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Carl Robert “Bobby” Durst

Carl Robert “Bobby” Durst, 83, of Leon, WV, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born August 24, 1936, in Leon, WV, the son of the late Vernor and Ressie (Canter) Durst. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Durst; son, Allen Durst; and great-grandsons, Clayton, Aiden and Ryan King.

Carl retired from Foote Mineral in Letart, WV, with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed old country music and traveling the old back roads around his home place.

Survivors include his grandchildren, Karl Durst and his wife Ashley of Leon, Kima King of Leon and five great-grandchildren, Michael Scott, James, Gabriella, Isaac and Erik King.

Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will follow in the Letart- Evergreen Cemetery, Letart. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2020, also at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven.

 

John Cunningham

John Paul Cunningham III, 36, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 4, 2020.

He was born June 13, 1984, in Ripley, WV, a son of John Paul (Lorri) Cunningham Jr. of Cottageville, WV and Patricia (McCaffery) Roush and her husband Ronnie of Ravenswood.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Ann McCafferty; uncle, Albert Cunningham; aunt, Kathleen Steele.

He was a graduate of Ripley High School and enjoyed R.C. Cars, fishing, hunting and dirt track racing. He was a former E.M.T. for Kanawha County and was currently serving as Captain of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, Cottageville, WV.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his wife Casey Marie (Garnes) Cunningham; son, John Paul Cunningham IV; daughter, Montana Skylar Cunningham; brother, Jesse (Sierra) Cunningham of Kenna; sister, Katie Cunningham of Florida; grandparents, John and Brenda Cunningham of Ripley; nieces, Laikynn Cunningham and Delsie Nowe and several aunts, uncles and cousins..

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jason Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster Chapel Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 12 pm until service time, Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven, WV.

 

Fonda Lea Jarrett

Fonda Lea Jarrett, 73, of Evans, WV, passed away August 4, 2020, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born September 29, 1946, in Kincaid, WV, the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Edith Mae (Jeffers) Bostick. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her sons, Kevin Howard Jarrett and Tony Jarrett; brother, William Bostick and sisters, Virginia Sharp, Rebecca Sexton and Frances Pierce.

Fonda was a homemaker and foster care mom. She enjoyed cooking, dancing and being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Howard Jarrett; sons, Kenneth H. Jarrett, II and Jackie Jarrett; grandchildren, Alisha, Kenneth, III, Cassie, Devin, Anthony, Savannah, Katherine and Madison; great grandchildren, Isabella, Layla and Nahla; brothers, Andy Bostick, Arthur Bostick and Nathan Bostick and sisters, Emma Abbott, Mary Baldwin and Grace Shelton.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Ronald Arthur, II officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday prior to time of service.

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James Steven Simmons

James Steven Simmons, 66, of Evans, West Virginia, passed away August 2, 2020, at home, following a sudden illness.

He was born March 25, 1954, in the Coco Solo Canal Zone, the son of the late James Ronald Simmons and Dorlene (Spencer) Walker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Neil David and Ronald Dolan.

James was a United States Army Veteran. He was a mechanic by trade and enjoyed working on cars. He also enjoyed reading and history. James had a thirst for knowledge and always enjoyed learning new things. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Lucy.

Survivors include his son, James D. Simmons of OH; daughter, Cathy Lawrence and her husband Mike of Given; stepson, Kenneth Asbury; brother, Gary Simmons of South Carolina; grandchildren, Dillon Shaftner, Dereck Simmons, Jacob Lawrence, Kaleb Lawrence, Cody Lawrence, Jamie Shinn; two great grandchildren and nephew, Marshall Simmons.

Service will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Military Rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Home of Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven.

Peggy Louisa Edwards

Peggy Louisa (McDaniel) Edwards, of Mason, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, July 30th, 2020.

On December 26th, 1937, Peggy was born to the late Clarence Leonard and Ola Mae (Wears) McDaniel. Peggy was the matriarch of the family and known for lighting up a room with her beautiful voice, her undeniableh cooking, and was loved in her community.

