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Don Balser

Donald Edwin Balser, 82, of Ravenswood, WV passed away November 17, 2019, in   Ravenswood Village, Ravenswood, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born September 16, 1937 in Sandyville, WV a son of the late, Henry Denzel and Nina Mae (Benson) Balser.

He was a United States Army veteran. He was a retired self-employed carpenter and brick mason. He was a member of the Faith Bible Church, Ravenswood, WV and enjoyed music and reading.

Survivors include his children, Donald E. Balser II of Lewis Center, OH; daughter, Donna Marie Balser of Macon, GA; grandchildren, Christopher Allen Balser and Justin Lee Balser.

Graveside services will be private for family and invited guests only. Burial will be in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

Frank Britton

Frank Joseph Britton, 79, of Sandyville, WV passed away November 17, 2019, in   Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia.

He was born May 15, 1940, in Ravenswood, WV, a son of the late William McKinley and Kathryn Virginia (Klein) Britton.

In addition to his parents, his brothers, Edward Lee Britton, and Oshel Skeen preceded him in death.

Frank was a United States Navy veteran. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and V.F.W. Post # 3488 Sandyville, WV. He was a retired nursing home cook and enjoyed flea markets.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Margaret (Ventura) Britton of Sandyville, sons, William W. Britton of Barrington, NH and John E. Britton of Ravenswood, daughters, Carole Lynn Britton, Cathi Lynn (Britton) Smith, Joyce Mahan all of Ravenswood, Tracie Lynn Britton, of Ripley, a step-daughter Jeannine Torres, of Taunton, MA, brother, James W. Britton of Ravenswood; sisters, Velma Rhoades of Ravenswood, June Weekley of Sandyville, and Donna Smith of Murrells Inlet, SC; 10 grandchildren, and 9 Great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. Burial will follow in Wilding Cemetery, Ravenswood, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 11 am until time of service Saturday, at the funeral home

 

Mary McMillan

Mary McMillan, 93, of Ripley, WV, passed away November 19, 2019 in Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness. Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home, Moundsville, WV. Local arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

 

Darrell Chester Stone Jr.

Darrell Chester Stone Jr., 73, of Mason, WV, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the Abbyshire Nursing Center, Bidwell, OH, following an extended illness.

He was born July 10, 1946, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Darrell Sr. and Ruth (McClure) Stone. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Stone and two sisters, Mae and Mary Jean Stone.

Chester was a proud United States Army Veteran serving during Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a retired Maintenance Mechanic from the John Amos Power Plant with several years of service. He was also a Heavy Equipment Operator for various other companies. Chester was a member of and enjoyed visiting the VFW Post # 9926, Mason and the American Legion Post # 23, Point Pleasant. He enjoyed farming, hunting and family genealogy.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Stella (Tracy) Stone; son, C.J. Stone and his wife Jill of Morgantown; daughter, Tracy Richie and her husband Jake of Mason; sister, Jackie Scarberry and her husband Dennis of Leon and four grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Smith Cemetery, Leon, WV, with Chaplin Kenny White officiating. Full Military Rites will be provided by the VFW Post #9926, Mason, American Legion Post #140, New Haven and American Legion Post # 0039, Pomeroy.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Mason United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 336, Mason, WV 25260.

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

 

Melvin “Tucker” Rollins

Melvin “Tucker” Rollins, 83, Leon, WV, passed away November 16, 2019, at his home.

He was born January 9, 1936 in Leon, the son of the late Eunice and Florence Izetta (Mattox) Rollins. He was also preceded in death by his son, Timothy Rollins; daughter, Melissa Taylor; grandson, Karl Jordan; brothers, Oshel Rollins, Okey Rollins, James Harvey Rollins and Henry Rollins and a sister, Frances Jean Durst.

Tucker was a retired operator from Foote Mineral with 30 years of service. He had been a member of Rollins Family Gospel group for 47 years and most recently was the guitar player for his great grandchildren, Kaydn Stone, Riley Springston and Franky Wilson and their gospel group, Cousins For Christ. He was an avid bible scholar, collected guitars and enjoyed fishing. He attended the Harvey Chapel Church, Leon, and attended and ministered through his music at a host of other churches as well.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Shelvia Jane (McCartney) Rollins; daughter, Angela Taylor (Eric) and Izetta McDade (Marvin); brother, Eunice Rollins; sister, Dottie Weaver; grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson (John), Matthew Durst (Sarah), Charley Taylor (Brooke), Kevin Taylor, Erica Higginbotham (Tristan), Peggy Rollins, Timothy Rollins, Jr., James Jordan (Erica), Karissa Taylor and Kristen Taylor; great grandchildren, Franky Wilson, Hailee Wilson, Kaydn Stone, Liberty Durst, Rocky Taylor, Riley Springston, Jase Higginbotham, Nilynn Rollins, Cash Rollins, Cassidy Rollins, Brayden Jordan, Briar Jordan, Izzibella Casto, Sebastian Taylor and Kolten Elmore.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Ivan “Pete” Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

James Elmer Cobb

James “Jimmy” Elmer Cobb, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.

