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BERTHA M. HAYES

 

 

Bertha Marie (Smith) Hayes, 84, of Middleport, Ohio, formerly of New Haven, WV, passed away April 24, 2018, following an extended illness.

She was born January 25, 1934 in Clifton, WV, a daughter of the late James Garland and Sarah Marie (Riley) Smith. She was also preceded by her husband, Charles Hayes, Sr.; daughter, Louwanna Smith; brothers, James Smith, Jr. and Lewis Smith; sister, Barbara Hunt.

She was a homemaker and loved to collect cookie jars having over 200 in her collection.

Survivors include her sons, John Elias (Yvonne) of Flushing, MI and Charles E. Hayes, Jr. (April VanMatre-Parsons) of Middleport, Ohio; daughters, Bambi (Mark) Hansen of Pflugerville, TX, Kimberly (Michael) Dubree of Thomasville, GA, Tamara (Keith) Day of Darwin, Ohio, JoAnn Wagner of The Plains, Ohio, Beverly Hayes (Lonnie Mayes) of Middleport, Ohio, and Lisa Hayes of Middleport, Ohio; sister, Marlene Eakins of Middleport, Ohio and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jordan Decker officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, W.V 

 

JOE N. ALEXANDER

Joe N. Alexander, 80, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away April 23, 2018, in Roseland, VA, following a sudden illness. Arrangements are pending at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

GERALD RANDOLPH

Gerald Edward Randolph, 75, of Pomeroy, OH, formerly of Ripley, WV, passed away April 23, 2018, in Holzer-Meigs Emergency, Pomeroy, OH.

He was born May 30, 1942 in Gay, WV, a son of the late Holly Benjamin and Opal Mae (Anderson) Randolph. In addition to his parents he was preceded by two infant sisters and a stepdaughter, Mary Jeanell Southall.

He worked in home construction as a carpenter and was a Baptist by faith. He enjoyed nature and baseball.

Survivors include his daughters, Melissa Dawn and Sarah Danielle Randolph both of Ripley, WV; and a granddaughter, Midajah Rose Randolph of Ripley.

Private burial will be in the Casto Cemetery, Belgrove, WV. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

LARRY SHELTON PATTERSON, SR.

Larry Shelton Patterson Sr., 78, of Racine, OH, passed away April 17, 2018 in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV following a brief illness.

He was born March 8, 1940 in Clifton, WV, a son of the late John S. and Fannie (Wamsley) Patterson. In addition to his parents he was preceded by his brothers, Hubert and William “Wink” Patterson; sisters, Goldie Reitmire, Catherine Milliron, Juanita Hoschar and Dimple Eakins; grandchildren, Jessica Wilson and Courtney Jones.

He was a retired truck driver of 57 years and was currently working for Penske. He enjoyed NASCAR, guns, fishing and his dog.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sandra Kay (Hall) Patterson; sons, Larry R. Patterson and Melissa of Point Pleasant and Larry S. Patterson Jr. of Racine, OH; daughters, Sherry Wervey of Holden Beach N.C, Trudy Jones of Pomeroy, Melissa Watson of Racine and Valerie (Brian) Durham of Pomeroy; sisters Reba Gibbs of Hartford and Norma (Danny) Roush of Letart; 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1~ p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Jackie White officiating. Burial will follow in Letart-Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at the funeral home.

HAZEL VIRGINIA LANHAM

Hazel Virginia Lanham, 81, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, WV.

She was born October 19, 1936 in Sugarcreek, WV, a daughter of the late Emmett and Georgia Pearl (Young) Lanham.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Lola Abbott, Thelma Kidd, Bobby Wilson, and Deloris Wolfe; brothers, Bernard Smith and Lewis Lanham.

She was a retired cook at several local restaurants including M&R Restaurant, McCoy’s Motor Lodge, and the Daniel Boone Restaurant.  Her hobbies included reading, painting and caring for her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Lori Pearl Lanham of Greensboro, N.C. and Sandra Lynette Mahood of Ravenswood; grandson, Dakota Keith Mahood of Ravenswood.

Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood with Pastor Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

VIRGINIA JANE (JOHNSON) TUCKER

Virginia Jane (Johnson) Tucker, 77, of Mason, WV, passed away April 15, 2018 in Holzer Hospital, Gallipolis, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born February 14, 1941 in Gibbstown, WV, a daughter of the late Hubert Wilbert and Margaret Virginia (Gibbs) Johnson. She was also preceded by her husband Ray Allen “Red” Tucker Sr.; sister, Sue (Charles) Searles; granddaughter, Whitney Rae Tucker.

She was the former secretary of the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with 47 years of faithful service to her community. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary # 140 New Haven, WV and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary # 9926, Mason, WV. She was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending sporting events of her grandchildren. Jane, was a former volunteer with the Mason Youth League working in the concession stand.

Survivors include her sons, Ray Allen Tucker Jr. of Graniteville, S.C. and Jerry Wayne Tucker of Hartford; daughter, Kristina (Jon) Clark of Mason; brother, Hubert W. “Buck” Johnson Jr. and his wife Faye of West Columbia; sisters, Patricia Williams of Harrisonville, OH and Faye (David) Williams of Mason; grandchildren, Trevor, Cameron, Taley, Jeremy, Brice and Kristopher; four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

William M. “Mike” Slaven

William Michael “Mike” Slaven, 70, of Ripley, WV, passed away April 12, 2018, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following a brief illness.

He was born August 17, 1947, in Charleston, WV, and was the son of the late H.W. “Bill” and Mary M. (Fry) Slaven. In addition to his parents, his brother, Gary “Fuzz” Slaven also preceded him in death.

Mike was a 1965 graduate of Ripley High School and a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart. He attended West Virginia State College and West Virginia University-Parkersburg, receiving a degree in criminal justice.

He was a former private investigator for Skeen & Skeen, attorneys at law, Ripley, WV, and was a retired parole officer for Jackson County. He was a member and past commander for VFW Post 5501, Ripley, and he enjoyed computers, camping and fishing.

Survivors include his sister, Janyce (Slaven) Watkins of Ravenswood; niece, Megan N. Watkins; nephews, Jeremy S. Watkins (Michele) and Joseph R. Watkins (Brenda), his former wife, Janice Strickland Goff; stepsons, James Anderson and David Anderson; great nieces and nephews, Macie Watkins and Harmony Watkins, Levi Watkins, Joey Watkins and Jackson Watkins, and a very special friend, Sonja Hudson Ice.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Casto Funeral Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunter officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to VFW Post 5501, 386 Parkersburg Road, Ripley, WV 25271, or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 757517 Topeka, KS 66675.

 

REV. MELVIN LEE “JACK” GRIMES

Rev. Melvin Lee “Jack” Grimes, 91, of Milton, WV, and formerly of New Haven and Evans, WV, passed away April 8, 2018, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born January 28, 1927, in Ona, WV, the son of the late Robert M. and Lenora “Tassie” (Thacker) Grimes. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 67 years, Margaret Marie (Holley) Grimes; son, James Robert “Jimmy” Grimes; great grandson, Christopher Gage Carter, and brothers, Glenn Grimes and Charles Grimes.

Jack was a World War II United States Army veteran and served with the 88th Infantry Division. He was retired from the United States Postal Service with 34 years of service and was a retired Baptist Minister and member of the Evergreen Hills Missionary Baptist Church, Colloden.

He was also a former funeral attendant for the Heck Funeral Home, Milton and then, following his retirement served 17 years as a dedicated attendant for the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Survivors inlcude his daughter, Kay Ford and her husband, Danny of Milton, WV; grandchildren, Sherry Wendell, Heather Ford, Kerri (Tim) Lewis and Chance (Catherine) Grimes; great grandchildren, C.J. Grimes, Coleton Carter, Abby Wendell and Cailyn Grimes; daughter-in-law, Sue Grimes and special friends, Bob and Sherry Ramsey, Pat and Mark Cutlip, Tim Bogren and Doug and Michelle Maxey.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Huntington Hospice and Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Henson-Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington, WV. Military honors by Milton American Legion, Post #139 will be held following the service. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Louella S. Llewellyn

Louella Sue (Caudill) Llewellyn, 76, of Millwood, WV, passed away April 7, 2018 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born on the family farm May 4, 1941 in Forrest Hill, Maryland, a daughter of the late Ervin Cicero and Annie Frances (Hart) Caudill. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Francis and Lee Caudill.

