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William Cecil Gibbs

William Cecil Gibbs, 94, of New Haven, WV, passed away February 14, 2019, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant. Arrangements are pending at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.


Bartow “Bart” Edward Pearson

Bartow “Bart” Edward Pearson, 79, of West Columbia, WV passed away on February 12th, 2020 at his home on the farm following an extended illness.

He was born February 21st, 1940, the son of Gilbert E. Pearson, Sr and Rebecca Jane Walker Pearson, in Gallipolis Ferry, Mason County, WV.

Bart was a former deckhand on the river, tobacco farmer, and up until he passed he ran his flea market that he was very proud of.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jason, Leo, Gilbert, and Richard Pearson; and sister Estevon Pearson, and a son, Wayne Pearson.

He is survived by his children, Ronnie and Bartow Jr, Becky Spencer, and Carolyn Parsons.  His nephews who were more like sons; Rocky Pearson of West Columbia and Rick Pearson of Mason. Nieces; Samantha Lavender of Pomeroy, Ohio and Kathy Voshel of Williamstown, WV. Great Nephews; Ricky Pearson, Rocky “Luke” Pearson, Paul “Nick” Pearson, Mikie Lavender, and Chris Davidson. Great Nieces; Brey Gheen, Michelle Pearson, Marsha Pearson, Elisha Jackson, and Tiana Allen.  His Princess Kyra Zuspan, and multiple Great, Great nieces and nephews which he loved dearly. Lots of lifelong friends and neighbors that he thought the world of and loved as well.

Bart was one in a million. He was anything but common.  He was a stubborn, funny, loving, giving and caring person.  He loved to teach others about animals and agriculture. His knowledge he shared will be passed down for many generations.  If you failed at anything, he’d say ‘Try again, you only fail if you quit. ‘ If you are questioning yourself about ever meeting him, you didn’t, because you would remember.   He loved to tell stories and they’d go on forever but you wouldn’t mind.

Arrangements are being handled by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home in Mason, W.V. Per his wishes, there will be no visitation.  Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Bart’s life in their own way.  Raising a glass of Pepsi or even a Busch Light would be quite appropriate.  In lieu of flowers, Bart would hope that you will do an act of kindness in his honor, simply by supporting your local farmer, or donating to your county’s local 4-H program.


Mary Colleen Murray

Mary “Colleen” Murray, 85, of Ripley, West Virginia, passed peacefully on Friday, February 14, 2020. Colleen was born on December 31, 1934, the daughter of Lossie V. and Florence Copley Ellis in the small community of Henlawson, West Virginia. She resided there until moving to Ripley to complete her high school education. She was a proud 1953 graduate of Ripley High School, marching in front of the band as a Viking majorette.

On May 23, 1953, Colleen and Charles Robert “Bob” Murray married and set out across the United States to Washington state as directed by the U.S. Air Force.   Immediately following completion of this commitment, the Murrays moved to Huntington for Bob to complete his education. While there, they started their family and had two sons. Upon Bob’s graduation, the family moved to Michigan and next to Wisconsin, enjoying their lives and collecting friends along the way. A move to Meridian, Mississippi for Bob’s career gave Colleen a love for the South and taught her how to play bridge. Again, Bob’s work called, this time to the nation’s capital and she and the boys packed and experienced yet another culture. The Murrays returned to West Virginia in 1970 and in 1971 two boys became three. Their many West Virginia homes were: Ripley, Charleston, Culloden, Spencer and Elizabeth. Following the loss of her beloved husband in 1990, Colleen found much joy in spending time with her grandchildren. Since 2009 she has made her home with her son, Bob and his wife, Janet.

Colleen is survived by her special friend and companion, Charles Poling; her sons and wives, Bob (Janet) and Russ (Monica); grandchildren, Katie (Nate Ogle), Matt, Cade, Laina and Cole; step-grandchildren, Easton, Beckett, Mallory and Hudson; great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Henry (Hank); her nieces, Monica Ellis Mullins and Peggy Ellis Rose; nephew, Jeff Ellis; sister-in-law, Betty Casto Ellis and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Colleen was preceded in death by her beloved middle son, Richard “Rick” Murray in 1976 and her only and much-loved brother, Lossie Ellis Jr. in 2004.

Funeral services will be conducted at Casto Funeral Home in Evans, on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m with the Rev. Claire Butler officiating. Visitation will occur from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Private interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley.

Contributions in Colleen’s memory may be made to The Salvation Army at:

S. Mark Lockhart

Stanley Mark Lockhart, 58, of Sandyville, WV, passed away February 14, 2020 in the Willows Center, Parkersburg, WV.