He was born September 2, 1942, in Statts Mills, WV, a son of the late James Wallace and Dollie Myrtle (Munday) Cobb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Delsie Cobb.

Jimmy retired from the Laborers Union Local 1085, Parkersburg, WV, as a construction worker. He enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his sister, Elsa Morris of Ripley; brothers, Delmer Cobb of Cottageville and Charles Cobb of Ripley.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Monday, November 18, 2019, at the Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mills, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating.

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

 

Pamela Ethel Kearns

 

Pamela Ethel (Sibbons) Kearns, 92, of Mason, WV, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, Middleport, OH.

She was born June 19, 1927, in London, England.

Pamela was a secretary for Dr. Eshenaur’s office and Valley Brook Concrete. She was a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed knitting, gardening and yard work.

Survivors include her sons, David and Betty Kearns of New Haven, Brian and Sharon Kearns of Mason and Christopher (Mindy) Kearns of Mason; 6 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Carl W. Kearns and Rev. Kenneth Watkins; sister, Irene Smith.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Friday, November 15, 2019 at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Claudia Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, is honored to serve the Kearns family.

 

Jack Aaron Miller

Pastor Jack Aaron Miller, 46, of Winfield, WV, formerly of Ansted, passed away suddenly November 9, 2019.

He was born October 25, 1973, in Richwood, WV, the son of Sandra “Sue” (Smith) Miller of Ansted, WV, and the late Jackie Lee Miller; he was spiritually reborn in July of 1981 and accepted God’s call to the ministry in 1996.

Pastor Jack graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in 1992, WV Tech in 1996 with a BA in History and Government, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master’s of Divinity and from the Masters Graduate School of Theology with a Doctorate of Practical Ministry Theology in 2004. In 2014 he became the full time chaplain for the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston.

He had a colorful and eventful life with many occupations, all of which were truly learning experiences. He was formerly a newspaper columnist, a 4-H Camp Counselor, a police officer with the Louisville Division of Police (chaplain department) and the West Beuchel Police Departments in KY. He also served as chaplain for County General Trauma Hospital in Louisville and claimed to be the best fudge maker in the history of the world.

In March of 2001, God called him to Pastor the West Ripley Baptist Church at the age of 27. Spurred by the events of September 11, 2001, Pastor Jack was called to the Chaplain ministry of the West Virginia Air National Guard in 2005, and was commissioned as an officer. He would later achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Germany and Qatar with the United States Air Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was a member of the VFW Post #3448, Sandyville, the American Legion Post #107, Ripley, Ripley Lodge #16, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Tyrian Chapter #13, Royal Arch Masons and the Kanawha Commandery #4, Knights Templar. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and was the current Pastor of First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include his one true love and friend in life, his wife, Tina Michelle (Hylton) Miller; children, whom he loved with all his heart, Samuel A. Miller and Olivia G. Miller; brothers, Cary L Miller (Barbara) and John C. Miller (Kim); sister, Jeretta Y. Ford (Rick) and a host of other extended family members and friends.

Pastor Jack was an organ donor so even in death he gave life.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain, P.O. Box 7724, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Gateway Christian Church, 422 B Street, St. Albans, WV 25177, with Pastor Todd Hill officiating and Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel John McDonough delivering a eulogy. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Committal service with military honors and burial will be 3 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2019, in the Jeanette Cemetery, Lookout, WV.

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Jack’s final words to everyone would be, “Go win one for the good guys.”

 

Margaret Ann Dotson

Margaret Ann Dotson, 62, of Fairplain, WV passed away November 6, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born November 26, 1956, in Fairplain, and is the daughter of Carroll Edwin Coon and Naomi (Anderson) Williams.

