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Pauline Hughes

Pauline (Higgins) Hughes, 89, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away October 13, 2018 in Ravenswood Village following a brief illness.

She was born December 22, 1928 in the Wilding Community of Jackson County a daughter of the late Cecil Ray and Myrtle Violet (Chancey) Higgins. Her husband, Claud “Lusion” Hughes and a sister, Wilma Buzzard preceded her in death.

She was a 1946 graduate of Ravenswood High School. She was a member of the North United Methodist Church, Ravenswood, WV, where she was the church pianist for 70 years. She was a former bookkeeper for Star Printing, Ravenswood, WV, WMOV Radio, Jackson County Bank and the Dutch Miller dealership. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, R. Douglas Chapter # 15 Ravenswood. Pauline enjoyed quilting, cross-stitch, crocheting and ceramics.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam (Stanley) Wood of Kenova, WV and Paula (Mike) King of Ravenswood; sister, Sandy (Virgil) Walters of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Stanley Adam Wood, Steven Andrew (Jennifer) Wood and Madison King; great- grandchildren, Cole and Nora Wood.

Service will be ~ 1 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Tom Nolan officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to North United Methodist Church 205 Brown St. Ravenswood, WV 26164.

 

Gregory Phillips

Gregory Brent Phillips, 46, of Concord, North Carolina, formerly of Evans, WV, passed away October 10, 2018, in the Tucker Hospice House, Kannapolis, NC, following an extended illness.

He was born October 5, 1972, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late, Mildred Ruth (King) Phillips and William Howard Phillips of Evans.

Greg was a registered public land surveyor and was licensed in both North and South Carolina. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and backpacking and was a member of the Pitts Baptist Church in Concord.

In addition to his father, other survivors include his daughter, Jessica Marie Phillips; brother, Steven Phillips; nephew, Levi Phillips and niece, Allison Phillips.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jeff Keffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

 

MARGARET ARNOLD

Margaret Ann Arnold, 93, of Ravenswood, WV passed away October 9, 2018 at Brookdale at Marietta, Marietta, Ohio.

She was born January 4, 1925, in Chattaroy, WV, the daughter of the late Rena Minto Mulkey and Ralph H. Mulkey.

Margaret graduated from Welch High School in 1943, and then attended Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and a Master’s Degree from Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
Margaret lived in the mining community of Capels, near Welch, in McDowell County, WV, until moving to Ravenswood, WV in 1958. She worked as a United States postmaster for 4 years at Capels, WV, and then was a school teacher for 28 years. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in McDowell County, taught 7 years at the Ravenswood Grade and Junior High School, and 20 years at Ravenswood High School.

She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church, most recently at North United Methodist in Ravenswood, having served as Financial Secretary, President of the United Methodist Women, and was a Sunday school teacher in the Capels and Ravenswood churches for over 60 years. She also served on the United Methodist Women Little Kanawha District Team.

Margaret was a member of the R. Douglas Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ravenswood, and was past President of Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She also had been Secretary of the Jackson County, WV Association of Retired School Employees.

She is survived by her son, Ralph “Hank” (Joni) Arnold, of Marietta, Ohio, grandchildren Tyler and Bethany Arnold, Nicki (Dave) Foggin, Scott (Janet) Arnold, Melissa (Chad) Dailey, Kelli (Rob) Cross, Melanie Davis, Jason Arnold, Christopher Longfellow, and her sister, Ruth Ingraham.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Malcolm Clinton Arnold, their sons, David, Jeffrey, and James, and a brother, John Herbert Mulkey.

Services for Margaret will be at 1 p.m. on October 13, 2018 at Casto Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Tom Nolan officiating. Burial will follow at the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Margaret requested that memorial contributions be made to the Memorial Fund of North Ravenswood United Methodist Church, Ravenswood, WV.

 

Keith Powell

Keith James Powell, 62, of New Haven, WV, passed away October 7, 2018 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born November 9, 1955, in Mason, WV, a son of the late James Thural and Eleanor Frances (VanCooney) Powell. In addition to his parents his wife Cheryl Lynn Powell preceded him in death.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and worked in construction.
Survivors include his sister, Katherine Hnylka of Oswego, IL.

There will be no public services.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

 

EDWARD DWIGHT KNOPP

Edward Dwight Knopp, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away September 30, 2018 in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV.

He was born July 2, 1941, in Gay, WV, a son of the late Okey J. and Edna Bernice (Waybright) Knopp. His sisters Edra Eva Knopp, Edna Jean Knopp and Elsa Carol Rhodes also preceded him in death.

He was a United States Army and Navy veteran with 11 ½ years of service. He was a retired well tender for Carl Smith, Chem Gas and North Coast Energy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He was a Christian and a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his sons, Scott Southall of Cottageville and Nathaniel E. Knopp of Richmond, VA; daughters, Cathryn E. (Knopp) Green of Gay, WV and Stephanie Southall of Ripley; brother, Paul (Doreen) Knopp of Gay, WV; sisters, Kathleen (Jim) Corbitt of Racine, OH and Paulette (Glen) Cole of South Charleston, OH; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former spouse and caregiver Gladys Knopp.

