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ROBERT GALE WAYNE
He was born March 24, 1937, in Frametown, WV, the son of the late James French and Roena Ethel (Rodgers) Wayne. In addition to his parents, his brothers, Brooks, Dennis and Charles and sisters, Evelyn McGuire and Doris Workman, also preceded him in death.
Gale was a United States Army veteran and served the nation as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a retired construction worker and member of the Laborers Union Local #543 and was a lifelong farmer.
Gale was an avid hunter and raised several champion fox and coonhounds. He loved the sport of softball and helped coach Gala, Shellie and Shaley to success in the sport. Horses have always had a large role in the Wayne family and in the latter part of his life, Gale turned his attention to the show ring. He enjoyed training gaited horses and had won several awards with his pacing horses.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley M. (Miller) Wayne; daughters, Gala Voiers (Brian) and Shellie Clegg (Justin Rich); grandchildren, Shaley Clegg, Cole Rich, Joshua, James, Mckenzie and Brianna Voiers and Kathryn Dennis, and his sister, Leo Wedge (Charles).
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Verlin Hart and Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
ELAYNA JANE ADAIR “ELLY” SNIDER
Elayna Jane Adair “Elly” Snider, 18, of Evans, WV, passed away June 16, 2018, in CAMC, Memorial Division following a sudden illness.
She was born November 30, 1999, in Gallipolis, OH, the daughter of June Adair (Lester) Snider of Evans, and Michael Snider of Pittsburgh, PA.
Elly lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed country music, cooking, photography, Batman apparel and her pet cats.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmother, Clarice (Sayre) Lester; aunt, whom she called Momma Joel, Jill Perez; stepfather, Charlie Nicholson; her first cousin, Charlie Strope and his family; boyfriend, Jesse Anderson; her best friend, Joy Durst and her daughter, Shelly and other friends, Shannon Durst, Desiree Nicholson and Cassie Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Lester and her uncle, Oscar “O” Perez.
Service will be 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Elmer Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
JAMES RONALD “RON” LIVINGSTON
James Ronald “Ron” Livingston, 57, of Evans, WV, passed away June 18, 2018, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.
Ron was born November 26, 1960, in Columbus, OH, the son of the late James Albert and Vesta G. (Donohew) Livingston.
He was a former radio disc jockey and a former employee of Bellisio Foods, Jackson, OH.
Surviving are several aunts, uncles and other extended family members.
There will be no public services. Private interment will be in the Longview Cemetery, Evans. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is providing arrangements.
Ritchie Everet Greathouse, 81, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Ravenswood Village following an extended illness.
He was born March 14, 1937 in Coburns Creek, WV, a son of the late Bernard Franklin and Ethel Mae (Hawker) Greathouse. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Trina Sawyer; brothers Hawker and Bernard Greathouse; sister, Ruth Batts.
He was retired from the maintenance department at Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 29 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668 Ravenswood. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church Ravenswood where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and janitor. He enjoyed hunting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Alice F. (Pierce) Greathouse; son Kelvin Scott (Kay) Greathouse of Ripley; daughter, Melanie (Jamie) Bartlett of Hamilton, OH; sister Ida Mae Poffenbarger of Ormond Beach, FL; son in law, Timothy Sawyer; 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Service will be Monday ~ 2 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 p.m until time of service, Monday at the church. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.
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Gary Ray Keefer
Gary Ray Keefer, 60, of Leon, WV, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at his home following an illness.
He was born March 27, 1958, in Leon a son of George Henry and Virginia Maxine (Fife) Keefer of Leon, WV.
He was retired from the Mason County Board of Education with 33 years of service from the maintenance department. He was the owner and operator of Mountain State Camo Dipping, Leon, W.V. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling, camping, farming and cutting firewood.
Survivors in addition to his parents include his wife of 35 years, Brenda Lee (Thompson) Keefer; daughters, Nicole Renae Keefer and Grant Matheny of Morgantown, Chelsea Rae (David) Bowers of Point Pleasant; brother, G. Junior (Sandy) Keefer of Leon; mother and father in law, Violet Mae (Hill) Thompson and James Everett Thompson of Leon. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly
Service will be Saturday ~ 2 p.m., June 16, 2018 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastors, Richie Blain, Benjamin Riggleman and Heath Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
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STARLING “SONNY” MILLER, JR.
Starling Loving “Sonny” Miller, Jr., 80, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 in Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation, Ripley, after a long illness.
He was born November 5, 1937 in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Starling Loving Sr. and Sue (Procter) Miller. In addition to his parents, his daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Miller, preceded him in death.
He was a 1955 graduate of Ravenswood High School, and a 1960 graduate of Marshall University. He was a retired Nationwide Insurance agent in Ravenswood. He was a Methodist by faith.
Survivors include his son, Scott Miller and his wife, Terri, of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Ben and Rachel and their spouses; and two great grandsons.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Ravenswood Cemetery with Pastor Ken Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, WV. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.
