Pastor Lyell Clarence Zickafoose
Pastor Lyell Clarence Zickafoose, age 70, of Crab Orchard passed away on January 17th, 2020, following a long battle with kidney disease and complications from recent heart surgery.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pastor Harry Jackson Zickafoose, and mother, Margaret Harrah Zickafoose Johnson, and his brother, Steve Zickafoose. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra (Osborne) Zickafoose, a son, David Zickafoose and wife, Kelli (Sparks) Zickafoose of Hico, WV; a daughter, Wendy Hamilton and husband, Mike Hamilton of Lewisville, Texas, as well as a sister, Pennie Burnett (Abram) of New Cumberland, PA. Lyell had five grandchildren - Noah Sparks, Kaile (Hamilton) Weddle, Kayleigh Stewart, Andrew Hamilton and Alexa Hamilton and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and dozens of treasured nieces and nephews and a multitude of extended family and friends.
Lyell was born in Richwood, West Virginia, on September 28, 1949. He was the youngest of three children. He grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and on Loops Road in Rainelle, West Virginia. He graduated from Rainelle High School in 1967. He received multiple bachelor's degrees in education and religious studies from Hyles-Anderson College and a Master's of Education from Faithway Baptist Bible College in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
He served in full-time ministry as senior pastor of Stanaford Road Baptist Church in Stanaford, WV, for over 43 years. During the course of his life, Lyell also taught Bible classes at Greater Beckley Christian School in Prosperity, WV, and multiple grades and subjects during his tenure as a teacher at Victory Baptist Academy in Beaver, WV. Lyell had the heart of an evangelist and loved preaching revivals at a number of churches throughout West Virginia.
Lyell was passionate about sharing the gospel with others and it was common to find him at any store, restaurant or sporting event engaged in conversations with others about life, God and family. In recent years, Lyell worked for the coal mines, the United States Postal Service and a multitude of other businesses and organizations across West Virginia and Virginia giving him ample opportunities to connect to the people he loved and served during his life. Pastor Zickafoose inspired many to become teachers, pastors and evangelists and his faith legacy lives on not only through his children and grandchildren but through those that he taught and encouraged.
Services for Lyell Zickafoose will be at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity, WV, on Wednesday, January 22nd, at noon (12:00 pm) with a family-only viewing from 10:00 to 10:30 and then viewing by others from 10:30 to 12:00 pm. Interment will follow with a short graveside service at Wallace Memorial Gardens at Crawley, WV.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and team of caregivers at Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown, WV, for the remarkable care given to Lyell over the last two months.
Letters of condolences can be mailed to the family at PO Box 1165, Crab Orchard, WV 25827. Online condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Lyell Zickafoose's name to your local charity of choice. Blue Ridge Funeral Home has the honor of serving the family.
Published on January 18, 2020


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Mona L Draughn
Feb 13, 2020
My condolences to the family. Mona L. Draughn (Adkins), Chicago, IL
Frederick Ewing
Jan 22, 2020
I love Lyell. He is a great and Godly man. He continues on in eternity serving the Lord.
Randall Topping
Jan 22, 2020
My condolences to this precious family.
The world was made a better place with the presence of bro Lyle. Though he is rejoicing in Heaven we that are left have lost a great Preacher, a great Christian and a great all around Man.
Lyle and I met several years ago in the business world and the Lord knitted our hearts together in the Lord.

May the Lord extend his marvelous grace to Sandy, the family and to all his friends.
Karen ( Painter) Kennedy
Jan 20, 2020
Sending prayers to you Sandy & family. Good memories on our little Picnic, Prospect Road in Ypsilanti Michigan. You & Lyle were great Christian examples to me. God Bless .
Carolyn Gilliam
Jan 20, 2020
Lyle was such a blessing to all who knew him. He & Sandy came to Michigan in the 70’s. Lyle & my husband, Dave, went to Bible college together. They would have coffee together, daily, talk about the Bible, go soul-winning together& rejoice in the Lord! When they moved, we were saddened & excited for them! Our hearts are sad, but rejoice in the knowledge that he is with our Lord Jesus! Praying for Sandy & family!
David Gilliam
Jan 20, 2020
We were classmates at Faithway. We had classes together , went soul winning together. I loved him like a brother. I am so proud and humbled by the life he lived. My wife and I have talked and rememberd him through the years, Heaven is a brighter place for me knowing he is there. Prays for his family. Condolences, David Gilliam
Cathy Dixon
Jan 19, 2020
My family and I were blessed to have known and heard Pastor Zickafoose preach for many years .He was a kind and good friend . He helped me and my family get through some very sad times . My heart and prayers are with Sandra and his family . He will be truly missed.
Lori Crump (Sturgill)
Jan 19, 2020
Mr Zickafoose was a great teacher. He was also a great preacher. He was always there to help us at school and make sure we was doing what we needed to be doing. He was always a person I looked up to. I would like to say I am sorry to the family. Mrs. Zickafoose, David, Wendy and your families. Prayers for all of you. Peace be with you during this time.
Richard L SHEETS
Jan 19, 2020
Love this man ever since I met May 1992
Jason Hamm
Jan 19, 2020
We all have stories of people who were huge impacts on our lives as young people. Mr. Zickafoose was this person to me. I sat across from him many times and watched him with tears in his eyes counsel me. Never did I ever doubt this man cared for my well being and wanted me to grow up to be the best man I could be. I am by no means perfect but the things that God has allowed me to accomplish would not have happened without the guidance of this man. Can’t wait to see him again one day and tell him Thank You...
Richard and Lois Simms
Jan 19, 2020
Lyell was a wonderful man and truly blessed all he ever spoke with.. He was related to the Simms but not sure about all that ,but he will be welcomed in to heaven not only by Christ but a host of friends and family..