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SARAH E. HANNUM

Sarah Elizabeth (Blessing) Hannum, 92, of Mount. Alto, WV, passed away May 26, 2016, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 2, 1923 in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late Oron Guy and Etha Jane (Rollins) Blessing. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Hannum Jr.; brothers, Manford A. Blessing, Calvin T. Blessing, Ben F. Blessing; sister, Irene Winebrener.

Survivors include; sons, Charles Dane (Carole) Hannum of Arlington, VA, James E. (Karyn) Hannum of Kearnesville, WV, Robert D. (Joyce) Hannum of Harrisburg, VA. Four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren also survive her.

She was a retired billing secretary at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Point Pleasant, WV, and enjoyed her home life.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Minister Pete Allender officiating. Burial will follow in Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV.  Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.



SHIELA K. HIGGS

Shiela Higgs websiteShiela Kay Higgs, 68, of Cottageville, WV, passed away May 22, 2016, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born July 31, 1947, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of Clifford F. Kerwood of Cottageville, WV, and the late Rosalie (Koontz) Kerwood.   In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Higgs.

In addition to her father, survivors include sisters, Barbara Kerwood and Leshia (Steve) McClure all of Cottageville, WV; very special niece, Ashley McClure; very special nephew, Joshua (Diana) McClure; several other nieces and nephews, and two great nephews, Bryce and Caiden McClure.

She was a former employee of Public Debt in Parkersburg, WV. She was a member of the Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, WV, and a former member of United in Christ Church in Cottageville, WV. She enjoyed singing, crafts and crocheting.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016  at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Herman Robinson and the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. 

BILLY L. CASTO

Casto, Billy websiteBilly Leo Casto, 80, of Andalusia, AL, formerly of Jackson U.S. FlagCounty, WV, passed away May 7, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 23, 1935, in Fairplain, WV, the son of the late Herbert and Eliza (Spencer) Casto. His daughter, Tina Casto; brother, James Casto; sisters, Betty Grau, Margie Simkins and several half brothers and half sisters also preceded him in death.

Billy was a United States Army veteran, a former truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was the owner and operator C&C Charters, Inc. in Destin, FL, and for 20 years, prior to his retirement, captained the Lady Tina. He was a WVU sports fan and while living in West Virginia was very active coaching and supporting youth baseball leagues.

casto boatSurvivors include his wife, Linda (Bosarge) Casto; son, Michael Casto (Tammy); daughters, Karen Army 02Higgins (Henry) and Vicky Burrows; stepchildren, David George (Diana) and Christie Long (Tom); brothers, Norman “Red” Casto and Paul Casto; sisters, Ruth Parsons and Becky Scaggs; grandchildren, Cody Casto, Corrie Casto, MacKensy Burrows Curry, Zachary Burrows, Isaac Higgins, Lauren Higgins, Ian Higgins, Adam Higgins, Chance Vatovec, Sammie George, Joey George, Ben George, Nick George, Mandie George and Allie George.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bob Keen officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV, with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

JAMES KING

Army 02James Keith King, 75, of New Haven, WV, passed away May 7, 2016, inU.S. Flag Cabell-Huntington Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born June 22, 1940, in Letart, WV, a son of the late Herbert Rice and Esther (Weaver) King. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers; Gary and Ross King and a sister, Frances Mae (King)  

He was a United States Army veteran and enjoyed singing and playing his guitar and piano. He was retired laborer from Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 30 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668. He attended the House of Hope Church, Hartford, WV, along with several other area churches.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Ann (Goett) King; sons, Keith and Lisa King of Virginia Beach, VA, Mark and Debbie King of Dublin, OH, Timothy and Skyla King of New Haven; daughter, Michele D. and Christopher Boyce of Orlando, FL; sister Peggy Jean Brodrick of Pomeroy, OH, and seven grandchildren.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Charlie Hargraves officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 o’clock noon until time of service at the funeral home.   

JOSEPHINE P. BROCK

Christian symbolJosephine “Angie”Pearl Brock, 73, of New Haven, WV, went to be with the Lord, May 7, 2016, in Lakin Hospital, West Columbia, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born November 10, 1942, in Summersville, WV, a daughter of the late George and Pinnie (Balser) Brock.

