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Fiaher, Flava website

   Flava Fisher, 93, of Cottageville, WV, passed away April 14, 2014, in Ravenswood Care Center.
   She was born January 13, 1921, in Grantsville, WV, the daughter of the late Thomas and Sally (Parsons) Butler. Her husband, James Fisher, son, Charles D. Fisher, and nine brothers and sisters, and a daughter-in-law, Brenda June Fisher, also preceded her in death.
   She was the founder, owner and operator of Fisher Mobile Home Park, Cottageville, WV. She was the manager of the Will’o’ Wegee Restaurant in Mt. Alto for several years, and was a clerk for O.J. Morrison’s, and a waitress at the Alpine Restaurant in Ripley. She was a member of the Cottageville United Methodist Church.
   Survivors include her sons and their wives, David Fisher of Erlanger, KY, Carl and Becky Fisher, of Bluffton, IN, Donny and Connie Fisher, Michael and Brenda Fisher, and Jeffrey and Kimberly Fisher all of Cottageville; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
   Service will be 12 noon, Friday, April 18, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.  Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.


Ball, Grace website

   Grace Carmen Ball, 92, of Letart, WV, passed away April 13, 2014, in the Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pt. Pleasant, following an extended illness.
   She was born September 19, 1921, in Evans, WV, a daughter of the late Samuel Given and Arkie (Flowers) King.  Her husband, Hancel Edison Ball, Sr.; daughter, Linda Jane Bumgarner; granddaughter, Julie Ann Ball; brothers, Samuel King, Blaine King, and James “Jump” King, and sisters, Mabel Bush, and Mona Stone, also preceded her in death.
   She was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith.
   Survivors include her son, Hancel Edison “Eddie” Ball, Jr. and his wife, Judith Ann of Owings Mills, MD; brother, Wayne King and his wife Alberta of Cleveland, TN, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
   Service will be 12 noon, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Brian Groves, pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, WV, officiating.  Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Wednesday. 


Abbott, John website

   Jonathan “John” Perry Abbott, 22, of Ripley, WV, passed away April 11, 2014, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Fairplain.
   He was born March 11, 1992 in Ripley, WV, and was the son of Barbara (Abbott) Slack, and Chris Slack of Pt. Pleasant.
   He is also survived by his brothers, Eric Slack, and Curtis Slack, both of Pt. Pleasant; paternal grandmother, Donna Proffit of Kenna; maternal grandfather, Edwin Abbott of Ravenswood, his girlfriend, Haley Flinn, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Interment will be in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville.  Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.


Rowsey website

   Willard Lennin Rowsey, 79, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, passed away April 5, 2014, in Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
   He was born March 1, 1935, in Huntington, WV, a son of the late Cecil and Marie (Edmonds) Rowsey. His sister, Barbara Morrow, also preceded him in death.
   He was a retired water plant operator. He was a member of American Legion Post #107 Ripley, WV and VFW Post #5501 of Ripley. He was a veteran of the 82ndAirborne Division as a pathfinder and the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was an accomplished artist and was a Kentucky Colonel.
   Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Jean (Shaffer) Rowsey; sons, Ronald D. Rowsey of Proctorville, OH, Gene Rowsey of Utah, Dana Rowsey of Charleston, Kelley Rowsey and Aaron Rowsey of Highpoint, NC; daughters, Renee Andusko of New Jersey, Tina Sanmiguel of Texas, Linda Elkins of Ohio; step-children, Steve McKinney of South Charleston and Cindy (Dan) Casto of Ravenswood; sister Betty Borman; 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers please donate to your local animal shelter in memory of Willard. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. There will be no public services.


Casto, Denver website

   Denver Lloyd Casto, 86, of the Gunville Ridge community, Leon, passed away April 3, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
   He was born December 3, 1927, on Gunville Ridge Road, to Lloyd Preston and Minnie Ethel (Baker) Casto.  A sister, Hazel Flowers, and a brother, Basil Casto, also preceded him in death.
    Denver received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at Creston Church, where he attended his entire life.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after serving 33 years as a rural letter carrier and postmaster at the Leon post office.  He was a charter member of the West Virginia State Farm Museum and served as a board member for many years.  He enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with his family.
   Survivors include the love of his life, Lura Belle (Withrow) Casto, whom he married April 4, 1953, children, Diana (Dave) Caldwell of Plymouth, IN, Dennie (Robin) Casto and Jim (Lisa) Casto of Leon, Jerry (Vickey) Casto of Buckhannon, and Karla (Chuck) Whitney of Cottageville.  He was a loving grandfather to 22 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
   Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Creston Church, Evans, with Rev. Trenton Casto and Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating.  Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery.  Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.



