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ELMO LEE CUNDIFF

Elmo Lee Cundiff, 88, of Mason, WV, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, Middleport, OH, following a brief illness.

He was born October 15, 1929, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Harold Jack and Charlotte Lucille (Kimes) Cundiff. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann Cundiff and a son, Dennis Joe Cundiff.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean era. He was a retired roll shop operator from Constellium, Ravenswood, WV and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668 Ravenswood. He enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his sons, Gary L. Cundiff and his wife Grace of Sumter, SC, Brian K. Cundiff and his wife Becky of Hartford; daughters, Cathy Jean Price and her husband Mike of Langsville, OH, Jill Ann Stewart and her husband James “Bub” of West Columbia; brother, Rusell Cundiff of Mason; sisters, Wilda Mayhan of Point Pleasant and Silvia Pearson of Mason; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 4 great great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Charlie Cundiff officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, with military honors  provided by V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV, and American Legion Post #140 New Haven, WV. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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PATSY YANTIS

Patsy Ann (Rizer) Yantis, 75, of Nelsonville, OH, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Hartford, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 24, 1942, in Hartford, WV, a daughter of the late Vernon Russell Rizer and Margaret Caroline (Zerkle) Rizer of Hartford. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her brother, Vernon Lee Rizer and a brother-in-law, Dale Sayre.

She was a former data processer for Bank One in Columbus, OH. She enjoyed camping, decorating for the holidays, bird houses and was a Methodist by faith.

 In addition to her mother survivors include her husband, Michael Yantis; son, David M. Yantis of Columbus, OH; daughter, Diane M. Cousans and her husband Darrell of Sevierville, TN; brother Danny E. Rizer and his wife Tammy of Hartford; sister, Carolyn Jean Sayre of Hartford; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Union Cemetery, Letart, WV, with Pastor Rex Young officiating. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

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BRAXTON SCOTT CONLEY

Braxton Scott Conley, 3, of Cottageville, WV, passed away October 12, 2017, at his home of injuries received in an accident.

Braxton, is the son of Thomas Brett Conley and Elizabeth Danielle Carmichael. Other survivors include his brother, Bradley Joe Carmichael; sisters, Savanna Beth Conley and Hope Marie Conley; paternal grandfather, William Ted Conley; maternal grandparents, Rita Jo Carmichael and Claude Lonnie Slate, II; paternal great grandmother, Odell Goodwin; maternal great grandparents, Joe and Wand Carmichael.

Thomas’ companion, Laci Gordon and her children, Sean. Eli and Piper, also survive him.

Braxton was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Brett Conley, II.

A special thank you to Aunt Debbie who cared for and loved Braxton very much.

Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with his uncle, Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Committal service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.

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GARY DEAN CASTO

Gary Dean Casto, 70, of Evans, WV, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born June 5, 1947, in Ripley, WV, a son of the late Clyde and Verda Cleo (Stover) Casto.

He was a Vietnam Army veteran and recipient of two purple hearts. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post # 5501 Ripley, WV. Gary worked construction for many years with Tri-County Builders, Evans, WV and was a former crane operator for Valley Brook Concrete, Millwood, WV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and socializing with his friends.

Survivors include his longtime girlfriend Peggy Darrough of Evans; aunt, Macy DeWeese of Evans and several cousins.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Elmer Miller officiating and military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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RAY DAWSON

Ray Dawson, 90, of Mason, WV, passed away October 4, 2017, at his home following a brief illness. He was born June 30, 1927, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Lee Edward and Bonnie (Glover) Dawson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters and one daughter, Teresa Susan Dawson.

He was a retired Mine Electrician with AEP and a United States Air Force Veteran. He always enjoyed the company of others and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Billie Jean (Burton) Dawson; sons, Vance and his wife Kathy Dawson of Fortworth, TX, Michael Ray Dawson of NC; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mason. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

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ELIZABETH CAROL BOOTHE

 

Elizabeth Carol (Bradley) Boothe, 60, of Millwood, WV, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born December 16, 1956, in Massillon, OH, a daughter of the late Robert Bradley Jr. and Nancy H. Bradley of Millwood, WV. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her grandparents; Charles Ernest and Grace Haga, and Russell Robert and Bernice Bradley.

She was a 1975 graduate of Ravenswood High School and a 1977 graduate of West Virginia University-Parkersburg. She was a dental assistant with Family Cosmetic Dentistry of Ravenswood. She enjoyed her cabin and her dogs. She also enjoyed flowers, birds, woodworking and most especially, her grandchildren.

Survivors in addition to her mother include her husband of 40 years, Thomas Lee Boothe; sons, Thomas B. Boothe and his wife, Peggy of Ravenswood, Christopher S. Boothe of Millwood, Brandon Taylor Boothe and his wife, Lindsey M. of Fort Campbell, KY; grandchildren, Izzy and Kolton Boothe of Ravenswood, and Stetson Boothe of Fort Campbell, KY.