She attended several area churches and was a Christian.
Survivors include her brothers; Carl Brock and James Brock of California; sisters, Loraine Thomas of Summersville, Catherine Carr and Sharon Long both of Virginia.

Service will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the New Haven United Methodist Church with Pastor Annette Carper and Pastor Donnie Dye officiating. Family and friends will receive guests one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Jacob’s Well Ministries, P.O. Box 1061, New Haven, WV 26265. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

 

HERMAN GIBSON

bluegrass instrumentsHerman Clinton Gibson, 62, of Gay, WV, passed away May 3, 2016, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born July 4, 1953, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Elmer and Melinda Sara (Messer) Gibson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Joshua Clinton Gibson; brothers, Elmer, Howard, Delmer and Raymond Gibson, James Messer; and his sister, Dolly Foster.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sharon Louise (Spaulding) Gibson; son, Christopher Spaulding of Gay, WV; daughters, Sara Fields and Jennifer Westfall of Gay, Trena Marie Gibson of Elyria, OH and Johnna Dyke of Ripley, WV; brother, Ballard Gibson of Ormond Beach, FL; sisters, Sadie Parsons of Cedar Grove, WV, Nora Harper of Charleston, WV, Aretha Adkins of Cabin Creek, WV; 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Herman was a welder and electrician by trade and enjoyed bluegrass music and fishing. He was a Baptist by faith.

Service will be Friday, May 6, 2016– 2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Pastor James Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Parsons Cemetery, Gay, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

 

 ERMA KATHLEEN YOHO

Yoho, ErmaErma Kathleen Yoho, 90, of Pomeroy, OH, passed away April 29, 2016, in Overbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born May 21, 1925, the daughter of the late Morgan and Hattie (Hoffman) Lake. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Russell, Gene, Virgil, and Floyd and her sister, Doris.

She was a homemaker and licensed beautician. She belonged to Eastern Starthe Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #411 Harrisonville, OH, and was also a member of the White Shrine. She enjoyed volunteer work with Senior Citizens of Meigs County.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Donald E. Yoho; sons, David (Donna) Scarberry and Bob (Sandy) Scarberry; daughter, Jean (Bill) Yoho; sister, Ruth Lyons of Inverness, TX; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.  

JAMES PAUL STEPHENS

Stephens, Paul websiteJames Paul Stephens, 77, of Ravenswood, WV, passed awayU.S. Flag suddenly April 25, 2016.

He was born May 18, 1938, in Sherman, WV, a son of the late William Howard and Francis Willeta (Hoselton) Stephens.

He was a United States Army veteran, a farmer, a formerArmy 02 employee of Southern States and he retired from Hartley Manufacturing. He enjoyed sports, bluegrass music and was a member of the Willowdale Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ila Mae (Staats) Stephens; son, Paul Joe Stephens of Ravenswood; stepdaughters, Shirley Sayre (Max) of Ripley, and Sheila Dale (Jim) of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother, Charles Stephens of Sherman; sister, Alice Hamilton of Westland, MI; step grandchildren, Amber, Staci and Shelly and step great grandchildren, Kai, Jada, Lilly and Landon.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Lawrence Conger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

FREDA MAE ROACH

Roach at Mason

Freda Mae Roach, 75, of Hartford, WV, passed away April 22, 2016 in Meigs-Holzer E.R. Pomeroy, OH following a brief illness.

She was born September 29, 1940, a daughter of the late Charles and Oakley Bell Willet. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers; Carl, Fred (Eutha) Raymond, Cliff, Ray, Bob and Larry Willet; sisters, Maryann (Bobby) Stewart and Velma (Ron) Wood; sister-in-law Kay Willet.

