Michael Elwood Back

     Michael Elwood Back, 63, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.

He was born March 15, 1958 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late Wilbur Kennie “Pops” Back and Ruby Christine Lotts Back.

Mike was formerly employed at Stella-Jones as a lumber producer, as well as being a truck driver and building contractor.

He was a NASCAR fan who enjoyed playing games on his computer and listening to gospel music.

Mike is survived by a special caregiver and companion of 28 years, Deborah Dale Bagarus of Craigsville; daughter: Tiffany Turner of Stuarts Draft; sisters: Rebecca Nelson and husband Jeff of Staunton, Doris Lucas of Staunton, Connie Gentry and husband Herman of Hinton, VA, Loretta Fitzgerald of Staunton; nephews: Donald Lucas and Geoffery Nelson; and a blessed friend, Delores Minter.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Scott Reese officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA in his honor.


  1. Connie Gentry

    Miss you already brother my heart is empty but no you are in heaven with mom dad and cowboy and uncle charlie you are guardian angel looking down on us. .RIP brother intell we meet again love you with all my heart sadly miss by connie herman benji buster lee .

    • Connie

      Hey brother in heaven one week today we laid you down to rest miss you so much brother RIP intell we meet again

  2. Loretta Fitzgerald

    Rest In Peace mike I am totally heartbroken right now till we meet again I love u forever and always your sister Loretta and Dazee Mae

    • Connie Gentry

      Micheal back. 1-13-2022
      Today was a day we lay you to rest you are flying high up on that mountain looking down on us you are free from all you bend threw theses last few months. You are a angle of god .god takes care of his children. You are free you have a new life with mom dad and uncle Charlie and cowboy. Bet you are looking down us and you are smiley only wish god could keep you here a little.more time but god call you home are hearts is empty but we no you are free and you are walking threw the gates of heaven .i well keep all my memories we had talking on the phone for hours and playing games on the computer and most off all watching nascar together if we was not doing that we just talk like brother and sister does well my favorite brother love you so much .and sadly miss you connie and herman and benji and buster lee RIP brother .intell we meet again .

  3. dale bagarus

    there is a brand new star up in heaven tonight.let your love shine down.i will miss you everyday,but you will always be with me,so let your light shine bright my dear and loving mike, i will love you forever and always,morning,noon and night,forever your soul mate,dale

    • Glenna Lawhorn

      I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Rebecca Nelson

    Hey Mike in heaven I just want you to know I love you very much. I can’t believe you’re gone I have a empty spot in my heart I will always love you very much. When I talked to you at Augusta Health it meant a lot to me that I did get a chance to talk to you before God called you home. You’re in no more pain or suffering. You’re and angel now looking down upon us. Just know I will always love you . Love your sister Rebecca (Becky) Nelson. Jeff , and Geoffery , Johnny.

  5. Connie

    Miss you brother love you with all my heart .sadly miss by connie and herman and benji and buster lee RIP brother.

  6. Tammy Turner Rogers

    Love and Prayers❤

    Todd & Tammy Rogers

  7. Nathan Haver

    Just heard today, 1/28/22 of your passing.

    Deepest sympathy from both of us!

    Nathan and Sue Ellen Haver

  8. Connie Gentry

    Miss you brother so much rest brother in heaven with mom dad and cowboy and uncle Charlie. Sadly miss. You connie and herman and benji and buster lee.


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