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DAVID VERNON DOTSON

David Vernon Dotson, 56, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 27, 2016, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born September 11, 1959, in Madison, WV, a son of the late Charles Oscar and Lucille Ruble (Harrison) Dotson.

David was a United States Army Reserve veteran.   He was an electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local #968, Parkersburg, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Cynthia Diane (Lints) Dotson; daughters, Rebecca Dotson of Huntington and Jessica Dotson of Ripley; stepchildren, Krista Kelly of Fairmont, Robert Kelly of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Bradley Kelley of Junction City, KS; brothers, Bruce Dotson and his wife Margaret, and Larry Dotson and his wife Pat all of Ripley; grandchildren, Haylee Hersman and Kaylee Hersman.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.

STEVEN L. OLDAKER

Steven Lloyd Oldaker, 52, of Letart, WV, passed away July 25, 2016, due to injuries received from an accident.

He was born November 30, 1963, in Point Pleasant, WV. He was preceded in death by his father, Adam Floyd Oldaker.

He was former member of the National Guard in West Virginia and Florida. He was a former employee for West Volusia Plumbing and was currently employed as a supervisor for the West Virginia Department of Highways, Point Pleasant, WV. He was a member of the Heavenly Saints Motorcycle Ministry, Mason, WV, and enjoyed racing stock cars, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, and boating.


Survivors include his mother, Frances Lou (Pettit) Oldaker; wife, Angelic Marie Oldaker of Letart; daughter, Holly Ann Brunelle of Deland, FL; stepson, Daniel Marion of Bonifay, FL; stepdaughter, Neisha Potter of Cody, WY; brother, Mark and sister in law Terri Oldaker of Lesage, WV, and seven grandchildren.


Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Donnie Dye officiating. Burial will follow in the Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

DELORES J. McINTYRE

Delores Jannette McIntyre, 75, of Charleston, WV, passed away July 25, 2016, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

She was born July 9, 1941, in Ripley, WV, the daughter of the late Henry Ralph and Bertha Alice (Harmon) McIntyre. Her son, Larry Clayton McIntyre and a sister, Carroll Meadows also preceded her in death.

Delores was a caregiver and lived in Norfolk, VA, from 1969 until 1994, when she returned to West Virginia to care for family. She was a member of Women of Moose, Chapter #317, Charleston.

Survivors include her children, Malcolm Ferrell, Jr. of Bossier City, LA, Lessia Gail Malloy of Doyline, LA, and Anita Sure Rewis of Elgin, IL; grandchildren, Alicia Ferrell, Erica Hafferty, Nicholas Rewis, Timothy Rewis, Sabrina Ferrell and Douglas Ferrell and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of service on Thursday.

MONA JOSEPINE GIBBS

The angels came for Mona Josephine (Edwards) Gibbs, 95, on July 19, 2016, to take her to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born September 9, 1920.

Mona attended her local church all her life. Originally it was the Evangelical United Brethren. The name was later changed to Fairview Bible Church. Mona was saved in a barn at 9 years of age after hearing her friend, Kay Lewis, “pretend” preaching. Mona’s strong faith in Jesus Christ helped carry her through life, including the depression and WWII with her Navy husband, Rolland, fighting in the South Pacific. After moving to Rocksprings Rehab Center, now Arbors of Pomeroy, she still attended church services there when she was able and amazed her caregivers with her singing and love of God.

Mona was a homemaker and loved to cook and bake for her family. She loved the beauty of nature and working in her flower beds.

Mona was preceded in death by her parents, Ramie and Rebecca (Roach) Edwards and nine siblings; brothers, Ted, Earl and Willie Edwards; sisters, Edith Riggs, Ruby Smith, Nettie Hensley, Nellie Schools, Bessie Ohlinger and Mary Zerkle. In addition to these, she was preceded by her beloved husband of 56 years, Rolland Pearl and a pre-born daughter, Pam.

Surviving are sons, Rolland “Sunny” (Connie) Gibbs and Ramie ”Keith” (Michelle) Gibbs, both of Letart; daughters, Ramona “Bunny” (Dean) Knight of New Haven, and Renita Roush of Letart. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 12 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with the Pastor Brian May officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

