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Rita Lea Jones

Rita Lea Jones, 64, of Ripley, WV, passed away June 21, 2019, in CAMC Memorial Division following an extended illness.

She was born August 13, 1954, in Huntington, WV, the daughter of Denzil Edwin and Leona Murrel (Truman) Jones of Ripley.

Her sister, Pamela and her nephew, Denny Paul Perdew, preceded her in death.

Rita was a 1972 graduate of Ripley High School. She was a former special distributor for the Charleston Library Commission, a computer operator for U.P.S and a representative for A.E.P. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Milton, WV, and she loved her nieces and nephews and her dogs, T.J. and Bear. Rita was a Baptist by faith.

In addition to her parents, surviving are her sister, Karen Tomlin of Liverpool, nephew, Rodney Tomlin, and nieces, Melissa McDermott and Amanda McCune.

Service will be 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Kelly Snyder officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. prior to time of service. Committal service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the Clover Cemetery, on Route 36, in Roane County.

Orlas Henry Fox

Orlas Henry Fox, 84, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away June 20, 2019, in the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant.

He was born December 4, 1934, in Spencer, WV, the son of the late Ralph and Clora (Prine) Fox. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Keith Allen Fox; brothers, Warren, Morris, Roy and John, and sisters, Virginia Hunt, Ada Hughes, Beulah Hughes, and Rosa Lee Ash.

Orlas was retired from the pot repair department at Kaiser Aluminum and was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He enjoyed trading, buying and selling vehicles, hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ella Deloris (Carr) Fox; sons, Ed Fox (Mary Ann) of Oak Island, NC, Larry Fox (Cindy) of Ripley and Joe Fox of Ravenswood; daughter, Darlene Ash (Rodney) of Letart; eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a brother, Charles Fox (Waveline) of Parkersburg.

There will be no public services at this time. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV is providing arrangements.

Cathy Baron

Cathy Lynn (Sayre) Baron, 68, of Cottageville, WV, passed away June 19, 2019 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born December 14, 1950, a daughter of the late Carl Cecil Sayre and Pansy (Mullins) Sayre of Ravenswood, WV.

She was the co-owner and operator of X-Pert Carpet Cleaners. She actively attended the Coleman Chapel Church, Ravenswood, WV and was a Missionary to Africa. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and cooking.

Survivors in addition to her mother include her husband of 48 years, Douglas A. Baron; sons, John H. Baron of San Diego, CA and Gregory A. Baron Mammoth Lakes, CA; brother, Danny Sayre formerly of Ravenswood currently living in TN; sisters, Debbie (Bob) Williams of Millwood and Corrine (Joseph) Abbott of Ravenswood.

Service will be 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2019 in the Evans Church of God, Evans, WV, with Pastors, Benjamin Riggleman, Michael King, Benjamin Skeen and Chuck Frangello officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Wilbur David Mullens 

Wilbur David Mullens, 85, of Mt. Alto, WV, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born in Calvin, WV, the son of the late Silman and Luella (Creasy) Mullens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Bill Mullens.

Wilbur was a United States Army Veteran. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668, Ravenswood. Wilbur enjoyed working on his antique cars and loved listening to Elvis Presley.

Survivors include his son Alan Mullens of Mt. Alto; brothers Edward Mullens of Ravenswood, Darrell Mullens of Ohio, Clark Mullens of Morgantown and two grandchildren Cerena and David Oldaker.

There will be no services at this time. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, is honored to serve the Mullens family.

James Garnes

James Lavere Garnes, 90, of Evans, WV, passed away June 14, 2019, following an extended illness.

He was born May 9, 1929, in Evans, the son of the late Robert Marion and Iva Bell (Thornton) Garnes. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Orville, Maywood, Leroy and Delmer and sister, Belva.

James was retired from the Stephens Construction Company and was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and dirt track racing.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Geraldine Marie (Barnette) Garnes; sons, Roger Garnes of Ripley and Rodney Garnes (Andrea) of Parkersburg; grandson, Robert, brother, Ernest and several nieces, nephew and other extended family members.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Pastor Steve Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

Burton C. Hickman

Burton Creston Hickman, 78, New Haven, WV, passed away June 15, 2019, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born April 25, 1941, in Dixie, WV, a son of the late William Harvey and Mary Jane (Barker) Hickman, sisters, Lucille Hickman, Bernadine Mitchell; brothers, Robert L. Hickman and Charles C. Hickman also preceded him in death.

