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EVALENA GARNES

Garnes, Evalena websiteViolet Evalena Garnes, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 25, 2017, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

She was born July 11, 1939, in Goldtown, WV, the daughter of Cleo Clifton and Frances Arlene (Harrison) Huffman. Her brother, Noel Huffman also preceded her in death.

Evalena, was a homemaker, a Christian and attended both the Mt. Moriah Church and Centennial Church.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Royal M. Garnes; daughters and their husbands, Beverly and Anthony Cochran of Kenna, Teresa and Phillip Scarberry of Ripley, and Lisa and Scott Grandon of Eleanor; grandchildren, Amber Barnett (Josh), Christina Braden and Scott Scarberry all of Ripley, Brad Cochran (Nikki) of Winfield, Anna-Marie Scarberry of Sammamish, WA, and Rachel Tincher (Josh) of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Kaesyn Barnett, Easton Braden and Isaiah Cochran; sisters, Gladys Straight of Sissonville and Bernice Skeen of Charleston.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn and Pastor Mike Shamblin officiating. Burial will follow in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

 ROBERT RAY JOHNSON

Robert Ray Johnson, 72, of Hallandale Beach, FL, formerly of Mason, WV, passed away March 21, 2017, in Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

He was born October 11, 1944, a son of the late Howard William and Kathryn Mildred (Young) Johnson. He was also preceded by his wife, Rosemary P. (Sisk) Johnson; brothers, Howard, Ernest and Glenn Johnson.

He worked in Construction and was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his son, Timothy S. Johnson of New York; daughter, Amanda R. Bird of Sunrise, FL; brothers, Thurman “Brad” Johnson of Mason and Charles Johnson of West Palm Beach, FL; sisters, Belva Faye Workman of Rutland, OH and Kathryn E. VanMeter of Mason; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be held at a later date in Kirkland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Point Pleasant, WV.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

STACEY ANN REED

Stacey Ann Reed, 45, of Parkersburg, formerly of Charleston and Mason, W.V., passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born October 16, 1971 in Gallipolis, OH, a daughter of the late George Stephen Reed and Rebecca Kay (Taylor) Reed of Marietta, OH formerly of Mason, W.V.

She was a 1989 graduate of Wahama High School. She obtained a master’s degree from West Virginia University in teaching and social work. She was a former special needs school teacher and is currently employed as a social worker with Amedisys Home Health of Marietta, OH. She currently attended the Liberty Street Church of God in Parkersburg and was a former member of the Dunbar Church of God. She enjoyed football, N.A.S.C.A.R., scrapbooking, singing in church and sports.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her sister, Stephanie Jane (Joseph) Kirby of Belpre, OH; nephews, Owen and Aiden Kirby.

Service will be Friday, March 24, 2017~ 2 p.m. at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, W.V. with Pastor Billy Roe officiating. Burial will follow in the Graham Cemetery, New Haven, W.V. Visitation will be Friday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

MAE MYERS

Ethel Mae Myers, 82, of Evans, WV, passed away March 19, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born February 12, 1935, in Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Grovie Mae (Dixon) Martin. Her husband, Okey Edward Myers; son, Clarence Myers; daughter, Sandra Sue Myers, brothers, William F. Martin, Alvah Martin, Orville Lee Martin and a special niece, Linda Martin also preceded her in death.

Mae was a personal care giver, a homemaker, and a former employee of the West Virginia Department of Highways. She enjoyed flea markets, yard sales, getting out and about, and was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include her sons, Max Myers (Christina) of Ripley, John F. Myers (Nancy) of New Bern, NC, Alvah Myers of Pikeville, TN, Michael Myers (Amanda) of Pageland, SC, James Myers (Linda) of Ripley and John A. Myers (Angie) of Evans; daughter, Betty Hodges (Jackie Myers); 16 grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

She is also survived by brothers, Jimmy Martin of Ravenswood, Eugene Martin of LeRoy and Danny Martin of Evans; sisters, Roberta Martin and Rosetta Sayre both of Evans, Carolyn Anderson of LeRoy, Sandra Martin of Ripley and her daughter-in-law, Maria Myers of Ripley, TN.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Hospice nurses for their wonderful care of Mae.

Private family service and interment will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

BERTHA JUNE WHEELER

Bertha June (Clark) Wheeler, 90, of West Columbia, WV, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born June 1, 1926 in Middleport, OH, a daughter of the late Charles Thomas Clark and Evalene (Foley) Lemley. She was also preceded by her husband Charles S. Wheeler; brother, William Clark; sisters, Mildred Lambert, Wanda Johnson and Betty Lemley; son, John Michael Wheeler.

Survivors include her son, Charles William Wheeler of West Columbia; daughters, Kay and Maurice “Frenchy” Gagnon of Van, WV, Carolyn Ann Michaels of Pomeroy, OH; brothers Fred and Charles Lemley; grandchildren, Brad and John Wheeler, Amy, Angel and Crystal McKinney, Michelle Baisden and Matthew Gagnon; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, March 18, 2017~ 1 p.m. at Kirkland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Point Pleasant, WV, with Pastor Charlie Hargraves officiating. Visitation will be Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

MARY MARIE HOLLEY

Holley, Mary websiteMary Marie Holley, 88, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away March 12, 2017 in Putnam Care Center.