GERTRUDE “CONNIE” GRAY
It is with great sadness, the family of Gertrude Columbine Gray, 78, of Mason, WV announce she has gone home to be with the Lord following an extended illness. She passed away peacefully in her home on June 3, 2018.
Gertrude, known to her friends as “Connie”, was born February 29, 1940 in Ivydale, WV to Herbert and Gertrude Fitzwater. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who spent her life, as she liked to put it, as a “domestic engineer” or homemaker. She loved flowers and spent countless hours planting and making her backyard garden a beautiful paradise. Golfing, bowling, reading books and putting together jigsaw puzzles were just a few of her favorite pastimes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 38 years, Lloyd “L.G.” Gray; brothers, Dodd and Jack Fitzwater; and sister, Wyma Sexton.
She will be forever missed by her children, Travis (Amanda), Leon “L.G.” and Diane. She leaves behind 4 grandchildren, Braden, James, Evelyn and Bridget and one great grandchild, Braxtin. She is also survived by 2 brothers; Sam and Carroll Fitzwater, a loving niece, Lisa Sexton and other family members.
Family and close friends will say goodbye at a private memorial later this week with Pastor Fred Sparks officiating. No other services will be held. Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV will handle her arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Simon and all the doctors, nurses and other staff at Pleasant Valley Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, PVH Nursing/Rehab and the PVH Hospice team who have participated in Gertrude’s care over the past 2 years. We are grateful for the care and support you provided for our mother and for us, especially during these past few weeks.
ALFRED RAYMOND FAUVER, SR.
Alfred Raymond Fauver, Sr., 51, of Leon, WV, passed away May 31, 2018, at his home.
He was born July 8, 1966, in Point Pleasant, WV, the son of the Fay (Riffle) Fauver of Leon, and the late Wendell Alfred Fauver.
Alfred was employed by American Electric Power–John E. Amos Power Plant Division. He was a 1984 graduate of Point Pleasant High School and was a graduate of Marietta College. He enjoyed farming.
In addition to his mother Fay, other survivors include his son, Alfred Raymond Fauver, Jr. of Leon; sister, Ethel Mae Jordan of Leon, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with a family friend, Burl McCune officiating. Burial will follow in the Baden-Presbyterian Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Baden-Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Debbie Whittington, 2560 Evans Road, Leon, WV 25123.
JANET D. LUPARDUS
Janet Deloris Lupardus, 83, of Ravenswood, WV passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation, Ripley.
She was born October 5, 1934 in Sandyville, WV, a daughter of the late Enoch Ray and Nina Evelyn (Riggs) Balis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lupardus; son, David Lupardus; and sister, Ruth Miller.
She was a homemaker and a Christian.
Survivors include her daughters; Joyce (Fredrick) Greene of Ripley, Patricia Miller of Ripley, and Norma Boyce (Daniel Reynolds) of Ravenswood; son, Lloyd Lupardus of Sandyville; sister, Helen Morgan of Sandyville; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2018 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be Monday, 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.
TAYLOR A. STEWART
Taylor Ann Stewart, 19, of Deltona, FL, passed away May 26, 2018 at her home following a sudden illness.
She was born July 6, 1998 in Columbus, OH. Her great-grandparents, Esther and Warren Black and Bill and Mary Stewart, preceded her in death.
She was a Christian and enjoyed pet shops and time spent on her phone.
Survivors include her mother Lyndsey N. Stewart (Josh Duncan) of Deltona, Fl; sisters, Alyssa Vekas of Deltona, Lindsay Kaintz (Nathan) of Abilene, TX; brothers, Richie and Ryan Vekas of Orient, OH; best friend and sister Sloane Duncan of Deltona; grandmother, Lynda Bates and Don Gibson of Orient, OH; grandfather, Bruce and Susan Stewart of Cottageville, WV; aunt, Heidi Barkwill and James of Orient; uncles, Jarlando Ward of Oceanside, CA, Vicarrio Ward of Athens OH; aunt, Lila Bauwans of Midway, AR; good friends, Miranda Becker of Cedarville, OH and Tina Belasari of Orient; Life companion, Papi her service dog; many great-aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Taylor’s heart of gold touched everyone who knew her.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV, with Pastor Norman Matson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
THOMAS OSBORNE KAYLOR
Thomas Osborne Kaylor, 90, of New Haven, WV, passed away May 26, 2018 in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Huntington, WV.
He was born October 9, 1927 in Letart, WV, (Broad Run Community) a son of the late William E. and Addie O. (Johnson) Kaylor. In addition to his parents he was preceded by his brothers, William and Edwin Kaylor; sisters, Veda (Kaylor) Pickens, Mary (Kaylor) Clark and Lorena (Kaylor) Blake; grandson, Tommy Short. He was also preceded by a special friend Ruby Blackburn.