Peggy retired from a long career with the State of West Virginia, Department of Employment Security after 33 years of service. Peggy was also the cherished president of the 1955 Wahama High School Alumni. In her free time, Peggy enjoyed calling BINGO at the Mason Senior Citizen Center.

In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Brooks Edwards; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Kauff of Mason, West Virginia; grandchildren, Amy Edwards of Letart, West Virginia, Jeannie (Michael) Black of Westerville, Ohio, and John (Amie) Kauff, Jr. of Hartford, West Virginia; brothers, Rankin McDaniel of Hartford, West Virginia, Thomas McDaniel of Cleveland, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Stanley, Jonathan Black, Payne Swint, Cameron Black, Emily Stanley, Natalie Rickard, Courtney Rickard, Asia Shepard, Mikaela Swint, Colton Kauff, Mallory Kauff, and Kira Kauff.

The family wishes to thank the Fresenius Dialysis Center of Gallipolis, Hospice of Huntington, and Pleasant Valley Home Health for their care of Peggy.

Peggy’s celebration of life will be announced by the family at a later date.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Mason, New Haven, Evans and Ravenswood.

 

PATRICIA ANN HOLBERT

Patricia Ann (Whitney) Holbert, 88, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 29, 2020 at Conchetta’s Assisted Living, Fairmont, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 28, 1932, a daughter of the late Maynard Jack and Agnes (Waddell) Whitney. Her hushand, Sherwood Lee Holbert; brother, Jack and Twila Whitney; sister, Bette Jane and Bradford Gibbs; nephew, Brad “Gibb” Gibbs II and his wife Kerry Lynn Gibbs also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and yard work and received the beautiful yard award for the month on two separate occasions. She was a former bookkeeper for Shinn Electric and Shook Electric. She retired from the Jackson County Board of Education as the head cafeteria cook at Ripley Elementary School. She was a long time attendee of Epworth United Methodist Church and the Ripley Baptist Temple both in Ripley. She was very active assisting with celebration and bereavement dinners at Epworth U.M. Church. She was a member of the Wally Byam Air stream Caravan Club.

Survivors include her sons, Sherwood P. “Duke” Holbert and his wife Faith Ann of Racine, OH, Stephen Lee Holbert and his wife Cheri of Fairmont, WV; daughter, Cheryl Ann (Holbert) Donohoe and her husband Fred of Ripley, WV; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private with Pastor Rick Perrine of the Ripley Baptist Temple officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Cottageville, WV.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven, WV.

 

Mary Joyce (Carmichael) Bowers

Mary Joyce Carmichael Bowers, 87, of Evans, WV, passed away July 28, 2020 in the Hospice unit at CAMC, Memorial Division.

She was born January 20, 1933 in Osawatomie, KS, the daughter of the late Cecil L. and Mildred Frances (Phares) Carmichael.

On June 24, 1950, she married Roy J. Bowers and they raised three children together. She would become a Navy wife of 20 years, living in California, Washington, Iceland and Florida. She was a Girl Scout leader and worked as a registered nurse.

During their retirement years, Roy and Joyce enjoyed traveling in their Airstream all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. They had many friends who would join them as a caravan making new experiences.

They finally moved to Evans, and bought a home across the street from their son and daughter-in-law. Joyce lived out her final years with her husband and a view of the Bowers farm that is located across the street from their home.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, Roy, she is also survived by their children, Cathy B. Magouyrk, Steven R. Bowers and Cindy B. Thomas; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: The Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387

There will be no public services. Arrangement have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Clinton Parsons

Clinton Clyde Parsons, 40, of Millwood, WV, passed away, July 26, 2020 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following a sudden illness.

He was born June 2, 1980, in Ripley, WV, a son of Roger Allen Parsons of Ravenswood and Judith Rosalea (Weekley) Rothenberger of Millwood.

He was a graduate of Ravenswood High School and enjoyed working puzzles and painting. He was a Christian.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Brylee Sage Parsons, of Patriot, OH; sisters, Anita Liptrap of Ravenswood and Carolyn Parsons, of Clearwater, FL, and grandmother, Violet Roush.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger Anthony Parsons.

Service will be 11 am ~ Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Jeff Moales officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.

The family would like to express their gratitude to family and friends who have donated to the memorial services.