She was a homemaker and a member of the True Gospel Church, Gibbstown, WV. She enjoyed working puzzles.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Donald Ernest Roach; sons, Donald E. Roach Jr., Bill (Mary) Roach and Adam (Keawana) Roach all of Hartford; daughters, Tammy (Steve) Arthur of Beckley and Lisa (Jeff) Mead of Hartford; grandchildren, Krista, Laura (Andy) Sarah, William, Rodney Bragg, Kendra (Jordan) Gregory, Dennis Williamson II (Renee), Hayden, Cole, Morgan, Weston, Christian, and Marshall Varian and a very special grandson, A.J. Roush; great-grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Addison, Hadyn and Jaelyn; brothers, Virgil (Sharon) and Mike; sisters, Evelyn (Joe) Lane and Joann (Clyde) Cunningham; sisters-in-law, Linda, Mary and Ruth, and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday April 26, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Donald E. Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Zerkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Monday at the funeral home.  

WANDA OLIVER

Oliver, Wanda websiteWanda Jean Oliver, 81, of Mount Alto, WV, passed away April 21, 2016, in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born April 11, 1935, in Boomer, WV, the daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Margaret (Layton) Johnson. Her son, James L. “Jimmie” Oliver, Jr. and sisters, Betty Lou Johnson and Susie Johnson also preceded her in death.

Wanda was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers and feeding her birds. She was a Christian.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, James Louis “Jim” Oliver; daughter, Terri Lynn Oliver of Hartford; sons, Earl Eugene Oliver and Christopher Oliver both of Mount Alto, and Pete Oliver (Gabriela) of Whitsett, NC; sister, Judy Kay Whitt (Butch) of Belva, WV; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A private family visitation was held Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial followed in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV, with the Rev. Dick Tennant officiating.

ANNA LOUISE HARPER

Harper, LouiseAnna Louise Harper, 83, of Ripley, WV, passed away April 20, 2016, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born September 15, 1932 in Beckley, WV, the daughter of the late James Curtis and Mary Magdalene (Cauley) Ayers. Her husband, Thomas Elliott Harper; brother, Jimmy Ayers, sister, Billy Jane Wiedensall and infant siblings also preceded her in death.

She was formerly employed by the Big R Super Market, the Alpine Restaurant and retired from Kroger Company in Ripley.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald Harper (Debra) of Ripley, and Curtis Harper (Vickie) of Evans; daughter, Deborah Harper of Charleston; sisters, Elizabeth “Honey” Creed (James) of Beckley and Eileen Bower of Evans; grandchildren, Matthew Corey Harper, Susan Nichole Abels (J.R.), Joshua Logan Harper (Katrina) Seth Elliott Harper, Waid Robert Harper (Brittin), Justin Scott Heath and Jacquelyn Amber Roberts (Scott); great grandchildren, Phoenix Harper, Hayden Heath, Hudson Gunner Harper, Ronni Lea Harper and Elliott Harper.

Private family visitation was held Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with committal service and entombment in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cottageville, WV, with the Rev. William Holley officiating.

In memory of Louise, donations would be preferred to the Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Snack Pack Program, 1883 Ripley Road, Ripley, WV  25271.

CRAIG ROUSH

Craig Michael Roush, 29, of Mason, WV, passed away April, 15, 2016 in Dunbar, WV, following a brief illness.

He was born June 27, 1986 in Point Pleasant, WV, a son of the late Thomas Michael Roush and Debra Kay (Bumgarner) Roush of Hartford, WV. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather John Jake Bumgarner.

He was a self-employed painter and enjoyed four wheeling, hunting and tinkering.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his sisters; Julie Ann Porter of Mason and Tara Renee Roush of Gallipolis Ferry; loving grandmother, Phyllis Bumgarner of New Haven; uncles, John (Hollie) Bumgarner and Pat Bumgarner of West Columbia; aunts, Terry (Pete) Camp of West Columbia and Sherry McKinney of Mason. He is also survived by a large number of extended family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday April 24, 2016 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Rev. Charlie Cundiff officiating. Burial will follow in Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred.   

 WARREN WOLFE

Wolfe, Warren 20141224_133242Warren Lee Wolfe, 79, of the Cow Run community, Cottageville, WV, passed away April 16, 2016, at CAMC General Division, while surrounded by his loving wife and children.

He was born July 9, 1936, in Sissonville, WV, the son of the late Wilmer Marshall and Dorothy J. (Gunnoe) Wolfe. His brothers, James Wolfe and Wilmer L. Wolfe and a sister, Delores Canterbury also preceded him in death.

