Pastor Ray Lee Crabtree

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Pastor Ray L. Crabtree, 76, of Fairmont, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, March 8, 2019, at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 16, 1942, in Oldtown, Maryland, the son of the late Frank Lessie Crabtree and Sylvia Arvonia (Robertson) Crabtree.

After high school, Ray graduated from Northeast Bible College in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, and later went on to serve the Potomac Network of the Assemblies of God in the Potomac District as a Presbyter from 1986-1988, and as an Executive Presbyter from 1988 - 2019. Ray pastored for 54 years and had a passion for the "lost"; he pastored in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, and in Fairmont, West Virginia, at Trinity Assembly of God Church from 1974 - 2016.

Ray was a beloved husband of 53 and a half years, father, grandfather, and brother. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the West Virginia outdoors. He was a friend and mentor to many; he had a servant's heart and was full of grace. Ray stood tall in life, and he stands tall in death; he now stands healed and victorious in the presence of Jesus.

Ray is survived by his wife and best friend, Gladys J. Crabtree, of Fairmont; two daughters: Janel Hawley and her husband Michael, of North Port, Florida, and Theresa Teets and her husband Eric, of Sarasota, Florida; three granddaughters: Arielle Brayonna Teets, Makayla Janaye Teets, and Lydia Mae Hawley.

Ray is survived by brother, Franklin S. Crabtree, of Oldtown, Maryland; sister, Deloris J. Koon, of Winchester, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Doris Crabtree, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and nieces and nephews: Stacey Melton, Tonya Swift, Angela Brailer, Frankie Crabtree, Ronald Crabtree, Randall Crabtree, Debra Lowden, Donna Crabtree Hiller, and Danine Crabtree.

Ray is also survived by sisters-in-law, Judy Armstrong, of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania and Cinda and William Kauffman, of Shippenburg, Pennsylvania; and half-brother and sisters-in-law: Dana and Perry Ward, of Caledonia, Pennsylvania, and David and Lori Group, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald E. Crabtree.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Trinity Assembly of God Church, 70 Maranatha Dr., Fairmont, WV 26554 towards the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

Family and Friends will be received at the Trinity Assembly of God Church, 70 Maranatha Dr., Fairmont, on Monday, from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm, and on Tuesday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at Trinity Assembly of God Church on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. with Dr. Robin Rhoden and Pastor Wayde Wilson officiating. Interment will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Old Town United Methodist Church Cemetery in Oldtown, Maryland.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.carpenterandford.com.
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