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Helen Bender

Helen Genieve Bender, 93, of Sandyville, departed this life on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are pending as Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV

Sara Parkinson

Sara Margaret Parkinson, 55, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away, October 9, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born April 30, 1964, in Cleveland, OH, a daughter of the late Clarence and Una Hazel (Brumsfield) Parkinson Moore.

She was a former Licensed Practical Nurse at Roane General Hospital. She was a traveling nurse with Start Nursing, Capitol Nursing and Family Health Care.

Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie Isenhart of Reedy, WV and Bobbi Workman of Ravenswood, WV; grandchildren, Drezden and Xander Rogers.

There will be no public services. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

Barbara Gerlach

Barbara Ann (Hoffman) Gerlach, 86, of Mt. Alto, WV, passed away, October 8, 2019, at her home following a sudden illness.

She was born December 24, 1932, in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late Oris Dale and Velma Marie (Taylor) Hoffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Gerlach; son, John Stephen Gerlach; brothers, Darrell and B. Gary Hoffman; sister, Kay Keathley.

She was a graduate of Wahama High School and a member of the Guiding Star Christian Advent Church, Letart, WV. She was the former co-owner of Gerlach Concrete and enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts and gardening.

Survivors include her son, Randall Dale (Donna) Gerlach of Murraysville, WV; daughter, Darla Ann (Dwight) Thompson of Cheshire, OH; 11 grand children and several great- grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Mike Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Guiding Star Church, C/O Casto Funeral Home, 802 Washington St. Ravenswood, WV 26164.

 

Beverly Smith

Beverly Ann (Burch) Smith, 71, of Cottageville, WV, (Evergreen Hills Community) passed away October 7, 2019 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born April 5, 1948, in Montgomery, WV, a daughter of the late Russell G. and Evelyn Lucille (Boyd) Burch.

She was a retired teacher’s aide for the Jackson County Board of Education with 11 years of service at Cottageville Elementary School. She was a former member of God’s Church and currently attended the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, crafts, shopping, reading and music.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Alan Ray Smith; son, Aaron Ray Smith of Peabody, MA; daughter, Belinda Lee Smith of Nashville, TN; brothers, Joe Burch (Carol) of Mount Alto and Bill Burch of Belleville, IL.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

 

Eunice Faye Cobb

Eunice Faye Cobb, 75, of Cottageville, WV, passed away October 5, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born May 3, 1944, in Statts Mills, WV, the daughter of the late Otta Lee and Aulene Mae Casto. Her sons, Jeffrey Todd Cobb and Gregory Scott Cobb also preceded her in death.

She was retired from the Jackson County Board of Education with over 30 years of service as a cook and custodian. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking and was a Methodist by faith.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Delmer Ray Cobb, daughter, Cheryl Hussell and her husband, Roy of Millwood, and grandsons, whom she loved dearly, Brandon Hussell and Bryce Hussell.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mills, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

 

Margaret Ann Blake

Margaret Ann (Williams) Blake, 86, of Clifton, WV, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 4, 1933, in Maggie, WV, a daughter of the late Lloyd E and Clara Mae (McDermitt) Williams of Clifton, WV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Denver “Brownie” Blake; brother, Tom (Helen) Williams and brother in law P. Richard Gilkey.

Ann retired as the Postmaster in Clifton after many years. She also worked for Dr. Shackel and volunteered for Mason EMS for many years. She was a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church, the Mary Shrine and Lafayette Shrine, and a fifty-year member Past Matron of Mason Chapter Eastern Star #157. Ann enjoyed crocheting, reading, camping and traveling, football, and taking care of family and friends.

Survivors include her daughters, Jacki (Tim) Casto of Mason, and Dawn (Todd) Grinstead of Clifton; sister, Phyllis M. Gilkey of Clifton; grandchildren, Michael Grinstead, Ciji Casto, Tyler (Elizabeth) Grinstead, and Madison Grinstead, and great grandchildren, Zander Lippson, Rumor Jenkins and Emery Grinstead.

Service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Foglesong- Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Neil Tennant officiating. Burial will follow in the Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to give thanks to Ann’s caregivers and Hospice of Huntington for their care and compassion.

 

 

Richard Day

Richard Emerson Day, 88, of Evans, WV, passed away October 2, 2019 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV following an extended illness.

