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GERALD WALLACE RIGGS
Gerald Wallace Riggs, 72, of Kenna, WV, passed away September 4, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He was born February 7, 1942, in Sandyville, WV a son of Lillian (Wilson) Riggs Atwell of Sandyville, and the late Carl Riggs. His son, Carl R. “C.R.” Riggs, stepmother, Myrtle Riggs, and a stepbrother, Lou Morgan, also preceded him in death.
He was a United States Army veteran, and a retired truck driver. He was formerly employed by Liquid Transport, Charleston, and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local #175, Charleston. He was a member of Ashton Lodge #12, AF & AM, Ravenswood and the VFW, Ripley.
He enjoyed going to the fair, and truck and tractor pulls. His CB handle was “Bone Crusher,” and he was known for driving the truck with the big yellow banana.
In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife Helen Jewel (Gibson) Riggs; son, Bryan Riggs of Kenna; stepdaughter, Teresa (Brent) Casto of Troutman, NC; brothers, Devon Riggs and Dewayne Riggs both of Sandyville; stepbrothers, Max Morgan and Keith Morgan both of Sandyville; grandsons, Nathan Riggs and David Riggs, and step grandchildren, Rachel Dixon, Richard Ratliff, Adam Casto and Sarah Casto.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley, and Masonic graveside rites by Ashton Lodge # 12, AF & AM, Ravenswood. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.
PERRY R. MERRITT, SR.
Perry Roosevelt Merritt, Sr., 87, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 31, 2014, in CAMC General Division, with his family by his side.
He was born October 3, 1926, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of Freeman C. and Dora Opal (Cunningham) Merritt. His sister, Ora Morris, also preceded him in death.
He was a World War II, and Korean War United States Army veteran. He was a graduate of Glenville State College and held degrees in business and public health. He was a retired administrator of the Jackson County Health Department with nearly 30 years of service. He was a former member of the West Virginia Board of Sanitation, and the Ripley City Council.
He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley, and he enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty Jean (Daniels) Merritt; sons, Perry Merritt, Jr. of Ravenswood, and Barry Brian Merritt of Kenna; daughters, Kimberly Lynn Merritt, and Candice Renee Davis both of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Agnes Parrill, Doris “Liz LeMac” Boggs, and Della “Babe” Davis, all of Spencer; grandchildren, Megan Renee Davis, Jamie Lee Davis Peyton, and Brittany Marie Merritt, and great grandchildren, Ethan Michael Davis and Holden Peyton.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Jackson County Library.
Lucille Laughlin, 95, of Marietta, OH, passed away August 31, 2014, in the Marietta Center.
She was born October 13, 1918, in Ravenswood, WV, a daughter of the late James Blaine and Roxie (Battin) Shockey. Her husband, Guy S. Laughlin, a grandson, Donald R. Hill, II, a brother and three sisters, also preceded her in death.
She was a member of the 36th Street Church of Christ in Vienna, WV, a lifetime member of the volunteer program at Camden Clark Medial Center, and a member of Modern Woodman of America. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting.
Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sheila Laughlin of Ravenswood, and David Laughlin of Fairmont, WV; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Don Hill of Peterstown, WV, and Sue and Roger Inman of Williamstown, WV; sister, JoAnn Wright of Huntington, WV; grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Hill, Marti (Billy) Hescht, Scott (Denise) Inman, Lance (Samantha) Inman, Ty Laughlin, Whitney Laughlin, Jonathan Laughlin, and Joshua Laughlin; 12 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Minister Mark Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Kathryn Marie (McCauley) Bonnett, 81, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Ravenswood, passed away August 30, 2014 in the Willows Center, Parkersburg, WV, following a brief illness.
She was born August 29, 1933, in Ravenswood, a daughter of the late Fred Wesley and Goldie Mae (Angus) McCauley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Eugene Bonnett, and a brother “Viv” Wesley McCauley.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, sewing, and cooking. She was a Christian and attended the Gospel Tabernacle in Parkersburg.