GLENN LEE JOHNSON

Army 02Glenn Lee Johnson, 69, of Letart, WV, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born September 6, 1946, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Howard William and Kathryn M. (Young) Johnson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Howard W. Johnson and Ernest Johnson
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He was a United States Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post # 140 NewU.S. Flag Haven, WV. He retired as a maintenance supervisor for A.E.P. with 40 years of service from the Phillip Sporn Plant. He was a trustee and lay leader at the Vernon United Methodist Church. He was an avid West Virginia Mountaineer football fan and enjoyed camping with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann (Thompson) Johnson; sons, Doug and Aimee Johnson of Durham, NC and Brent Johnson of Letart; grandsons, Hunter and Cody Johnson and Cameron Griffin all of Durham, NC; brothers, Thurman “Brad” Johnson of Mason, Robert Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Charles “Hank” Johnson of West Palm Beach, FL; sisters, Belva and Bob Workman of Rutland, OH and Kathryn VanMeter of Mason; brother-in-law, Jim Miller of Parkersburg; sister-in-law Helen Johnson of Mason, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor John Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the Lieving-Yonker Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vernon United Methodist Church, c/o Kathey Thompson, Treasurer, 5687 Longdale Road, Letart, WV 25253.

EULA C. MORTON

Morton-Eula-websiteMrs. Eula Catherine Anderson Morton, 89, of Mount Alto, WV, died July 8, 2016. She was born at home in Charleston, WV, on December 9, 1926, to Dennie and Macel Withrow Anderson. She grew up at the Mountain Mission in Charleston and was pianist/organist there until her marriage on July 2, 1954.

Eula was saved in 1937, and was blessed to have married the Rev. Clarence B. Morton. They served various Baptist churches in West Virginia during a ministry that spanned 50 years. Eula and Clarence celebrated 50 years of marriage just before his death in 2004.

She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1944, and was employed through the years as secretary/administrative assistant. She attended West Virginia State University and Appalachian Bible Institute. She was a member of the Jackson County Senior Choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her parents, Dennie and Macel Anderson; two brothers, Gene R. Anderson and Hearl (Pete) Anderson; sisters-in-law, Dayle Morton Burrows and Jackie Anderson and brother-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Roy.

She is survived by three children, Denise (Don) Blandford of Mount Alto, Paul Morton (Jane) of Waverly, WV, and Susan (Kevin) Harrison of Catlettsburg, KY; seven grandchildren, Catie Casto and Markie Blandford, Maggie, Samuel, Simeon and Solomon Harrison, Michael Whisman (Brandi) and Becki (Brent) Jackson; six great grandchildren, Nathaniel Casto, Allora, Cameron and William Whisman, and Ella Jane and Loralei Jackson. Also surviving Eula are one sister, Doris ‘Dickie’ Roy of Charleston, WV; sisters-in-law, Norma Songer of Charleston, WV, and Helen Anderson of Hilliard, Ohio, and brother-in-law, Rev. Carl Burrows of Mt. Hope.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Ripley, WV, with the Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Casto Funeral Home at Evans, WV, and one hour prior to time of service at the church on Wednesday. A private graveside service will be held.

Hoschar, Macel websiteMacel Ruth Hoschar, 91, of Cottageville, WV, passed away July 4, 2016, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Evans, the daughter of the late Henry Elmer and Bedie Alice (Thornton) Sayre. Her husband, Roy; infant daughter, Frances Alice, two stillborn daughters; brothers, Thornton, Waldo and Raymond Sarye, and sisters, Ida Livingston, Betty Jean Newell and Chloie Sharp also preceded her in death.

Macel was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting and sewing. She was an active member of the Jackson County Democratic Party and in her youth attended the Fairview Christian Advent Church, then later, the Evans Church of God.


Survivors include her sons, Roy Robert Hoschar (Katheryn) of New Vienna, OH, and James Raymond “J.R.” Hoschar of Cottageville; daughter, Loretta Ruth Jensen (Gregory) of Piedmont, SC; grandchildren, Josh Auman, Robert and Shane Hoschar and Tiffany Goff; great grandchildren, Carrie Auman, Savannah Kuhn, and Tony Hoschar.


Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Saturday.

JOSEPH ALLEN KEARNS

Scan_20160705Joseph Allen Kearns, 18, of West Columbia, WV, passed away July 3, 2016, in Letart, WV, of injuries received in an accident.

He was born December 29, 1997, in Huntington, WV, the son of George Allen and Mary Christene (Lively) Kearns of West Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph J. and Shirley Ann Lively and paternal grandmother, Betty Kearns.

He was a 2016 graduate of Wahama High School and a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church. He was employed by the Mason County Fair Board and mowed several yards in the community. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Mason County Coon Hunters Club.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his sister, Sierra Kearns of West Columbia; grandfather, Harry J. Kearns of West Columbia; friends, Kayla Parsons of Letart, and Sam German of Mason.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Glenn Rowe officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

RUBY MAE GIBBS

Gibbs, RubyRuby Mae (Roush) Gibbs, 92, of Letart, WV, passed away July 2, 2016, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born December 25, 1923, in Letart, WV, the daughter of the late Arthur and Sarah (Morning) Roush. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Jacob Gibbs; brother, Clarence Roush and her sister, Edith Edwards.