He graduated from Nicholas County High School in 1960. He was a United States Army veteran serving as a military police officer. He was a member of the WVSSAC Ohio-Kanawha Officials Association from 1970-2012 and a member of the United Mine Workers Association # 5396.  He retired from A.E.P. with 35 years of service as a Unit Operator at Phillip Sporn Plant and attended the Father’s House Church, Hartford, W.V.

Survivors include he wife Linda L. Hickman; daughters, Valerie A. Hickman of Point Pleasant and Sherry J. (John) Epple of Pomeroy, OH; step-daughters, Lynn R. (Brock) Jarrett of Poca and Lana D. (Jeff) Noble of Shade, OH; grandchildren, Braden C. Gray, Jonna N. Epple and Danielle P. Epple; step-grandchildren, Trace, Evan, Trenton and Tiffany Jarrett, Marissa L. Noble; step-great grandchildren, Emma J. Aucamp and Aubrey M. Aucamp; brothers, Basil E. Hickman of Clay and Russell R. (Lisa) Hickman of Birch River; sister, Ellen K (Ernie) Eagle of Summersville, WV. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m.  Monday, June 17, 2019, at  Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Rev. Rex Young officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided at the funeral home starting at 7 p.m. by  V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV, American Legion Post # 140 New Haven and V.F.W. Post # 0039.

Lawrence Junior Cunningham 

Lawrence Junior Cunningham, 81 years of age, Letart, WV, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at his home with his loving wife, daughters, brother, sister-in-law and nephew following a short illness.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Cunningham; father, Lawrence Persinger Cunningham; mother, Loretta Bush and a sister, Margaret Clark.

Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Linda Cunningham of Letart, W.V.; daughters, Paula Cunningham (Matthew Rickard) of Clifton, W.V. and Angel Cunningham of Letart, W.V.; a brother, Harvey (Sarah Bush) of Letart, W.V.; several grandchildren, Chasidy Conley, Jacob Goodnite, Katlin Clark, Ashley Wright, Katie Lee, Morgan Lee, Kimmie Hodges, Joshua Cunningham, Jessie Cunningham, Nathaniel Cunningham, Brandon Rickard, Courtney Rickard and Natalie Rickard. He had several great grandchildren and a special nephew Harvey (Pumpkin) Bush and a special friend Mike Finnicum.

He was a United States Army Veteran with an honorable discharge on December 24, 1964, a retired employee of Foote Mineral and a member of the American Legion Post #140, New Haven, WV. He was a member of The Father’s House Church in Hartford, WV.

Everyone that knew Lawrence was well aware of what a special man he was. He was always smiling and had the biggest heart. He loved his family to no limits and loved THE Lord and dedicated his life serving God. Lawrence lived life to its fullest and enjoyed cutting wood and working on his chainsaws. He never met a stranger. Everyone he met turned into a friend. As a husband, father, he was one of a kind and was always there to protect his family.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that flow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Huling Greene officiating. Burial with full military rites provided by American Legion Post #140, New Haven and the VFW Post #9926, Mason will follow in the Zerkle Cemetery, Letart. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Charlotte S. Wren

Charlotte Sue (Webb) Wren, 83, of New Haven, WV, passed away June 11, 2019 in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 27, 1935 a daughter of the late Chester and Garnett (Frye) Webb. Her son, Glen Edward Wren and two twin infant sons preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her former husband Marshall Wren; sister, Barbara (Webb0 Long; brother, Charles E. Webb; niece, Jonette.

She was a graduate of Guyan Valley High class of 1953 and Gallipolis Business College. She was a former A.E.P. employee working as a storeroom clerk.  She worked at Phillip Sporn and in construction of Mountaineer Plant # 1301. She was a member of the New Haven United Methodist Church and the New Haven Garden Club. She was an excellent self-taught seamstress and a wonderful homemaker. Her family, friends and co-workers were her most cherished treasure.

