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Local Business and Community leader has died

August 19th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Local business and community leader Fay Edward Leydig has passed away at the age of 81. Lyedig of Hyndman, Pa. Fay founded Bible Gospel Church in 1979 where he was a pastor for 38 years. According to his obituary, he started as an entrepreneur at the age of 14 selling and repairing bicycles. By his early 20s, he was hauling crushed stone up and down all along U.S. Rt. 40 and U.S. I-70. He owned and operated two Phillips 66 gas stations, one in Clarysville and one in Hyndman from 1970 to 1976. Leydig Trucking was Fay's first official trucking company, formed in the early to mid 1970s. It later merged into becoming Valley Trucking Inc. in Corriganville, which he and his partner, Fred E. O'Baker, owned. He also worked for Delta Mining at this same time as a coal buyer and sales agent during the coal boom of the early 1970s to 1980s. He then started his own coal company in Frostburg, Black Diamond Energies Incorporated, in 1982. The company was buying, blending, and selling coal to users and utilities all around the Northeast. In 1987 Black Diamond Energies purchased the Kitt No. 1 mine in Barbour County, W.Va.
Coal was deep mined and sold all over the U.S. and abroad until about 1991 when the mine was sold to Anker Energy. Superior Plating Inc. was also the business Fay owned in McSherrystown, Pa., providing chrome plating services to commer cial businesses. He was founder and owner of Leydig Lumber Company Inc. He timbered land and owned a sawmill in Meyersdale, Pa. Friends will be received at the Bible Gospel Church, 4866 Hyndman Road, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the church on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at 11 a.m. with Pastors Gary Pensyl and Stevie Leydig Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Madley Cemetery, Buffalo Mills, with Jerry Leydig, Jentezen Walls, Steven Leydig, Stevie Leydig Jr., Cassius Walls and Andrew Shroyer serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Bible Gospel Church, P.O. Box 628, Hyndman, PA 15545.