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NOLA GAY GRAY
She was born June 13, 1935, in Advent, WV, a daughter of the late Marshall and Belva L. (Rowley) Comer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Scott Stephens; brothers, Dayton Comer and Marshall Comer, and sisters, Maxine, Nadine and Lola Faye.
Nola was a homemaker, a former waitress and a retired cook on riverboats from American Electric Power. She attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include her husband, James D. “Doug” Gray; sons, Allen Stephens and Michael Stephens both of Cottageville, and Greg Stephens of Beverly, OH; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and a brother, Gary Comer of Ripley.
Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Neil Cadle officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Committal service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.
LOIS GAY CAVENDER
She was born September 15, 1932, in Griffithsville, WV, the daughter of the late Albert Alfred and Dona Lucie (Stowers) Nelson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Charles Cavender; brothers, John “Buddy” Nelson and Leeotis “Poodle” Nelson and sisters, Belva “Bedgie Arbaugh, Maudie Weaver and Faye Patterson.
Lois was a homemaker, and a longstanding member of the Jackson General Hospital Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Rebekah’s. She attended the Independent Fellowship Church, Ravenswood and was a member of the Union Mission Church, Charleston.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Ken Howery of Evans; grandchildren, Brian Howery (Amber) of Sissonville, Matt Howery (Ashley) of Ripley and Stacy Moore (Brandon) of Evans; great grandchildren, Bailey Howery, Delaney Howery and Addison Howery all of Ripley, Zakkary Howery and Roslyn Howery of Sissonville and Jackson Moore, Colt Moore, Braxton Moore and Brooklyn Moore all of Evans.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Allen Stewart and Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102
ROBERTA REBECCA (BAUER) McDADE COLEMAN
She was born January 20, 1943, in Leon, WV, the daughter of the late Sidney Earl and Bertha Louise (Buckalew) Bauer. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Bryon McDade, Sr.; grandchildren, Timothy “T.J.” Payne, Samantha Payne, Corbitt Halterman and Ira Runyon; brother, Charles Ray Bauer; sister, Carol Magil and an infant sister.
Roberta was a homemaker, a former employee of Rite-Aide and member of the Second Creek Community Church, Kenna.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Marvin Coleman; children, Jennifer McDade, Richard Bryon McDade, Jr., Paula Jeffers (Paul) and Charles McDade (Tammy) all of Leon, and Tina Runyon (Michael) of South Point, OH; sister, Mary Ann Herdman (Darrell) of Leon; brothers, Earl Bauer (Nancy) of Letart, and Vallie Bauer (Iris) of Marengo, OH.
Stepchildren, Larry Coleman (Robin), Gary Coleman (Julie), Marvin J. “Bugs” Coleman (Chrissy), Carol McCormick (Randy), Christina Jones (Dana) and Sharon Boggess (Mike); Nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; eight step grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Leroy Conner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to St. Jude Chrildren’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
GEORGE WILSON OLIVER
He was born March 3, 1936, in Graham Station, WV a son of the late Carvin E. and Carrie (Roach) Oliver. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris (Bill) Smith, Fern (Benny) Stafford and an infant sister, Faye Oliver.
George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delores (McCallister) Oliver; two sons, Gary (Sheryl) Oliver of Kenai, AK, Tony (Kim) Oliver of Letart, WV; daughter, Sheila (Oliver) Fields of Point Pleasant, WV; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
George was a 1953 graduate of Wahama High School and retired from OVEC (Kyger Creek Plant) after 42 years of service as a welder. He was also a member and officer of Local # 430 UWUA, AFL-CIO. He was a devout Christian, serving as choir leader of several churches in Mason County, a member of various quartets throughout the years, and a member of Salem Community Church.
Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Foglesong Funeral Home in Mason, W.V. with son, Tony Oliver and grandson, Matthew Oliver officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Family committal and burial will be Friday, December 7, 2018, at Graham Cemetery in New Haven, W.V.
TRAVIS WILLIAM DURST
He was born April 16, 1994 in Gallipolis, OH, a son of Timothy William Durst and Tracy Ann (Copley) Durst.
His grandfather, Clinton E. Durst, preceded him in death.
He was a 2012 graduate of Ripley High School. He was a former employee for the Cottageville Public Service District. He was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed hunting fishing and mechanic work. He was a sweet soul with a genuine smile and sense of humor. Travis was wise beyond his years and very compassionate.
