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Dottie McClung

Dottie Lou McClung, 75, of Sandyville, WV, passed from this life to her Heavenly home at the Willows Center in Parkersburg, WV on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

She was born November 29, 1944, in Mt. Lookout, WV, a daughter of the late Day and Addie (Skaggs) McClung; brother, Darrel McClung; sister, Dora Lee McClung; father and mother-in-law, Seldon and Virginia McClung also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mercy Baptist Church, Evans, WV. She enjoyed reading, scrabble and was an excellent cook.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years, Robert “Bob” McClung; children, Debbie (Dale) Lewis of Sandyville, Randy McClung of Cottageville, Stacey Anderson of Alelphia, KY, Kevin (Stacey) McClung of Evans and Keith McClung of Goldtown; grandchildren Christopher McClung, Robbie Lewis, Cassandra (Clint) Lott, Ryan McClung, Savanna McClung, Landon Anderson, Connor McClung, Braelea McClung and Kelsey McClung; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Diana Adkins of Mt. Lookout, WV; brother in law, Gerald (Tammy) McClung of Racine, OH; sister in law, Margaret Vinson of Lakeland, FL. She will be deeply missed by all until we meet again.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. ~ Saturday, April 11, 2020 in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV, with Pastors Bradley Goodwin and Kevin McClung officiating.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

Sherry Dawn Wamsley

Sherry Dawn (Johnson) Wamsley, 48, of Henderson, WV, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. Per her request, there will be no services at this time. Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Mary Louise Hoffman

Mary Louise (Romine) Hoffman, 99, of New Haven, WV, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, following an extended illness.

She was born December 25, 1920, in Racine, OH, a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Crew) Romine. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Hoffman; brother, Richard Romine; sister, Sadie Marr and grandson, Gregory Todd Hoffman.

Mary retired from Philip Sporn Plant in Letart with several years of service. She attended the First Baptist Church in Mason and enjoyed making crafts.

Survivors include her son, Greg Hoffman and his wife Brenda of Cottageville; daughter, Judy (Hoffman) Montgomery and John Boon of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Nikki Lanier and her husband Ronnie of Millwood, Teresa Mitchell of Ripley, Sara Critz and her husband Kenny of Fredericksburg, VA, Matthew Montgomery also of Fredericksburg; six great grandchildren and a devoted niece who was always by her side, Brenda Marr Jividen.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2020, at Graham Cemetery, Letart, WV, with her great grandson James Hoffman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the New Haven Fire Department.

Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

 

Raymond Barnette, Jr.

Otho Raymond Barnette, Jr., 59, of Given, WV, passed away April 3, 2020 in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following a brief illness.

He was born April 13, 1960 in Charleston, WV, the son of Otho R. Barnette, Sr. and Rhonda May (Kay) Barnette.

Raymond was a United States Army Reserve veteran, a carpenter and member of the Carpenters Union, Point Pleasant, WV. He enjoyed reading, watching movies and being PawPaw to his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include his daughters, Samantha Casto, Elyssa Barnette and Emma Barnette; son,   Chris Slater; grandchildren, Jaxon Hudnall, Bryce Hudnall and Colter Stanley; brother, Tim Barnette and sisters, Marylin Buckner and Sonja Lee.

There will be no public services.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV is serving the family.

Nancy Lee (Hite) Payne

Nancy Lee (Hite) Payne, 64, of Long Bottom, OH, went home to be with the lord Sunday, March 29, 2020, at home with family by her side.

She was born January 21, 1956, in Ripley, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Josephine (Gandee) Hite. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Hite and several aunts and uncles.

Nancy was a homemaker and attended the Rutland Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed baby-sitting, camping, reading and also enjoyed visiting with others.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 44 years, Johnny Payne; son, Danny Payne of Long Bottom; daughter, Kayla Fields of Leroy; grandchildren, Clayton Michael Payne and Deacon Lee Hunt.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Casto Cemetery, Fairplain. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the family encourages everyone to use your best judgment on attending the services and ask that everyone follow the CDC guidelines.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Mona Lee (VanMatre) Werner

Mona Lee (VanMatre) Werner, 86, of West Columbia, WV, passed away March 29, 2020 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV.

She was born August 23, 1933, in Mason County, WV, a daughter of the late David H. and Leah (Grindstead) VanMatre. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Eddie T. VanMatre.

Mona worked at Sylvania, G.C. Murphy’s and McClintock Wildlife Management. She was an avid reader and enjoyed researching her family history.

