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Craycraft Joins Wetzel County Hall Of Fame

By Staff | Dec 21, 2016

The Wetzel County Museum was packed at Keith Craycraft’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

New Martisville’s very own Bill Stewart was the Wetzel County Museum first inductee to the Wetzel County Hall Of Fame. Bill Stewart’s talent and character impacted countless people throughout his lifetime. The same can be said for Keith Craycraft, the second individual to join the Wetzel County Hall Of Fame.

Craycraft formed an unbreakable bond, according to Lee Groves who introduced him as the second inductee to join what looks to be a long list of well-deserved people that will join Bill and Keith as inductees in the near future.

Craycraft took over, from his father, the Bruce Lanes Bowling Center, and built a never-ending bond between his customers and his employees, a bond which stood firm until last year.

Bruce Lanes brought a lot of people together – not just to bowl, hang out, play pool and video games – but to have birthday and graduation and after prom parties too.

It also was a learning center for students from the New Martinsville School, and Craycraft also was the head coach of the Magnolia Bowling Team, and proceeded over many, many bowling tournaments, along with Bruce Lane’s annual Match Play that brought in loads of prize money to area bowlers.

Many bowling leagues were formed, along with life-long friendships at Bruce Lanes, through these leagues. There wasn’t many places that young people could go in the area to have a good time and still be able to play a sport year round, day or night.

Keith stated in his acceptance speech that the lanes served as more than just a business… it was family.

And most of this family, such as those that worked for Mike and Keith Craycraft, were on hand to celebrate Keith’s acceptance in the Hall Of Fame.