Service will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017~2 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor David Johnston officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service Tuesday, at the funeral home. Private interment will be in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.

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ROBERT WILSON

Robert Ray Wilson, 69, of Dunbar, WV, passed away suddenly on September 25, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico, while vacationing with family.

He was born April 24, 1948, in Ripley, WV, the son of the late Harvey Anderson and Ella (Stanley) Wilson. His brothers, Dave Michael Wilson, Harvey Wilson, Jr. and a sister, Helen Louise Casto also preceded him in death.

Bobby was a United States Navy veteran and was retired from the maintenance department at West Virginia State University.   He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe and was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his brothers, Henry Wilson of Leon, and Douglas Wilson of Ripley; sister, Alice Wilson of Palm Bay, FL, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Elmer Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Private interment will be Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Leon, WV.

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FREDA BARNETT

Freda Mae Barnett, 85, of Evans, WV, passed away September 27, 2017, in Ravenswood Village following an extended illness.

She was born September 10, 1932, in the Parchment Valley community, Ripley, WV, the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Chloe (Stutler) Southall. Her husband, Parvin; son, Michael; grandson, Jeremy and a brother, Clair Southall also preceded her in death.

Freda was a former employee of Sylvania Electric, Moore’s Market and was a homemaker. She was a charter member of Evans Community Initiative, a member of the Evans United Methodist Church and she enjoyed traveling and camping.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Eugene and Cathy Barnett of Evans; grandchildren, Josh and his wife Amber Barnett and Sara; great grandchildren, Kaesyn, Khloie and Sara and daughter-in-law, Melinda Barnett.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans,
WV, with Pastor Danny Cummings and Garry Hill officiating.. Burial will follow in the Given Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Sunday.

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LILLIAN ATWELL

 Lillian A. (Wilson) Riggs Atwell, 96, of Sandyville, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her home.Lillian was born October 6, 1920 in Sandyville, WV, a daughter of the late Ollie and Pearl (Maddox) Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her son, Gerald Wallace Riggs; grandsons, Carl Ray Riggs and Steven Mark Riggs; brother, Virgil Wilson.

She was a homemaker and a former clerk for G.C. Murphy and Company in Parkersburg. She enjoyed Fenton Glass, crossword puzzles and quilting.

Survivors include her sons, Edward Devon Riggs and Lowell DeWayne Riggs both of Sandyville, nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; sister, Helen Wilson Bender of Cocoa, FL.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2017 in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV with Rev. Lawrence Conger, Jr. officiating. A funeral procession will leave Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV for the cemetery at 12: 45 p.m.

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MICHAEL BURRIS
Michael “Scratch” Wells Burris, 76, of Letart, WV, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born June 10, 1941 in Mason, WV, a son of the late Orin Lawerence and Irene Virginia (Natross) Burris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wesley, James, John Burris and one sister, Alice Mae Grimm.
Scratch retired from the Phillip Sporn Plant with 39 years of service. He was a United States Army Veteran and enjoyed restoring John Deer tractors and hunting.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Rose Marie (Ritchie) Burris; son, James Michael Burris and his wife, Heather of OH; daughter, Angela Marie Burris of Letart; brothers, Paul Burris of OH, Lawerence Burris of TX; sister, Mary Rammes of FL, and two grandchildren, Josh and Ashley Burris of OH.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV. Burial will follow in the Chester Cemetery, Pomeroy, OH, with Military Honors provided by V.F.W. Post #9926, Mason, WV, American Legion Post #140, New Haven, V.F.W. Post #0039, Pomeroy. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at the funeral home.

 

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CHARLES E. DURST

Charles “Chucky” Ervin Robert Durst, 54, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkerburg.

He was born April 10, 1963 in Navarre, OH a son of Bernice (Stephens) Fultz and her husband, Grover of Cottageville.

He was an auto mechanic for Swann’s Tire Pros and Auto Service, Ripley and enjoyed working on cars, boating, watching NASCAR, camping, traveling, hunting and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Nikki Lynn (Johnson) Durst; sons, Bobby Lee Durst of Point Pleasant and Glenn Herrington; daughters, Trisha E. Durst of Sissonville, formerly of Evans, Kimberly Ann Gorrell and her husband, Timothy Gorrell, Jr., of McCord Air Force Base, Washington State; brothers, Clarence Ray Barnett of West Johnson, OH, Christopher Fultz of Bidwell, OH; sister, Crystal Barnett of Cottageville and three grandchildren, Sergio Serna, Angelo Serna and Warren James Gorrell.