He was born September 19, 1931, in Robertsburg, WV, a son of the late Edward and Marguerite (Smithers) Day.

He was a United States Army veteran and a member of the West Ripley Baptist Church. He was a former employee of Motor Car Supply and the owner and operator of Turner Transmission.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Donna Jean (Hudnall) Day; son, Douglas A. Day of Charleston, WV; daughter, Dena M. (Elvis) Zerkle of Evans; brothers, Robert, James and Tom Day; grandchildren, Makenzie, Karlie and Brady Hesson; great-granddaughter, Rowan B. Hesson.

Private entombment will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, WV. Per his request there will be no public services at this time.  In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to West Ripley Baptist Church in his memory. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

Mark Van White

Mark Van White, 58, of Ripley, WV, passed away September 29, 2019 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born November 11, 1960, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Nancy Sue (Murphy) White and Robert Allen White Sr. of Vancouver, WA.

He was a retired office manager and carpet installer for Schultz Carpet in South Charleston, WV. He enjoyed video games, reading and comic books.

Survivors in addition to his father include his brothers, Tom White of Ripley and Robert Allen White IV, of Kenna; sisters, Vonna Smith-Kadell and Barbara Ellen Monk both of Charleston; nephew, Hunter White of Ripley, WV; former sister-in-law, Dora Lea White.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Michael Miller

Michael Wayne Miller, 68, of New Haven, WV, passed away September 28, 2019 in the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, WV.

He was born January 9, 1951 in Mason, WV, a son of the late Ruth Katherine (McDaniel) Miller.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his sister, Sonya Bush.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and a United States Army veteran. He was a retired coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers Association, District #17. He was also a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5171. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV and the V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV. He enjoyed fishing, football, four wheeling, hunting and was a member of the Broad Run Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jennifer Marie (Roush) Miller; sons, Michael W. Miller, II (Carrie Jo) of Mason, WV and Timothy L. Miller (Carrie Ann) of New Haven; brothers, Vaughn Miller of Hartford and Lenny Miller of Letart; sisters, Sharon Johnson (Jimmie) of Racine, OH, JoAnn King of New Haven and Darlene Miller of Hartford; grandchildren, Bryant, Paul, David and Abigail Miller and Cass Kimes.

Service will be 11 a.m. ~ Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Huling Greene officiating. Burial will follow in the Zerkle Cemetery, Letart, WV with military honors provided by the American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV and V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Ernest Jenkins

 

Ernest Russell Jenkins, 71, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019, at his home.

He was born August 28, 1948, in Smithers, WV, a son of the late Earl and Gypsy (Ward) Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Allen Jenkins; sisters, Marcella Kearns, Lois Jenkins and Elizabeth Jenkins.

Ernest was a United States Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. He was a retired furnace supervisor from Elkem Metals in Smithers and was a member of the United in Christ Church in Cottageville. Ernest enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and working. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his dog, Teddy.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Delores (McCallister) Jenkins; son, Brandon Jenkins and his wife Dayna of Ripley; daughters, Leslie Crockett of Ravenswood, Sandra Speed and her husband John of Mien; step sons, Dewayne Profitt and his wife Angie of Shinnston, David Profitt and his wife Bambi of Fairplan; sisters, Linda Jenkins of Smithers, Mary Gillispie of Smithers, Sue Carroll of Martinsburg and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Pastors Kevin Jennings and Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Monday, at the funeral home.

Wilbert Dexter Casto

Wilbert Dexter Casto, 93, of Leon, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in Eldercare of Ripley.

He was born March 12, 1926, in Belgrove, WV, a son of the late Artist Lee and Martha Matilda (Fields) Casto. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Helen Casto; brothers, Oda Lee Casto, Delbert Theodore Casto, Clida Ray Casto; sisters, Orley Marie Donohew and Mae Casto.

Wilbert was a machinist with Bailey Meter Company in Columbus, OH from 1966-1977. He then moved to Jackson County and worked for the Green Hills Golf Course until the time of his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Creston Church in Evans and enjoyed fishing and deer hunting with his HNR 16 gauge. In his youth, he enjoyed singing in church with his sisters. Dexter’s number one hobby was singing the old gospel hymns, and he had them all memorized.

Survivors include his sons, Oda Casto of Alabama, Dexter H. Casto of Ohio; sisters, Evalina Young of Ripley, Lilly Smith of Barboursville; grandchildren, Dexter W. Casto, Diane L. Casto Moates, Thomas Casto, Jeffrey Stehle and six great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Mike Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Tabor Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Saturday, at the funeral home.

