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DEBORAH LYNN (HILL) MAHOOD
Deborah Lynn (Hill) Mahood, 55 of Cottageville, WV, passed away suddenly November 20, 2014, at her home.
She was born December 26, 1958, in Ripley, WV, a daughter of Mildred Lucille (Canter) Hill of Cottageville, and the late Cecil E. Hill. Her nephew, Jason Eades also preceded her in death.
She was a nursing assistant and she enjoyed NASCAR.
In addition to her mother, other survivors include her brothers, Cecil Robert (Linda) Hill of Mt. Alto, and John E. Hill of Cottageville; sisters, Pat Westmoreland, and Susan (Doug) Eades all of Cottageville; her companion, Mitch Houchen; nephews, Gerrod Eades and Scott Hill, a niece, Stacy Hill, and great niece, Jaylen Hill.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.
JESSIE MAE JONES
Jessie Mae Jones, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away, at her daughter’s home, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, following an extended illness.
She was born April 30, 1937, in Rome, GA, the daughter of the late Ralph Eugene and Lula Belle (Phillips) Head. Her husband, Glennis Dale Jones, Sr.; daughter, Kathy Jones; son-in-law, Connie Cochran; a sister, Marty and a brother, Fred Holcomb, also preceded her in death.
She was a retired nurse’s aide. Jessie was previously employed by St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, and Eldercare of Ripley. She was a member of the VFW Post 5501, Ladies Auxiliary, Ripley, WV, and attended the Parchment Chapel United Methodist Church, Given, WV.
She loved sewing, swimming, rafting, boating, and playing cards and games. Prior to her illness she enjoyed having big family holiday dinners.
She was greatly loved by all of her family: sons, Ralph Jones of Letart, and Glennis Dale Jones, Jr. of Given; daughters, Linda Cochran of Liberty, Shelbie (Randall) Kelley of Craigsville, and Terri (Tim) Birthisel of Ripley; sister, Patsy, ten grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
Jesus said, “Truly, I say unto you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty, WV, with Tim Birthisel officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Emma Chapel Church, c/o David Parkins, 1014 Clendenin Creek Road, Liberty, WV 25124.
Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.
JAUNITA PEARL CASTO
Jaunita Pearl Casto, 50, of Ripley, WV, passed away November 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born April 18, 1964, in Akron, OH, the daughter of Ruby Faye (Foglesong) Wilson of Ripley, and the late Robert Shirl Casto.
She was a graduate of Ripley High School, and enjoyed knitting, making and giving away scarves, and house and lawn work. She was an active participant in the Special Olympics, and attended the Ripley Baptist Temple.
In addition to her mother, other survivors include her brother and his wife, Clarence Ray and Stephanie Wilson of Pickens, SC, a nephew, Ryan Wilson, and nieces, Alicia Wilson and Sara Dilly.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Rick Perrine, and Pastor Grant Garber officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be Friday, from noon until time of service at the funeral home.
NOBLE RILEY GARNES
Noble Riley Garnes, 58, of Evans, WV, passed away November 13, 2014, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV.
He was born February 15, 1956, in Evans, a son of the late Madaline Virginia (Larch) Garnes, and Leroy Franklin Garnes of Evans. His brothers, Orville Garnes, Charles Garnes, and sisters, Delcie White and Mildred Hammons also preceded him in death.
He was a retired concrete laborer, and he enjoyed cookouts, travel, and mechanic work.
In addition to his father, other survivors include his companion of 30 years, Betty Jane Nichols, and her children, Scottie Nichols and Garland Nichols, Jr., both of Kenna, Benjamin Nichols, and Valerie Nichols both of Evans; brothers, David Garnes, of Evans, Larry Garnes of Ripley, and Gary Garnes of Millers Creek, NC; sisters, Ruth Dawson in AR, Carolyn Martin of Ripley, Annie May Myers and Norma Jackson, both of Sissonville, and Nancy Garnes of Millers Creek, NC.
Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel. Evans, WV, with Pastor Steve Sayre officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Interment will be in the Foster Chapel Cemetery.
JAMES ELMER CONLEY
James Elmer Conley, 58, of Sandyville, WV, passed away November 11, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born November 30, 1955, in Ripley, WV, the son of Ada Marie Myers of Ripley, and the late Elmer Ray Conley.
He was a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1975 until 1981, and was a member of American Legion Post #107, Ripley. He was a construction worker and member of the Laborers Union, Local 1085, Parkersburg. He attended the Mercy Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he made the best deer jerky.
In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife, Debra Lee (Goodwin) Conley; brother, Bill Conley of Cottageville; sisters, Phyllis (John) Rollyson of Sandyville, and JoAnn (Kevin) Goodwin of Cottageville, and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 8 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service.
Committal service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Mercy Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 220, Evans, WV 25241.
DOROTHY “DOT” REYNOLDS
Dorothy Carol ‘Dot’ Reynolds, 82, of Frozen Camp, WV, passed away November 3, 2014, at her home following an extended illness.
She was born March 10, 1932, in Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Frances (Hart) Reed. Her husband, William T. Reynolds, two infant sons, brothers, William Reed, Robert Reed, Junior Reed, and Paul Reed, and a sister, Ruth Fry also preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and military wife, and spent most of her time doing volunteer work. She was a 4-H leader, member of Gold Star Wives, the VFW Auxiliary, and was a charter member of Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley.
Survivors include her son, William T. ‘Tom’ (Teresa) Reynolds, II, of Frozen Camp, WV, daughter, Sheila (George) Armstrong of Brandywine, WV; grandchildren, Jason Armstrong, Brock Armstrong, Ty Reynolds, and Drew Reynolds; one great grandchild, and a sister-in-law, Marie Reed of Gay.
A private graveside service will be held at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
MAXINE “PATTY” FOWLER
Maxine “Patty” Fowler, 95, of Leon, WV, passed away October 30, 2014, in the Ravenswood Care Center.
She was born September 16, 1919, in Leon, WV, a daughter of the late Hugh Jasper and Lilly (Shinn) Sayre. Her brothers, Troy, Brad, Jasper, King, Harry Blake, and Roy Walden Sayre, and sisters, Mabel Burdick, Imogene Rhodes, and Justine Sayre, also preceded her in death.
Patty was a graduate of the University of Charleston, and became an educator in the Mason County school system. She taught mostly at Mount Flower Elementary, Leon, and later retired as principal at Roosevelt Elementary, in Leon.
She enjoyed flower gardening, antiques, and she attended the Baden-Presbyterian Church, Leon.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence “Chip” Fowler of Leon; daughter, Patty “Tammy” Fowler of Charleston, and a sister, Ferrell Mundy of Charleston.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014, at Baden-Presbyterian Church on Route 87, Leon, WV, with the Rev. Lawrence “Chip” Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Baden-Presbyterian Church, 5475 Evans Road, Leon, WV 25123.
CLEORA SHARLEEN (SAYRE) BOSWELL
Cleora Sharleen Boswell, 78, of Given, WV, left this earth suddenly on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, following an automobile accident near her home.
Sharleen was born on July 24, 1936, in Given, WV, the first born of seven children to the late Roy Madison and Artie Cleora (Lathey) Sayre.
After attending Walton High School, she married her sweetheart, Otis Warren “Jack” Boswell on December 22, 1956. They were inseparable until his death in May 2014. Her sister, Cheryl Parker, also preceded her in death.
She was a faithful Christian and attended Given United Methodist Church. Sharleen worked many years at Thomas and Wolfe, B & B Market, and S & J Custom Meats where her customers looked forward to her lighthearted and considerate spirit.
Sharleen’s God-given purpose was to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her compassionate nature endeared her to all who knew her. She loved large family gatherings, vacationing at the beach with her siblings and in-laws, and actively participating in the life of her family. She learned the value of hard work and devotion on her parent’s farm in Cicerone, WV. She had a zest for life only matched by her strong will and determination.