She was the former co-owner of Llewellyn-Bykota Corporation, Sandyville, WV. She was the former Vice President of the Ravenswood High School Band Boosters and enjoyed painting and gardening. She was a Baptist by faith and forever a farm girl at heart.

Survivors include her daughters, Connie L. (Dick) Merical of Millwood, Donna S. Cook of Ravenswood, and Patricia A. Davis of Sandyville; brothers, Willard Caudill of Havre de Grace MD., Roy Caudill of Oxford, PA.; sister, Anna Marie Ashbrook of Abingdon, MD. and four grandchildren.

Graveside service will be in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with Pastor John White officiating. Service times are pending. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

DELORES ANN WILLIAMS

Delores Ann Williams, 70, of Millwood, WV, passed away April 1, 2018, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born April 30, 1947, in Evans, WV, the daughter of the late Cletis Wayne “Pete” and Hazel Mista (Livingston) Sayre. Her husband, Roger Lee Williams also preceded her in death.

She was a 1965 graduate of Ripley High School, and then attended the Parkersburg Beauty College. She was formerly employed by J & R Beauty Salon in Ravenswood and J.C. Penny’s in Heath, OH. She was a Methodist by faith.

Delores enjoyed fishing, bingo, attending yard sales and spending time with family and friends. She had a servant’s heart and was always finding ways to assist family and friends any way she could.

Her survivors include her son, Ronnie Williams of Millwood; daughter and her husband, Carla and Michael Jones of Pomeroy, OH; grandchildren, Justin Williams and Jacob Jones; brother, Cletis Wayne Sayre, II (Debbie) of Evans; sister, Eva Burgess (Barry) of Evans and a very special girl whom she loved as family, Camdyn Staats.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Anton Hager officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

THOMAS EUGENE PAXTON

Thomas Eugene Paxton, 79, of Cross Lanes, WV, formerly of Ripley, passed away March 24, 2018, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following a brief illness.

He was born April 13, 1938, in Belle, WV, the son of the late William E. and Flossie Lee (Baier) Paxton.  In addition to his parents, his brothers Denver Paxton and Melvin Paxton also preceded him in death.

Tom was a 1961 graduate of DuPont High School, a United States Air Force veteran, a retired supervisor for Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 41 years of service and served for 15 years with the West Virginia legislative staff. He was a former member of the Ripley Rotary, a longstanding member of the West Virginia Bowhunters Association, the Elk River Bowhunters Association and the National Rifle Association. Tom was a member and Elder of the Nitro First Presbyterian Church. He was very active as the head usher, unofficial greeter, and loved cooking with the kitchen crew or manning the church barbeque grill. In addition to family and close friends, he was loved and respected by many and…HE KNEW HE WAS LOVED!

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, shooting and fishing. He reloaded his own ammunition and handcrafted his wooden arrows. He especially enjoyed attending traditional archery events and hunting and competing with his longbows and recurve bows.  He traveled to several states and Canadian provinces hunting and attending traditional rendezvous.

Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Sharon Burgess Paxton; sons, Jeff Paxton and his wife, Cindy of Ripley, Jim Paxton and his wife, RaDawn of Huntington, and Brad Paxton of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Cason and Landri (the twins), Ricky (Jordann), Rachel and great granddaughter, Sophia.

Service, followed by military honors, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Nitro First Presbyterian Church, with the Reverends David Lee and Jim Walther, and Jean Summerfield, ALP. Tom will be placed at rest in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, WV. The family will receive guests from 12 noon until time of service at the church.

Marie L. Ball

Marie Lavinia (Grimm) Ball, 97, of Letart, WV, passed away March 23, 2018, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV.

She was born April 12, 1920, in Huntington, WV, a daughter of the late Dencil and Viola (Buchanan) Grimm. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband Dallas William Ball; son, Charlie Ross Ball; brother, Okey D. Grimm; sister, Nettie DeBarr.

She was a former employee of the Letart Post Office and was a homemaker. She worked for the Meals on Wheels program in the Letart area and was a foster grandparent at Lakin. She worked at Tudor’s in Point Pleasant and the Country Corner Café in Letart. Marie attended the Asbury United Methodist Church and enjoyed flowers, gardening and quilting.