He was born April 24, 1961, in Ripley, WV, a son of the late Noel Hubert and Ida Mae (Brotton) Lockhart. His brothers, John, Walter, Hubert and Dave Lockhart; sisters, Mary Lemon, Elizabeth Burton and Sharon Franklin also preceded him in death.

He attended school in Ravenswood and Wirt County. He enjoyed fishing and attended the Union Chapel Church, Windy, WV.

Survivors include his brothers, Orrin Lockhart of Mineral Wells, Russell Lockhart of Rockport and Dale Lockhart of Social Circle, GA; sisters, Izetta Patterson of Cottageville, Pauline Cain of Sandyville, Margaret Lockhart and Jenny Prunty of Parkersburg.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday,  February 18, 2020 at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Rick Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.


Elbert Lee Cornett, Jr.

Elbert Lee Cornett, Jr., 65, of Evans, WV, passed away February 14, 2020, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born September 10, 1954, in Hamilton, OH, the son of the late Elbert Lee and Thelma (Hunter) Cornett.

Lee was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War era veteran and was a retired long-haul truck driver having made runs all over the U.S. and Canada. He was a graduate of Grace Christian Bible College and member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca L. (Skeen) Cornett; the children of his heart, Bianna Cornett and Corwin Cornett;  sons, Jason Cornett and Jeremy Cornett; brother, Jon Cornett and his sister, Belinda Wetzel.

Services will be private. Donations are preferred to: HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387.


George John Hizer

George John Hizer, 72, of Ravenswood, WV passed away unexpectedly February 6 2020, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born April 23, 1947, a son of the late Wesley and Christine (Marcum) Hizer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat and Joyce.

John was born and raised in Williamson, WV. He later moved to Clendenin, WV, and graduated from Clendenin High School. He furthered his education at Carver Career Center where he became certified as a pipeline inspector. John was a United States Army Vietnam veteran in the 1st Infantry Division and earned the rank of Sergeant. Upon retirement, John enjoyed farming and boating. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Clendenin, Harper Memorial Church in Gandeeville, Fannin Chapel in Sherman and was Christian by faith.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Kay (Johnson) Hizer; daughter, Kelly (Greg) Sutphin of Spencer; brothers, Jack Hizer of Elkview, Bobby (Teresa) Hizer of Elkview; sisters, Linda (Larry) Anderson of Bomont, Judy Siders of Elkview, Sandra (Robert) Kidd of Elkview; stepdaughter, Michelle (Chris) Kunkel of Gandeeville, six grandchildren, and three special aunts, Billie Bostic, Shirley Thomas, and Vivian Diamond.

Service will be 1p.m., Monday February 10, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jackson County Hunting Heroes or Operation Jackson County Veterans.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Jerry Clark Carmichael

Jerry Clark Carmichael, 65, of Silverton, WV passed away February 5, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

He was born March 21, 1954, in Ravenswood, a son of the late Joe Lee and Naomi Faye Van Kirk Carmichael. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Carmichael and sister Doris Riggs.

Jerry was a retired construction worker for the International Laborers Union Local 1085, Parkersburg. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and taking trips out west. He had a generous heart, and was well liked and respected by all who knew him, and will be remembered for his many words of wisdom.

Left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Larry Carmichael, Steve Carmichael, Mick (Amy) Carmichael, all of Ravenswood, and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care for their compassion and care for Jerry, especially Tina Vincent who went above and beyond her call of duty.

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Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Adamae Lucille “Amy” Barnett

Adamae Lucille “Amy” Barnett, 56, of Leon, WV, passed away February 4, 2020, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, following a brief illness.

She was born January 15, 1964, in Dover, OH, the daughter if the late Bruce and Mary Elizabeth (Fitting) Brumfield. Her sister, Rosemary Lynn Wickline also preceded her in death.

She was homemaker, a lady of great faith and member of the Pine Grove Church, Leon. She enjoyed her pet cats.

Survivors include her husband, David James Barnett; brother, Robert Williams and his wife Jo of Cumby, TX; sisters, Linda Lou Miller of Dover, OH and Susan Mae Simmons of Parkersburg; a special nephew, James Hall and a special niece, Amanda Keefer; and a special friend, Kathy who was Amy’s caregiver.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Don Keefer officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

Lisa Kay (Sayre) Zirkle

Lisa Kay (Sayre) Zirkle, 53, of Mason, WV, passed away February 1, 2020 in Hospice of Huntington following an extended illness.

She was born November 3, 1966, in Point Pleasant a daughter of the late Allen Edward Sayre and Dreama (Elswick) Sayre Rash of Wharton, WV.

She was a former nurses aid and enjoyed crafts.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Sam Douglas Zirkle; son, Andrew Markins of Wharton, WV; brother, Jeremy Sayre of Clifton; sisters, Carla White of Wharton, Alana Sayre of S.C. and Melody Mills of Mason; grandchildren, Braxton and Aria Markins.

There will be no public services.

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

Ward Thomas McNeely, Jr.

Staff Sgt. Retired, Ward Thomas McNeely, Jr., 64, of Millwood, WV, passed away January 31, 2020, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

He was born November 22, 1955, in Huntington, WV, the son of Ward T. McNeely and Alice Marie (Scarberry) McNeely.

Ward was a retired United States Air Force veteran.   He was a certified diesel and automobile mechanic, a chef and he enjoyed working on clocks, models and restoring vehicles. He was a member of the VFW and Christian Motorcycle Association.

In addition to his parents, other survivors are his sons, Daniel Ward McNeely (Intesia) of Fortville, IN, David Thomas McNeely (Jeanette) of Cottageville and Jeremy Lee McNeely of Gallipolis Ferry; 17 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, James, Junior and Sammy and a sister, Barbara.

His wife, Bonnie Lou (McClary) McNeely and a brother, Michael preceded him in death.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Delbern “Jake” McCarty officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

Geraldine Hevener Sallie

Evelyn Geraldine (Hite) Hevener Sallie, 88, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Jackson County, West Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of January 29, 2020. Following a short illness, she left this world with her loving family by her side.

She was born on February 23, 1931 to the late Leland and Loretta (Barnhart) Hite of Gilmer County, West Virginia. One of eight children, Geraldine grew up in Valley Head, West Virginia and graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Geraldine married the love of her life Howard Isom Hevener and the Lord blessed their marriage with two daughters, Susan and Debi. Howard and Geraldine were happily married for 25 years until his untimely passing.

Geraldine was a full-time mother and homemaker. She was resourceful and artistic, learning loom weaving, latch hook, crochet, and furniture upholstery. She was also a skilled seamstress and quilter, creating beautiful handmade garments and quilts for her daughters and family throughout the years.

Geraldine called Cottageville, West Virginia home from 1958 through 2016, where she was a member of Cottageville United Methodist Church for many years. She was a woman of great faith. She loved the Lord, her Savior, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love, and the beauty and peace that awaited her.

In 1974, she was widowed at the young age of 43, and she and her younger daughter were left on their own. With only a high school diploma and the strength and determination to provide for her and her family she found employment outside the home. She began this second career in the accounting department at Dalley Chevrolet in Ripley, West Virginia, where she was subsequently promoted to Business Manager. She was responsible for supervising financial staff and reporting financial performance to General Motors Corporation. After the dealership changed hands, she continued her work at Tom Peden Chevrolet. Her drive for excellence and accuracy were recognized with numerous awards. She retired at age 65 after 21 devoted years.

Never idle even in retirement, Geraldine enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling the world. She took cruises to the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska. She travelled abroad by herself to Wales, to welcome the birth of her twin grandchildren. She also visited family in England, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.

In 2016, she left friends in Jackson County for the milder weather of southwest Florida, and to be closer to her younger daughter, but not without regret. She often spoke affectionately of her life in West Virginia, her family and friends there, and a wish to return… and so she now has.

Geraldine was known for her big country breakfasts: biscuits made from scratch, hot cornstarch, and a side of sausage gravy, along with the usual fixins. She also enjoyed canning, and her green beans were as good out of season as they were in season. Golf was a sport she very much enjoyed over the years, and she shared that passion by teaching both of her grandsons. She was an avid card player and loved spending time with her girlfriends playing cards and games in evenings filled with laughter. She was active in her community, being a member of the Cottageville Chapter #16 Order of the Eastern Star for over 60 years, and serving on the board of the Jackson County Commission on Aging.

Geraldine was affectionately known as “Nannie” or “Nana” by her five grandchildren, and as “Great-Grandnan” by her two great-granddaughters. She was devoted to her family, spending time with them as often as she could. With God as the foundation and love at the center, Geraldine was the true Matriarch of her family.

Geraldine is survived by her two loving daughters: Susan (Hevener) Mullins (Mason) of Granville, Ohio; Debi (Hevener) Romeo (Sam) of Miromar Lakes, Florida; her five grandchildren: Michelle Mullins (Andrés) and great-granddaughter Lilia Grace of New York City; Megan Mullins of Charlotte, North Carolina; Mason Mullins IV of Lake Norman, North Carolina; Jon Romeo (Katie) and great-granddaughter Margaret Grace (Gracie) of Richmond, Virginia; Allison (Romeo) Kramer (Alex) of Atlanta, Georgia; and two sisters; Peggy (Hite) Runner, and Beverly (Hite) Marouse.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved first husband Howard Isom Hevener, second husband Les Sallie, brothers Shirley, Gilbert, and Randall Hite, and sisters Lucille (Hite) Sullivan and Wilma Jean (Hite) Lee.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Casto Funeral Home in Evans, WV with an Eastern Star Service during visitation by Cottageville Chapter #16 Order of Eastern Star. The Funeral Service will be at 11 am on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Cottageville United Methodist Church in Cottageville, WV with Pastor Vera Archer as celebrant. Burial service will follow at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Memorial donations may be made to Cottageville United Methodist Church, Cottageville, WV or charity of choice. Arrangements for final care have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home of Evans, WV. Condolences may be shared with the family at:

Roger Gerlach

Roger Dale Gerlach, 69, of Mason, WV, passed away January 29, 2020 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born August 10, 1950 in Cottageville, WV, a son of the late Willa “Berk” Gerlach.

He was preceded in death by his cousin and the woman that raised him Bunny(Gary) Hoffman.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and was a United States Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV and a member of the American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV. He was retired from Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 31 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5568, Ravenswood. He enjoyed motorcycles and hunting.

Survivors include his cousins, Curtis and Judy Hunt of Letart, Gary M. and Linda Hoffman of Point Pleasant and Leah and Danny Shamblin of Letart; other survivors include, Justin Roush whom he raised and Eric Smith.
He was preceded in death by his long-time companion Margaret Smith and her children, Heidi Roush and Anthony and Doug Seyler.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Kirkland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Point Pleasant, WV, with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV, American Legion Post # 140, New Haven, WV. Visitation will be from 12 0’clock noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.


Susanna Roush

Susanna Marie (Oldaker) Roush, 72, of Letart, WV, passed away January 28, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born January 19, 1948, in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late Peary Otho and Arla E. (Edwards) Oldaker. Her brothers, Peary Jr, Edwin, Ronald and Timothy Oldaker preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Broad Run Lutheran Church, Letart, WV. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, Jeffrey Roush of Letart and Billie Joe Roush and Sara Knapp of West Columbia; daughter, Loretta Smith of Letart; brother, Mike Oldaker of Mason; grandchildren, Kaleb, Keersten, Nicole, Becka and Braxton Roush, Brayden Skeens, William Roach II and Noah Bare; great-grandchild, Riley Roush.

Service will be Sunday, February 9, 2020, 1 p.m. in the Broad Run Lutheran Church with Pastor Delton Huffman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family asks that donations be made to Foglesong Funeral Home, P.O. Box 367, Mason, WV 25260.

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


Jack Lee Young

Jack Lee Young, 63, of Pt. Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 15, 1956, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Frank Jr. and Jean Frances (White) Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Swafford and one brother, Chris Young.

Jack loved hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn and took great pride in everything he did. He was Catholic by faith.

Survivors include his brother, Bob Young and his wife Diane of Leon; sisters, Shirley Livingston and her husband Willie of Leon, Judy Browning and her husband Kim of Pt. Pleasant and Kelci Champagne; and many nieces and nephews.

In honoring his wishes, there will be no public services.

Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements

Vernon Carroll Benson

Vernon Carroll Benson, 81, of Ripley, WV, died peacefully January 20, 2020 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Vernon was born January 8, 1939 in Ripley, WV. He was the youngest son of Clarence Hampton and Ethel May (Balser) Benson. He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Raymond and Kenneth Benson and sister, Viola McMahan; and granddaughter Christina Benson.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Ann (Lockhart) Benson; his children, V. Christopher (Brenda) Benson of Ravenswood, WV, Eric R. (Tina) Benson of Ripley, WV, James C. (Casey) Benson of Huntington, WV, and Jordan and David Benson both of Ripley, WV, Rhonda J. (Eric) Curfman of Elizabeth, WV, and Victoria L. Benson of New Matamoras, OH; brothers Ralph Benson of Ripley, WV and Lawrence Benson of Michigan; and his sister, Helen Thomas of Ravenswood, WV; grandchildren Christopher, Carrie, Ty and Jace; great-grandchildren, Ariel, Elijah, Abbigail and Hunter; great-great grandchildren Wrenley and Exodus.

He served his country and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves. His talents included farming, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family and beloved pets. He was a retired glassworker from the former Owens- Illinois in Vienna, WV.  He was active in the community, serving GOD at Lowdell United Methodist Church as well as opening his home to over 20 children working with Action Youth Care, a foster care agency.

The Funeral service will be held 1pm, Friday, January 24, 2020 at Lowdell United Methodist Church, Rockport WV with Reverend Phil Dent officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11am-1pm. Burial will follow in the Pond Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV




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