 

Benjamin Douglas Carroll

Benjamin Douglas Carroll, 63, of West Columbia, WV, died peacefully at his home on Sunday September 22, 2019.

He was born March 31, 1956, the son of the late William H. and Nancy Marie (McCoy) Carroll. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Jeffrey and Jason Scott: three brothers, Robert “Bobby”, Paul and Billy Joe.

Surviving are his children, Benjamin, Jessica Mae and Carlene all of OH; grandchildren, Kayla, Tiffany (Ethan), Myla Mae, and DeLaney; great grandchildren, Jason, Joshua and Caleb; brother, Jessie James of OH, and a sister, Brenda Sue “Brandy” Seanor and her husband, Troy R.; many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Benny gave us all a wild ride in life, full of silly fun, hard love and a grin that lite of up the night. We will miss him dearly. Until the next ride, Bicycle!

The family will announce a gathering to honor his life at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred.

Penny Mossor

Penny Lee (Sizemore) Mossor, 62, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 21, 2019 in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following a sudden illness.

She was born October 26, 1956 in Charleston, WV, a daughter of Ned Z. and Doris L. (Samples) Sizemore of Cottageville.

She was a retired educator with the Jackson County Board of Education with 37 years of service. She taught at Evans Elementary and Ripley Middle Schools. Penny was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and enjoyed flowers, shopping, W.V.U. Football, crocheting, motorcycles, canning, volunteer work and spending time with her granddaughter.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband of 40 years, David A. Mossor of Cottageville; son and his wife Nicholas D. (Kathryn) Mossor of Tuppers Creek; granddaughter, Sophia Marie Mossor of Tuppers Creek; brother, Kim A. (Stephanie J.) Sizemore of Cottageville; niece Christy Sizemore of Cottageville; nephew, Mat (Tabitha) Sizemore of Mount Alto; great nephew, Zander Sizemore.

Celebration of life service will be 7 p.m. ~ Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Vera Archer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Sophia’s Collection in memory of Penny Mossor. This fund will provide free formal attire to ladies in Jackson County for prom and homecoming events. Please send to the Jackson County Community Foundation, 108 North Church St. Ripley, WV, or visit online at jccfinc.org under Sophia’s Collection.

Diana Sue (Snyder) Kapp

Diana Sue (Snyder) Kapp, 69, of New Haven, WV, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.

She was born June 21, 1950, in Columbus, OH, the daughter of the late Harry J. and Janet (Mason) Snyder of Middleport, OH. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Erika Hickel; brother, Roger Snyder; sister, Joan Snyder and son in law, Jesse Giles.

Diana retired from Par Mar General Stores as a manager with over 20 years of service. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and playing Farmville on the computer. She also enjoyed spending quality time with her family who was her pride and joy.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Charles Kapp; son, Charles Kapp II and his wife Stacy of Charleston, WV; daughters, Carla Sue Russell of New Haven, Sherry Giles of Martinsburg; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Per her wishes, there will be no public services. Private burial will be in the Graham Cemetery, New Haven. Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jeannette Fowler

Jeannette Ann Fowler, 75, of Leon, WV, was taken home while sleeping in the arms of her savior Jesus Christ on September 17, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born September 27, 1943, in Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late Harold and Myrtle (Richards) Rollins.

Jeannette was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She formerly lived in Charleston, WV, where she owned & operated her own lawn & garden business as her love for the outdoors, gardening and flowers were her passion. She attended the Baden-Presbyterian Church and enjoyed country drives, riding motorcycles and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Lawrence M. “Chip” Fowler; son, Mark L Fowler of Dayton, OH; daughter, Marnie L Birurakis (Stephen) of Charleston, WV; granddaughters, Allison Griffin of FL, Jessica Fowler of Raleigh, NC, Marissa Poultney of Charleston, SC; grandson, Jacob A. Birurakis of Charleston, WV; brothers, Vernon Rollins of Seattle, WA, Ronald Rollins of Leesburg, FL, Richard Rollins of Charleston, WV, and sister-in-law, Tammy Fowler (Robert Billups) of Charleston, WV.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September, 21, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Richard Riffe officiating. Burial will follow in the Baden-Presbyterian Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be Saturday from 12 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

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