She was a homemaker and attended the True Gospel Church, Letart, WV. She also attended the Senior Citizens in Mason, WV.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Donald Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, at the funeral home.

 ROBIN BLESSING

Robin Elaine (Gothard) Blessing, 55, of Letart, WV, passed away June 27, 2016, in Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV following an extended illness.

She was born August 9, 1960, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of the late Aubrey Nelson and Maxine Faye (Ferguson) Gothard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen M. Gothard.

She was a machine operator for General Mills in Wellston, OH. She enjoyed knitting, flowers and being a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Jeffrey Baron Blessing; son, Derrick Bailey of Wilkesville, OH; stepson, Christopher M. Blessing of Charleston, SC.; daughter, Amy Jividen of McArthur, OH; sisters, Joy L. Larrick of Newark, OH and Becky Faye Butler of WA.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Davies Grove Baptist Church, Letart, WV. Burial will follow at Letart Evergreen Cemetery in Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the church. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

GLENNA MAE FETTY

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Glenna Mae (Cremeans) Fetty, 89, of Fairview, TN, formerly of Rutland, OH, passed away June 25, 2016, at Claibourne-Hughes Nursing Home in Franklin, TN, following an extended illness.

She was born September 29, 1926, in Guyandotte, WV, a daughter of the late June and Ivy Tabitha (Stewart) Cremeans. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Fetty, Sr.; brothers, J.J. Cremeans, Jim Cremeans, and Roy Cremeans and a sister, Phyllis Spangler.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed yard sales. She was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include; sons, Larry Fetty of Fairview, TN and Richard “Dick” Fetty, Jr. of Rutland; daughter, Sheila Chandler of Dickson, TN; brothers, Victor Cremeans of New Haven, Gary Cremeans of Rutland; sisters, Zelma Taylor of New Haven, JoAnn Smith of Syracuse, Leaoma Woodyard of MS, Karen Gilkey of Middleport, Alice Kennedy of Rutland; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 1st, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Rodney Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Miles Cemetery in Rutland, OH. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

ALICE LUCILLE (SNIDER) SHINN

Shinn, Alice websiteAlice Lucille Snider Shinn, 87, retired dietary manager for the Bourbon County Schools, widow of George Leonard Shinn, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at her home in Paris, KY.

She was born September 18, 1928, in Ravenswood, WV, the daughter of the late Elisha Ellis and Cora Bell Rardon Snider.

Alice was a 1947 graduate of Ravenswood High School and was a member of Rose Rebekah Lodge #7, American Legion Auxiliary, and First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Alan Lewis Shinn (Bonnie Becraft), Paris, Andrew Lowell Shinn (Martha Marchant), Ravenswood, WV; five grandchildren, Jessica Sue (Kevin) Adams, Paris, Daniel Alan Shinn, Columbus, OH, Alissa Nicole (Jason) Ralls, Paris, Alicia Ruth Shinn, Columbus, OH, Christopher Clayton Harris, Paris; three great grandchildren, America Maelyse Adams, Boston Ellis Adams, Finley Jase Ralls; a sister-in-law, Dolores (Darrell) Durst, Cottageville, WV; and special friends, Sue and Rick Harris, Katie and Jimmy Allen, Jean Patton, Bonnie Robinson, Carolyn Lee, Julie Garrison, Barbara Willard, Jeff, Stephanie, and Levi Hollon.

In addition to her parents and husband, George, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Maxine Shinn and her faithful companion, “Shadow.”

A graveside service will be held on 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Ravenswood Cemetery with Darrell Durst officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to, Kanawha Hospice Care Inc, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, or more importantly to honor Alice, make a once a month commitment to visit the residents of Ravenswood Village or Ravenswood Care Center.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV has been entrusted with local arrangements.

GAY RUFUS HERDMAN

Herdman, Gay websiteGay Herdman, 86, of Leon, WV, passed away June 24,Christian symbol 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born August 8, 1929, in Cottageville, WV, the son of the late W. Hubert “Bill” and Hazel (Sayre) Herdman. His sisters, Janette H. Sheets and Ellen “Sally” Cole and a brother, Arnold Keith Herdman also preceded him in death.

Gay was a former employee of Vanadium Corporation, New Haven, WV, and later retired from construction through the Laborers Union, Charleston, WV, but his primary occupation and his most loved was farming.