She was born September 21, 1928, in South Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late James Albert and Florence (Bayes) Eplin. Her husband, William Samuel Holley; son, James Lawrence Holley; brothers, George Eplin and Roy Eplin and sisters, Betty Hanshaw and Virginia Scarberry also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and member of the Milhoan Ridge Baptist Church where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Women’s Circle. She was an avid reader.

Survivors include her sons, William S. Holley and his wife, Donna of Gay, WV, and Carl and his wife, Judy Holley of Ravenswood; daughters, Dianna Roberts and her husband, Ricky of Hurricane, and Delores and her husband, Steve Salmons of West Hamlin; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; brother, Robert Eplin of South Charleston and sister, Orpha Hager of South Charleston.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Dee Rhodes officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Committal service and burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, in the Harvey’s Creek Cemetery, Hamlin, WV.

VERNA ESTER ESTEP

Verna Ester (Hughes) Estep, 95, of West Columbia, WV, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born September 6, 1921 in Cottageville, WV, a daughter of the late Ores Grant and Hattie I. (Canter) Hughes. She was also preceded by her husband Charles Henry Estep; sons, Pearlie and Michael Estep; daughters, Edna Mae Smith and Esther Estep; brothers, Lester Hughes and Clarence Hughes; sisters, Wyoma Icenhower, Jenny Rollins and Carmen Marshall.

Verna was a homemaker and attended the Christian Brethren Church, Mason, WV.

Survivors include her sons, Roger, Roy and Ronnie Estep all of Mason, Bill Estep of Parkersburg and Chuck Estep of Syracuse, OH; daughter, Christy Patton of Parkersburgl; 20 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Friday, March 17, 2017~ 11 a.m. at Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV, with Billy Zuspan officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

IVA L. SAYRE

Sayre, Iva Louise websiteIva Louise (King) Sayre, 86, of Evans, WV, passed away March 8, 2017, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born September 20, 1930, the daughter of the late Harold H. and Madeline (Kay) King. Her brother, Alvin King also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker, loved to play dominoes and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. She attended the Evans Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Brycle A. Sayre; sons, Roger A. Sayre and his wife Hope of Columbus, OH, and Tracy and his wife Kristy Sayre of Evans; grandchildren, Deron Sayre and Kristel Walsh of Columbus, OH, Tyler Sayre, Ali Persaud and Courtney Groves all of Morgantown and four great grandchildren.

Brothers, Kenneth King, Harley King (MaryAnn) and Myron King (Diane) all of Evans; sisters, Tressie Steele (Junior) and Linda Donohew (Charles); special nephew, Lou King and special nieces, Nina Howell, Briana Maynard and Leslie King.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

GERALD FRANKLIN WADE

Army 02Gerald Franklin Wade, 83, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born January 1, 1934, in Ironton, OH, a son of the late William Thomas and Martha Alice (Quinn) Wade.  Brothers, Elwood, Richard, William and Stanley Wade, also preceded him.

Gerald was a United States Army Korean War era veteran.  He was a retired electrician with 35 years of service from Ravenswood Aluminum and member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668.  He attended the Kaiser and Douglas Church of Christ inU.S. Flag Ravenswood, and was active in the construction of the church.  He enjoyed fishing, attending his grandson’s ball games, feeding birds, and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was passionate in sharing his electrician skills with the people of Ravenswood.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise  (Dillard) Wade; daughters, Sheila Ann Wade, Mary Alice (Mike) Coulter, Jeri F. (Tim) Ritz and Sandra Mitchell all of Ravenswood; brother, Jack Wade of Ravenswood; sister, Virginia Aldridge of Raleigh, NC; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in the Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Visitation was held prior to the graveside service at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

EVELYN LORENE BLANKENSHIP

Evelyn Lorene (Elkins) Blankenship, 79, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away February 23, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born December 31, 1937 in Sias, WV, a daughter of the late Albert and Gladys (Cummings) Elkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Blankenship; son, Michael Anthony Blankenship; brother, Tommy Elkins and her sister, Alberta Kay Fletcher.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed bird watching, reading, puzzles and gardening. She attended the Fannin Chapel Church, Sherman, WV.

Survivors include her sons, Timothy Paul Blankenship of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Mark Anthony (Melissa) Blankenship of Silver Springs, MD; daughters, Deborah Kay (Steve) Rhodes of Ravenswood, Linda Sue Armstrong of Ripley, Lova Jean Ankrom of Ravenswood and Elizabeth Ann (Anthony) Mattox of Sandyville; brother, Johnny Elkins of Sias, WV; sisters, Geri White and Dorothy Sagar both of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Jennifer Rai Davis, Jason A. Blankenship, Alicia Ann Fortner, Charles Lee Armstrong II, Kristin Lee Sowards, Richard Lee Sowards III, Jacob Anthony Mattox, Ryan N. Mattox, Katelyn E. Mattox, Ella N. Blankenship and Samuel Reid Blankenship; and ten great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held Sunday, February 26, 2017~1 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastors David Long and Jamie Burton officiating. Burial followed in the Goldsbury Cemetery, Branchland, WV. Visitation was held prior to the services Sunday at the funeral home.