Survivors include her brothers, Paul “Duck” VanMatre (Cecile) of Letart, WV and Donald M. VanMatre (Twila J.) of Point Pleasant, WV; sister-in-law, Connie VanMatre of Mason, WV; nieces and nephews, Lisa Wood, Barry VanMatre, Valerie Russell, Edina Hanes, Eddie Thomas VanMatre II, and Anesa Frazier; and several great nieces and nephews.

Due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has opted for private services.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV

Jima Lynn Gandee

Jima Lynn (Ingram) Gandee, 58, of Ripley, WV, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Jackson General Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was born April 11, 1961, in Torrance, CA, a daughter of the late James F. Ingram and Margie Irene (Jones) Ingram. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-laws, Gerald and Betty Gandee.

Jima was a 1979 graduate of Torrance High School and furthered her education at West Virginia University Parkersburg with an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant, and was a director for Kiddy Corner Daycare with 12 years of service. Jima attended Ripley Baptist Temple, Ripley and enjoyed being around children and also camping with her family at Seneca Rock.

In addition to her mother, other survivors are her husband of 34 years, Jerry Gandee of Ripley, WV, son Jerad (Angela) Gandee of Ripley; sister, Tina (John) Westfall of Charleston; grandchildren, Zoe Baldwin, Chad Gandee, Macenzie Shinn, Madison Shinn; nieces and nephews, Sierra Westfall, Savannah Westfall, Matt Fridley, Aaron Wiles and Joshua Rhodes.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Etta Fox

Etta Lou “Bootie” (Eads) Fox, 81, of Cottageville, WV, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born September 15, 1938, in Mason, WV, a daughter of the late Samuel Edward and Doris Louise (Young) Eads. Her husband, Ernest Fox also preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Wahama High School. She was the owner and operator of the Princess Beauty Salon in Point Pleasant, WV. She and her husband were the owners of Fox Hoe and Dozer Service, Cottageville, WV, with 50 years of service.

Etta, will be sadly missed by her son, Michael K. Fox of Cottageville; sister and brother in law, Linda Sue and Tom Provens; niece, Teresa Provens and numerous cousins; friends and neighbors.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, March 29, 2020 in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Cottageville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Cottageville, WV 25239. Please mark all donations as church only on your gift.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Skeen

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Skeen, 73, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 25, 2020, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born July 23, 1946, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Dennie Millard and Anna Lee (Shamblin) Skeen. His brother, Michael Eugene Skeen and his sister, Esther Marie Skeen also preceded him in death.

Tom was a United States Air Force and Air National Guard veteran, and a retired coal and salt miner. He was a member of Ripley Lodge #16 AF & AM and the Beni Kedem Temple of the Shrine in Charleston. His mission in life was to please and make children happy. He was “Pokey the clown” for the Shriner’s events and also was Santa Clause for numerous occasions.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Agnes Loretta (Casto) Skeen; son, Thomas Alfard Skeen and his fiancée, Elizabeth Walker; daughter and her husband, Michelle Marie Dingess and John; grandchildren, Jessica Michelle Erales, Stacie Marie Williams, Skyler Anthony Skeen and Jazlyn Lee Skeen; great grandchildren, Dakota Williams and Callee Skeen; sisters, Margaret Ann Bolar (Joe), Diana Denise Arden (Allen) and brother, Melvin Skeen (Belinda).

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Phillip Crist officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Given. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arlene Wiseman

L. Arlene (Bailes) Wiseman, 93, of Evans, WV, passed away March 25, 2020 in Eldercare Health & Rehabilitation, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born November 1, 1926, in Bellburn, WV, a daughter of the late Lawrence Edward and Eva Virginia (O’dell) Bailes. Her husband Joseph Lee Wiseman; grandson, Nic Wiseman: brothers, Robert and Gerald “Jack” Bailes: sisters, Geraldine Amick and Lelia Dooley preceded her in death.

She was a former teachers aid at Ripley Elementary and a preschool teacher at Open Bible Church, Ripley, WV. She was a bookkeeper for Lee & Mack Associates and a member of Praise Cathedral Church, Ravenswood, WV. Arlene, was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 17 Ripley, WV. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren building blanket tents.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Scott Wiseman and Amy of Reidsville, N.C.: daughter, Rebecca Evalene Bartram and Allan of Evans; brother, William Bailes of Hurricane; sister, Linda Willis of Summersville; grandchildren, A.J. (Elizabeth) Covell, Tyler Bruce (Megan) Wiseman, Evalene Mae (Teraun) Marcus, Evan (Ashley) Bartram: great grandchildren, Brock Lynch, Lilli, Dominic Lee and Declan Wiseman.