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle D. Wren, of New Haven; granddaughter, Charlotte A. “Hannah” Barrera-Wren of New Haven; brother, Kenneth (Wanda) Webb of New Haven; sister, Janice Holton of Branchland and Brenda Pennington of Barboursville; nieces and nephews, Traci, Marty, Laura Ann, Suzie, Sandy, Jamie, Melody, Dana, David, Amber, Donnie, Susie, Kathy, Lana, Buddy, Jeanette, Jimmy Jr and the late Joanette

Service will be 6 p.m., ~ Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the New Haven United Methodist Church with Claudia Thomas officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 p.m. until time of service at the church. A time of food and fellowship will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Haven, WV. Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

Margaret Caroline “Sis” Rizer

Margaret Caroline “Sis” Rizer passed peacefully from this world on Monday, June 10, 2019. She was born on February 18, 1924, to parents William Carl and Mary (Dailey) Zerkle.

She was a homemaker and spent a lifetime caring for grandchildren, nieces and nephews in her home. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon Russell Rizer, daughter Patsy A. Yantis, son Vernon Lee Rizer, son-in-law Dale Franklin Sayre, great-granddaughter Airael Derifield, sisters Shirley Zerkle, Mary Janet McDermitt and brothers William and Tommy Zerkle.

Margaret is survived by daughter, Carolyn Jean Sayre and son, Danny (Tammy) Rizer of Hartford, W.V.; brother Jerry (Clara) Zerkle of Milton, W.V.; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; ten great-greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Union Cemetery, Letart, W.V., with Reverend Rex Young officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, W.V.

Nancy Mae Roberts

Nancy Mae Roberts, 71, of Ripley, WV, passed away June 6, 2019, in CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, WV.

She was born May 2, 1948, in Spencer, a daughter of the late Everett Milo and Amy (Anderson) Roberts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Nelson Roberts and sister Elizabeth Roberts.

Nancy retired from Walmart in Ripley with several years of service. She previously worked for the sweater factory in Spencer and then moved to the sewing factory in Silverton. Nancy was a member of the Gandee Chapel Willow Bend Church and enjoyed dancing and playing with her dog.

Survivors include her friends Angela Southall of Kenna, Dee and Margaret Smith of Sandyville, Pam Roush of Ravenswood, Wilma Payne of Gay and several other friends.

Memorial service will be 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Freda Rhoades

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Freda Rhoades, our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched.

Freda was born on July 11th, 1926 and was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and left us peacefully on May 28th, 2019 at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota. She was 92 years old.

Freda married Harvey Paul Rhoades on August 16th, 1947 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She lived a full life as a wonderful wife, mother, and homemaker. She first worked as a waitress in Clarksburg, later after moving to Ravenswood in 1959 she tried her hand at many jobs. She tried selling Fuller Brush, Avon, Amway, Tupperware.   She also worked at Gino’s and did custodial work at her church. She also taught Sunday School at Second Baptist Church for at least 40 years.   She loved to cook in the kitchen with her husband. She loved setting on the front porch with her dear friends Sam and Helen and spending time with all her grandchildren.

For the last 2½ years Freda lived in Willmar Minnesota with her daughter. Every day she spent time on the phone with her other children, her sister, and her friends from West Virginia

In her later years she loved to watch “Wheel of Fortune” “Everybody loves Raymond” “The Golden Girls”, and the Cincinnati Reds. She also spent hours working puzzles and she loved playing games.

Our mom was strong and a very influential woman. She reminded us of the woman from Proverbs 31:25, 28 “O she is clothed in strength and dignity. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband praises her.

She was a saint, a selfless servant, prayer warrior, our hero! She loved going to ladies Bible Study, she was kind and loving always concerned about every detail of everyone’s lives. She loved us all so much. Our great loss is heavens great gain.

Freda is survived by a son and three daughters, Steven (Elaine) Rhoades, Dianna (Ron) Maki, Brenda (Tom) Radtke, Kathy (Dean) Gibson; one sister, Delores Hilton; 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Freda was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Paul Rhoades; her parents, Arlie and Lucille Short; three brothers, Wayman Short, Charles Short, Billy Short and two sisters, Eula Lowther and Shirley Gaines-Pinta.

The service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the church.

Johnnie Hoyt Baker

Johnnie Hoyt Baker, 75, of Given, WV, passed away June 2, 2019, following an extended illness.

He was born March 18, 1944, in Mineral Wells, WV, the son of the late David Henry and Hazel Christina (Thornton) Baker.   In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann (Hosey) Baker; an infant daughter, Brenda Sue Baker; sons, David H. Baker and Edward Allen Baker; brother, Henry Baker, and an infant brother; sisters, Mary Barr, Daisy McFadden and Ruth Whitehouse, and a special family member Junior Hosey.

Johnnie was a farmer and he enjoyed hunting, crafts, carpentry, fabricating and spending time with his family. He was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Jessie Baker of Ripley; brother, Andrew Paul Baker of Newark, OH; sister, Minnie Lane of Evans, and special family members, Ruth and John Paul Parsons, Patty Hosey, Amber Hosey and her fiance’ Chad Thomas, Faye, Jacoby and Tiffany Hosey, Ryan Abramovich, Teresa and Jim Roman, Christopher and Sarah Roman and his cat, Marmalade.

Service will be 12-noon Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

Russell Casto

Russell Ray Casto, 80, of Ripley, WV, passed away June 1, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born June 1, 1939, in Ripley a son of the late Ola and Cora E. (Rhodes) Casto. His brothers, Erval, Okey and Ralph Casto; sisters, Elva Carpenter, Lorena Penland, Ida Faye, Orpha and Lyda Casto also preceded him in death.

He was a self-employed truck driver and worked for Ryder and Hartley trucking. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post # 107, Ripley, WV. He was a member of the Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, WV, and enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ripley Lodge # 30. He was Past Noble Grand, Past Grand Master I.O.O.F of WV. Past Grand Patriarch, Grand Encampment of WV. Past Department Commander, Patriarch Militant of WV. and retired Brig. General, P.M. of WV.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Barbara Sue (Beighle) Casto; son, William Russell Casto of Ripley; brother Glenver Casto of Ripley; sister-in-law, Garnet Casto of Scott Depot.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019,  at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastors, Jack Miller and Matt Ash officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be Monday, June 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home where an I.O.O.F. service will be held at 8 p.m., June 3, 2019, following the visitation.

James Timothy Branham

James Timothy Branham, 46, of Belle, WV, formerly of Mason, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1973, in Point Pleasant, WV, a son of the late James and Juanita (McKinney) Branham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Debora VanMeter.

James was a 1991 graduate of Wahama High School in Mason and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University. He was a manager for Cracker Barrel in Beckley and enjoyed reading, history and spending time with his daughter Madison.

Survivors include his daughter Madison Branham of Cabin Creek; brother Greg Herin and his wife Marsha of Orlando, FL; sister Jacqueline Curtis and her husband Brian of New Port News, VA; brother- in- law Henry VanMeter of Mason and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, June 3, 2019, at Foglesong- Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Huling Greene officiating. Interment will follow in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Pt. Pleasant, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Monday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to help with final expenses. Please mail to Foglesong Funeral Home P.O. Box 367 Mason, WV 25260.

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Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, is honored to serve the Branham family.

Betty Jane Nichols

Betty Jane (Myers) Nichols, 61, of Given, WV, passed away May 29, 2019, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born June 13, 1957, in Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late Harry and Ella Mae (Nichols) Myers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble Garnes; brother, Roy Myers; and sister, Ella Lea Myers.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed reading her bible.

Survivors include her sons, Samuel S.(Bethany) Nichols of Fairplain, WV, Benjamin R.(Kimberly) Nichols and Garland Nichols Jr. and Melissa of Given, WV; daughter, Valerie J. Nichols and Chris Hart of Martinsburg, WV; brothers, Roger L Myers of Left Hand, WV, Billy Gene Myers of NC, Mitchell Myers of Ripley, WV and sisters, Nancy Bowling, Carol Sue Naylor of Reedy, WV, Charlotte Myers of Leroy, WV; grandchildren, Betty Jo, Cheyenne, Christy, Chloe, Hayden, Ben, Bralyn and Riley.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019~8 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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