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NANCY CAROL DURST

Nancy Carol (Rocker) Durst, 85, of Cottageville, WV, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born January 5, 1932, in Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late John Thomas and Mary Alice (Raines) Rocker. Nancy was also preceded by her husband Roy Raymond Durst; son, Roy Raymond Durst Jr.; brothers, Bill and Johnny Rocker.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include her grandson, Justin (Emily) Durst of Mount Alto; granddaughters, Jaime Durst of Cottageville and Melinda (Glen Allen) Fields of Statts Mills; sister, Jane Howery of Marietta, OH; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017~4 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

CLARA MARIE CAPEHART

Christian symbolClara Marie (Rollins) Capehart, 101, of Letart, WV, passed away May 15, 2017, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV.

She was born March 2, 1916 in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late William Jackson and Elizabeth Rachel (Smith) Rollins. She was also preceded by her sisters, Sybil Norris and Katherine Blessing and brothers, Nathan and George Rollins.

She was a 1937 graduate of Wahama High School, Mason, WV. She was a member of the Guiding Star Advent Christian Church, Letart, WV, for 88 years. Clara served as church secretary for 40 years and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was a retired nurses aid and supervisor from Lakin State Hospital, West Columbia, WV.

Survivors include her sons, Joseph A. Capehart of Letart and Okey W. (Linda) Capehart of Columbus, OH; daughter, Betty Lou  Moore (Gene) of Rio Grande, OH; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Service will be Thursday, May 18, 2017~11 a.m. at the Guiding Star Advent Christian Church, Letart, with Pastor Delton Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

Friends and family are invited to a meal following the service at the Letart Community Building.

MARY FRANCES KNAPP

Knapp, Mary websiteMary Frances Knapp, 96, of Havelock, NC, formerly of Jackson County, passed away May 13, 2017, at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC.

She was born August 23, 1920, in Ripley, WV, to the late Kenna B. and Rose (Mullinex) Parsons. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Dayton Knapp and son, Roy Dwight Knapp; brothers, Burns Parsons and Kenna Gordon Parsons and sisters, Juanita Rader, Jacqueline Shoemaker and Eva June Shinn.

She was a member of the West Ripley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Gates (Rick), Alexandria, IN; son, Douglas Knapp (Lois), San Antonio, TX; eleven grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Annette Knapp of Havelock, NC.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV with Pastor Jack Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the funeral home.

JOYCE MARIE ROLLINS

Joyce Marie Rollins, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away May 13, 2017, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born November 11, 1939, in Angier, NC, the daughter of the late, Allen and Lyda (Hughes) Byrd. In addition to her parents, her son, CW05, Troy E. Rollins, of the West Virginia Army National Guard, also preceded her in death.

Joyce was a military spouse, a homemaker and the bookkeeper for the family business, Rollins Electric. She enjoyed bowling and quilting.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, James Francis “Jim” Rollins; son, Tim Rollins of Lillington, NC; daughter, Sharon Neal (Jeff) of Coats, NC; sister, Brenda Overbee of Coats, NC; grandchildren, Spc. 4, Tyler “T.J.” Rollins, Spc. 4, Victor Rollins, veteran (Muriah), Troy “T.J.” Rollins, Jr., J.T. Rollins, Parish Rollins, Isaac Rollins, Max Rollins and Angela LeQuire (Lieut. John); great grandchildren, Spc. 4, Justin LeQuire (Sandra), Will LeQuire, Caleb LeQuire, Rachel LeQuire and Kiley Rollins.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is providing arrangements.

In memory of Joyce, donations are preferred to the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

JEREMY EUGENE BARNETT


Barnett, JeremyJeremy Eugene Barnett,
37, of Evans, WV, passed awayU.S. Flag May 7, 2017, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following a sudden illness.

He was born August 20, 1979, in Ripley, WV, the son of Parvin Eugene and Cathy Lynn (Pernell) Barnett of Evans.

Jeremy was a 1997 graduate of Ripley High School, receivedAir Force 02 an Associates Degree from West Virginia State College and then joined the United States Air Force.

He was currently a paramedic supervisor for Jackson County MedicalEmergency Medical Services. He began his career by joining the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 14, and years later would become Captain.   He served as a firefighter on Pawley’s Island and as a CCT Paramedic in Kanawha County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers and motorcycles.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Khloie Addysen Barnett; brother, Joshua Barnett (Amber); his fiancée, Marsha Neesmith; paternal grandmother, Freda Barnett; maternal grandparents, William and Illegene Young and his nephew Kaesyn Barnett.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Parvin Barnett and his uncle, Michael Barnett.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ronald Fisher officiating. Entombment will follow in Given Cemetery with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard and the West Virginia Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday, at the funeral home.

