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GREGORY J. SHEETS

Sheets   Gregory J. Sheets, 56, of Columbus, OH, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
    He was born August 3, 1958, in Gallipolis, OH, a son of Janette H. (Herdman) Sheets, of Columbus, OH, and the late Shereley Edward Sheets. 
    Greg graduated from Groveport High School in 1977 and attended Capital University. He was a dedicated employee at Mount Carmel Corporate Services Center for 34 years. Over the years. 
   Greg enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching OSU sports, and spending time with his nephews.
    In addtion to his mother, he is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Ted (Barbara) Sheets; nephews, Theodore,Ryan, Logan, and Trevor Sheets; his work family at Mount Carmel Corporate ServicesCenter; and many other relatives and friends. 
  Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, 660 Ackerman Rd., 6th Floor, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112.

DELMER C. RIGGS

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   Delmer C. Riggs, 96, of Sandyville, WV passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Ravenswood Village, Ravenswood, while surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.
He was born September 17, 1918, in Sandyville, one son of eighteen children, of the late Alva and Maggie Loa (Dailey) Riggs. Eleven brothers and five sisters also preceded him in death.

   He was a decorated World War II, United States Army veteran and served with the 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division in the European Theater.
   Delmer was a former construction worker and retired from the finishing department at Kaiser Aluminum. He was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, was a farmer, loved to fox hunt and he enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Elizabeth (Angus) Carmichael Riggs; children, Gary Riggs (Ann), and Cindy Riggs all of Sandyville; brother, Ralph Riggs of Ravenswood; grandson, James Riggs (Kristy) of Lockhart Fork; granddaughter, Carrie Miihlbach (Jason) of Medina; great grandchildren, Emily, Brandt, Colton and Preston Riggs, and Milea Miihlback; stepdaughters, Shirley Wines and Patty Wells (Larry) of Sandyville; step grandchildren, Mike Wells, Alan Wells (Lisa), Mary Ann Clemente (Keith) and Heather Sparks (Roger); step great grandchildren, Cody Goff, Aiden and Alex Wells, and a very good friend, Lori Bradley.
   Private service will be held at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with his brother-in-law, Seldon Angus officiating. Burial will follow in the Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville, WV.

MARIE MILLER

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    Mamie Marie Miller, 84, of Evans, WV, passed away February 19, 2015, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.
   She was born April 21, 1930, in Evans, WV, the daughter of the late Charles Melvin and Mamie Belle (Miller) Donohew. Her husband, Berthal S. “Bob” Miller; sons, Michael Bob Miller and Norman E. Miller, and half brothers, Clarence Campbell, Golden Delbert Campbell, Jessie Oliver Donohew, and Russel Donohew also preceded her in death.
   Marie was the former manager of the ladies department at Stifflers Department Store, former manager of Almeda’s Department Store, and was a pharmacy technician at Rite Aid, all in Pt. Pleasant. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, was an avid bowler and square dancer.
   Survivors include her  husband, Lester Click; daughter, Shirley Miller of Pt. Pleasant and Port Orange, FL; grandchildren, Michael Alan Miller, Michelle Miller, and Destiny Alona Miller; great grandchildren, Aubrie Skye and Gweneth Love, and a brother, Melvin E. (Opal) Donohew of Evans.
   Private service will be held at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Joe Burch officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery.

DALE CHRISTIAN

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   Dale Grayson Christian, 82, of Evans, WV, passed away February 16, 2015, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.
   He was born December 3, 1932, in Jodie, WV, the son of the late Eugene Adam and Inez Marie (Humphries) Christian.
   He was retired from the plate department at Ravenswood Aluminum with 33 years of service, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He enjoyed fishing and was a Methodist by faith.
   Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nancy Katherine (Huddleston) Christian; son and his wife, Victor Grayson Christian and Kim of Millwood, and a granddaughter and her husband, Heather and Jon Triplett of Gallipolis, OH.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Gary Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