Service will be Friday ~ 11a.m., October 5, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jim Corbitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery, Gay, WV. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Anna Hermsdorfer

Anna June Hermsdorfer of Sandyville, WV passed away on September 28, 2018 at home after a short illness at the age of 81.

She was born in Sonman, PA, on July 1, 1937, the daughter of the late Frederick William and Edna Ethal (Rhodes) Gorba of Portage, PA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Hermsdorfer, a son, John and several brothers and sisters.

She was a homemaker and loving wife and mother. She was a member of the St, Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood and a lifetime member of the VFW.

She is survived by sons, James Robert Hermsdorfer, Jr. of Rawlings, MD. and Joseph Charles Hermsdorfer (Penny) of Sandyville, WV; her sister, Mary Gorba of Sandyville; two granddaughters, Annie Link (Mike) of Harrisburg PA. and Amber Conard (Tommy) of Jacksonville, FL; four great granddaughters, and nieces and nephews.

Service will be at the St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood, WV, Thursday October 4, 2018 at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home in Lilly, Pennsylvania.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV

 

ROBERT RAY BURGESS

Robert Ray Burgess, 42, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 27, 2018 in Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, surrounded by his loved ones following a brief illness.

He was born June 3, 1976 in Ripley, WV, a son of Roger Ray and Joyce Olivia (Mahood) Burgess of Cottageville, WV.

Rob attended West Virginia University and was a former Boilermaker by trade.

In addition to his parents, survivors include, sister, Victoria Lynn (Eddie) Shinn of Cottageville; brother, Steven Lee Mahood of Aplin Ridge, WV; fiancé, Hannah Dore; nephew, Edward Shinn; niece, Olivia May Shinn.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, September 30, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor David Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations preferred.

 

LORETTA WOLFE “LORA” MAHAN

Loretta Wolfe “Lora” Mahan, 98, of Millwood, WV, passed away September 26, 2018, at her home.

She was born February 14, 1920, the daughter of the late James Holly and Phoebe (Anderson) Wolfe. Her husband, Charles Mahan, grandson, David Andrew Board, three brothers and seven sisters also preceded her in death.

Lora became a member of the Pleasant View United Methodist Church in 1934. She had attended the church for 96 years and had served as adult Sunday school teacher as was the church pianist. She was a member of the Farm Bureau and the church homemakers club.

Survivors include her children, Linda Board (David), Roger Mahan (Linda), Donna Jackson (Steve), Teressa Creel and Marcia Tribett (Glen); grandchildren, Sarah Board Carpenter (Justin), Lynn Grimm, Lori Marks (Tim), Chuck Mahan, Bryan Wright (Melissa), Kevin Wright (Tiffany), Carmon Totton (Damon), Bill Jackson (Candance), Erin Skeens (Jason), Dawn Lassiter (Jeff), Eric Creel (Melaina) and Brandon Tribett (Catherine); 30 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church with Pastor Vera Archer officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Donations to the Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Lora’s memory would be appreicated.

GERALDINE M. SAYRE

Geraldine Marie (Hartley) Sayre, 89, of Ripley, WV, passed away September 25, 2018 in Ravenswood Care Center, Ravenswood, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born January 17, 1929, in Cottageville, WV, a daughter of the late John Henry and Josephine (Sayre) Hartley. In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Q. Sayre, Sr.; son, Robert Q. Sayre, Jr.; brother, Landon Hartley.

She was a graduate of Ravenswood High School Class of 1945 and a graduate of Marshall University with a degree in education. She taught for 16 years in Jackson and Wood Counties. She was a seamstress. Geraldine also enjoyed quilting and making baskets.

Survivors include her brothers, John (Sue Ann) Hartley of Huntington, WV and Martin (Sharon) Hartley of Cottageville; sister-in-law, Betty Hartley of Cottageville.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday.

STELLA CHRISTINE MORGAN

Stella Christine (King) Morgan, 66, of Letart, WV, passed away September 14, 2018 in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV.

She was born February 15, 1952 in Gibbstown, WV the daughter of the late John Arnold and Mary Katherine (Lewis) King. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant brother.

She was retired from Peoples Bank of Point Pleasant with 32 years of service. She was a life long member of the Fairview Bible Church, Letart, WV, serving as church secretary and treasurer for many years. She was a member of the Mason County C.E.O.S and enjoyed cooking, quilting and reading the Bible. Stella loved to travel and especially enjoyed going to the beach. Survivors include her husband of 47 years Jerry Warren Morgan; son and daughter-in-law John Robert Morgan and Julie of Apple Grove, WV.      She is also survived by a host of cousins, friends and church family.

Service will be 11 a.m. ~ Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the Fairview Bible Church, Letart, WV, with Pastor Brian May and Donnie Dye officiating. Burial will follow in the Zerkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Foglesong – Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

SUSANNA ALLEN

Susanna Faye (Landers) Allen, 79, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 14, 2018 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born January 1, 1939 in Hizers Creek, WV, a daughter of the late Francis Melton and Zelma (Lett) Landers. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Garmie, Okey, Ben, Joe and Billy Landers; sisters, Emogene Saunders and Sis Saunders.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, auctions, N.A.S.C.A.R. and senior bus trips.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Luther Lee Allen; sons, Wade Ray Allen of Cottageville and Timothy Lee (Amy) Allen and Spikey and Hobbs of Mount Alto, WV; daughters, Debra Lynn (Christopher) Parsley of Charleston, WV and Sandra Kay (Timothy) Paugh of Social Circle, GA; grandchildren, Christina Parsley, Ashley Dawn Burt and Brittany Sue Paugh; great- grandchildren Peyton and Hailey.

Service will be 11 a.m. ~ Monday, September 17, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price and Jim Massey officiating. Entombment will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Nellie Norene Hite

Nellie Norene Hite, 81, of Ripley, WV, passed away September 9, 2018, in Eldercare Nursing and Rehabilitation, Ripley, WV.

She was born August 27, 1936, a daughter of the late Thomas V. and Nellie Victoria (Keebaugh) Hite. In addition to her parents her siblings William Keebaugh, Thomas Hite, Ira A. Hite, Irene Ivy, Edith Weeks and Anna Conant preceded her in death. Sisters-in- law, Lucille Keebaugh and Josephine Hite, also preceded her.

Survivors include her sister, Arlene Sayre of Ripley and a niece, Juanita Burgess of Ravenswood.

Private interment will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ripley, WV.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

MAXINE LEGG

 

Alice Maxine “Mac” Legg, died peacefully Saturday the 8th surrounded by her family at her home in Leon. She was 100 years old. Born September 3, 1918, she had just recently enjoyed celebrating that milestone birthday with family and friends over the Labor Day weekend.

Born in Middleport, Ohio, Mrs. Legg came to Leon at age seven when her widowed mother, Earlie Quickle Lyons, married George Lute. She was the daughter of George Washington Lyons. After graduating from Point Pleasant High School she married Edwin Legg of Arbuckle Creek. He preceded her in death in 1991.

She was a lifetime member of the Leon Bethel Church where she played the piano until just recently. In her younger years she taught the primary class there. In the late 1970s she, along with husband Ed, helped form the Mountain Flower Volunteer Rescue Squad and became certified as an emergency medical technician. Mrs. Legg retired from the squad in 1992.

She was a passionate collector of antique lamps and glassware and loved scouring antique and secondhand stores. Mrs. Legg was equally passionate about her garden and spent countless hours tending her flowerbeds.

In addition to her husband, her sister, Audrey Pickens, and brothers Harold, Bill and Clayton Lyons preceded her in death.

She is survived by daughters Susan Green and Kathy Legg and son Michael D. Legg (wife Debbie), grandsons Stephen Green, Christopher Legg and Jeremy Legg, granddaughter Natasha Roush, great grandsons Eddie and Ryan Green, Zachary and Jake Roush and great granddaughters Allison and Ashley Legg.

Services will be noon Thursday, Sept. 13,   2018, at the Leon Bethel Church with Pastor Freddie Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. A visitation is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, 157 Evans Rd., Evans, WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Bethel Cemetery, c/o Casto Funeral Home, P.O. Box 167, Evans, WV   25241

Cynthia (McClure) Martin

Cynthia Jean (McClure) Martin, 56, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 5, 2018 in Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division following a brief illness.

She was born December 7, 1961 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of Hoyt Eugene and Mary Emma Jean (Farmer) McClure of Cottageville.

Her brother Stanley McClure preceded her in death.

She enjoyed yard sales, puzzles and word search.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband, Michael L. Martin; daughters, Cassandra D. Hanningan of Charlotte, N.C. and Brittany Nichole (Chris) Myers of Ripley; brother, Steve (Leshia) McClure of Cottageville and 7 grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. ~ Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Vera Archer officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

  Lee Paul Moran

A family man and a man of God.  He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and neighbor.  He will be remembered for his immense kindness, generosity and humility. A man of simple desires, he solved the not so simple problem of getting satisfaction out of the life he was given.  Lee Paul Moran, 83, of Ravenswood, WV, died Monday, September 3, 2018. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones.

He left us all too soon: Martha, his loving wife of 58 years; son Michael Paul and fiancée Lynn Eubank; daughters Rita and husband Lance McCoy, Barbara and husband Jon Schade and Peggy and husband Pat Sutton; sister Rose Angela Lubert; sister-in law Sue Moran; 12 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was a passionate, life-long member of the Catholic Church.  He was the son of an Orlando, WV businessman and entrepreneur, Michael V. Moran.  He graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 1954 and served honorably in the United States Army.  He retired from Kaiser Aluminum after more than thirty years of service. During many years of satisfying retirement, he served the Church and his community.  Paul was always ready, always willing to lend a helping hand.

He is preceded in death by his father Michael Moran (Orlando, WV), mother Marguerite (Sweeny) Moran (Orlando, WV) and two brothers John and Joe Moran (Baltimore, MD).

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ravenswood, West Virginia. Visitation will also be Friday from 2:00 until 2:50 p.m. with the 3:00 p.m. Funeral Mass immediately following.  Burial service will be at the Ravenswood Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at www.HospiceCareWV.org.

 

 

 

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