Gay was a longstanding member of the Creston Church and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will be fondly remembered by the exemplary Christian life he lived, his beautiful singing voice and his touching recitations in many church services around our area.

Gay was lovingly cared for in his home by his wife of nearly 64 years, Imogene (Knapp) Herdman. Other survivors include his beloved Godchildren, D.J. and wife Jocelyn Casto, Tebaliah and husband Micah Martindale, Laura and husband Andrew Blain, Hanna and husband Aaron Snodgras and Megan Casto; siblings, Bernice Harden, Dwight Herdman, Garnet Herdman, Beverly Durst and Eddie Herdman and many nieces, nephews, other family members, beloved church family and a host of friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Creston Church with Pastor Don Keefer officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

ALICE LAWHORN

FullSizeRenderAlice Faye (McDaniel) Lawhorn, 73, of Mason, WV, ended her battle with cancer, June 24, 2016, in Letart, WV, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 30, 1943, in Mason, WV, a daughter of the late Leonard and Ola Mae (Wears) McDaniel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Steward Lawhorn and several brothers and sisters.

She was a member of the Midnight Cloggers and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Mason, WV. She was a Christian by faith.


Survivors include daughters, Jennifer Bailey and fiancé Eddie Starcher of Mason, WV, and Lisa Williamson and fiancé Mike Alexander of Cross Lanes, WV; granddaughters, Candace (Daniel) Lewis and Alexandra Bailey and fiancé Shawn Sovine; great-grandsons, Alexander and Brendon Lewis; sister, Peggy Edwards, of Mason, WV; brothers, Thomas McDaniel of Cleveland, OH and Rankin McDaniel of Hartford, WV; sister in law, Juanita McDaniel; special nieces, Amy (Ron) Livingston, Shirley Kauff, Krista Roach, Emily Stanley, Natalie and Courtney Richard.


Please reach out to the family to show your love and support. The family will celebrate the life of Alice, Sunday, June 26, 2016—1 p.m. at 821 Anderson Street, Mason, WV. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Roger Lewis Cancer Fund, First State Bank C/O Daniel Lewis 401 10th St. Suite 200, Huntington, WV 25701. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

RICHARD P. NORFORD

Richard Peyton Norford, 71, of Cottageville, WV, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV.

He was born February 7, 1945, in Montgomery, WV, the son of the late Willie Peyton and Anna Lucille (Clark) Norford.

He was retired from the plate department of Pechiney Rolled Products with 43 years of service and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668 Ravenswood, WV. He enjoyed mechanic work, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He was an historian, enjoyed coin collecting and was a member of the West Ripley Church of Christ.

Survivors include wife, Patricia April (Davis) Norford; son, Ronald Eric (Charlotte) Norford of Springhill, FL; daughters, Robin (John) Tucker of Ravenswood, WV, and Peyton-Leigh (Kevin) Holmes of Pegram, TN; grandchildren, Emily Tucker, Michael Norford, Sarah Norford, Eleanor Holmes, and Penelope Holmes.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with minister Jeff Dorton officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

ROY WAYNE WALTER

Roy Wayne Walter, 64, of Sandyville, WV, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

He was born July 17, 1951, in Ripley, WV, a son of the late Aubry Lee and Garnett Bernice (Smith) Walter.

He was a 1969 graduate of Ravenswood High School and was a retired equipment operator with Dominion Hope Gas, Parkersburg, WV, with 37 years of service and was currently employed through Manpower with NGK Plant in Sissonville. He was a Christian by faith and was a member of Fairview Church, Leroy, WV, and the lead guitar and bass singer for the gospel group, The Christian Way Singers. He was an avid farmer, and enjoyed being on his farm.

Survivors include his brothers, Ronald L. (Kay) Walter of Ravenswood, James R. (Barbara) Walter of Sandyville, and Robert D. (Debra) Walter of Palestine, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Enoch Pursley officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, LeRoy, WV. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

DAVID GARNES

Doyle David Garnes, 61, of Ripley, WV, passed away June 13, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born December 21, 1954, in Ravenswood, WV, the son of Leroy Franklin Garnes and the late Madaline Virginia (Larch) Garnes. In addition to his mother, his brothers, Orville, Charles and Noble, and sisters, Delcie White and Mildred Hammons also preceded him in death.

David was a construction worker and a mechanic.

In addition to his father other survivors include his sons, David Garnes and Jeffery Garnes; daughters, Glenna Garnes, Dorothy Garnes and Gaye Garnes; brothers, Larry Garnes and Gary Garnes; sisters, Carolyn Martin, Nancy Garnes, Annie May Myers and Norma Jackson and several grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. A time of eulogies will begin at 8 p.m. Private interment will be in the Foster Chapel Cemetery.