ROBERT “BOB” WALTERS

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Robert “ Bob” Alfred Walters, 88, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 19, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born February 19, 1929 in Ripley, the son of the late Robert Franklin and Artemesia (Coast) Walters. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis Eileen (Hicks) Walters; son-in-law, Jerry Cross (whom he called “Muscles”); stepmother, Mattie Combs Walters; brothers, George Amos, Clyde “Doc”, John “Buckwheat”, Joseph Franklin and Ralley “Zeke” Walters and sisters, Blanche Bates and his twin, Betty Dorris.

Bob lived on and worked the family farm until his marriage in 1950 to Phyllis EileenJohn Deere tractor Hicks. He retired in 1989 after 27 years of service from the West Virginia Department of Highways. He enjoyed farming most of all and taught his three kids to work hard and be frugal. He was a member of the Sidneyville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Lee and his wife, Brenda Walters of Evans, and Timothy and his wife Debbie Walters of Ripley; daughter, Artie Cross, with whom he made his home, and her husband Rick of Ripley; brothers, Charles Lee Walters of Holly Hills, SC, Wynne Douglas Walters of Sandyville, Bill Walters of Ravenswood; sisters, Winnie Debalski and Emma Murray both of Sandyville, and Brenda Salisbury of Gallipolis, OH; grandchildren, Amanda Walters-Glance (Dereth), Justin Butler, Adam Walters (Kara), Aaron Walters, Brandon Walters, Angel Walters, Jennifer Walters, and C.J. Walters; great grandchildren, Gavyn McCauley, Dakota, Jacob and Joshua Walters-Glance, and a special nephew, Ron Walters.

Service will 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Charles Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

HELEN PHELPS 

Helen Sue (Hill) Phelps, 81, of West Columbia, WV, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 5, 1936, in South Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Reginald Guy and Mary Lorena (Lawrence) Hill. She was also preceded by her husbands, Charles F. VanMeter Sr. and A.L. Phelps Jr.; sons, Edward Guy VanMeter and Joseph A. VanMeter.

She was a retired cooking assistant from Lakin Hospital and a member of the Clifton Tabernacle Church, Clifton, WV. She enjoyed woodworking, bowling and sewing.

Survivors include her son, Charles Franklin VanMeter Jr. and his wife Candice of Clifton; sisters, Patricia (Jack) Smith of Clifton and Katherine Marshall of N.C., four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1~p.m. in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV, with Pastor Jeff Hudson officiating.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

MARTHA CATHERINE REITMIRE

Martha Catherine (Juhling) Reitmire, 83, of Mason, WV, passed away February 18, 2017 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 2, 1934 a daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice Marie (Crigger) Juhling.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed flea markets and yard sales.

She is survived by her son, John S. Reitmire, II, of Middleport, OH.

Private burial will be in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

BRUCE LEE DEAL

Bruce Lee Deal, 38, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, a victim of homicide at his residence.

He was born October 14, 1978 in Charleston, WV, a son of Rex Redford and Melody Mae (Wiseman) Deal of Kenna, WV.

He was a former manager for Taco Bell working in Ripley, Charleston, Gallipolis and Nelsonville, OH. He was a former employee of Security America in Charleston. He was the owner/operator of the Left Fork Restaurant in Evans and he enjoyed camping.

Survivors in addition to his parents are his son, Jordan Lee Deal of Kenna; brother, Jeremy D. (Mary) Wiseman of Kenna; sisters, Crystal (B.J.) Frazier of Evans, Marilyn Lynn Deal and Alvie Collins of Kenna, Carolyn Lynn (Matthew) Myers of Cottageville, WV. Several nieces and nephews also survive him.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Vernon Eldridge officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 3 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017, in the Peter’s Creek Cemetery, Lockwood, WV. Visitation will be Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

CHARLES E. LESTER

NaveyCharles Edward Lester, 92, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at his home following an extended illness. He was born December 21, 1924 in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Elva Roy and Sybill Elizabeth (Cottle) Lester.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran. He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in electrical engineering and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Charles was retired from A.E.P. having worked at the Philip Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV and Kammer-Mithcell Plant, Moundsville, WV. He was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed computers, genealogy, history and his family. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Riverside Country Club in Mason, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clarice Elaine (Sayre) Lester; daughters, Jan A Strope and her husband Robert of Hurricane, Jill E. Perez and June A. Snider both of Evans; brother, E. Roy Lester of Gatlinburg, MD; grandchildren Charles Thomas Strope of Hurricane and Elly Snider of Evans, and great grandchild, Charlotte A. Strope of Hurricane, WV.

Service will be Sunday, February 19, 2017 ~3 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Donald Keefer officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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