Margaret was a retired desk clerk for the Super 8 Motel in Ripley. She enjoyed the outdoors, lawn work, road trips and visiting the Amish country.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Bruce Dotson; son, Donnie Garnes of Ripley; stepsons, Jeremy Dotson and Aaron Dotson both of Fairplain, and a sister, Debbie (Coon) Board, granddaughters, Casey (Garnes) Cunningham of Fairplain, Annie Garnes of Athens, Imogene Garnes of Ravenswood, and Madalyn Koon of Ripley, and great-grandchildren, Montana and John P. Cunningham IV, both of Fairplain.

Service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Minister Doug Petty officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

Dorothy Irene Schwarz

Dorothy Irene (Fischer) Schwarz, 89, of Mason, WV, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born July 17, 1930, in Pomeroy, OH, a daughter of the late Raymond and Hattie Mae (Riggs) Fischer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Schwarz.

Dorothy was a Teacher’s Aide at Mason Elementary with several years of service. She then continued helping children as a “Grandparent” for the Mason and New Haven Elementary Schools. She was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church in Mason and enjoyed sewing, quilt making and reading.

Survivors include her son, Carl “Butch” Schwarz (Pamela) of Mason; daughter, Jane (Steve) Morris of Parkersburg; sisters, Alice Jones of Huntington and Joyce Mills of Chester, OH; grandchildren, Heather Schwarz of Mason, Dustin Morris (Valerie) of Pittsburg and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 1 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Pt. Pleasant, WV with Pastor Donnie Dye officiating. A procession to the cemetery will leave Foglesong Funeral Home at 12:30 pm.

 

Beverly Sue Dillon

Beverly Sue Dillon, 70 of Ripley, WV, passed away October 30, 2019, at Jackson General Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born October 25, 1949, in Charleston, the daughter of the late Charles Everett and Mary Kathleen (Davis) Dillon. In addition to her parents, her sister, Reta Gail Parsons and her husband, Larry, and a nephew, Larry “J.R.” Parsons, Jr. also preceded her in death.

Sue was a licensed beautician and graduate of the Charleston Beauty Academy and was a retired pharmacy technician from Jackson General Hospital with over 30 years of service. She attended the Calvary United Methodist Church, Ripley.

Survivors include her stepmother, Helen Dillon; stepbrother, Richard Winter; stepsisters, Terry Lynn Faunce and Susan Detwiler; great nieces, Ryley McKenna Parsons and Emily Grace Shinn; great nephew, Dylan Carter Parsons; cousins, Ron Walker and Linda Kriss and her fur buddies, Callie and Zoey.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Private interment will be in the Fairplain Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Sunday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Calvary United Methodist Church Building Fund or, Animal Rights Fur-Ever (ARF), P.O. Box 264, Ripley, WV 25271.

Dexter William Casto

Dexter William Casto, 43, of Homosassa, Florida passed away October 26, 2019.
He was born on January 22, 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio to Dexter and Carla (Kelley) Casto.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles, gardening, spending time with his family, and loved animals.

Dexter is survived by his son, Andrew Dexter Casto of Homosassa; mother, Carla Mihalke and her husband, Charles of Homosassa; father, Dexter H. Casto and his wife, Cathy of OH; step-siblings, Garrett Mihalke of CO; Holly Shuman of OH; Jeff Stehle of OH; Gina Mingione of NY; loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Mike Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Tabor Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday, at the funeral home.

Helen Barber

Helen Joan “Jo” (Shockey) Barber, 86, of Fairplain, WV, went to be with the Lord on October 25, 2019.

She was born on February 26, 1933 in Ravenswood, WV, and is the daughter of the late William “Bill” and Hazel Shockey.

She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her life on the farm where she and her husband enjoyed many happy years raising their children and grandchildren. She loved to grow flowers and gardens, and to cook and can. She was a lover of animals and had many cherished pets. More than anything she loved caring for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a devout Christian.   She and her husband are Charter Members of the Parchment Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 70 years, Roland “Bill” Barber of Fairplain, WV. Her four children: Karen Skidmore of Cottageville, WV; Mike (Karen) Barber of Mineral Wells, WV; Pam Tuell of Mineral Wells, WV; and Kim (Greg) Tieman of South Charleston, WV. Her seven grandchildren: Kristine, Kevin, and Karl Skidmore, Jennifer Barber, Tiffany (Matt) Stoneking, Dena Tuell, and Shane (Jill) Tieman. Her five great grandchildren: Gavin Hill, Cameron Stoneking, Charlette Satow, Sean and Allison Tieman. She is also survived by two sisters, Linda (Jim) Beaver and Norma Burgess, both of Ravenswood, WV.

