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Gregory D. Crites, 71, of Lynchburg, Va. formerly of Moorefield, W.Va., went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va., surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. 

Born March 12, 1953, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Darl Conway “Ted” Crites and Nellie Frances Bierkamp Crites. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Jodi Crites of Keller, Texas; and one sister, Dedirea Crites Allen of Petersburg.

Greg was known for his unwavering faith as a Baptist and was an esteemed member of the First Baptist Church in Madison Heights, Va. His dedication extended to his professional life as well; he retired in 2021 from the University of Virginia Medical Services in Lynchburg, where he served as a bio medical technician.

Greg leaves behind his beloved wife, Sharon Volpe Crites; his daughter Sarah Crites of Lynchburg; sons, Cory (Karen) Crites of Weatherford, Texas and Dustin Crites of Ft. Worth, Texas; along with two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter residing in Texas. He is also survived by his brothers, Clint (Robin) Crites of Moorefield and Grant B. (Olga) Crites of Winchester, Va. Additionally, Greg is remembered fondly by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends in the Moorefield and Petersburg area.

In accordance with Greg’s wishes, he has been cremated. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Lynchburg to honor and cherish the memory of a kind-hearted individual who touched the lives of many.

May Gregory D. Crites rest in eternal peace knowing that his legacy of faith and love lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have known him.

Obituary courtesy of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield.           (4-2-24)

Richard “Spike” Humphreys, 81, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away  Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 12, 1942, in Penn Hills, Pa., he was a son of the late Charles Everett and Edna Mae (Shaffer) Humphreys. In addition to his parents, Spike was preceded in death by one brother, Bruce Humphreys. 

He is survived by his son, Brad and wife Jane Ruseski of Morgantown, W.Va.; his companion of 38 years, Margaret J. Kesner and her children, Tony and wife Lynn Kesner, Mark “Moke” and wife Shannon Kesner and Nikki and husband Kelly Sites; six grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Hope Jachim of Seattle, Wash.; sister-in-law, Lois Humphreys of Essex Junction, Vt.; a special niece, Wendy Humphreys of Burlington, Vt.; and special friends, Lance and Melissa Martin of Petersburg.

Spike was a graduate of Penn Hills High School in 1961 and attended Salem College. In the early ‘60s Spike moved to Petersburg and was an agent for the former I.D. Smith Insurance Company. He was a truck driver for various companies including Mullenax Trucking, and retired from Petersburg Oil Company. He was a member of the Petersburg First Baptist Church.

Spike showed Tennessee Walking Horses at the Tri-County Fair and other area horse shows. He enjoyed farming and was always followed by his German shepherds.

Funeral services were Monday afternoon in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastors Shannon Earle, Frank Ketterman and Rick Bergdoll officiating. 

Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the Petersburg First Baptist Church, 112 Virginia Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847. 

Condolences to the family may be left at


Robert Lee Long Jr., 61, of Moorefield, W.Va., went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Dec. 3, 1962, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of Robert Lee Long  Sr. and Patricia Carol (Wimer) Long of Maysville, W.Va.                     

Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife of  30 years, Denise L. (Fink) Long; two sons, Bobby Lee Long of Maysville and Caleb Long (Shay) of Moorefield;  two daughters, Jennifer Ours (Paul) of Petersburg and Cara Jo Long of Moorefield; three grandchildren, Alexa Conrad, Orion Conrad and Waylon Long; three brothers, Jake Long (Cathy), Raymond Long (Cindy) and Jason Long (Judy), all of Maysville; two sisters, Ronna Goldizen (Will) and T.J. Hedrick (Tim), both of Maysville; and  several nieces and nephews.

Robert was a 1981 graduate of Petersburg High School. He worked for the Boilermakers Union for several years. Later he worked for the former Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Petersburg  and retired in 2021 after 40 years of service. During that time Robert received several awards and certificates. He drove for Pepsi as a technician in 14 counties throughout those years and never met a stranger. He was also a welder, mechanic, plumber, and carpenter.  One of his hobbies that he enjoyed was cooking and baking for others. Robert loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all. 

Robert was a devoted Christian and was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 2014. 

Funeral services were Monday evening in the chapel of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastor Dewaine Corley officiating. 

Interment was private in the Kelly Mountain Cemetery near Elkins, W.Va.

Condolences to the family may be left at


Randall Bruce Layman, 71, of Bayard, W.Va., passed away April 1, 2024, at his residence. 

Born May 20, 1952, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Fredrick and Clarice Lucille (Willis) Layman. 

