light that was taken away way too soon. I thank God for the time I spent with him, and wish peace to his family at this bittersweet time.

Chuck Bolt

I met Craig at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the late 1980s. He was just hired by the company I worked for and that was his first project with us. I enjoyed working with him because he was a little mischievous and fun loving. I will always remember Craig because he took the photos of my wedding in 1991. Thank you Craig.

Chuck Austin

I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Andy Ward

Andy Ward

I learned of Craig's passing from a close Radford University friend. It has been many years but my memories of Craig are as fresh today as they were in the late 1970s to early 1980s. For his family and loved ones I can share that he was always a joyous and open hearted friend to all.

John Chomeau

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