Kniseley, website

    Leona June Kniseley, 88, of Point Pleasant, WV,  formerly of Roane County, passed away April 1, 2014, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, following a brief illness.
   She was born August 1, 1925, in Adair, Clay County, a daughter of the late Ona Byrne and Dorothy (Paxton) Hamrick.  Her husband, Clifton Donald Kniseley, and brothers, Kenneth Hamrick and Stanford Hamrick, also preceded her in death.
   She was a retired registered nurse, and served as the School Health Nurse in Roane County.
   Survivors include her sons, Donald Kniseley of Brunswick, ME, and Richard Kim Kniseley of Roanoke, VA; daughter, Teresa Kip (Warren) DeVault of Leon; sister, Jeanette Pitsenbarger of Huron, OH, grandchildren, Aaron Kniseley, Marshall Kniseley, Rachel DeVault and Kristin DeVault.
   Service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gay, WV.


Benson, Martha and Ralph website

   Martha Elizabeth Benson, 73, of Ripley, WV, went to be with the Lord, March 30, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.
   She was born May 26, 1940, in Kentuck, WV, a daughter of the late Theodore and Gladys (Tolley) Wheeler.  Her brothers, Hershel Wheeler, Ray Wheeler, and Junior Wheeler, sisters, Mary Lou Hartley, Ellen Mullenix, Barbara Sue Ball, and a granddaughter, Andrea Benson, also preceded her in death.
   She was a retired dietary aide from Jackson General Hospital, and was formerly employed by Eldercare of Ripley. She was an Avon agent, a foster parent, and member of the Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley.
   Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ralph Benson; daughter, Deborah Walters, and her husband, Tim of Ripley; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sherri Benson, and Brian and Kim Benson all of Ripley; 15 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan-Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.


Rich, Sybil website

   Sybil Ellen Rich, 95, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 27, 2014, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant.
   She was born May 11, 1918, in Mason County, a daughter of the late John Andrew and Jennie (Hartley) Kapp. Her husband Paul K. Rich, brothers, Gory Kapp, and Gary Olin Kapp, and an infant sister also preceded her in death.
   During World War II, she worked for the Department of Defence in Akron, OH, at B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company and Goodyear Aircraft. She was a graduate of Pt. Pleasant High School and Akron Ohio Business College. She was a member of the Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church and the Creston E.U.B. Church.
   Survivors include her son, Gary Rich (Teresa) of Morgantown; daughter, Sherry Rich of Evans, four grandchildren, a special niece, Darlene Kapp Waeghe, Gillian, Natalie, April, and Justin, and a special caregiver, Joyce Cranfield.
   The family would like to express thanks to, Shelly Wayne, Linda Martin, Allyson Jones, Barb Godfrey, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Dr. Wagner and his nurse Emma at the Pt. Pleasant Clinic.
   There will be no public services.  Private burial will be in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is providing arrangements for the family.


Shaver, Charles website

   Charles Martin “Coach” Shaver, 89, of Ravenswood, WV, died March 25, 2014, in Cabell Huntington Hospital.
   He was a coach, teacher and school administrator as well as a standout athlete who was a proud decorated United States Army veteran of World War II. He graduated from West Virginia University where he also played collegiate baseball and remained a devoted Mountaineer fan. He attended the Calvary Baptist Church, Ravenswood.
   He was survived by his children, Charles “Butch” and Loretta Shaver, Stanley and Babbe Shaver, Dee and Kim Scritchfield, Elaine and Pat Varney; stepchildren, Melissa and Steve Hatcher and Jeff and Terri Fox; a sister, Oma Rake, 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and cherished caretakers, Sharon Miller and Susan Pease.
   His former wives, Claudette Shaver, and Johnnie Mae Shaver, son, Johnny Ray Shaver and stepson, Wesley Fox, preceded him in death.
   A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Fred Basnett, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his memory to the Charles Shaver Athletic Scholarship Fund, 1 Wall Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.



Hawkins, Nelle website

   Nelle B. Hawkins, 100, of Kenna, WV, passed away, March 18, 2014, at  the Ravenswood Care Center.  Nelle was born in New Freeport, PA, October 18, 1913, and grew up in Fairmont, WV.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Florence (Stiles) Boggess, her husband Carroll R. Hawkins, sister, Grace Duncan, and brother, Walter Boggess.
   Nelle had a masters degree in education from WVU and taught 4th grade at Sissonville Elementary School, retiring in 1975.  She loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and 44 countries.  Her other interests included gardening, fishing, and playing bridge with her friends.
   She is survived by a son, Kent Hawkins and his wife, Janice of Kenna; grandsons, David (Jennifer) Hawkins of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Steven (Erin) Hawkins of Winston Salem, NC, and four great grandsons, Jacob, Nathan, Lucien and Caleb Hawkins.
   The family wishes to thank the loving staff of the Ravenswood Care Center, and the entire Hospice organization for the care they extended to Nelle.
   Funeral service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with John Gunther officiating.   Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.
   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 86 County Farm Road, Cottageville, WV  25231.  Nelle was especially fond of dogs and cats.


