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Rita Fay Cruise

September 17, 1926 — October 21, 2022

Coal City, WV

Rita Fay Massey Cruise of Coal City, went to her heavenly

home on Friday, October 21, 2022.


Born at Matiland, West Virginia on September 17, 1926

to the late Florence AliceMassey and Hobert Norman.

At the age of 14 whilewalking down the road and she saw

the love of her life Obie Miller Cruise and said to herself

she was going to marry that man. At the age of 16 she

married him and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage and 5 children.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Obie Miller

Cruise and her three sons, Douglas Wayne Cruise, Larry

Adrian Cruise and John Leslie Cruise. A grandson Obie

Scott Cruise and her step father, William (Buster) Pauley

who raised her. She attended school in McDowell

county. She was a member of the Coal City Church of

God and had given her life to the Lord at a very early age.

She served in various positions in the churches that she

attended. She loved to quilt, write poetry, sew, and

crochet, and spending with her children and



She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Main and Diana

(Roy) Smith of Coal City. Thirteen grandchildren, 28

great grandchildren, and 4 great, great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, October

25, 2022 at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, WV. Visitation

will be from 11-1 with services begining at 1 pm. Services will

be conducted by Rev. Haskel Salmon and Bishop

Clarence Lee.


The family would like to thank the caregivers that helped

take care of our mother for the past two years. A special

thank you to Hospice of Southern WV for all the help and

support they have provided to Momma and the family.


Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.

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