Warren was a retired surveyor for the West Virginia Department of Highways and traveled all across the state. He loved breaking and working horses, gardening, trading and collecting Case Knives.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma Jane (Fisher) Wolfe; son, Terry L. Wofle (Amy) of Cottageville; daughters, Teresa Suck (Fred), Tonya L Wolfe and Tammy L. Webb (Chuck) all of Cottageville; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Benyak in MA, and Mary Cantwell in VA, and brothers, John Wolfe of Sissonville, Ed Wolfe of St. Albans, and Bob Wolfe of Parkersburg.

Visitation will be Monday, April 18, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. when a procession will leave for a gravside service at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with Jim Green officiating at 3:15 p.m.

RALPH VENSON RIGGS 

Marine Corps 02Ralph V. Riggs, 86, of Ravenswood, WV passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016, at CAMC-General Division.

He was born July 19, 1929, in Sandyville, a son of the late Alva and Maggie Loa (Dailey) Riggs. His brothers, James, Albert, Sylvester, Ray, Eugene, Yancy, Walter, Calvin, Melvin, Russell and Delmer C. Riggs and sisters, Norma, Clarabell, Ruth, Maggie and Freda (Riggs) Powell also preceded him in death.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and was retired from the maintenance department atU.S. Flag Jackson General Hospital with 27 years service.   He was a farmer and a Methodist by faith.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anne M. (McKeown) Riggs; daughters, Brenda Barker and Sharon Shumate (Roy) all of Ravenswood; stepsons, Roger D. McKeown of Canton, OH and James W. McKeown of Akron, OH; 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. when a procession will leave for a graveside service at the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville with the Rev. Lloyd Winans officiating.

RICHARD ROUSH

Army 02Richard Earl Roush, 90, of Mason, WV, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV following an extended illness.

He was born June 19, 1925 in Graham Station, WV, a son of the late Earl T. andU.S. Flag Grace M. (Cook) Roush. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife, Peggy S. (Mahoney) Roush; brother, Albert Roush.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean War. He was an assistant shift engineer for American Electric Power for 41 years. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and American Legion, and a member of the Cheshire Masonic Lodge # 456.

Survivors include his companion of 27 years, Anna Lee Edwards; sons, William E. Roush of Point Pleasant and Ron Roush of Cheshire; daughter, Mary A. Fluharty of Napa Valley, CA; sister, Betty Burris of New Haven; four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday April 17, 2016 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow in Meigs Memory Gardens, Pomeroy, OH. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

DORLA LIVINGSTON 

Livingston, DorlaDorla May Livingston, 79 of Evans, WV, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV, after an extended illness.

She was born September 26, 1936 in Angerona, WV, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Eusta (Flowers) McIntyre. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cleon Livingston; brothers, Charles McIntyre and Darrell McIntyre; sister, Elizabeth Walker; and one great grandchild, Chelsea Long.

Survivors include daughters, Brenda Gail (Robert) Walters of Evans, WV, Sue Ann (Darry) Marshall of Eleanor, WV and Jane Marie (Kenneth) Monroe of Lyles, TN; brother, William T. McIntyre of Pomfret, MD; sister, Dorothy Hylton of Ripley, WV, 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren.

Dorla was a seamstress by trade for 50 years and was employed by Kellwood Manufacturing, Spencer, WV. She also enjoyed quilt making.

Service will be Monday, April 18, 2016, at 11 a. m. at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Charles Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

RUTH WALKER 

Ruth Elizabeth (Roush) Walker, 95, of Richmond, Indiana (formerly of Mason, WV) passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Ambassador Health Care, Centerville, Indiana of natural causes.

She was born May 7, 1920 in Graham Station, a daughter of the late Dewey Roush and Esther (Cook) Roush.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dallas Walker (2004); their daughter, Sheila Yvonne (Walker) Howard (2015); brothers, Lew (Avalon) Roush and Rollin (Ella) Roush; sisters, Adamae (Harry) Wolfe, Alice Gum and Louise Roush.