Condolences may be sent to: castofuneralhome.com.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Ravenswood, Evans, Mason and New Haven, WV.

 

Wanda A. Metz

Wanda A. Metz, 91 of the Flatwoods community, Ravenswood, WV, passed away July 25, 2020 at her home following a brief illness.

She was born April 14, 1929, in Glenville, WV, the first child of the late Shirley and Rema (Wright) Wilfong. In addition to her parents, her brother, Michael D. Wilfong and two of his sons, her beloved nephews, Joshua S. Wilfong, a United States Marine killed in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, and his brother, Shawn M. Wilfong, and a brother-in-law, Claude White, also preceded her in death.

Always a “go getter”, she worked her way through college as a waitress and then as secretary to the Glenville State College dean, Dr. Delmer K. Somerville. She graduated from Glenville State College with a teaching degree in business and a minor in English.

She began her teaching career at Sand Fork High School and later moved to Jackson County to take a position with the Jackson County Board of Education as a business teacher. A few years later she would accept the appointment as coordinator of the Business Co-op Program at Ripley High School where she remained until her retirement. She was also chairman of the Business Education Program from 1975 until retirement. During this time she taught a wide-range of business classes, including the now, long-gone shorthand and served under the guidance of five principals.

Wanda was dedicated to the Co-op Program and enjoyed matching the students to businesses where they would do the best. Some of those students ended up with permanent positions. Her annual Co-op Banquet at Cedar Lakes in the spring was always an event the local business community looked forward to.

Per a fellow teacher, “She was always a knowledgeable teacher and a strict disciplinarian; but she was always compassionate, caring and fair. She touched many lives and helped educate skilled and successful office workers, many of which are still working in positions using the skills that she helped them build.”

One of her Sand Fork business students said, “She was one the greatest teachers I ever had. I remember your mom always smiling and making us feel like we were going to be somebody, someday. When others may have been negative, she was always positive. Mrs. Metz wasn’t just a teacher; she was a major player in shaping young lives. I don’t know if she realized how much she influenced us and how much we loved her, not only as a teacher but as the special lady she truly was.”

Wanda was a member of the National Education Association and the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, canning, farming, helping her neighbors and keeping up with her two grandchildren. She was also a member of the Flatwoods United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Donald E. Metz; daughter, Melissa Thompson (Paul) of Cottageville; granddaughters, Rebecca Thompson West (Bradley) and Rayne Thompson; brothers, Freeman Wilfong (Maria) of Medina, OH, and Leonard Wilfong (Lola) of Parkersburg; sister, Sharon Sue White of Parkersburg, and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Vera Archer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Wright Cemetery on Duck Run in Gilmer County at the convenience of the family, this fall.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Jackson County Hunting Heroes (Wounded Warrior Project), 1715 Lower Parchment Valley Road, Ripley, WV   25271.

 

Clarice Lester

Clarice Elaine (Sayre) Lester, 85, of Evans, WV, passed away July 20, 2020 in the Glenville Center, following an extended illness.

She was born October 28, 1934 in Evans, WV, a daughter of the late Clifford L. and Mary Jane (Morrison) Sayre. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles E. Lester; granddaughter, Elly Snider a brother and a sister.

Clarice was a homemaker.

She is survived by daughters, Jill E. Perez and June A. Snider both of Evans, and a sister.

Graveside service will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Alan Johnson

Alan Duane Johnson, 42, of Mason, WV, passed away July 21, 2020 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born May 12, 1978, in Gallipolis, OH, a son of the late Alan D. Johnson and Vera Mae (Zuspan) Johnson-McMillion (Marshall) of Middleport, OH.

In addition to his father and best friend Alan, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, Chester G. Johnson; maternal grandparents, George & Ernestine Zuspan.