Randy was a 1971 graduate of Union High School. He worked for Island Creek Coal Company and Consol Energy as a coal miner and at the Scherr location of Fairfax Stone Materials as a truck driver. He attended the Bayard United Methodist Church. Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing, metal detecting, coin collecting, and most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Dawn Thompson and husband Daniel of Parsons, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Lukas Daniel Thompson-Moore and husband Joseph Thompson-Moore of Kerens, W.Va. and Ryder Elizabeth Thompson of Parsons; four siblings, Bob Layman and wife Sue of Richland, Mo., Sharon Hortsman and husband Harold of Lohman, Mo., Stanley Layman of Gormania, W.Va. and Ann Moreland and husband John of Mount Storm, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, Rodney Lewis of Oakland; a sister- in-law, Robin Layman of Bayard; former partner and lifelong friend, Shirley Phillips Tyson of Stephenson, Va.; along with a host of dearly loved nieces and nephews. 

In additon to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Doris Jean Layman, Carl Fredrick Layman, Sue Lewis, Mose Layman, and Dick Layman and wife Sue. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Blackwater Ministerial Association for the new construction of the food pantry facility. Donations may be mailed to Blackwater Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 103, Davis, WV 26260.

Randy’s request for cremation was honored. A graveside service will be held at the Bayard Cemetery at a later date. 

The Hinkle-Fenner Funeral Home is honored to be serving Randy’s family.


Michael Dale Bland, 64, of Petersburg, died Sunday, March 31, at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.  

Born July 2, 1959, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Harry Dale “Tootsie” Bland and Ethel Marie (Lambert) Bland of Riverton. He was also preceded in death by one grandson.

Mr. Bland attended Circleville High School and formerly went to the Riverton United Methodist Church.  He was a supervisor for Advantage Foods and had also worked for Walmart and Pilgrim’s Pride in Moorefield. 

He is survived by his wife, Lora (Chapman) Bland; one daughter, April Whetzel of Petersburg; one son, Cody Bland of Petersburg; one sister, Katherine “Kathy” Arbaugh of Harrisonburg, Va.; one brother, Matthew Bland of Medley; and six grandchildren.  

  Funeral services were Thursday afternoon at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg with Pastor Michael Clements officiating.  Interment was in the Bland Family Cemetery, Riverton.  

Memorials may be made to the family c/o the Basagic Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847. Memories and words of comfort may be left at or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.       (4-9-24)

Kermit Lee McDonald  Sr., 89, of Maysville, W.Va., passed away Monday, April 1, 2024, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born March 12, 1935, in Maysville, he was a son of the late Teddy Roosevelt McDonald and Edna Pearl (Rohrbaugh) McDonald. In addition to his parents, Kermit was preceded in death by one son, Kermit Lee McDonald Jr.; grandson, David W. McDonald; and son-in-law, Len Michalowski.

Kermit is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rachel (Hardy) McDonald; two daughters, Debby Michalowski of Manassas, Va. and Jeanie Champ (Steven) of Petersburg; one son, Jonathan E. McDonald (Frances) of Manassas, Va.; two grandchildren, Julius (Carey) Michalowski and J’nae Champ; one great-grandson, Samuel Jay Michalowski;  one stepgranddaughter, Andrea Taylor and her three children.

Kermit was a 1954 graduate of Petersburg High School. He worked at Allied Egry from 1964-1994 and later worked at Shop ‘n Save from 1999-2016. He attended Maysville Bible Brethren Church.  Kermit had a distinct memory that allowed him to recount and relate to stories from years past with enviable precision and charm. 

Funeral services were Friday afternoon in the chapel of Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating.  Interment was in Maysville Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Gideons International. 

Condolences to the family may be left at


Michael “Mike” Dawn Snyder, 73, of Fisher, W.Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday morning, March 2, 2024, at his residence. 

Born Sept. 24, 1951, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Clyde Paxton and Ona Dale Smith Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, two brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law.

Mike served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam era; worked as a carpenter in his younger years and built his family home using that knowledge. He worked for 20 years at Pilgrim’s Pride feed mill and retired from Hardy County Sheriff’s Office as a process server after six years of service.

He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Temple in Rig, W.Va., where he helped in the ministry by teaching and preaching God’s Word. He studied the Bible at length and would share his love for the Lord with anyone who would listen.

Mike, being a “jack of all trades,” was well known that he could “rig” anything and make it work. He spent his retirement taking his grandchildren hunting and fishing, making precious memories. His grandchildren meant the world to him, and he taught them to always put God first. Mike was an excellent cook, he loved cooking and Nevin his brother loved to eat it!

He will be greatly missed by all his family until they meet again.

“Concerning those which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 KJV.

Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Kathy Lynn Evans Snyder; two sons, Michael D. Snyder II (Aaron) and Aaron J. Snyder (Megan); two brothers, Charles C. Snyder and Nevin T. Snyder; one sister-in-law, Nancy Evans Taylor; one brother-in-law, Danny Poling; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held beginning at 11 a.m., March 16, at the Calvary Baptist Temple in Rig, with Pastor Steve Snyder officiant. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

A private graveside ceremony for the immediate family will be announced at a later date.

Expressions of condolences, shared memories and cherished photographs may be left on Mike’s tribute wall at honoring his remarkable journey and the impact he made in the lives of those he touched.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield.                   


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