Survivors include her son, Carroll Eugene “C.B’ Bonnett of Parkersburg; daughters, Shirley McDaniel of New Haven and Patricia Highlander of Millwood; sisters, Edna Mace of Canton, OH, Thelma Sheppard of Parkersburg, Dottie Morgan of Sandyville, and Betty Martin of LeRoy; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, at the funeral home.
DAVID H. BAKER
David Hoy Baker, 47, of Given, WV, passed away August 28, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 20, 1967, in, Ripley, WV, and was the son of Johnnie Hoyt Baker of Given, and the late Barbara Ann (Hosey) Baker. An infant sister, Brenda Sue Baker, also preceded him in death.
He was a former employee of McDonalds in Ripley, and was a 10-year volunteer for St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg. He enjoyed farming, fishing and reading his Bible. He was a faithful member of the Centennial Community Church.
In addition to his father, survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Edward Allen and Jessie Baker, of Ripley, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a special cousin, Ruth Parsons.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.
Charlene (Akers) Bird, 71, of Smithers, WV, passed away August 25, 2014 at the home of her son in Ravenswood, WV.
She was a daughter of the late Ed and Jewell Akers. She was preceded in death by a son, James Allen Young; brothers, Johnny, Thomas, Donald Akers; sisters, Susie Kelley and Karen Hunt.
Survivors include her son; Randy (Julie) Young of Ravenswood; brother, Tony (Debbie) Akers of Montgomery; sisters Gail Spears of Lorrain, OH, Robin Walker of Boomer; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no public services at this time.
Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, is honored to serve the Young and Akers family.
SAMUEL WAYNE SOMERVILLE
Samuel Wayne Somerville, 60, of Point Pleasant, WV, passed away August 22, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
He was the son of Hiram O. “Sam” Somerville of Sandyville, and the late Patricia Louise (Balis) Somerville.
He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and was a self-employed gardener and carpenter. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and a member of the National Rifle Association. Sam was a published writer, and enjoyed coin collecting, antiques, cars, and he had a generous heart. He was a Baptist by faith.
In addition to his father, other survivors include his son; Benjamin L. Somerville of Pomeroy, OH; daughters, Samantha “Rosy” Somerville of Nelsonville, OH and Brittany N. Somerville of Parkersburg, WV; brothers, Larry and Jacob Somerville of Sandyville, WV; sister, Susan Vanscoy of Ravenswood, WV; grandson, Isiaih Michael Griffith and his life partner, Susan Beachy.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Don Balis officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be Monday, one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.
DONALD E. DONOHEW
Donald E. Donohew, 74, passed away on August 8, 2014 in Holy Rosary Extended Care Nursing Home in Miles City, MT.
Donald was born on October 8, 1939 in Jackson County, West Virginia to Charlie Ray and Mona (King) Donohew. Don grew up in West Virginia and attended school in Ripley. He attended two years of high school when he lost his father and had to quit school and go to work. He milked several cows and worked different odd jobs to support his mother and younger brother, Albert Wayne. He moved to Arlington, Virginia in the early 70′s and worked in tunnel construction for the subway system in Washington DC. Don met Ione as his work crew ate lunches at the cafeteria where Ione was employed. They were wed on April 22, 1972. They remained in the area moving to Richmond, Virginia and Woodbridge, Virginia while continuing with the tunnel construction companies. In 1977, Don and Ione came out west, moving to Powell, WY. Don worked for Miller Feedlot of Powell for many years. Don then moved to the sheetrock plant in Cody, Wy and worked there until he retired. Don and Ione moved in with Ione’s mother, Vera Archer, at the ranch at Olive, MT in 2002. Don did a few odd jobs and worked on a fencing crew. Don loved to garden and care for his yard. Mowing was a favorite of his. He dug up a couple small pine trees and took them to his Powell, WY home where they grew into big beautiful pine trees.
Don was a hardworking man but enjoyed working. He liked to be busy and would always lend a hand to anyone. He wasn’t afraid to learn how to do something new. He enjoyed listening to music and playing games especially I Doubt It, Merry Widow and Yahtzee. Don thoroughly enjoyed having his nieces and nephews around him. He loved watching them play or would join in a game with them. They all brought much joy to him. Not very often would you see Don without Ione. He was a very faithful man to his wife of 42 years. Don was a member of the Eagles and an active member of the Methodist Church while in Powell, WY. With some health issues, Don and Ione moved into Holy Rosary Extended Care Nursing Home in 2010. He thought he should help out around there with their yard, so they asked him if he would like to water the many planters they had. Well, no, he thought he should mow! Don was happy as long as he had his wife by his side.