WEBSTER FRENCH CUNNINGHAM

cummingham, webster websiteWebster French Cunningham, 95, of Ripley, WV, passed away June 9, 2016, in EldercareU.S. Flag Health & Rehabilitation Center, Ripley, WV.

He was born September 25, 1920, in Ripley, WV, a son of the late Paul Cunningham Sr. and Phoeba (Harmon) Cunningham. In addition to his parents, he was also proceeded in death by his wife, Ruby (Bowman) Cunningham; son, Richard Cunningham; brothers, Luther, Ruddy, Paul Jr., and Forney Cunningham; sisters, Pauline Hadley, and Ethel Cunningham.

French was an avid farmer and enjoyed gardening, hunting, bee keeping, and his cats. He wasArmy 02 a United States Army veteran serving during World War II.

Survivors include sister, Ida Mae Rancourt of Bangor, Maine; 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan Cemetery, Ripley, WV, with military rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

ELOISE SAYRE

Sayre, Eloise websiteEloise Sayre, 88, of Saint Albans, WV, went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2016, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

Eloise was born July 4, 1927, in Charleston, WV, and grew up in Jackson County, WV, the third of 13 children born to the late Warren W. and Blanche (Counts) Koontz. She graduated from Ripley High School in 1947. She was also a graduate of the Charleston School of Commerce.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann Phares in 2001; brothers, John, Bob, Floyd, Rick and Okey Koontz and sisters, Loretta Full, Rosie Kerwood, and Lou Ann Koontz.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Herbert Douglas Sayre; son, Gregory Sayre (Toni) of Saint Albans, WV; son-in-law, Doug Phares of Salem, VA, and dear friend, Lois Pettry of Saint Albans, WV. She was the beloved Nana of grandchildren, Christopher Sayre of Knoxville, TN, Renee Rawlings (Andy) of Winfield, WV, and Scott Phares of Roanoke, VA, and great granddaughters, Sydney Marie Rawlings and Ellie Paige Rawlings.

She is also survived by brothers, Ted Koontz (Margie) of Newark, WV, Fred Koontz (Carol) of Parkersburg, WV; sisters, Janet Hale of Newark, WV, and Betty Anderson of Harrisville, WV; sisters-in-law, Patty Koontz of Sandyville, WV, Ruth Ann Koontz of Sandyville, WV, and Audrey Hartley of Cottageville, WV; brother-in-law, Clifford Kerwood of Cottageville, WV, and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kanawha Dr., Charleston, WV 25311.

DONNA MARIE STEELE

Donna Marie (Casto) Beaver Steele, 68, of Ripley, WV, passed away May 30, 2016 in Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV.

She was born October 21, 1947, in Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Kenna David and Nina Adelene (Comer) Casto. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers; Denzil, DeWaine, Denvil Casto; sister, Carolyn Sue Casto.

She was a former waitress for McCoy’s in Ripley, WV with 18 years of service. She attended the Ripley Senior Citizens, Sycamore Church and Jackson County Democratic Women’s Club.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer D. Tolley of Ripley and Wendi Jean Beaver of Parkersburg; brothers, David and DeWight Casto of Ripley; sisters, Dorothy E. Casto of Ripley and Deloris A. Stutler of Fairplain; grandchildren Dustin Tolley and Elaika Beaver both of Ripley. She is also survived by her best buddy, Little Ray.

Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, at Baptist Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, WV with Elmer Miller officiating. Visitation will be Friday, June 3, 2016, from 12pm until 1pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. 

SHARON ELAINE (TAYLOR) BURGE

Screenshot_2016-02-18-23-25-49-1Sharon Elaine (Taylor) Burge, 50, of Huntington, WV, passed away May 29, 2016 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born October 13, 1965, in Charlton Heights, WV, a daughter of Norman Lee and Clara Belle (Jarrett) Taylor of Evans, WV.

She was a former secretary for W.P. Entertainment, Nashville, TN and enjoyed music. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Survivors in addition to her parents include; sister and care giver Joyce Lynn Stevens of Huntington; brothers, Norman Lee (Ginger) Taylor Jr. of Old Hickory, TN and Ronald Wayne Taylor of Evans, WV; sons, Taylor Nash Burge of OH and Laramie Daniel Blevins of OH.

Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV.    Visitation will be from 5 pm until 7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

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 Kearneysville, WV, Robert D. (Joyce) Hannum of Harrisonburg, 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.

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