She is survived by her children, Sherry Colleen Barnette of Evans, Mary Ann Boswell of Ripley, and Warren Kent “Kenny” Boswell of Covington, VA; her grandchildren, Adena Barnette and Andrea Reneau of Ripley, Austin Drew Barnette of Evans, Halea (Gustavo) Solano of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Elise Boswell-Clark of Ripley and Zachary Boswell of Covington, VA; her great-grandchildren, Dominik Solano, Harlow Reneau, Huck Reneau, and Mikael Solano; siblings, Kathy Coulson of Parkersburg, Shelba Kniceley of Gallipolis, OH, Keith Sayre of Hurricane, Jim Sayre of Cross Lanes, and Nola Myers of Jackson, OH, and her many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 5 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Lloyd Keith officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
Committal service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2014, at the Given Cemetery.
FREDA KATHERN POWELL
Freda Kathern (Riggs) Powell, 94, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at Camden-Clark Medical Center.
She was born March 28, 1920, in Sandyville, a daughter of the late Alva and Maggie Loa (Dailey) Riggs. Her husband, Howard Dennis Powell, Sr.; son, Paul H. Powell; brothers, James, Albert, Sylvester, Ray, Eugene, Yancy, Walter, Calvin, Melvin, Russell Riggs; sisters, Norma, Clarabell, Ruth, and Maggie also preceded her in death.
She was a former employee of Goodyear Aircraft, a nurse’s aid, and a homemaker.
Survivors include her sons, Howard D. Powell, Jr. of Parkersburg, Walter L. Powell of White Heath, IL, Phillip Powell of OH, John Powell and Delmer Powell both of Greenville, SC; daughters, Ella M. Bunch of Wyandotte, MI, Katherine A. Swafford of Parkersburg, Mary E. Nelson of Parkersburg, Karen M. Hall of Belpre, OH; brothers, Delmer Riggs of Sandyville and Ralph Riggs of Ravenswood; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Lloyd Winans officiating. Interment will be in the Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be l hour prior to service at the funeral home.
WALTER E. BOSLEY, SR.
Walter Edward Bosley, Sr., 78, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away October 25, 2014, in Ravenswood Village.
He was born March 2, 1936, in Mexia, TX, a son of the late John Mark and Jackie Eula (Ellis) Bosley. His brothers, Hulen, George, Henry, R.O., Alton, and Talmadge Bosley, sisters, Lenora and Johnnie Fay, and a great grandson, also preceded him in death.
He was a United States Army veteran and was the owner and operator of Walter’s Drywall Services, Ravenswood.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ernestine (Salser) Bosley; son, Walter Edward Bosley, Jr. of Ravenswood; daughter, Cathy Akers of Ripley; brothers, Tommie Ray Bosley of Houston, TX, and Jessie Bosley of Ripley; five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 12:15 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014, at Ravenswood Cemetery, with the Rev. Lawrence Conger officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.
GERALDINE (BURDETTE) GLENN
Geraldine (Burdette) Glenn, 88, of Ripley, passed away October 22, 2014, in the Ravenswood Care Center.
She was born September 8, 1926, in Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Cecil and Velma (Carnell) Burdette. Her husband, Harold ‘Red’ Glenn, brother, Cecil Burdette, Jr., granddaughter, Kelli Glenn Kerns, and daughter-in-law, Debbie Glenn, also preceded her in death.
Geraldine was a loving mother and homemaker. She was a beautiful quilter and loved to keep her cars shining.
Survivors include her son, Larry Glenn, of Ripley; daughters, Carolyn Harrison of Kenna, and Constance Beckett of Cottageville; grandchildren, Michael Beckett of Parkersburg, Brad Harrison and Ginger Barnes, both of Kenna, Melissa Call of Letart and Brittany Selvage of Ripley, and nine great-grandchildren.