PEGGIE ANN CHAMBERS PRESLEY 

   Peggie Ann Chambers Presley, 74, of Cottageville, WV, passed away peacefully at her home following an extended illness, February 13, 2015.
   She was born August 31, 1940, in Selfville, AL.    Her brothers, Travis Price and Edward Leroy Chambers, and a sister, Nila Mae Stewart preceded her in death.
   Peggie was a graduate of Locust Fork High School in Alabama, and later graduated from Opelika Business College. She also attended Morris Harvey College, Charleston. She was a retired postmaster and trainer from the United States Postal Service. She worked in several post offices and served in several capacities during her career. Her first position as postmaster was at Left Hand and later, Kenna, Evans, and Gay.
   She was a former member of the Jackson County Junior  Women’s Club and was recognized for her help with the mentally ill. She also volunteered at Lakin Hospital. She was a 48 year member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley, and a member of the United Methodist Women, where she assisted with providing meals to shut-ins. Peggie enjoyed walking with her dogs, reading, gardening and cooking for her family.
   Survivors include her husband of 54 years, James C. Presley; daughters, Kelli Hall of Cottageville and Joanna Stanfield of Pinson, AL; sisters, Mary Jo Markum and Rebecca Cornelius both of Huffman, AL, and Martha Aderholt of Pelham, AL; grandchildren, Katelin Wines, Amanda Wines, Brody Wines, Kayla Stanfield and Rachel Stanfield; great grandchildren, Presley Wines and Harley Wines.
   A private graveside service will be held at Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with the Rev. John Hardman officiating. There will be no public services.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV   25387-2536    Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

HAROLD EUGENE PARSONS

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   Harold Eugene Parsons, 83, of Evans, WV, passed away February 9, 2015, at Arbors of Gallipolis, OH, following an extended illness.
   He was born June 19, 1931, in Point Pleasant, a son of the late Perry and Lora (Howell) Parsons. His brothers, Raymond, Lawrence, Tommy and Robert Parsons and sisters, Bertha Barnett, Gladys Krebs and Mable Krebs also preceded him in death.
   He was retired from Foote Mineral Corporation with 32 years service and was a Protestant. He enjoyed working in his yard and helping his neighbors.
   Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Betty Lou (Herdman) Parsons, and several nieces and nephews.
   Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

NORMAN E. MILLER

    Norman E. Miller, 67, of Enon, OH, formerly of Mason County, WV, passed away February 8, 2015, in the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus, OH, following an extended illness.
   He was born October 7, 1947, in Evans, WV, a son of Mamie Marie (Donohew) Miller of Evans, and the late, Berthal S. “Bob” Miller. His brother, Michael Miller, also preceded him in death.
    He was a graduate of DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, with a degree in Electronics Engineering, and then attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  He was a retired mechanical engineer from ABF Trucking Company, Dayton, OH, and a member of the Greene County Game and Fish Association, Xenia, OH.
   In addition to his mother, other survivors include his son, Michael Alan Miller of San Diego, CA; daughter, Michelle Lee Miller of Dayton, OH; grandchildren, Aubrie Skye, Gweneth Love; special adopted granddaughter, Carlie Mink, and his sister, Shirley Miller of Pt Pleasant, WV, and Port Orange, FL.
   Private services will be held at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will be in Creston Cemetery.  There will be no public services. 

JERRY WALKER

   Jerry Dexter Walker, 73, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 7, 2015, in Cabell-Huntington Hospital following an extended illness.
   He was born May 21, 1941, in Kenna, WV, a son of the late Webster Daniel and Pearl (Anderson) Walker. His brother, Webster Walker, a grandchild, Raygan and a great grandchild, Korey Casto also preceded him in death.
   He was a Vietnam War era United States Army veteran and had been stationed in Korea. He was a retired truck driver and heavy equipment operator and was formerly employed by Carl E. Smith and Kanawha Stone.
   He was a life member of VFW Post #5501, Ripley, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and mechanic work. He was a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.
   Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Iva Victoria (Fields) Walker; son, Jacob Michael Walker of Ripley; daughters, Lisa Gail Payne (Tom) of Ravenswood, Patricia Ann Chapman (William) of Cottageville and Tina Marie Walker (Marvin Garnes) of Evans; brother, Eugene Boggess of Ripley; sister, Arlene Spellman of Ripley; grandchildren, Derek Simons, Kacie Casto, Jacenda Jones (Carl), Nathan Westfall, Carolyn Harley, Josie Garnes, Joshua and Logan, and great grandchildren, Josiah, Rylea, Jasper and Raydyn.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with minister Brent Dewees officiating. Burial will follow in the Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mills, with military honors by the Jackson County veterans organizations. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