Survivors include her sons, Donald K. Ball of New Haven and William L. (Elaine) Ball of Letart; daughter, Judy V. (Curtis) Hunt of Letart; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Service will be Monday ~ 1 p.m., March 26, 2018, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be Monday, March 26, 2018, from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

SHEILA FAYE (SLATER) LEACH

Sheila Faye (Slater) Leach, 62, of Leon, WV, went home to be with the Lord, March 23, 2018, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born October 11, 1955 in Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Avril Gene and JoAnn (Haynes) Slater. She was also preceded by her husbands, Dana Walker and Gary C. Leach Sr.

She was a former cook at Gino’s in Sissonville, WV.  She was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include her sons, Trenton Walker of Mt. Alto, WV, Gary (Jessica) Leach Jr. and Greg Leach both of Leon, WV; daughters, Tika (Mike) Gillispie, Cassadiey (Steven) Hoke and Brittiany (Randy) Williams all of Leon, WV; brothers, Dana Slater, Lionel (Robin) Slater and Travis Waldorf all of Sissonville, WV; sister Anna (Phillip) Fowler also of Sissonville, WV; 10 grandchildren.

Service will be Monday ~ 1 p.m., March 26, 2018 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor William Bruner officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Kinder Care and Hospice for the care and support shown to our family. In lieu of flowers donations preferred.

 

VIRGINIA  EARLENE (LANDIS) KAY

Virginia Earlene (Landis) Kay, 80, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 22, 2018, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born March 12, 1938, in Ripley, WV, a daughter of the late James Madison and Virginia Earlene (Miller) Landis. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her son, Jeffrey Richard Kay; brother, Arnold Landis; sisters, Velma Newsome, Violet Anthony, Betty Rhodes and Gladys Williams.

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse with 25 years of service working for Cedar Ridge Nursing Home and Ravenswood Care Center. She enjoyed reading, shopping, spending time with her family and was a Christian.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years Clifford Richard Kay; sons, Mark (Cathy) Kay and Matt (Tina) Kay both of Ripley; daughters, Brenda (John) Godfrey, Linda (David) Anderson, Jennifer Kay (Jeff Sisson) and Andrea Kay all of Ripley; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Graveside service will be Sunday ~ 2 p.m., March 25, 2018 in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV, with Pastor Todd King officiating.   Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

MYRA JUNE (FOREMAN) HYSELL HALFHILL

Myra June (Foreman) Hysell Halfhill, 75, of New Haven, WV, passed away March 17, 2018, in Overbrook Center, Middleport, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born March 28, 1942, a daughter of the late Woodrow Lace and Eileen Janet (Roush) Foreman. She was also preceded by her husbands, Roger Hysell and Lowell Halfhill Sr.; brother, Everett Foreman; sister, Phyllis Scott.

She was retired from Hartley Manufacturing, Ravenswood, WV, with 21 years of service. She was a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV auxiliary and the American Legion Post # 140, New Haven, WV, auxiliary. She was a former E.M.T for Mason, attended the New Haven Church of God and enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include her sons, William Grant (Roberta) Hysell and Jason Neil (Lisa) Hysell both of New Haven, WV; step-children, Christy (Jeff) Joyner, Carla (Mike) Fuller and Lowell Halfhill Jr. all of Akron, OH; brother Dennis Foreman of Barboursville, WV; sister, Sharon Taylor of Letart, WV; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Service will be Wednesday ~ 1 p.m., March 21, 2018 at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Chad Foreman officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

terry lee (arthur) akers

Terry Lee (Arthur) Akers, 56, of Point Pleasant, WV, passed away March 14, 2018, in Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH.

She was born May 22, 1961, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of the late Richard Allen Arthur and Carol Cornwall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her sisters, Tammy Nutt and Delores Brown.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading and spending time with family.

Survivors include her sons, Tim Akers of Cincinnati, OH and Richard Akers of Crystal River, FL; brother, Everett Arthur of Leon, WV; sisters, Jenny Lynn Logan and Leya Ann Wayne both of Columbus, OH, Tonie Marie Ward of Middleport, OH, and Billy Jo Rogers of Gallipolis, OH; three grandchildren; step-mother, Lou Ann Arthur.

Service will be Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

 

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