He was a United States Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was a member of the Boilermakers Union Local # 667 Winfield, WV and a former self -employed truck driver. Thomas was a Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his children Gary L. Short and Brenda of Letart, James G. Short and Marsha of Colorado Springs, Dixie Gardner and Carl of Point Pleasant and Kathy Donovan and George of Syracuse, OH; grandchildren, Kristi Short and Eric, Tera Gardner and Becky, Michelle Donovan and Tim, Dale Blount and Tonee, Kim Johnson and John; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Ruby Blackburn’s family.
Private graveside service will be in the Union Cemetery, Letart, WV. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.
RETA LENA (MCCULLOUGH) FLESHER
Reta Lena (McCullough) Flesher, 85, of Millwood, WV passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, WV.
She was born May 28, 1932 in Marshall County, WV, a daughter of the late Curtis R. and Myrtle Cricket (Pyles) McCullough. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Jack “Jesse” Flesher; granddaughter, Shawna Rae (Flesher) Parrish; brothers, Roy and Lee McCullough; sisters, Iris Charlton and Betty Udy.
She was a homemaker and former president of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, Akron, OH. She enjoyed yard sales.
Survivors include her daughters, Marsha Flesher of Millwood; Patricia Parsons of Akron, OH; son, Everett Curtis Flesher of Wilding, WV; brother, Homer Eugene McCullough of Belpre, OH; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
There will be no public service at this time. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.
ADRENNA MAE EPLING
She was born September 18, 1923, in Sovereign, Logan County, WV, a daughter to the late James Albert and Ethel (DeJarnette) Smith. Her husband Carlos; brothers, Leland, and Lee and sisters, Mina Chapman and Mary Kinder also preceded her in death.
Adrenna was a homemaker and member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ripley, WV. She served as a Rosie the Riveter in Baltimore, MD, during World War II and she enjoyed, sewing, tending to the lawn and farming.
Survivors include her children, Gary Epling (Bernita), Dianne Dolin (Danny), Suzanne Smith (Larry) and Randy Epling (Theresa Bailey) all of Ripley; grandchildren, Laura Mount (Jerod), Rebekah Epling, Danny Lee Dolin, Deanna Sortino (Vince), Angela Perry (Jeff Keffer), April Alexander (Kenny Woods),Savanna Whited, Rodney Epling, and Faythe Maston; and great grandchildren, Walker Mount, Wyatt Mount, Danni Rae Dolin, Josie Keffer, Ridge Keffer, Bailey Blick, Dillion Alexander, Colby Alexander, Cullen Alexander and Colt Lee Whited.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ripley, WV, with the Rev. Claire Butler officiating. Private burial will be in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Ripley, WV. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.
He was born April 15, 1939 in Buchanan County VA., a son of the late Herbert and Nettie (Roberts) Justice. In addition to his parents, a daughter, Crystal Wynn Redding, preceded him in death along with four brothers, Herschel Justice, Millard Justice, Mack Justice and Robert Justice.
Jerry was a graduate of Iaeger High School, class of 1957 where he enjoyed playing football. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who loved to spend time with family and helped everyone he could. Jerry was a Coal Miner and continued working years past his retirement from the coal industry. He enjoyed gardening and flowers. He attended the Rising Sun Church.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Justice who he shares many years with at their home in Ripley, West Virginia. Jerry is also survived by one son, Jay Justice and wife Wendy of Avondale, West Virginia; one step-daughter, Rhonda Walker and husband Roy of Columbia, South Carolina;two grand-children, Courtney Riffe and husband Chris of Iaeger, West Virginia and Whitney Justice of Avondale, West Virginia; two step-grandsons, Sam Pursley and Andy Walker; one great-grandson, Grayson Riffe of Iaeger, West Virginia; two brothers, Bill Justice and Earl Justice both of Mt. Vernon, Ohio and one sister, Anna Mae Hipps of Hurley, Virginia.
Service will be 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Graveside service and burial will be 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Iaeger, WV.
MARGARET M. (SOUTHALL) MCDANIEL
Margaret Madeline (Southall) McDaniel, 69, of Leroy, WV, passed away May 15, 2018, in Kobacker House, Columbus, OH following a short illness.
She was born July 4, 1948 in Ripley, WV, a daughter of the late Daris Darrell and Clara Mae (Hoschar) Southall. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband Dwaine McDaniel; brothers, Ronald, Billy, Donald, Jimmy and Delmer Southall; sisters, Anna Mae Beegle and Laura McGee.
She was a member of the Living Water Church, Ripley, WV. She was a former employee of the Sewing Factory in Spencer with 25 years of service and a former employee of Shoney’s in Ripley with 10 years of service.
Survivors include her son and daughter in law, James Dwaine McDaniel and Ashlea of Leroy, WV; grandchildren Sierra and Cash; sisters, Clara Morris of Bergenfield, N.J. and Hazel Byers of Lexington, KY.
Service will be Sunday ~ 2 p.m., May 20, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Michael McIntyre officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.