Services will be private. Burial will be in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

Virginia Johnson Bernard

Virginia Johnson Bernard, 75, of West Columbia, WV, passed away March 19, 2020 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, OH.

She was born November 2, 1944, in Mason, WV, to Mildred Neal and the late Ray Neal of West Columbia, WV. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by brothers, Eugene Neal, Charles Neal, father of her children Ronald (Ronnie) Johnson.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Neal of West Columbia, WV, one son, Ronald (Keith) Jessica Johnson of Marion, LA, one daughter, Lisa (Jamie) Weaver II of Hampstead, MD. She has four grandchildren, Kimberly (Jeff) King of Athens, OH, Seth (Jordan) Johnson of Swarts, LA, Matthew (Heather) Weaver of West Columbia, WV, Tyler (Jackie) Weaver of Westminster, MD, six great grandchildren, Alexis and Anna Weaver of West Columbia, WV, Emily and Isabella Weaver of Westminster, MD, Asher Hill and Abby Johnson of Swarts, LA, two brothers, Jimmy (Jenni) Neal of Mason, WV, Timmy (Patty) Neal of West Columbia, WV, one sister, Debbie Lambert of West Columbia, WV, sister in law, Carolyn Neal of Portland, OH, special cousin, Charlene Koeing, Moon Township, PA, special friend, Sandy Clay of Tuppers Plains, OH, many nieces and nephews and cousins, and most of all her precious dog, Zoe.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.

Per Virginia’s request, there will be no service at this time and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV

 

Byron Ronald Mahood

Byron Ronald Mahood, 81, of Ripley, passed away March 20, 2020, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.

He was born December 7, 1938, in Ripley, WV, a son of the late William Arthur and Edna Ester (Litton) Mahood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Tressie and three brothers, Edward, Lewis and Vernon Mahood.

Byron retired from Harlow Lime as a truck driver with over 20 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include his daughter, Patsy Mahood of Elkview; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Ella Deloris Fox

Ella Deloris (Carr) Fox, 83, of Ravenswood, passed away March 10, 2020, at Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pt. Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 24, 1937, in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Herbert and Wilma (Williamson) Carr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Orlas Fox; son, Keith Fox and brother, William Carr.

Ella retired as an accountant from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Company, Ravenswood, with over 20 years of service. She loved to research her family genealogy and enjoyed camping, spending time with family and making people happy.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Fox and his wife, Cynthia of Ripley; Ed Fox and his wife, Mary Ann of Oak Island, NC; Joe Fox of Ravenswood; daughter, Darlene Ash and her husband, Rodney of Letart; brother, Tillman Carr of Ravenswood; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, with Pastor Mark Price officiating.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Gertrude Roush

Gertrude Clara (Hoffman) Roush, 95, of Letart, WV, passed away March 7, 2020 in Lakin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, West Columbia, WV.

She was born November 14, 1924, in Letart a daughter of Benjamin and Rhoda A. Hoffman. Her husband, James C. Roush; daughter, Kimberly A. Bush; grandson, Charlie Lawson; brother, Bernard Hoffman; sisters, Evelyn Jewell and Marceline Hoffman also preceded her in death.

She was a former employee of New Haven Pottery and W.V. Sausage. She was a member of the Vernon United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, cooking, feeding her birds and crotchet.

Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” (Debra) Roush of New Haven; daughter, Marlene Radford of Letart; grandchildren, Bobby and April Roush, Christina and Heath Rickard, Courtney Roush, Shawna and David Manning and Kathy Lawson; great- grandchildren, Nikki, Tamara and Harley Lawson, Tristen and Kaycee Roush, Chloe Rickard and Logan and Ruby Manning; great-great grandchildren, Kayden and Kynleigh Scarberry and Brantley Clark.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jason Simpkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Hoffman Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 am until time of service at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV

   

Roger Anthony Parsons

Roger Anthony Parsons, 43, of Ravenswood, passed away March 6, 2020, at Jackson General Hospital, following a sudden illness.

He was born May 13, 1976, in Ripley, WV, the son of Roger A. Parsons and Judith R. Rothenberger.

Anthony was a 1994 graduate of Ravenswood High School. Following high school, he furthered his education at Fairmont State University where he obtained a degree in aviation maintenance. He enjoyed working Sudoku puzzles, board games, reading and research, fishing, spending time in nature and loved God.

Survivors in addition to his parents, include his brother, Clinton Parsons of Fairplain; sisters, Anita Liptrap and her husband Rob of Ravenswood and Carolyn Parsons of Clearwater, FL.

Per his request, services will be private.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

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