Pastor Allen Dale Crosten

 Pastor Allen Dale Crosten, age 75 years, a resident of Parsons, WV, went to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, February 19, 2017 at his home.  Death was attributed to complications of the flu. 

He was born Thursday, November 27, 1941 at Thomas, WV, a son of the late Jack D. and Janice Carr Crosten.   On January 2, 1963 at Winchester, VA, he was married to the former Carol Louise Jones, who survives.  They had celebrated fifty-three years of marriage.

Also surviving are two sons, Mark Dale Crosten of Parsons and Gregory Allen Crosten and wife Kellie of Holly Meadows; one brother, Jack F. Crosten and wife Darlena of Bretz; one sister, Diane K. Schrecongost of Manassas, Va; four grandchildren, Justin Crosten of Morgantown, Alyssa Parsons and husband Daniel of Grafton, Ethan Crosten of Parsons and Emily Crosten of Parsons; and several nieces and nephew.

He attended Thomas Grade School and was a graduate of Parsons High School with the Class of 1959.   He was a mechanic, working for his father at Crosten’s Sales and Service and was a former Service Manager for Motor City Datsun of Elkins.   He had a calling in the ministry and Pastored at the First Baptist Church in Parsons from 1986 until his retirement in 2015.    He coached little league football, basketball and baseball.   He had a great love for the Lord, his family, his church family and friends and loved spending time on his front porch
reminiscing.  He enjoyed working with the youth, fishing the riverbanks, feeding the birds and attending his grand children’s sport activities.   He had a great love for the youth, ministering thru bible school, church camp, church gym and several other activities.   While Pastor at the First Baptist Church, he was instrumental in the construction of a new church facility and a gymnasium for the community youth.  Al will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, tremendous compassion and great love for the Lord, and spending time with his family and his grandchildren.

The family received friends at the First Baptist Church at Parsons on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.  Final rites will be conducted at the church of Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1 p.m.  The Rev. Gregory Smith will officiate and interment will follow at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons, WV.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Pastor Allen Dale Crosten.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.

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