Survivors include his mom, Tandi Durst of Cottageville; dad, Eugene Martin of Ripley; brother, Michael Durst (Jacklyn) of Cottageville; grandma, Harriette Morgan and Ralph of Cottageville; lifelong friend, Jacob “Gilligan” Clark of Ripley.
Service will be 7 p.m. ~ Friday, November 23, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Graveside/Committal service will be 11 a.m. ~ Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.
BETTY JO KNIGHT
Betty was born October 10, 1931, in Huntington, WV, the daughter of the late Walter and Susan Marie (Rose) Lawhon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Knight, Sr.; son, Robert Knight, Jr.; brother, Leon Lawhon and sisters, Evelyn Adkins and Hazel Lyons.
She was a wife, a mother, a homemaker and was a member of the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene where she worked in children’s ministry and taught Sunday school.
Betty was able to remain in her own home almost to the end, sustained by Jesus Christ and the support of friends, Don and Joanne VanLenn and Gene and Gladys Bennett.
Survivors include her son, James Knight of Ashland, OH; daughters, Gloria Gregorich of Ravenswood and Peggy Knight of Point Pleasant; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor David Shirer officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.
SONIA G. WALKUP
Sonia Grace (Bebout) Walkup, 76, of Evans, WV, passed away November 12, 2018 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV.
She was born August 19, 1942, in Madison, Indiana, a daughter of the late, Forrest and Faye Ackerman Bebout.
She was a retired special education teacher in Mason, Jackson, Wood and Kanawha counties with 32 years of service. She was a Baptist by faith and attended the West Ripley Baptist Church and the Evans-Cottageville Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, George Donald Walkup Jr.; son, David Daniel Walkup and his wife Eileen of Rochester, NY; granddaughter, Anastasia Walkup.
Memorial service will be scheduled in early spring at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Time and dates will be published at that time.
Eddie L. Jones Sr., 63, Ripley, WV, passed away November 11, 2018 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.
He was born August 5, 1955 in Corbin, KY, a son of the late Virgil and Geraline (Johns) Jones.
He was a construction contractor and enjoyed the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Kentucky Wildcats. He was a Christian.
Survivors include his son, Eddie Jones II and his wife Rene of Ripley; daughter, Tara King and her husband Chris of Richmond, KY; brother, Dexter Jones of Ripley; sisters Jeannie Gaines of London, KY, Ruth Lee of Lilly, KY and Maggie Marcum of Knoxville, TN; 6 grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Salt Hill Church, Ripley, WV, with Pastor David Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Salt Hill Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
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He was born November 12, 1931 in Lansing, WV, a son of the late Charles Nixon ad Pina Edith (Dorsey) Bailes. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Taylor; sisters, Agnes Fraley and Freda Dorsey; brothers, Clovis and Waldo Bailes.
He was a Korean era veteran serving in Germany with the United States Army. He was a former coal miner and retired from Ravenswood Aluminum as a crane operator with 34 ½ years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668 Ravenswood. He was a member, trustee and former Sunday school Superintendent at the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church and participated in the building of the church. He enjoyed camping and had traveled across the United States and to Alaska twice.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, H. Gayle (Corbitt) Bailes; daughters, Robin (Charles) Taylor of Charleston, Jeanna Bailes and her husband Robert Belcher of Ripley and Dena (David) Williams of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Scot and Bracken Compston, Allison Taylor, Kyle , Jordan and Patrick (Tiki) Williams; extended grandchildren Jennifer and Chris Mentzer; great-grandchildren, Lydia, Amelia, Corbyn, Addyson, Elias and Evie.
Service will be 11 a.m. ~ Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church, Cottageville, WV, with Pastors Mark Price and Allen Donaldson officiating. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Nebo, WV, with full military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
He was born May 22, 1939, the son of the late Chester “Chet” and Frances (Edwards) Oliver of Clifton.
He was a 1957 graduate of Wahama High School and graduated from Glenville State College. Later, he earned a Masters degree from the University of South Carolina. After graduating from Glenville State, he returned to his alma mater and worked as a math teacher and coach at Wahama and later as a math teacher and coach at Meigs High School. He also taught at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Southern High School in Racine. Over the course of his career, he coached baseball, football, basketball and golf teams at Wahama and Meigs. Because of his lifelong love for sports and his many years of commitment to high school athletics, many of his friends simply called him “Coach,” even years after he retired.