SHIRLEY ANN EADES ROUSH

     Shirley Ann (Tingley) Eades Boston Roush, 79, of Ripley, WV, departed this life February 4, 2015, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation following an extended illness.    She was born February 11, 1935, in Sedalia, OH, a daughter of the late Ora Lee and Grace Belle (White) Tingley.
   She was a former employee of the Jackson County Commission on Aging and the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV. She enjoyed going to auctions and was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her sons; Doug (Susan) Eades of Cottageville, WV and Darrell (Connie) Eades of London, OH; sister, Alice Calicoat of California; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sons; Daniel B. Eades and David Eades; grandson, Jason Scott Eades; brothers, Dick, Bill, and Bud; and sisters, Maxine, Bette, Doris and Fritz. Private burial will be in Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV.
There will be no public services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

MAXINE J. WRIGHT

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   Maxine J. Wright, 79, of Kenna, WV, departed this life February 3, 2015, at Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.
   She was born June 12, 1935, in O’Brian, Clay County, a daughter of the late Robert F. and Jessie (Cunningham) Hamric.
   She was a loving and devoted wife to her late husband, of 54 years, Paul D. Wright, and was co-owner of Wright’s TV Sales and Service, Kenna. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks, and was a Baptist by faith.
   Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Patricia and Douglas Smith of Sandyville, Robert and Joy Wright of Nellis, and Paula and Ed Fields of Daytona Beach, FL, eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. James Epling officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

JONATHAN OBIE FLOYD DAMRON

   Jonathan Obie Floyd Damron, 26, of Sandyville, WV, passed away February 2, 2015, at his home following an extended illness.
   He was born October 13, 1988, in Gallipolis, OH, a son of Nancy (Herring) Damron of Sandyville, and the late David Allen Damron.
He is also survived by a sister, Angela
Michelle Pitman.
   He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers.
   There will be no public services. Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

BRIAN LEE HILL

     Brian Lee Hill, 54, of Ripley, WV, passed away January 30, 2015, at his home following an extended illness, while surrounded by his family and friends.
   He was born May 15, 1960 in Parkersburg, a son of Lois Marie (Thompson) Hill of the Liverpool Community, LeRoy, WV, and the late Clair Clayton Hill.
   He was an operator and crew leader for the West Virginia Department of Highways, a member of the Liverpool United Methodist Church, and he enjoyed motorcycles.
   In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife, Sonya (Dolly) Hill; daughter, Kelsey Lee Hill of Ripley; son, Nathan (Kristin) DeWees of Fairplain; brothers, Steve (Linda) Hill and David (Debbie) Hill all of Evans, and Brent (Melissa) Hill of Sandyville.
   Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Danny McVey officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV.   Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to:  Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV  25311.

DARLENE RHODES

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   Darlene Evon Rhodes, 59, of Leon, WV, passed away January 30, 2015, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant.
   She was born August 17, 1955, in Ripley, WV the daughter of Bernard Lee and Patsy Ann (Kuhn) Livingston.
   Darlene was a receptionist and nursing assistant and was formerly employed by Holzer Clinic in Point Pleasant. She was a member of the Mt. Tabor Community Church, Leon, where she also served as Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed painting, sewing, crafts, and traveling, and was the perfect example of a Christian woman who adored her husband, children, and grandchildren.
   In addition to her parents, other survivors include her husband of 42 years, Bernard Weldon Rhodes; son, Benjamin Rhodes (Brittane) of New Haven; daughter, Joni Smith (Paul) of Leon; brothers, Okey William “Willy” Livingston (Shirley), and Jeffrey Livingston (Allena) all of Leon; sister, Diana Young (Bob) of Leon; grandchildren, Logan Rhodes, Branson Rhodes, Ayden Rhodes, Hunter Nichole Snyder, Christopher Smith, Lynsey Smith and Katelyn Smith, and a step grandson, Jonathan Smith.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Lawrence Conger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or, Children’s Miracle Network, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV   26506.

