Criner, Lawrence Douglas

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Lawrence Douglas Criner, age 85, of Blacksburg, Virginia died, May 19, 2021 at Lewis Gale Medical Center, Salem. He was born on Friday, September 6, 1935 to the late Ernest Brown and Marine Criner.

Doug worked and retired from Radford Army Ammunition Plant, as an Acid Vessel Repairman after 33 years of service. Retirement wasn’t for him, he went to work part time at Wades on North Main Street, Blacksburg. He loved Virginia Tech Hokies football. He enjoyed Nascar Racing (Go #2 Brad Keslowski). He loved working in his yard and took pride in its beauty, especially his rose bush he planted in front of the picture window.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doraine Martin (Phil); brothers, Donald Criner and Wallace “Crow” Criner (Jo Ann); special brothers-in-law, Sammy, Mac and Earl. He is survived by his wife of 63 years that he was totally devoted to, Katie Criner; only child, Diane Matusevich (Eric); sister and brother-in-law, Dolphine Lowe (Clinton); sisters-in-law, Fern Echols, Lo Fisher and Brenda Allen (Sayford) who were sisters in his heart; grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Tracy Shelton (Andy Dandy) and Wayne Shelton (Brittany); special nephews, Reggie Caldwell and Timmy Shupe, Cory D. ; special niece, Cathy Martin; special brother-in-law, Sayford Allen and Coy Shupe (Terry); and a host of other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel, Blacksburg with Randy Jarrells officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until service time. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.