Don is survived by his wife, Ione, his brother, Albert Wayne (DeeDee) of Ripley, WV, two brother-in-laws, Walter ( ArLynn) and Gordon (Deb), and sister-in-law, Elaine (Ed) all of Olive, MT. Don also leaves behind ten nieces and nephews.
RONALD PAUL NORMAN, SR.
Ronald Paul Norman, Sr., 77, of Charleston, WV, passed away August 9, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He was born January 6, 1937, in Vaughan, WV, a son of the late Carl Byrd and Olga (Fagan) Norman. His wife, Carol Lee (Neal) Norman, brothers, Carl Lee, Bill, James, Gene, Frank and J.D., and a sister, Marguerite “Marg” Taylor also preceded him in death.
He was a former mechanic for Tag Gallion Imports, and later became the owner and operator of Ron’s Import Service, in Charleston. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and baseball.
Survivors include his sons, and their wives, Paul, Jr. and Tonya Norman of Hernshaw, Geaffery and Laurie Norman of Choctaw, OK, Cedric and Roxanna Norman of Dallas, NC, and Joseph Norman of Charlotte, NC; daughter and her husband, Paula and John Gordon of Pt. Pleasant; brothers, Harold Norman of Vaughan, Fred Norman of Columbus, OH and Delano Norman of Logan, OH; 12 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Kanawha Baptist Temple, #1 Mountain Baptist Road, Charleston, WV, with Pastor Curtis “Eddie” Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kanawha Baptist Temple Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Caleb Norman fund at any branch of City National Bank.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
TOMMY EUGENE GIBSON
Tommy Eugene Gibson, 50, of Evans, WV, passed away August 8, 2014, at his home, following an extended illness.
He was born July 24, 1964, in Charleston, WV, a son of Pansy O. “Pat” (Slater) Gibson of Evans, WV, and the late Clifford Ray Gibson.
He was a lifelong carpenter, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Baptist by faith.
In addition to his mother, other survivors include his children, Gregory, Jonathan and Autumn; brothers, Chuck Gibson, Danny Gibson, Bob Gibson, and Eric Gibson, all of Evans, and his sister, Debbie Beegle of Ravenswood.
Service will be 5 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Lawrence Slater officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of service. Committal service will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 11, in the Longview Cemetery, Evans.
Melissa Mae Taylor, 49, of Leon, WV, passed away August 5, 2014, at her home while surrounded by her family.
She was born December 23, 1964, in Pt. Pleasant, WV, a daughter of Melvin and Shelvia Jane (McCartney) Rollins, of Leon, WV.
She was a homemaker and attended Harvey Chapel Church, Leon.
In addition to her parents, other survivors include her son, James Jordan, III (Erica) of Mt. Alto; daughters, Karissa Mae Taylor and Kristen Taylor, both of Leon; sisters, Angela Taylor (Eric), and Izettia McDade (Marvin), all of Leon; grandchildren, Izzibella Casto, Brayden Jordan and Briar Jordan.
Her son, Karl Ryan Jordan, a brother, Timothy Rollins, maternal grandparents, Clay and Margaret McCartney, and paternal grandparents, Eunice and Florence Rollins, preceded her in death.
Service will be 7 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Tracy Durst officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service. Committal service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, in Bethel Cemetery, Leon, WV.
WANDA LEE MATHENY
Wanda Lee Matheny, 80, of Evans, WV, lost her battle with lung cancer, but gained her heavenly crown, July 31, 2014, at her home while surrounded by her family.
She was born May 12, 1934, in Evans, WV, a daughter of the late Jesse O. and Elzona (Sayre) Donohew. Her husband of 47 years, Arthur “Dee” Matheny, sister, Wilma Stewart, and her brother, Chester Donohew also preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, gardening and cooking.
Wanda was a fun loving woman who never met a stranger. Anyone who came in contact with her said she was a devoted mother and friend to all. Her family and many friends will miss her.