To honor her wishes, a private service and entombment was held on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Floral Hills Gardens of Memories Mausoleum Chapel, Sissonville, with Roy Guthrie officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
VANESSA M. COCHRAN
Vanessa Maria Cochran, of Ravenswood, WV, lost her battle with cancer October 12, 2014, in the Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH, eight days after her 51st birthday.
She was born October 4, 1963, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of Ted and Eva Marie (VanHoose) Cochran of Ravenswood.
At the age of two her parents noticed she would sing herself to sleep. When she turned eight her dad started a band with Vanessa’s older brothers and sister. Vanessa became the lead singer. The group performed at church activities at Charleston and Ravenswood West Virginia. As time passed the band separated and went their own way, Vanessa then started performing solo at church events, fundraisers, weddings and funerals.
She was a Ravenswood High School graduate and received a B.A. in Music Education from Glenville State College. She taught music for 28 years in Raleigh, Mason and Wood counties, most recently at the Greenmont Elementary in Vienna, and Martin Elementary School in Parkersburg.
She was a former violinist for the Ohio Valley Orchestra, and was a former Miss Ohio Valley, and was named, most photogenic in the Miss West Virginia Pageant. Vanessa was also an artist and the Cochran family home is full of her wonderful paintings and drawings.
In 1988, Vanessa recorded her first Gospel album titled “I Walk By Faith” not knowing she had Hodgkin’s disease. During that time she went through radiation treatments her songs where being played on Radio stations around the state. In 1993 she made a come back being in remission from her cancer. She recorded a second album “Pure Magic” a country album with music written by friends and family. She performed on telethons to help the sick, jubilees, fairs and 4th of July celebrations throughout WV, and KY. She then recorded an album “O That I Were An Angel” produced by Dick McVey and performed live on the “Grand Ole Opry”. In 1997 she produced a new album titled “One Starry Night” a Christmas album where she performed all the music instrumentals herself. Then, in 1998, she recorded the album “Jesus Is The Key”. The last song she recorded was with Hip Hop artist Big Rich Tha Don. Big Rich Tha Don contacted her through her brother and wanted to do a song with her. She agreed and the song “I Will Always” was recorded over the Internet never meeting the Hip Hop Singer himself.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marietta Ward, and Ravenswood Branch.
In addition to her parents other survivors include her brothers, Marshall Cochran (Audrey) of Arbuckle, WV, and Ted Derek Cochran (Karen) of Ravenswood; sister, Mercatrena Cochran Nelson (Stephen) of Statts Mills, several nieces and nephews, and all her students whom she referred to as “my children.”
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Bishop Richard D. Gray of the Marietta, OH, Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, at, www.gatewaycr.org, or (888) 221-2873.
MICHAEL RAY DURST
Michael Ray Durst, 60, of Cottageville, WV, passed away October 10, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.
He was born February 23, 1954, in Ripley, WV, a son of Darrell R. and Dolores Mae (Shinn) Durst, of Cottageville.
He was a carpenter, and 35-year member of the Carpenters Union, Local #1159, Pt. Pleasant, WV. He was a former member of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, and he was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed the mountains and motorcycling.
Mike was a Christian for 47-years and he attended the North United Methodist Church, Ravenswood.
In addition to his parents, other survivors include his wife, Vickie Kaye (Johnson) Durst; sister, Sandra Kay Staats (Steve) of Sandyville, WV; nephew, Joey Staats (Melissa) of Knoxville, TN; niece, Leah Staats (fiancé, M.G.) of Sandyville, WV.
Vickie’s son, Mark Parsons Justice (Barrett) of Charleston; daughter-in-law, Tara Heilman Parsons of Evans; grandchildren, Isabella and Markus; mother-in-law, Carolyn Sanborn of Ravenswood; brother-in-law, Carl Brian Johnson (Gena) of Nelsonville, OH, and their children, Jennifer, Wendy, and Megan, all of Nelsonville.
Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service. Private interment will be in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the David Lee Cancer Center, 3100 MacCorkle Avenue SE #101, Charleston, WV 25304
NAOMI MARIE KNOPP
Naomi Marie Knopp, 78, of LeRoy, WV, passed away peacefully October 9, 2014, at her home, while surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.
She was born November 19, 1935, in Pomeroy, OH, a daughter of the late Emory Eugene and Addie Belle (Westfall) Litton. Her husband of 54 years, Otho Wesley Knopp, brothers, Albert Litton, Delbert Litton, Robert Litton, and Donald Litton, a sister, Mabel Branham and an infant sister also preceded her in death.
A lifelong homemaker whose life revolved around her family, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a Christian who loved the Lord, gospel music and attending church.
She was also a Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees fan.
Survivors include her sons, Wesley Knopp (Debby) of Gay, Larry Knopp (Becky) of Murraysville, Rick Knopp (fiancé, Susan Foster), Jack Knopp (Selma), John Knopp (Paula), and Tony Knopp (Janet) all of LeRoy, and Greg Knopp (Karen) of Clay; daughter, Tammy Lewis (Jeff) of Fairplain; grandchildren, Matthew Knopp, Susan Helmick, Jason Knopp, Gena Nesselroad, Jackie Atkinson, Justin Knopp, Nathan Knopp, Rae Knopp, Derek Knopp, Logan Knopp, Aden Knopp, Ana Knopp, Brandon Lewis, Rachel Lewis, Lexie Knopp and Levi Knopp, and great grandchildren, McKenzi Nesselroad, Isiah Nesselroad, and Hunter Knopp, and her loving cat, Whiskers.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the wonderful caregivers, and Hospice staff for their compassionate care during their mother’s extended illness.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Mill Creek Baptist Church, LeRoy, with Pastor Robert Keen and the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Baptist Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
NORMAN C. BAYS
Norman Clinton Bays, 95, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away October 5, 2014, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.
He was born July 26, 1919, in Burnside, WV, a son of the late, Sherman Henry and Lura (Guthrie) Bays. His first wife, Dorothy Bays, second wife, Mary Wavoline (Smith) Bays, and four sisters also preceded him in death.
He was a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was a World War II United States Army veteran. He was a retired millwright from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5669, the VFW, the American Legion, and the Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed doing mechanic work on cars.
Survivors include sons; Ben Sherman (Sue) Bays of Huntington, and Norman Curtis (Mary) Bays of Chesapeake, OH; daughters, Brenda Donohew of Huntington, and Barbara (Ret. Col. Joel) Littman of Belleville, IL; stepchildren, Brady Fry, Jr. (Sandra) of New Castle, PA, Dianna Jean (Myron) King and Sherri Lynn Miller all of Evans, Rosetta Ann (Edwin) Ferguson of Huntington, Tonda (John) Danko of Summersville, of Carroll, OH, Denver David (Kimberly) Fry, and Crystal Dawn (Jeff Williams) Person all of Ravenswood; 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
Service will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home. Committal service with military honors will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, WV.
Kenneth Gerald Donohew, 78, of Evans, WV, passed away September 28, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV.
He was born May 9, 1936, in Evans, WV, a son of the late Ernie Denver and Daisy Violet (Barr) Donohew. His brother, Wilbur Donohew, and his sister, Lillian Hoschar also preceded him in death.
He was a United States Army veteran, a farmer, and a retired inspector and loader from Kaiser Aluminum with 31 years services. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, a member of the Jackson County Horse Club, Inc., and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trading.
Survivors include his sons, Steve and his wife Linda Donohew, Calvin and his wife Lisa Donohew, and Brett Donohew, all of Evans; grandchildren, Jeremy Donohew, Joshua Donohew, Cassie Donohew, Kristy Shaver, Branden Birthisel, Justin Birthisel, Stacy McCune, and Mindy Smith; six great grandchildren; brothers, Grant Donohew and Carroll Donohew, both of Evans, sisters, Vesta Livingston of Evans, and Christina King of Ripley.
Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating, and military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Private interment will be in the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV.