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Helen Louise Halstead

Helen Louise (Zuspan) Halstead, of New Haven, West Virginia, passed away on April 20, 2019.

Born on August 24, 1925, Helen was from a large, loving family.  She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eunice (Selby) Zuspan and had eight siblings:  Mary Froendt, Charles Zuspan, Ruth Smith, E Jay Zuspan, Raymond Zuspan, Bertha Ann Adams, Ina Lynn Breeden, and Betty Johnson, along with wonderful sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Helen married Sam Halstead January 11, 1947, and moved into their home in New Haven in the spring of 1953.  They had four sons, Eddie, Steve, Michael Bruce, and Tim, and beautiful daughters-in law.

They have seven grandchildren:  Brent, Brock, Seth, Maryn, Hunter, Shonna, and Emily.  They also have ten great-grandchildren:  Ayden, Camryn, Brandon, Emma, Connor, Lyla Kate, Jairus, Emilia, Josiah, and Elivia.

Helen served in the New Haven United Methodist Church for many years as a Sunday school teacher, in Christopher’s Gang, and vacation bible school. She wanted to be in 4-H since before she was 10 and was so excited when she was finally able to join.  She served as the original 4-H leader of the Bend Hustlers and was also Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 256.  Helen saw the rewards of her years of service when she watched the children grow in the church and realized the effect on their values and judgment.

Helen graduated from Point Pleasant High School in 1943, and became an avid Wahama supporter when her sons attended school there.  She was also an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, especially during the Big Red Machine era.  She was a World Book Representative for many years and considered this another family service.  She was always a strong believer in a good education for all children.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, and their sons Michael Bruce and Tim.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, West Virginia.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Helen will be laid to rest at Suncrest Cemetery in Point Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the 4-H Camp Kitchen Project, your church, or favorite charity.

 

Douglas Arthur Seyler Jr.

Douglas Arthur Seyler Jr., 55, of Mason, WV, passed away April 19, 2019, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born September 25, 1963, in Gallipolis, OH, a son of the late Douglas Arthur Seyler Sr. and Margaret (Roney) Smith.

Doug was a United States Army Veteran and worked as an Iron Worker in Huntington, WV.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years Crystal “Chrissy” (Blake) Seyler; son Shawn Seyler and one brother Eric Smith.

There will be no services at this time.

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

Carolyn Campbell

Carolyn Evans (Brunty) Campbell, 75, of Leon, WV, passed away April 18, 2019 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born September 23, 1943 in Rainelle, WV, a daughter of the late Clarence and Callie (Evans) Brunty.

She was a former waitress with over 20 years of service at the M & R Restaurant, Ripley, WV. She also worked at Gino’s of Ripley for several years. She enjoyed cooking and music.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dorsey D. Campbell; daughters, Melissa (Chuck) Lowry of Evans and Michelle (Ray) Hendershot of Clarksburg; grandchildren, Luke and Levi Lowry, Desiree’ Mayes, Alisha (Zac) Hartley, Addyson and Mahaleigh Hartley; brothers, Robert, Jimmy and Denver Brunty; sisters, Linda Tincher and Brenda Kuykendall.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be Monday, April 22, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Robert Minuck

Robert William Minuck, 61, of Hartford, WV, passed away April 13, 2019 in Meigs/Holzer E.R. following a brief illness.

He was born in Coney Island, NY, a son of the late Michael Minuck and Marie (Walsh) Minuck of Rhinebeck, NY.His father, Michael Minuck and a brother, Michael Minuck preceded him in death.

He was a former truck driver for Schwan’s and a supervisor for Schrade Knives in New York. He was a Catholic and enjoyed sports.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his wife, Debra Louise (McNamara) Minuck; son, Robert Minuck Jr. of Norwich, NY; daughters, Melissa Panella of Dolgeville, NY and Rebecca Beilman of Kingston, NY; brother, John Minuck of Napanoch, NY; sisters, Terri Suarez of Toms River, NJ and Irene Argo of Tarrytown, NY; 6 grandchildren.

Service arrangements are pending at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

 

Ada Marie Myers

Ada Marie Myers, 91, of Cottageville, WV, passed away April 11, 2019, in Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

She was born March 18, 1928, in Ripley, a daughter of the late Charles and Ursula (McCoy) Myers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Earnest and James; grandson, Greg; great grandsons, Thomas and Braxton Conley, and five brothers and three sisters.

Ada was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking and was Baptist by faith.

Survivors include her son William “Bill” Conley of Cottageville; daughters Phyllis Rollyson of Sandyville, JoAnn Goodwin of Cottageville; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2:45 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Sunday April 14, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Gene Bates

Delmer Eugene “Gene” Bates, 81, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away April 9, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born April 23, 1937 in Silverton, WV, a son of the late Wilmer “Dick” and Alva (Lindamood) Bates. His brother, Glen Bates; wife Sharon “Sherry” Bates preceded him in death.

He was retired from the Jackson County Board of Education with 42 years of service as a janitor at Ravenswood High School. He was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his son, David Eugene Bates of Sherman.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 in the Ravenswood Cemetery with Pastor Lawrence Conger Jr. officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

Pearl Richard Gilkey

Pearl Richard Gilkey, 85, of Clifton, WV, passed away April 7, 2019, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born January 24, 1934, in Pomeroy, OH, a son of the late Pearl and Clara (Stahl) Gilkey.

Richard was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from Century Aluminum in Ravenswood, with 32 years of service. He was a member of the Bradford Church of Christ, and enjoyed camping, watching the birds and working outdoors.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Phyllis Marie (Williams) Gilkey; son, Mark and his wife, Angelia Gilkey; sister-in-law, Margaret “Ann” Blake; one nephew, three nieces and several cousins.

Service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, with Pastor Russ Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, OH. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the Pleasant Valley Hospice Care and the Ohio State University East Hospital for their care, kindness and compassion during this time.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.foglesongfuneralhome.com.
Foglesong- Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, is honored to serve the Gilkey family.

EUGENE “GENE” BENNETT

Eugene “Gene” Bennett, 89, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, passed away April 7, 2019, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born April 16, 1929, in Richwood, WV, the son of the late Carl Vance and Dora Mae (Hewitt) Bennett. In addition to his parents, his sisters, Naomi Cale, Norma McClead and brothers, Darrell, Paul Darius, Charles, Don and Alton, also preceded him in death.

Gene was a United States Army Korean War era veteran and a retired mill operator from Kaiser Aluminum. Following his retirement he enjoyed woodworking and making crafts. He was an active member of the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, where he served in several duties, including deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the choir.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gladys Maxine (Pickens) Bennett; son, Duane Bennett (Barb) of Parkersburg; daughter, Kim Ervin (Wayne) of Washington; brother, Leon Bennett of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Candice Bennett, Alex Bennett, Benjamin Ervin (Andi) and Leanne Lutz (Rick) and 10 great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, is providing arrangements.

NORMAN DEE NICHOLSON

Norman Dee Nicholson, 77, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 28, 2019, in Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

He was born February 17, 1942 in Burnsville, WV, a son of the late Doy Lee and Lucinda (McHenry) Nicholson. His wife Carol Sue Nicholson; brother, Truman Nicholson; sister, Betty Hickman; grandson, Matthew Nicholson; granddaughter, Elly Snider preceded him in death.

He was a former coal miner and enjoyed trading cars, westerns, comedy shows. He was also a former employee of the Jackson County Commission working at the Jackson County Jr. Fair grounds.

Survivors include his sons, Mark Nicholson, of Ripley and Charles and Kevin Nicholson both of Evans; sister, Beatrice Nicholson of Ripley; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 7 p.m. ~ Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor David Fields officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gregory Stephen Rowley

Gregory Stephen Rowley, 56, of Ripley, WV, went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2019, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV.

He was born November 20, 1962, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of Alice Maxine (Kay) Rowley and the late Bennie Lee Rowley. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife Tina Marie Rowley.

Gregory was a brick mason and enjoyed to fish and hunt. He had a giving heart and would welcome anyone into his home to feed him or her and loved his mother dearly.

Survivors in addition to his mother, include his son Brandon Rowley of, FL; daughter Brittany Rowley of Daytona, FL; sister Kathy June Milam of Winfield, WV; two grandchildren; uncle David Kay; two nephews; one great nephew and several aunts.

There will be no public services at this time. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Hubert Weston Gibbs

Hubert Weston Gibbs, 81, of New Haven, WV, passed away March 20, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born September 8, 1937, in Hartford, WV, a son of the late Charles Roscoe and Sadie Louise (Kearns) Gibbs. His wife, Catherine Gibbs; sons, Jeffrey Scott Gibbs and Patrick Keith Gibbs; brothers, Cecil, Charles, John, Tom, Garry, and Garland Gibbs; sisters, Florence Warth, Donna Neece and Brenda Warth preceded him in death.

He was a United States Army veteran and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and reading westerns. He was a member of the United Mine Workers Union, District # 17. He was a retired coal miner working for Southern Ohio Coal Company.

Survivors include his son, Timothy Wayne (Jacqueline) Gibbs of Letart; daughter, Tanya (Barry) Westerviller of Hilliard, OH; brother, Denver “Butch” (Connie) Gibbs of Hartford; sister, Virginia Mae Patterson of Hartford; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

There will be no public services. Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

James Chambers

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James Wright Chambers Sr., 83, of Weston, WV, passed away March 16, 2019 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.

He was born September 11, 1935 in Ravenswood, WV, a son of the late Solon Wright and Ardith Evelyn (Knowlton) Chambers. In addition to his parents his first wife, Emma Zoe (Hoff) Chambers; brothers, Robert Lee and Chuck Chambers and an infant daughter preceded him in death.

He was a tower climber and installer for Lloyd’s Electronics with 39 years of service. He was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed gospel music, camping, traveling, NASCAR and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Valerie D. (Drennen) Chambers of Weston, WV; children, Tammy (Jeff) Wamer of Ravenswood, Herbert Clark (Aundrea) Chambers of Ripley, James Wright Chambers II and his wife Rebecca “Sam”, Mark (Deana) Chambers of Wingett, OH and Denise (Andrei) Ivanko of Gulfport, MS; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Dianna (Chambers) Wood of Marietta, OH; brother, William “Bill” Chambers of Williamstown.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Gerald Bosley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m., Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home.

Harry Joseph Kearns

Harry Joseph Kearns, 89, of West Columbia, WV, passed away March 15, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born October 8, 1929, in Clifton, WV, a son of the late Joseph Houston and Mary Alice (Bass) Kearns. His wife, Betty Kearns; brothers, Alfred and Carl Kearns; sisters, Rose Hall, Phyllis Kearns, Billy Jones, Sarah Roush and an infant sister preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his grandchildren, Joseph Kearns and Tammy Kline.

He was a United States Army veteran and enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church and a member of the United Mine Workers Union, District # 17. He was a retired coal miner working for the Central, Lieving, Buffalo and Williams Coal Companies.

Survivors include his sons, George A. (Mary Christene) Kearns of West Columbia, Patrick (Betsy) Kearns of Pomeroy; daughters, Debra (Steven) Hoschar of Mt. Orab, OH and Shirley (Joe) Miller of Rutland, OH; brothers, Danny and Thomas Kearns of Clifton, Charles “Monk: Kearns of Mason and Kenny Kearns of West Columbia; sisters, Marion Ohlinger of Hartford, Linda Stewart of Mason and Goldie Duncan of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Monday, March 18, 2019 in the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Natasha DeBoard officiating. Burial will follow in the Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post # 9926, Mason, WV, American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV and the V.F.W. Post # 0039 Pomeroy, OH. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Edna Jean Seberig

Edna Jean Seberig, 77, of Evans, WV, passed away March 12, 2019, at her residence.

She was born January 15, 1942, in Ten Mile Creek, WV, a daughter of the late Irvin Audie and Ida Opal (Rollins) Stephens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son David George Seberig and an infant daughter.

Edna was a homemaker and attended Shiloh Church.

Survivors include her son Frank Boyer of Columbus, OH; brother Walter Stephens of Leon; sister Bernice Fultz of Cottageville and one granddaughter Rylee Boyer.

In keeping with Edna’s wishes, there will be no services. Private interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Leon, WV. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is providing arrangements.

Dorsey Morgan Wright

Dorsey Morgan Wright, 71, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 10, 2019, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born June 27, 1947, in Tamcliff, WV, a son of the late Shanklin and Pauline (Ratliff) Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Wright; brothers, Bill and Fred Wright.

Dorsey was a United States Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He was a United Auto Worker Liason for General Motors with 35 years of service. He enjoyed cars, reading, history and was Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his nephews John Wright, Davien Wright and two nieces Megan Lacy and Ashley Wright.

Service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Michael Overholt officiating. Burial with full military rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the funeral home.

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