Pastor Ray Lee Crabtree


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.

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5 posts

Linda Payton
Mar 16, 2019
Pastor Crabtree will be sadly missed by our family.
His treasures our in heaven.
God Bless you Mrs. Crabtree you were surely blessed along side with your wonderful husband.
Love and Hugs from our family to yours.
Andrea Wright
Mar 16, 2019
I want to offer my condolences to you and your family. The loss of a loved one is the most difficult thing we have to deal with. God's word offers comfort in Revelation 21:4 it says that God wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. God's word even assures us that we will see our loved ones again. For more comforting information please refer to the website
Candace (Candy White) Calentine
Mar 11, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Vicki Riley DeWitt
Mar 10, 2019
I can so remember, church in the Upper Room at the beginning of Pastors ministry here in Fairmont. I’ll always treasure those teachings so long ago. They changed my life!
I send my love and sincere condolences to Gladys and the girls. My heart is hurting for you all...with much love, Vicki and Kaitlyn
Therese Bonasso-Morgantown,WV
Mar 10, 2019
“The love comes now-
In letting go the ones we love so dearly...
And thanking God for the time-
He has given us with them...
Here on the earth!”