Service will be 6 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, W.V., with  Pastor Grant Garber officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

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GRACE WINNINGS 

Grace Bell Winnings, 81, of Middleport, OH, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017, in Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, following and brief illness.

She was born September 30, 1935, in Mason County, a daughter of the late Cody and Catherine (Pearson) Long. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willis Daniel Marr and her second husband, Harold Winnings; daughter, Grace Lewis; brothers, Bobby and Charles Long; sisters, Virginia Sayre and Jean Butler; grandson, Travis and two great-grandchildren.

Grace devoted most of her life taking care of others in their time of need. She was a member of the Clifton Tabernacle, Clifton, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Danny Marr Sr. of Langsville, OH; daughters, Kathryn Mitchell, Diane Brickles, Linda Miller all of Middleport; brothers, Forest Long and his wife Nancy of Redman Ridge, Johnny Long and his wife Emma of Point Pleasant; sister Betty Hupp and her husband Terry of Clifton; grandchildren, Danny Ray, Timmy, Matthew, Cynthia, Danny Jr., Sandra, Willie, Nathaniel, Crystal, Jeremy, Jenny, Zach, Christina, Tamera and 26 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, Pastor Randy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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RUTH ANN (THOMPSON) KOONTZ

Ruth Ann (Thompson) Koontz, 75, of Sandyville, WV, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following a brief illness.

Ruth Ann was born September 7, 1941 at Sandyville, a daughter of the late Otmer Anson and Alberta Gail (Burdette) Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Okey Otmer Koontz; brothers, Harold, Dale and Wayne Thompson.

She was a member of the Drift Run Church, Sandyville, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, taught Sunday school and was the former treasurer. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts, gardening, animals and swimming.

Survivors include her son, Steven Wayne Koontz and his wife, Carolyn Sue, of Parkersburg; daughters, Debbie Ann Posey and her husband, Patrick, of Lubeck and Michele Rena Phillips, and her husband, Greg, of Sandyville. She is also survived by brothers, Carl (Vicki) Thompson of Evans, Don (Carolyn) Thompson of Louisa, KY and Earl Thompson of Parkersburg; sister, Grace Browder of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; Jeff and Mike Burdette, Zachary and Ashley Posey, and Dalton and Tana Phillips; ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor David Long officiating. Burial will follow in Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be 12 p.m.until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: American Cancer Society, ACS Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH   44106-2364.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

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WAYNE LEE CAPEHART

Wayne Lee Capehart, 83, of Mason, WV, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born April 20, 1934, in New Haven, a son of the late Harry and Hazel (Bumgarner) Capehart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Louie Capehart, Robert Capehart, Harry Capehart and one step-daughter, Vickie Lafaye.

Wayne was a 1952 graduate of Wahama High School. He loved his country and was proud to serve as a Sergeant in the United States Marines. He retired from Kiser Aluminum with 39 years of service and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He enjoyed boating and traveling to Florida to spend time at the beach.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Julia Mae (Hess) Capehart, of Mason; daughters, Kimberly and her husband Steve of Columbus , Diane Ash and her husband Patrick of Clarksburg, Mandy Capehart, Lori West and her husband Scott of Gallipolis; step- daughters, Trecia Barton and her husband Bill of Williamstown, Tracy Morris of Marietta; step-sons, Leonard Morris and his wife Connie of South Carolina, Steven Morris and his wife Jane of Parkersburg, Curtis Morris and his wife Flecia of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Lethia Bumgarner of Letart and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no public services at this time. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to Pleasant Valley Hospice. 1011 Viand Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.

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BEVERLY KAY FLINN WALTER

 

Beverly Kay (Pauley) Flinn Walter, 76, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away September 2, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born July 12, 1941, in Wharton, WV, a daughter of the late Orin Mason and Garnet Katherine (Hilton) Pauley. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her first husband Jackie B. Flinn and a brother, Charles Ray Miller.

She was a graduate of Van High School and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, R. Douglas Chapter # 15 Ravenswood, WV where she served as Martha with personal pride. She was also a former member of the Cottageville, WV, Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter # 16 where she served twice as Matron. Kay was very active in volunteering with the Special Olympics and received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Ronald L. Walter; sisters Nona Jane Andrews of Goldsboro, N.C., Mary Ann McClure of Tallahassee, F.L. and Francis Roane of Warner Robbins, G.A.; special heart sisters, Robin McGoskey, Debbie Carter and Margie Flinn all of Ravenswood.

The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice for their compassionate care during this time. A special thank you to Joyce Reynolds, Paula Walker, Dora McFall, Mrs. R. Mandrake, Sally Marcellais and Carrie Hughes for all your help and support.

Service will be Thursday, September 7, 2017~1 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be an Order of Eastern Star service on Wednesday, starting at 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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