He was a former construction worker and a member of the Christian Brethren Church, Mason, WV. He enjoyed antiques, hunting, fishing, woodworking, cooking and knife making.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his step-father, Marshall McMillion; daughters, Aubree Lynn and Olivia Rae Johnson of Hartford; sisters, Nancy C. (Bill) Clendenin of Shade, OH, Tammy (Marty) Cline of Pomeroy, OH, Emily (Jeffrey) Henry of Mason and Carey Porter and Jay Karr of Syracuse, OH; step-brother, Bill McMillion; step-sister, Melissa Williams; grandmother, Loraine Neff; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. ~ Monday, July 27, 2020 at the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jason Simpkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Zuspan Cemetery, West Columbia, WV. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting: foglesongfuneralhome.com

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Mason, Evans, Ravenswood and New Haven, WV.

 

Joshua Thompson

Joshua William Thompson, 32, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away July 19, 2020 in Cottageville, WV.

He was born March 4, 1988, in Ripley, WV, a son of Gary Ray (Brenda) Thompson of Evans, WV and Beverly Ann (Joseph) Smith of Sandyville, WV.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his brothers, Nathaniel (Renna) Thompson of Ripley, Christopher Smith and Ethan Smith of Sandyville, WV and Anthony Walters of Evans, WV; sister, Ashley (Joey) Sheets of Ripley, WV; grandparents, William and Patricia McCauley of Ravenswood, WV, Sharon Smith of Sandyville, WV and Bud and Faye McVey of Sandyville, WV.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Carl Ray and Donna Thompson and James “Ick” Smith.

There will be no public services at this time.

Condolences my be sent to the family by visiting castofuneralhome.com

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Ravenswood, Evans, Mason and New Haven, WV.

 

Harry Vickers

Harry Langley Vickers Jr., 81, of Mason, WV, passed away July 20, 2020 at the Hershel “Woody” Williams” VA Medical Center, Huntington, WV.

He was born November 10, 1938, in West Columbia, WV, a son of the late Harry L. Vickers Sr. and Freda Marie (VanMeter) Vickers. He was also preceded in death by his stepson, Dennis Franklin Tulloh; sister in law, Sharon Vickers.

He was a graduate of Wahama High School and a United States Army veteran. He was retired from Neighborgall Construction with 35 years of service and was a member of the Laborers Union # 543 Huntington, WV. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Mason, WV and enjoyed collecting knives and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Donna June (Sparks) Vickers; stepson, David Douglas (Carla) Tulloh of New Haven, WV; brother, Kenneth Vickers of New Haven, WV; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2020 at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Pastor Josh Waybright officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV, with military honors provided by VFW Post # 9926 Mason, WV and American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Mason, Evans, Ravenswood and New Haven, WV.

 

Russell Cobb

Russell Daniel Cobb, 78, of Portland, OH, passed away July 17, 2020 in Holzer Hospital, Gallipolis, OH following a brief illness.

He was born September 27, 1941, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Russell Clair and Delcie (Walker) Cobb.

He was a retired laborer working for Hartley Manufacturing and Ravenswood Polymer. He enjoyed woodworking and was a Christian.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Donna Sue (Boyd) Cobb; son, Daniel Lee Cobb of Ripley, WV; daughter, Susan Jean Cochran of Portland, OH; sister, Colleen Comer of Beckley, WV; 3 grandchildren.

There will be no public services at this time.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Ravenswood, Evans, Mason and New Haven, WV.

 

Luther L. Allen

Luther Lee Allen, 88, of Cottageville, WV, passed away July 15, 2020, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born June 13, 1932, in Ashford, Boone County, WV, a son of the late Andy and Catherine (Sisson) Allen. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Susanna Faye Allen; brothers, Basil and Donald Allen; sister, Eva Mae Kimley.

He was a United States Army veteran and enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering. He was a retired operator from Pechiney Rolled Products, Ravenswood, WV with 33 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668, Ravenswood, WV.

Survivors include his sons, Wade Ray Allen of Cottageville and Timothy Lee (Amy) Allen of Mt. Alto; daughters, Debra Lynn (Christopher) Parsley of Charleston and Sandra Kay (Timothy) Paugh of Social Circle, GA; grandchildren, Christina Parlsey, Ashley Dawn Burt and Brittany Sue Paugh; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Hailey.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price and Jim Massey officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their gratitude to: Jackson County EMS, Home Health, Kanawha Hospice and the Casto Funeral Home.

 

 

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