ERIC PAUL GIBSON

   Eric Paul Gibson, 37, of Evans, WV, passed away January 26, 2015, in CAMC, General Division.
   He was born July 26, 1977, in Charleston, WV, a son of Pansy O. (Slater) Gibson of Evans, and the late Clifford R. Gibson. His brother, Tommy Gibson, also preceded him in death.
   Eric was a 1996 graduate of Ripley High School and was a former employee of Chaplain Construction Company. He was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his children, Bryce Eric Gibson and Emma Ann Gibson, both of Evans, and Katlin Nicole Gibson of Ripley, brothers, Chuck Gibson, Danny Gibson and Bob Gibson, all of Evans, and a sister, Debbie Beegle, of Ravenswood.
   Service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Laurence Slater officiating.   Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

 

ROBERT KNOTTS

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     Robert “Bob” Franklin Knotts, 81, of Sissonville, WV, passed away January 21, 2015, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.
   Bob was born March 5, 1933, a son of the late Robert H. and Gladys ( Shenefield) Knotts.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wives, JoAnn Knotts and Arleta Knotts, companion, Irene Kelley, brothers, John and Lee Knotts and sister, Betty Knotts.
   He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was retired from Smith Transfer and also worked for Bell Lines and Hartley Manufacturing. He attended the Goldtown Community Church. Bob was a pleasant and wonderful person.
   Survivors include Irene’s children, who became his family and who will love and cherish his memory forever; daughter, Rita and son-in-law, Jeff Gladwell of Sissonville, WV, who were his care givers and best friends and with whom he made his home; Charlene (Lloyd) Myers, who was his Saturday buddy and church partner, daughter, Gloria (Ron)Bautista, sons, Ralph Kelley and companion Robin Hicks, Keith (Patricia) Slater, grandchildren, Susan (Mark) Lopinsky and Kristi Myers and companion Mark Justice. Kristi was his angel through the dialysis process and both grandchildren held a special place in his heart; great grandchild Sam Lopinsky, who was pappaw’s little buddy; step-sons, Clark Sigmon, with whom he enjoyed long visits and talks, and Victor Sigmon; step-grandchildren April and Chance; brother Kenny (Vivian) Knotts; sisters Goldie Nelson, Jean Graham and Nancy(Tim) Hall.
   The family would like to thank Pastor Al Mendez and all the church family at Goldtown Community Church. They also would like to thank the girls at DeVita Dialysis Center and Bobby Booth for being a good friend.
   Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Goldtown Community Church, Goldtown, WV, with Pastor Al Mendez officiating. Burial will follow in the Elk Hills Memorial Park Cemetery, Elkview, WV. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Goldtown Community Church.
Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is honored to be serving the family.

REBA RUTHLEE SIDERS

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   Reba Ruthlee Siders, 83, of Ripley, WV, passed away January 17, 2015, at the home of her daughter, Wanda Atkisson, of Romance.
   She was born November 15, 1931, in Romance, a daughter of the late Fearnot and Dortha (Ray) Shamblin. Her husband, Ola W. Siders; daughter, Conda Siders; son, Ronnie Siders, and a brother, Jimmie Shamblin also preceded her in death.
   She was a homemaker, and attended the Centennial Community Church, Ripley. She enjoyed gardening and needlepoint.
   Survivors include her daughters, Wanda Atkisson (Adam) of Romance, Reba Jones (Dave) of Iron Station, NC, and Nina Roush of Ripley; sons, David Siders (Lynn) of Ripley, Mayford Siders (Meika) of Sandyville, and her grandson, Thaniel Siders, whom she raised and considered a son; eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn and the Rev. Bernard “Bud” McVey officiating. Burial will follow in the Mangus-Siders Cemetery, Romance. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday, at the funeral home.

JAMES F. STANLEY

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   James Frank Stanley, 78, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, went to be with his Lord, which he has served since January 4, 1954, on January 15, 2015.
   He was born in Branchland, WV, a son of the late Frank and Myrl (Franklin) Stanley. His brother, Ronald Gene Stanley, and a granddaughter, Chandra Broscious Margo, also preceded him in death.
   He was a charter member of the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, treasurer, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was a faithful member of the church for 55 years. Jim was a 1955 graduate of Guyan Valley High School, and was retired from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood. He was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, and he enjoyed gardening.
   Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Ellen (Triplett) Stanley; daughters, Carolyn Broscious (Carl) of Oliver Springs, TN, and Betty Reed (Tim) of Gay; brothers, Robert Stanley of Ravenswood, and Paul Stanley of Huntington, and six grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
    Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Price, son-in-law, Carl Broscious, and grandson, Chad Broscious officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will be in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

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