The celebration of her life service will begin on Sunday, October 27, 2019 with a visitation from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with Reverend Herman Robinson officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Ravenswood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Housecalls Hospice in Parkersburg, WV, or to the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Cottageville, WV in memory of Jo Barber.

 

Georgann Fink

Georgann (Jeffers) Fink, 75, of Pickerington, OH, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Capital City Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Columbus, OH.

She was born October 25, 1943, in Jackson County, WV, the daughter of the late George Alfred and Pauline (Russell) Jeffers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Dean Fink; son, Jeremy Fink; and infant daughter, and sister, Alicia E. Tucker.

Georgann was a 1961 graduate of Wahama High School and received a Board of Regents Degree from Marshall University. She was employed as a teacher at Southwestern Community Action Council Head Start Program and later retired as a regional supervisor. As a teacher, “Miss Georgann” touched many lives throughout the big bend area and will be fondly remembered by all for her fun-loving and generous attitude.

She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason, W.V. and Seton Parish in Pickerington, OH.

Survivors include her sons, Stephen Fink of Hartford, W.V., Timothy Fink of Pickerington, OH, and Christopher Fink (Tammy) of New Haven, W.V.; sister, Jane Stepp (Bryan) of Point Pleasant, W.V.; grandchildren, Josh Wood, Jacob Fink, Jessica Fink Ellis, Hayden Fink, Casey Fink, Carson and Connor Fink, Katie Torres, Taylor Boyd, Kelsi Boyd, Christian Thomas, and Ryleigh Fink; multiple great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friend for life, Donna Scaggs.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Monday, October 28, 2019, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mason, W.V. with Father Penn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, W.V. with a rosary service beginning at 7 p.m.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Capitol City Gardens for the compassionate and loving care provided to Georgann in her final days.

 

Joseph E. “Joe” Tate

Joseph Edward “Joe” Tate, Jr., 73, of Evans, WV, passed away October 20, 2019, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born, November 1, 1945, in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late Joseph Edward and Antonietta (Terino) Tate. His brother, Bill and his wife Gertie also preceded him in death.

Joe was a retired truck driver and pipeliner and member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 132, Charleston, WV, and member of the Teamsters Union, Local 175, South Charleston, WV. He was formerly employed by Carl E. Smith, Inc., McCoy’s Trucking Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. and H.C. Price-Welden Contruction, Co.

Survivors include his companion of 12 years, Leslie Martin and her mother Judith Martin; children, Michael and Rachael; brothers, Robert Paul Tate, Dillard Carson Tate (Debbie), Elvin Tate (Lori), J.C. Tate (Nancy) and Larry Tate; sisters, Launa “Che Che” Runion (Clyde), Charlotte Ann Tellez (Fidel), Ramona Tate and Muesetta Lee Holbert. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred.

Eva Cochran

Eva Marie (VanHoose) Cochran, 84, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away October 20, 2019, at her home with family by her side.

She was born October 22, 1934, in Noland, WV, a daughter of the late William “Bill” and Rebecca (Quallis) VanHoose. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Vanessa Cochran, Marcatrena Nelson; five brothers and two sisters.

Eva was a homemaker and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ravenswood. She was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and loved being a mother.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Ted Cochran; sons, Marshall Cochran and his wife Pam of Millwood, Ted Cochran and his wife Karen of Ripley; sisters, Rose Taylor of Circleville, OH, Linda Henson of Williamson, WV; 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Private burial was held at the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is serving the Cochran family.

Jessie Dunbar

Jessie (Durie) Dunbar, 86, of Evans, WV, passed away October 17, 2019 in the Ravenswood Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born June 12, 1933 in Campbell’s Creek, WV, a daughter of the late Gilbert Durie Sr. and Ruth (Marshall) Durie. Her brothers, Gilbert Durie Jr. and Jim Durie; sister, Anna Lou Durie also preceded her in death.

She was a former cook at Ripley Elementary School and clerk at Ben Franklin’s. She was a United States Air Force veteran and member of the Ripley Church of Christ. She was a member of T.O.P.S and enjoyed bowling, painting, genealogy and volunteering at the Ripley Library.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Cecil Raymond Dunbar; sons, Richard W. (Geraldine) Dunbar of Englewood, FL and Dennis A. (Sandra) Dunbar of Cross Lanes, WV; sister, Ella Hardman of Charleston; grandchildren, Lauren McGoskey, Brian, Samuel and Matthew Dunbar; great-grandchildren, Hadleigh, Tyler, Cole and Kian McGoskey.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Ripley Church of Christ, Ripley, WV, with Minister, Keenan Goosman officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home,

 

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