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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

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   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.
   Visitation will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, MT. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:00am at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, MT.  Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery

RONALD PAUL NORMAN, SR.

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   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 TAYLOR

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   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

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   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 WINEMILLER

Winemiller, Pearl

   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

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   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

   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.  

DOROTHY ELOUISE PARSONS

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   Dorothy Elouise Parsons, 76, of Evans, WV, passed away July 3, 2014, at her home.
   She was born January 25, 1938, in Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Moody Allen and Madge Emily (Litton) Parsons. Her daughters, Janice Steele and Tami Lynn Roush, and a brother, Dwight Parsons, also preceded her in death.
   She was a retired certified electrician from Florida Power and Light in Ft. Lauderdale,and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Union Local # 179, Pompano Beach, FL.   She was a life member of the Ripley Post 5501, VFW Auxiliary, the Ripley Post 107, American Legion Auxiliary, and the VFW National Home for Children.
   She enjoyed working in her yard and gardening, and she was a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.
   Survivors include her sons, Rickey Smith of Medina, Jeffrey Smith of Evans, and Joseph “Max” Roush, Jr. of Fairplain; daughter, Brenda Joyce of Evans; brothers, Rossie Parsons of Ripley, Dana Parsons of Gay, and Stanley Parsons of Spencer; sisters, Doreen Thomas and Sharon Nutter both of Gay, Delma Miller of Spencer, Doris Mae West of Fairplain, and Sandra Roush of Ravenswood; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
   Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Minister Brent Dewees officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Committal service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.

HUBERT LEE SHAFFER

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   Hubert Lee Shaffer, 77, of Ripley, passed away July 2, 2014, in Eldercare of Ripley.
   He was born August 10, 1936, in Cicerone, a son of the late Otis Richard and Elvia Pearl (Hackney) Shaffer.  His wife, Ruth Ann Shaffer, brothers, Corbia and Hobert, and sisters, Bertha Shaffer, Audrey Davis and Lottie Payne, also preceded him in death.
   He was an ironworker and former employee of Berkhurst Construction, Weirton, WV.  His home church was the Centennial Church, and he enjoyed attending other churches as well. He also enjoyed gardening.
   Survivors include a son and his wife, Lyndal and Natasha Shaffer of Medina, daughter and her husband, Leticia and Billy Weekley of Sandyville; grandchildren, Austin Weekley, Caleb Weekley, Alexander Shaffer and Ethan Weekley; brothers, Marvin Shaffer of Elkview, Clifford Shaffer and Arnold Shaffer, both of Gandeeville; sisters, Shirley Haynes of Kenna and Dottie Harris of Spencer.
   Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, with Pastor Kevin Jennings and the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hunt Cemetery, Kentuck, WV.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service.

TIMOTHY RAY PAYNE, JR.

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   Timothy Ray Payne, Jr., 30, of Cottageville, WV, passed away June 28, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.
   He was born March 1, 1984, in Point Pleasant, a son of Timothy Ray Payne, Sr, of Columbus, OH and Paula Jean (McDade) Jeffers of Leon, WV.
   He was a member of Laborers Union 1353, Charleston, WV, and was currently employed by APEX Pipefitters. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, quads, and motorcycles.
   In addition to his parents, other survivors include his companion of 14 years, Stacey Ramsey; son, Owen Payne at home; daughter, Haylee Payne, at home; sisters, Cassie Beegle of Leon, and Reanna Mae Payne of Columbus, OH; stepfather, Paul Ray Jeffers of Leon; paternal grandparents, Henry and Delores Payne of Leon; maternal grandparents, Roberta and Marvin Coleman of Goldtown; niece, Emily Beegle of Leon, and a special friend and hunting buddy, Tony Smith of Leon.
   His sister, Samantha, and his maternal grandfather, Richard McDade, also preceded him in death.
   Service will be 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.

GEORGE ROBERT DELONG

 George Robert Delong, born June 18, 1953, age 60, passed away March 1, 2014, at his home in Ogden Utah. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

LUCILLE  ”LOU” KESSELL

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   Lucille “Lou” (Evans) Kessell, 90, of Letart, WV, passed away June 18, 2014, at her home following an extended illness.
   She was born May 21, 1924, in Smithville, WV, a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Goldie Ethel (Dye) Evans.  Her husband, Carroll King Kessell; son, Bruce Wayne Kessell; brothers, Albert Evans, Gale Evans, and Roland Tanzey; sister, Helen June Evans, and a great great grandson, Drake Ellis Roush, also preceded her in death.
   She was a retired clerk in retail sales, and she loved caring for children.
   Survivors include her daughters, Teresa Kessell of Letart, Lola Kessell of Lexington, KY, Lisa Landrum of Louisa, VA, and Bonnie Kessell of Huntington; sisters, Jean Williams of Parkersburg, Betty Defer of Streetsboro, OH, Karen Morris of Cottonwood, AL, Irene Rush of Phoenix, AZ, Sue Booth of Smithville, WV, and Eileen Taylor of Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren, Debby Kessell, Christy Johnson, Kathleen Chambers, Scott Johnson, and Kevin Borthwick, and eight great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Minister Douglas Petty officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Given, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

MARY V. DAVISSON   

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   Mary Virginia Davisson, 94, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away June 16, 2014, at Ravenswood Village.
   She was born April 11, 1920, in Troy, WV, a daughter of the late Alpha and Belva (Coberly) White. Her husband, George A. Davisson, son, Gary Lynn Davisson, grandchildren, Penny Jo Pendley, Rochelle Pendley, and Brandon Davisson, and brother, Dale White, half brothers, Robert White, and Virgil White, also preceded her in death.
   She was a retired beautician, worked nine years at WV Specialty Glass Factory, and worked at the Baltimore shipyards during World War II. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. She was an avid reader and was co-founder of the Davisson-Kerwood Library in Ravenswood Village. She loved her family and her many friends.  She was a member of the Vadis United Methodist Church, the Coleman Chapel Church, and was an honorary life member of the Ripley Baptist Tabernacle.
   Survivors include her son, George Nelson Davisson (Martha) of ElCajon, CA, daughters, Janice Jennings (Lawrence) of Sissonville, Sheila Schall of Leesburg, VA, Linda Pendley of Murraysville, 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Davisson.
   The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Ravenswood Village, and to Dennis Adams for his faithful visitation.
   Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church, 330 Third Avenue, Ripley, WV, with Pastor Mike Elder and Doug Lemon officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

CLARKE W. GOODALE

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   Clarke William Goodale, 82, of Ravenswood, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
   He was born December 15, 1931, in Templeton, CA, a son of the late Lynn and Claire (Walker) Goodale. His brother, Clayton, also preceded him in death.
   He was a Korean War era United States Navy veteran. He was a retired businessman and was the former vice president of sales for American National. He was an inventor and had been issued several patents. He was a comedian, an artist, a tennis player, enjoyed music and was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church. He loved God, his wife and family, the ocean, dancing, backpacking, and brownies with walnuts and thick chocolate icing.
   Survivors include his wife, Shirley M. (Pohlman) Goodale, daughter, Randi Carmichael of Ravenswood, son, Peter Goodale of CA, daughter, Elizabeth Miller of Ravenswood, daughter, Janet LaRocca of TX, daughter, Bonnie Lineberry of Ravenswood, son, Adam Goodale of GA, 11 granchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
   Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., June 18, 2014, at the St. Matthew Catholic Church, 600 Crooks Avenue, Ravenswood with Father Alfred Obiubu officiating. Interment will be in Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood. Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, has been entrusted with arrangements. 

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