Following the committal service at the cemetery, a dinner will be held at the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department.  Family and friends are invited to attend.

 

THEODORE “TED” BROSCIOUS

NaveyTheodore Raymond Broscious, 86, of LeRoy, WV, passed away May 7, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born May 8, 1930, the son of the late Raymond Russell and Mildred Caroline (Bohner) Broscious. His first wife, Ella Mae BrosciousU.S. Flag and is second wife, Ruthie Elaine Broscious also preceded him in death.

Ted was United States Navy veteran and was a retired foreman from Kaiser Aluminum with nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ripley, a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church at Frozen Camp and he enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include his children, William Broscious (Donna) of Ravenswood, Raymond Broscious (Connie) of Ripley, Janet Langford (Larry) of Evans, Carl Broscious (Carolyn) of Oliver Springs, TN, and Barbara Boardman (Robert) of Sandyville; 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bob Keen officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home.

HAROLD CLAY RAINES

Army 02Harold Clay Raines, 78, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away peacefully at his home May 5, 2017, following an extended illness.

He was born May 2, 1939, in Walton, WV, the son of the late Russell and Edna (Taylor) Raines.  In addition to his parents, brothers, Garlen, Garvin, Harley and Estil, also preceded him in death.

Harold graduated from Walton High School in 1957.  He was a United States ArmyU.S. Flag Vietnam War veteran and was a retired manager of NAPA Auto Supply in Spencer, WV, with over 40 years service.  He had many friends and acquaintances in Roane County and enjoyed getting together with the Walton High School Alumni members at their monthly breakfasts.  He also enjoyed square dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty Joann (Marshall) Raines; son, Daniel Raines of Utah; daughter, Amanda Johnson of Belpre, OH; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Marvin Raines of Chagrin Falls, OH, and Guy Raines (Iris) of DeGraff, OH, and sisters, Pauline Korcykoski of Chagrin Falls, OH, Madeline Barrett (Robert) of Cross Lanes, Maxine Burger (Michael) of Sandy Lakes, PA, Beverly Winter (Eugene) of Dunbar and Nancy Kruger (Dennis) of Akron, OH stepchildren, Timmy Jerrell, Gene Jarrell and Mary Herdman; four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.

Committal service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

AUBREY EUGENE “GENE” TITUS

Army 02Aubrey Eugene Titus (fondly known as Gene or Geno), joined his wife in heaven on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 9:26 p.m. He quietly departed this world in his home while surrounded by the people who loved him most. He was 84 years old and it was the end of a long war with bladder cancer.

Gene was born on December 9, 1932, in a quiet, little known place in West Virginia called, Kincheloe, and there he will return to be laid to rest beside his wife, Mildred.

He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War, and then workedU.S. Flag for Kaiser Aluminum and Ravenswood Aluminum for 39 years. He was a man of many talents such as custom woodwork, creating unique firearms with intricate metalwork and making personalized furniture. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was rarely bested in games of dominoes and rook. He was a tough man with a humble legacy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred L. (Killian) Titus; parents, Willis Floyd “Pete” and Tina Pauline (Dennison) Titus and sisters, Shirley Titus and Barbara Titus DeWeese.

Survivors include his sons, Don Titus and his wife, Crystal, Steve Titus and his wife, Lessa and daughter, Rhoda Titus Hughes; brothers, Paul Titus and Charles Ashby Titus; sister, Sharon Titus Lucas; 11 grandchildren, Anthony Titus, Traci Titus Alsup, Jessica Hughes Milhoan, Matt Hughes, Jake Hughes, Megan Titus Crow, Meri Titus, Brad Titus, William Titus, Katie Titus Putillion and Anna Titus and nine great grandchildren, Luke Titus, Aubrey Titus, Lilly Alsup, Owen Putillion, Raylan Milhoan, Kaci Hughes, Ayla Hughes, Brooks Hughes and Claire Diesenberg.

A private graveside service will be held in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Kincheloe, WV, with Pastor Ashby Titus officiating. Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, is providing arrangements.

LAURA MARIE McGEE

 

Laura Marie (Southall) McGee, 73, of LeRoy, WV, passed away, Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born April 2, 1944, a daughter of the late Darest Darrell and Clara Mae (Hoschar) Southall. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded by brothers; Ronald, Billy, Donald, Delmer and Jimmy Southall and a sister, Anna Mae Beegle.
She was a former school bus driver in Hampton, VA with 25 years of service. She was a former employee of the Alpine in Ripley and enjoyed hunting, fishing and quilting.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Ernest L. McGee; sons, Charles Lee Rhodes of Zuni, VA, and Ernest L. McGee Jr. of Hampton, VA; daughters, Kathy Wilson of Memphis, TN, and Jaunita Goins of Gloucester, VA; sisters, Clara Faye Morris of Hackensack, NJ, Margaret McDaniel of LeRoy, WV, and Hazel Minnie of Louisville, KY.

Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Doug Harper officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

STEPHEN NEAL LYONS

Stephen “Steve” N. Lyons, 62, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away April 27, 2017, in Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following a brief illness. He was born October 31, 1952 in Parkersburg , a son of the late Overoton Lee & Mary Elizabeth (Mercer) Lyons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Walter and Gary Lyons; and a special brother-in-law, Lawrence Chevalier.

Steve enjoyed fishing and playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Virginia Chevalier Lyons; sons, Greg Lyons of Ravenswood, WV, Chris Lyons of Parkersburg, WV, and Mat Lyons of Orlando, FL; daughter, Kristall Chambers of Parkersburg, WV and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 6, 2017, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Parrish Hall, Parkersburg, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Matthew 25 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church or the American Heart Association. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

WALTER ROY KNAPP

Walter Roy Knapp, 58, of Rutland, OH, passed away April 19, 2017, in the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH.

He was born August 23, 1958, in West Columbia, WV, a son of the late Donald and Coley (Jeffers) Knapp. He was also preceded by brother, Sam Knapp and sister, Joey Walters.

He was a former Teamster and enjoyed country music and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Julie Marie (Zielinski) Knapp; daughters, Jennifer Longstreth (Corey) of Nelsonville and Ashley Zielinski of Pomeroy; sisters, Brenda Short (Gary) of Letart and Peggy Russell (Joe) of Mason; special aunt, Donna Jean Jeffers of Columbus; one grandchild.

Service will be Sunday, April 23, 2017~2 p.m. at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Charlie Cundiff officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

MORGAN C. McCLAIN

Army 02Morgan C. McClain, 51, of Springfield, OH, formerly of Ripley, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Springfield Memorial Hospital, Springfield, OH, following a brief illness.

He was born December 2, 1965 in Ripley, WV, a son of Orin Preston McClain of Cottageville and Ruby Illene (Ray) Shamblin of Ravenswood.

He worked in the construction industry, as a carpenter and roofer. He loved the outdoors,U.S. Flag and helping his mother on the farm.  He was a Baptist by faith.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Kathleen Ann (Belcher) McClain of Ripley; son, Timothy Jordan McClain of Satsuma, FL; daughters, Stacy M. Maxwell-Koon of Ravenswood and Randi L. Maxwell of Ripley; brothers, Wyatt McClain and his wife, Tina, and Bart McClain and his wife, Betsy, all of Statts Mills, Marlin McClain, his twin brother, of Mt. Olive, and James McClain and his wife, Kelleyn, of Parkersburg; sister, Mona L. Fields (Roy Danko) of Ravenswood; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor S. R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

 BETTY LOU PARSONS

Parsons, BettyBetty Lou (Herdman) Parsons, 81, of Evans, WV, passed away April 16, 2017, in Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born March 4, 1936, in Flagrock, WV, a daughter of the late Wally Wyval and Mirla Mary (Miller) Herdman. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded by her husband, Harold Eugene Parsons; brothers, Clarence, Dencil and Robert; sisters, Gladys, Alma, Reva, and Maxine.

Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed housekeeping and gardening.

Survivors include her brother, Troy Herdman, of Columbus, OH and a sister, Wilda Boles, also of Columbus, OH. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday, April, 20, 2017 ~ 11 a.m. at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Luke Swiney officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be Wednesday, April, 19, 2017, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

RUSSELL PROCTOR

Proctor, RussellRussell Lee Proctor, 63, of Ripley, WV, passed away April 14, 2017, in Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division following an extended illness.

He was born June 27, 1953, a son of the late Delbert Ray and Norma Lee (Horn) Proctor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his brother, Randy Proctor and sister, Sue Cavender.

He was a former restaurant cook for Go-Mart in Fairplain and the Harding Family Restaurant, Mink Shoals, WV. He was a member of the Big Chimney Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years Letha E. (Winnell) Proctor; sons, Michael D. Fernatt (Cristy) of Ripley and Jason P. Fernatt (Melissa) of Newark; daughters, Angela N. Cobb (John) of Ripley and Maxine W. Fernatt of Ripley; brothers, Jerry Proctor (Ruth) of Ripley and Danny Proctor (Barbie) of Kenna; sister, Joyce Casto (David) of Evans; uncle, Arley Proctor (Rosetta) of Kenna; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017~ 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Church, Kenna, WV, with Pastor Billy Casto officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon until time of service Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

 

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