    Bethany Lynn Flowers, 34, of Leon, WV, passed away March 15, 2014, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant, WV, following a sudden illness.
    She was born September 22, 1979, in Ripley, WV, a daughter of Terry Yvonne (Pickens) Flowers Thornton of Leon, WV, and the late David Wayne Flowers.
    She was currently employed by Long John Silvers restaurant in Ripley. She enjoyed watching movies, music and drawing.
    In addition to her mother, other survivors include her stepfather, Claude Thornton of Leon; sister, Vickie and her husband, Darrell Herdman of Leon; maternal grandmother, Cristena Pickens of Evans; her best friend, Misty Holbrook, special friends, Lillian Barnard, Tricia Walker, Karl and Ashley Durst, and a special uncle, Roger Roush.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Morgan Cemetery, Leon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Thaxton, D website

    Daniel Lee Thaxton, 61, of Leon, WV, passed away March 15, 2014, in CAMC, General Division, following a brief illness.
    He was born April 1, 1952, in Charleston, WV, a son the late Ralph Ree and Jacqueline Ruth (Jones) Thaxton.
    Dan was a man of integrity, and was a retired master electrician and instrument mechanic from Union Carbide. He enjoyed camping and fishing, but the loves of his life were his family and farm.
    Survivors include his wife 37 years, Sandra Nance Thaxton; his loving daughter, Katherine Clark of Evans; his precious granddaughter, Caroline Clark, and his brother, John Thaxton of Leon.
    Service will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service, Tuesday, at the funeral home.
    In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Evans Church of God, 69 King Drive, Evans, WV 25241


Casto, Delbert website

Delbert Theodore Casto, 85, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 7, 2014, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born March 15, 1928 in Belgrove, WV, a son of the late Artist Lee and Martha Matilda (Fields) Casto. His brothers, Oda Lee and Clida Ray, sisters, Orley Marie Donohew, and Mae Casto, and granddaughters, Jessica Casto and Cassandra Miller also preceded him in death.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, and was retired from Century Aluminum. He was a member of United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and being a father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Arleigh (Hughes) Casto; sons and their wives, Robert and Sharrie Casto of Given, and Richard and Tonya Casto of Ripley; daughters and their husbands, Martha and Rick Wilson of Gay, and Marcella and Ray Miller of Leroy; brother, Dexter Casto of Leon; sisters, Lilly Smith of Barboursville, and Evalina Young of Ripley; grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Crystal Wilson, Brittany Shamblin, William Casto and Rex Miller, and great grandchildren, Mercy Wilson, Riley Shamblin, Addie Shamblin and Xavier Casto.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Arnold Conant officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Ripley, with military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley. Visitation will be from noon until time service on Monday.


Bowling, Mary website

Mary Ardella Bowling, 54, of Ripley, WV, passed away March 5, 2014, at her home, following a long battle with cancer.

She was born August 31, 1959, in Toledo, OH, a daughter of the late Paul Revere and Evelyn Pauline (Kanipe) Bowling. An infant brother also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, crafts, crocheting and cooking. She also enjoyed gospel music and was a member of Hemlock Community Church.

Survivors include her sons, Paul A. Adkins of Parkersburg, and Joseph L. Adkins of Ravenswood, step-sons, Phillip K. Adkins, II of Ripley, and Jason A. Adkins of Ravenswood, daughter, Deborah Sue Adkins of Cottageville, and step-daughter, Kelley R. Baldwin of Ripley, brother, Thomas Bowling of Oliver Springs, TN, sister, Cheryl Bullock of Ripley, and her former husband and his fiance, Phillip K. Adkins, I and Barbara Pittman of Millwood, twenty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service will be 6 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jerry Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until time of service.


Judy Teresa McConnell, 61, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away March 4, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following an extended illness.

She was born December 26, 1952, in Ravenswood, WV, a daughter of D. Jean (Hatcher) McConnell, of Ravenswood, and the late Lomas Clarence McConnell, Jr.

She received her degree in electrical engineering from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, and was a member of the St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Josephine “Joey” McConnell of Melbourne, FL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Matthew Church, 600 Crooks Avenue, Ravenswood, WV with Father James DeViese officiating. A visitation will be held at the church prior to mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Otterbein Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with a vigil beginning at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to: St. Matthew Catholic Church, Jackson County Food Bank, or the Jackson County Humane Society.


Fletcher, Frieda

Frieda Maxine Fletcher, 92, of Charleston, WV, passed away March 1, 2014, following an extended illness, in the Oak Ridge Center, where she had resided since 2008.

She was born March 10, 1921, in Millwood, WV, a daughter of the late Charles D. and Clara Belle (McMurray) Nesselroad. Her husband, Kermit Gail Fletcher, son, Arthur Fletcher, brother, Clarence “Bud” Nesselroad, and sisters, Virginia Allman, Waneta Blackbourn, and Norma Nesselroad, also preceded her in death.

She was a housewife, caregiver, nanny, a loving wife, mother, and a devout Christian.

Survivors include her sons, Camden Wayne (Helen) Fletcher of Murraysville, Curtis Lee (Judy) Fletcher of Mount Lake Terrace, WA, and Calvert Roger (Dollie) Fletcher of Elkview; daughters, Judy Townsend of Ball Ground, GA, and Patty (David) Barker of Chattaroy, WV; 12 grandchildren, 24, great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Rodney Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.


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