She was a beautician who owned her own beauty shop at their home in Mason. She very much enjoyed sewing, quilting and making apple butter, along with her husband Dallas, at the Mason United Methodist Church, where they were faithful members for many years.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Okey (Nick) Howard (husband of Sheila); grandchildren, Shawn Howard, Mitchell Howard; great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Howard; special niece, Pamela Roush (James) Thomas; sisters, Evelyn (Marshall) Cox and Susanna (Don) King; brothers, Norris (Libby) Roush and Robert (Golda) Roush; also numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Fogelsong Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

DENVER  THOMPSON

Denver Lee Thompson, 84, of Letart, WV, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Pleasant Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV.

He was born May 22, 1931 in Letart, WV, a son of the late Robert Ray and Beatrice May (Hoffman) Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife, Betty Mae (Lieving) Thompson; brothers, Glenn Thompson, and Walden R. Thompson.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and a member of Vernon United Methodist Church. He was a retired guard from the Foote Mineral and enjoyed woodworking, farming, camping, and fishing.

Survivors include his sons, Michael Lee (Janet) Thompson of Winchester, VA, Lou (Pam) Thompson of Letart, WV, Jack (Kathey) Thompson also of Letart, WV; daughter, Cheryl (Jim Jr.) Young of Bowling Green, OH; sister, Wanda May Schneider of Dresden, OH; grandchildren, Katie, Beth, Allie, Brandy, Steve, Larry, Christy, Sara, James, Brian, and Lora and nine great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday April 9, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor John Bumgardner, the Rev. Jack Mayes, the Rev. Nancy Mayes, and the Rev. William Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Lieving Yonker Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.  

GEORGE REED

George Stephen Reed, 70, of Mason, WV, passed away April 3, 2016 at his home following aU.S. Flag brief illness.

He was born January 20, 1946, in Cabin Creek, WV, a son of the late James David and Opal Jane (Davis) Reed. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, David and Curtis Reed and a sister, Katherine Reed.

Air Force 02He was a retired equipment operator from Appalachian Electric Power Co., Phillip Sporn Plant with 30 years of service. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a graduate of Walton School and a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a lifelong member of the Church of God and attended the Fraziers Bottom Church of God.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Rebecca Kay (Taylor) Reed; daughters, Stacey A. Reed of Chesapeake, WV, and Stephanie J. (Joseph) Kirby of Belpre, OH; grandsons, Owen and  Aiden Kirby; brothers, James Reed of Cabin Creek, WV, and Glen Reed of Bruinwick, OH; sisters, Fern Liptok of Gallagher, WV, Anna Mae Smith of Elkview, WV, Shirley Waters, of Beloit, WI; brother in law, DeWayne Taylor of FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Gary Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.  

GERALD JOHNSON

Army 02Gerald Duane Johnson Sr., 82, of Mason, WV, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, after a sudden illness.

He was born February 23, 1934, in West Columbia, WV, a son of the late HomerU.S. Flag C.  and Lucy E. (Edwards) Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by a son, Gerald Duane Johnson Jr.; brothers, Vernal Dale Johnson Sr., and Richard Johnson.

He was a retired electrician from Lakin Hospital and a former employee of Foreman and Abbott Heating and Cooling in Middleport, OH. He was also a former employee of Pantasote with 17 years of service and a Untied States Army veteran. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was Christian by faith.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lucy Eileen (Northup) Johnson; son, Larry L. Johnson (Teresa) of West Columbia; grandchildren, Kristen Johnson of Morgantown, WV, and Cody Johnson of West Columbia, WV. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jason Simpkins officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 6 p.m until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

DONALD DALE SMITH

Smith, Donald websiteDonald Dale Smith, 73, of Leon, WV, passed away April 2, 2016, at his home following a brief illness.

coon huntigHe was born January 18, 1943, in Letart, WV, the son of the late, Sumner Stanley and Gladys Opal (Kapp) Smith. His infant daughter, Mary Denise Smith; grandson, Scott Duncan; sisters, Anna Mae Deweese and Connie Sue Hawkins and two infant brothers also preceded him in death.

Donald was a Vietnam War era United States Army veteran. He was stationed in Germany and servedArmy 02 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a retired furnace tapper from Felman Production, formerly Foote Mineral Company and a former truck driver for Valley Brook Concrete.