An avid golfer for much of his life, he played regularly with friends at Riverside Golf Club in Mason and often competed in tournaments and leagues.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy J. (Butler) Oliver; a sister, Shirley Tucker of Mason; a son and daughter-in-law, Lance Oliver and Ivonne Garcia of Bexley, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Chris Houle of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; two grandsons, Caelan Houle, currently at Syracuse University, and Luc Houle, currently at Ithaca College; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Bennett, of Clifton.
Memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. ~ Friday, November 16, 2018, in the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV. The family will receive guest from 5:30 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Boyd Dwight Stover, 83, of Evans, WV, passed away November 9, 2018, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV following an extended illness.
He was born July 2, 1935 in Evans a son of the late Erkie Otis Stover and Minnie (Livingston) Stover.
He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding four wheelers. He was a retired from G.C. Murphy and a former employee of Santa’s Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Evans.
Survivors include his sons, Randy Stover of Evans and Gregory Stover of Apple Grove; daughters, Deborah Houck of Gallipolis, OH and Rhonda Kay Woodridge of Bidwell, OH; sister, Maxine Baillie of Union, Washington; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Preceeding him in death, in addition to his parents, are sisters, Mildred Sayre, Bernice Gerlach, Irene Murray, Mary Belle Cain, and a brother Melvin Stover.
Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
There will be no public services.
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Brenda Kay Vorbach, 70, of Ripley, WV, passed away November 6, 2018 at her home following an extended illness.
She was born May 1, 1948 in Morgantown, WV, a daughter of the late William Arthur and Irene “Rene” (Reed) Vorbach.
She enjoyed her pets and being outdoors.
Survivors include her brother Danny “Yogi” Vorbach of Ripley and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Entombment will follow in the Jackson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Cottageville, WV with Rev. Rex Young officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Jackson County Animal Shelter C/O Casto Funeral Home, P.O. Box 167 Evans, WV 25241
CARMEN LEE ALLEN
Carmen Lee Allen, 81, of Ripley, WV, passed away November 7, 2018, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born February 10, 1937, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late James Karnes and Rachael Irene (Thomas) Allen.
Carmen was a mechanic, a contracted driver for mail delivery and a former attendant for Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, WV.
Survivors include his sisters, Saundra Casto (Eugene) of Ripley, and Joyce Jordan (Larry) of Tipp City, OH; niece, Lynnea Jordan and a nephew, Allen Casto.
Committal service will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Cottageville, WV, with the Rev. Jason Sparks and the Rev. David Fields officiating.
Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.
ARNOLD LEWIS ROUSH
He was born March 2, 1934 in Mason, WV, a son of the late Paul Arnold and Minnie (Brown) Roush. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Joe Roush; sister, Pauline Lieving; grandson, T.J. DelBello.
He was a graduate of Wahama High School. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #140 New Haven, WV. He was retired with 38 years of service from Constellium, Ravenswood, WV and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668, Ravenswood, WV. He was a member of the Graham Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and riding his side by side.
Survivors include his wife Alice Faye (Hess) Roush; son, Timothy Arnold Roush and his wife Teri of Letart; daughter, Mary Teresa DelBello-Granai of Burkesville, KY; sisters, Barbara Goodnight of Tulsa, OK, Mary Bradley of Racine, OH and Betty Roush of Mulberry, FL; grandchildren Gabe and Chelsie Roush and Tate DelBello; step-children, Debra Kline, Timothy Elkins and Tina James all of Niles, MI; two great-grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren and 9 step great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Friday, November 9, 2018 in the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Mark Bell officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors provided by V.F.W. Post #9926, Mason, WV, American Legion Post #140, New Haven, WV and V.F.W. Post # 0039, Pomeroy, OH in the Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Mary Beth (Hobbs) Collins, 57, of Cottageville, WV, passed away October 29, 2018, at their residence in Maryland following a brief illness.
She was born January 10, 1961 a daughter of the late Jack Ray Hobbs and Patricia Mae (Hensley) Hobbs of Ripley, WV.
She had a degree in nursing from West Virginia University at Parkersburg and enjoyed drawing, quilting, flowers and cosmetology. She was a homemaker and attended the Mercy Baptist Church, Evans, WV.
Survivors include in addition to her mother; husband, Danny Ray Collins; son, Robert Vincil of Sandyville; daughters, Tiffney Vincil of Sandyville and Shelbie Kattner of Ripley; 7 grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:30 until time of service at the funeral home.
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