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PEARL WINEMILLER

   Pearl Winemiller, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 27, 2014, in Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.  Arrangements are pending at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

SIGAL HARLESS

   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.

 

VERNELL WRATHER RABERN FISHER

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   Vernell Wrather Rabern Fisher, 84, formerly of Lenoir City, TN, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and James Allen Scott, of Evans, WV, with whom she had made her home for the past two years.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida Wrather; husbands, J. B. Rabern and Rev. Charles Fisher; brothers and sisters, Pearl Palmer, Linda Williamson, Jess Wrather, Hazel Henderson, Hugh Smith, and Frank Wrather.
   Other survivors include another daughter and son-in-law, Darlene Shope of Lenoir City, TN, grandchildren, Shelly Pace and husband, David and Matthew McMillan all of Lenoir City, TN, Tracie McHugh and husband, Kyle of OH, Joseph and Latosha Scott of TX, great grandchildren, Skyler McGinnis, Alex Scott, Raven and Lexee McMillan, and Liam McHugh.
   The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Family and friends will then proceed to the Lenoir City Cemetery for graveside services.
   Local arrangements were entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

KENNIE STOWERS

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   Kennie Harris Stowers, 76, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away June 6, 2014, in CAMC, General Division.
   He was born May 11, 1938, in Leet, WV, a son of the late Lewis Arthur and Minerva Jane (Vannatter) Stowers.  His wife, Dania (Estep) Stowers, brothers, Charles Truman Stowers and Henry Stowers and sisters, Roberta Damron and Viola Damron, also preceded him in death.
   He was a United States Air Force veteran and was a retired maintenance foreman from Kaiser Aluminum. He was past president, for several terms, of Stowers Families of America and was the former owner and operator of Sandy Creek Trailer Park, Ravenswood.  He was a member and elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ravenswood, and he enjoyed singing.
   Survivors include his sons, Mark Duane Stowers (Vicki) of Murrieta, CA, James Lawrence Stowers (Anne) of Bloomington, IN, and Ira Jay Stowers (July) of Rockwall, TX, daughters, Valerie Gwynn Culbertson (Larry) of Ravenswood, Janet Leigh Robinson of Chapmanville, Terri Lynn Stowers of Kannapolis, NC, stepdaughters, Debbie Lewis (Kenny) and Terry Pauley (Buddy), all of Ravenswood, Patti Lucas (Matt) of Columbus, OH, and Wendy Curtis (Randy), of Lancaster, OH, brothers, Scott Stowers of Chapmanville, Tom Stowers of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Steve Stowers of Harts, sisters, Jane Thomas of Chapmanville, Linda Metten of Nitro and Virginia Rayburn of Princeton; 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, 15 step grandchildren and 15 step great grandchildren.
   Service will be 12 o’clock noon, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ravenswood, WV, with President Bruce Thompson, Elder Paul Hinman, and Elder Mark Atkinson officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

CAROL A. “HONEY” GERLACH

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   Carol Alison “Honey” (Minturn) Gerlach, 84, of Leon, WV, passed away May 26, 2014, in the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pt. Pleasant.
   She was born June 22, 1929, in Leon, WV, the daughter of the late Guy and Lena (Thomas) Minturn.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Sidney A. Kay, who was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and longtime educator for the Jackson County, WV, school system. On August 10, 1992, her second husband, friend, and soul mate, Ross R. Gerlach, passed away. He was a longtime member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local #132, Charleston, and a member of the Shrine.
   Her precious grandson, Ryan Ross King, was born May 14, 1987, then, at 14 ½ years of age, passed away February 23, 2002. Her half brother, Gene Thomas and his wife Dorothy, also preceded her in death.
   She was a proud graduate of Pt. Pleasant High School with the class of 1947, and the family requests that donations be made in her name to:  Point Pleasant Alumni Association, c/o Wilma Fisher, 1919 Marquette Avenue, Pt. Pleasant, WV, 25550.
   She is survived by her dearest daughter, Katheleen Kane King of Gallipolis, OH, her devoted grandson, of whom she was very proud, Guy Edward King of Gallipolis, OH, three living stepchildren, James R. “Jimmy” Gerlach of Mt. Alto, Patsy (John) Nelson of Dayton, OH, and Shirley M. Riffle of Mt. Alto; six step grandchildren, and nine step great grandchildren.
   Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, 157 Evans Road, Evans, WV  25241, telephone, (304) 372-2081. Pastor Jeff Patrick, Pastor Mike Lynn, and Monsignor, William R. Myers will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Roseberry Cemetery, just off St. Rt. 2, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.  

CLEDITH “Bill” HICKS

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   Cledith Clinton “Bill” Hicks, 87, of Evans, WV, passed away May 22, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born May 4, 1927, in Boomer, WV, a son of the late Gilbert Edward and Beatrice (Rhodes) Hicks. His sons, Mark Bryon Hicks and Terry Grant Hicks, a daughter, Ruby Kathryn Hicks, brothers, Larry, Jack and Carl, and sister, Ina Lee Nutter, also preceded him in death.
He was a United States Army veteran, a former coal miner and was formerly employed by Union Carbide. He was a retired cell operator from Kaiser Aluminum and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local # 5668, Ravenswood. He was a former assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop #33, Evans.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of the Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruby Blanche (Dorsey) Hicks, sons and their wives, Dennis and Carol Hicks of Ripley, and Joe and Barbara Jean Hicks of Summersville, sister, Quanita Jane Hannigan of Evans, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Service will be 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jeff Keffer and Pastor Mike Elder officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
  Committal service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 25, in Dorsey Cemetery, Drennen, WV. 

WILLIAM L. SEARLS, SR.

   William Lawrence Searls, Sr. 86, of Cottageville, WV, formerly of Hurricane, passed away May 21, 2014, at his home.
   He was born August 29, 1927, in Hurricane, WV, a son of the late John and Anne (Wallace) Searls.  His wife, Mary Searls, son, Joseph Searls, and nine brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
   He was a United States Army National Guard veteran,  was a retired machinist from Special Metals, in Huntington, and was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #40, Guyandotte, WV.  He was also an electrician, a mechanic, and a carpenter.
   He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working.
   Survivors include his son and his wife, William L. Searls, Jr. and Robin of Hurricane, WV; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Terry Gribben of Cottageville; grandchildren, Pat (Jill) Searls of Mountain Home, ID, Haley Searls and Parker Searls of Hurricane, Joseph (Kim) Grit, of Pt. Pleasant, Laura Jividen of Charleston, and Elizabeth Preece of St. Albans, 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
   Graveside service will be 3 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at Cherry Grove Cemetery, Cottageville, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV  25387-2536.

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