He enjoyed training and runnning coonhounds, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children, Beth Ann Boggess of Parkersburg, John J Smith (Janet) of Reynoldsburg, OH, Tonya Duncan of Apple Grove, Joshua Smith of Point Pleasant, Ashlee Spaulding (Johnny) and Craig Smith all of Gallipolis, OH; grandchildren, Britnee Blackburn, Allee Duncan and Jeremiah Smith and great grandchildren, Emillee Griffin, Makenzzee Griffin, Zoe Smith and Elijah Smith.

Brothers, David Smith, Delbert Smith, Gene Smith and Steve Smith all of Leon and sisters, Geraldine Hall, Viola “Toots” Stone and Mary Jordan all of Leon.

Friends may visit with the family Friday, April 8, 2016, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Private interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to:  Pleasant Valley Hospital Home Health and Hospice, 1011 Viand Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550

VIRGINIA MAE LESTER

Virginia Mae (Johnson) Bland Lester, 85, of Mason, WV, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home following an extended illness.  

She was born March 12, 1931 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Agnes (Keller) Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband’s; Homer Bland and Marvin Lester; grandson, Peter McKinney, Jr.; great grandson, Brandon (Kearnsy) Kearns; brother, William Johnson; sister, Marceline Daniels.

She was a former employee of the Mason Senior Citizens with 24 years of service. She was also a former janitor for the New Haven Elementary School. She enjoyed crocheting, playing the guitar and piano, crosswords, and feeding her birds. She attended the Soul Harvest Church, Mason, WV.

Survivors include her daughters, Sheila D. Stone of Mason and Joyce M. (Pete) McKinney of West Columbia; brothers, Simon H (Ellen) Johnson of Pomeroy and Edward K Johnson of Point Pleasant; sister, Sarah Gleason of Letart; 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV with the Rev. Thomas Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Zerkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SYBIL CORINE SHARP

Sharp, Sybil websiteSybil Corine Sharp, 97, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 28, 2016, in Eldercare of Ripley following a brief illness.

She was born December 19, 1918, in Ripley, WV, the daughter of the late Matthew and Nettie (Ballard) Kuhn. Her husband, Walter Sharp; brothers, Cecil Kuhn, Junior Kuhn, Burl Kuhn and Eugene Kuhn, and sister, Imogene Skidmore also preceded her in death.

Sybil was a homemaker and former employee of Fitzgerald Greenhouse, Ripley. She attended the Prayer and Faith Tabernacle, Ripley.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Sharp of Cottageville and Herbert Eugene Sharp of Point Pleasant; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Clyde Syner officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

RUBY A. (GANDEE) TOLLEY

 tolley, ruby website  Ruby Anna (Gandee) Tolley, 82 of Ripley, WV passed away March 26, 2016 at her home following an extended illness.
   She was born September 13, 1933, in Fairplain, WV a daughter of the late Foster and Vesta (Crane) Gandee. Her son, Jeffrey E. Tolley; brothers, Jack, Johnny, George, Marshall, Billy, Junior, Carl, Keith,  and Raymond Gandee; sisters, Josephine Hite, Virginia Martin, Ruth Dowdy, and Dortha Utt and four infant siblings preceded her in death.
   Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Marvin Eugene Tolley; sons, Mark Tolley (Tresa) of Ravenswood, WV and Kenneth Tolley of Ripley, WV; daughter; Brenda Koon (Ernie) of Ripley, WV; brothers, Ronnie Gandee of Fairplain, WV; sister, Edna Bennett of Ravenswood; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. 
  Service will be 1 p. m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Pastor Doug Harper officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley, WV.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

RONALD RAY MILLER, JR.

Ronald Ray Miller, Jr., 52, of Fort Worth, TX, passed away March 19, 2016, in a Fort Worth Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born March 7, 1964, in Pontiac, MI, the son of Ronald R. Miller of Leon, WV, and the late Donna Marie (Beller) Miller.

In addition to his father, Ronald, other survivors include his stepmother, Gloria Miller of Leon; sisters, Sylvia Barrea, Cynthia Montez and P

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