Ernest Franklin Backus, 82, of Rainelle, WV, died at the Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg, WV, on Saturday, September 14, 2019.
He was the son of Dwight Backus Sr. and Lucille Jarrell Backus.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rainelle, where he was a deacon since 1975, and served as the music director for 55 years. He had also been a member of the Rainelle Lions Club and was the Greenbrier County Magistrate for 16 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Amber Dawn Backus.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Rice Backus; daughter, Terri Backus McGuire of Rainelle; son, Joseph “Joe” Backus and Cheryl of Rock, WV; brother, Dwight Backus (Cindy) of Rainelle; grandchild, Brandi Fox of Cranberry, PA; and three great-grandchildren, Brittnei, Braden, and Presley.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Rainelle. Officiating the service are Pastor Keith Cook, the Rev. Dana Gatewood, the Rev. Les Mullins, and Alan Schoolcraft Williams.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Ernest’s name be made to Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or First Baptist Church of Rainelle, 345 7th Street, Rainelle, WV 25962.
Send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.
Wallace & Wallace, Inc., 283 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962, is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the September 20, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.