Robert L. Backus, age 81 of Kermit, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Huntington Health and Rehabilitation. Born January 1, 1932 in Mingo County, he was the son of the late Pete and Billie Cloud. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Clistie Backus; six sons, Junior Marcum, Wesley Hodge, Arthur Hodge, Pete Backus, Benny Backus, and Gregory Backus; and one daughter, Billie Louise Brown. He is survived by one son, George Backus of Wheeling, West Virginia; one daughter, Mary Jarvis of Kermit, West Virginia; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00am Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Jennies Creek Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Anderson Cemetery on Jennies Creek. Curtis White will officiate. Friends may visit the church after 3pm Monday and all day Tuesday. In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Phelps & Son Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses by calling (606)298-0602. Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Inez.