Survivors include her children, Annette and her husband David Oldaker of Cottageville, Alvin Matheny of Fairplain, Roxanna Matheny of Evans, and Kevin and his wife Laura Matheny of Ripley; grandchildren, Brittany Ross, Derek Rhodes, Jesse Matheny, Blake Matheny and Grace Matheny; great grandchildren, Drew Ross, Avery Ross, Kiera Casto, and Ethan Rhodes; stepchildren, Carolyn Altizer and Kay Sias both of Branchland, Elizabeth Bush in Texas, and James Matheny of Midkiff; 12 step grandchildren, 31 step great grandchildren, one step great great grandchild, and one niece and her husband, Karen and Michael DeVault of Evans.
Service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until time of service. Committal service will be 9 a.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014, in the Longview Cemetery Evans.
Flowers are welcome, or donations in her memory to: HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd, West, Charleston, WV 25387.
Pearl Virginia Winemiller, 87, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 27, 2014, in Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.
She was born March 31, 1927, in Evans, WV, a daughter of the late Charles A. and Lona (Williams) Long. Her husband, Hayward Winemiller, sisters, Nora Indorf, Rosemary Hall, Mildred Todd, Georgia Casto, infant sister, Mary Agnes Long, and brother, Charles W. Long, also preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and member of the Ripley Baptist Temple. She was a graduate of Ripley High School and Charleston School of Commerce.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Ripley Baptist Temple, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans. Visitation is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans.
Sigal Harless, 97, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away July 26, 2014, in Ravenswood Village Health Care Center.
He was born March 15, 1917, in Madison, WV, a son of the late William and Leva (Browning) Harless. His sons, Linville Harless, and Billy Harless, and brothers, Brice, Ezekiel, Curtis, and William, Jr., also preceded him in death.
He was a former employee of the railroad, Del Monte’s in Hackensaw, WA, and a motel chain. He was a Christian.
Survivors include his brother, Harold Harless of Sandyville, sister, Hazel Chambers of Ravenswood, and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Anton Hager officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.
Robert Bradley, Jr., 81, of Millwood, WV, passed away July 17, 2014.
He was born November 25, 1932, in Cairo, Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Russell Robert and Bernice (Nichols) Bradley. His brother, Chip Bradley, also preceded him in death.
He was a 1951 graduate of Cairo High School. He was a Corporal in the United States Army and served with the Military Police in Japan. He was retired from Ravenswood Aluminum and a member of United Steelworkers of America Local #5668. He loved his family, the outdoors, hunting and gardening. He was a founding member of the Silverton Volunteer Fire Department. To know Robert was to like him. He was honest, hardworking, thoughtful, kind and gentle.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nancy E. (Haga) Bradley; daughter, Elizabeth C. Boothe, and her husband, Tom of Millwood; brother, Marvin Bradley of Washington, WV; sisters-in-law, Elaine Bradley of St. Marys and Pauline Haga of Cairo; three grandchildren, Thomas B. Boothe and his wife Peggy, Christopher S. and Brandon T. Boothe , all of Millwood; two great grandchildren, Izzy and Kolton Boothe.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor David Sanderson officiating. Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Cairo Masonic Cemetery, Cairo, WV with full military rites. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
ELMER H. “CURLY” STEPHENSON
Elmer Howard “Curly” Stephenson, 69, of Mansfield, OH, passed away, July 4, 2014, at Med Central Hospital, Mansfield, following a brief illness.
He was born January 20, 1945, in Olive Hill, KY, a son of the late Wayne and Avonell (Stamper) Stephenson. His brother, Wayne Stephenson, Jr., also preceded him in death.
He was a self employed TV serviceman and owner of S & S Stephenson. He enjoyed trading cars and gardening. He was a loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Essie Pearl (Sams) Stephenson; sons, Howard and Jeff Stephenson, both of Mansfield; daughters, April Fisher and Jennie Mulvihill both of Mansfield; 12 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. A procession will leave the funeral home at 2 p.m. for the Flatwoods Cemetery, Ravenswood, where a graveside service will be held with James Robinson officiating.