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Gerald R. “Jack” Bailes

Gerald Ray “Jack” Bailes, 89, of the Evergreen Hills Community, Cottageville, WV, passed away February 13, 2019 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 30, 1929, in Quinwood, WV, the son of the late Lawrence E. and Eva Virginia (Odell) Bailes. In addition to his parents, his brother, Bob Bailes, his twin sister, Geraldine Amick and sister, Lelia Dooley also preceded him in death.

Jack was  a United States Army veteran of the Korean War era, was retired from Ravenswood Aluminum and a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 5668. He and his wife Anna enjoyed pulling their 5th wheeler and camping throughout the United States and Mexico. He enjoyed playing Domino’s and Rook, and was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Anna Lorene (Groves) Bailes; son, Gregory Bailes of Cottageville; daughter, Ramona B. Epperly (Richard) of Huntington; grandchildren, Julie Bailes, Jeana Bailes and Dustin Epperly (Courtney); great grandchildren, Levi Bailes, Katie Skeen and Jon Nichols; brother, Bill Bailes of Hurricane; sisters, Arlene Wiseman of Evans and Linda Willis (Burl) of Summersville; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Toby Wagoner officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: HospiceCare, 1610 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387, or the First Baptist Church, 215 Ann Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

Sara Elizabeth Harris Roush

Sara Elizabeth Harris Roush, 92, formally of Syracuse, Ohio, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 12, 2019 after having visited with her family and friends over the past few days.

Sara is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Milton E. Roush; her parents, Orris E. and Anna Florence Harris; sister, Virginia Harris Fisher; brother, Ernest Harris; brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, Dale (Janet) Roush.

She is survived by her sons, Gregory (Dianne) Roush and Randy (Lori) Roush; daughter, Sandra Roush; brother, Paul (Lillian) Harris; grandchildren, Rebecca (Danny) Fisher, Christy Roush, Hailey, Nathan, Sophia & Katie Roush, Jamie Roush, and Beth (Mike) Spangler; great-grandchildren, Sarah (Troy) Sweebe, Charlotte Creelman, Keeley Stagg, Tayvonne Brown, Jamayla & Nadie Roush and Audrey Spangler; brother-in-law, Ruben (Caroline) Rickard and many loving nieces, nephews and special friends.

Sara was well known for many things, and her hands were rarely idle. Sara baked pies, prepared huge family meals, wiped tears, applied band aids, pulled weeds, made popcorn balls, wrote countless letters, cared for others, and above all, she knew how to put her hands together and thank God for her blessings. Sara was always involved in her community and church organizations. Sara was active in the Wildwood Garden Club, home demonstration group, ladies auxillary and American Legion, Ladies Home Extension Agency, and was a nurse cadet for the Army. Above all, her family is comforted in the knowledge that she has reached the final destination that she has planned for her whole life.

Services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, 2275 S 2nd Street, Mason, WV, with ministers Steve Marshall and Scott Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Graham Cemetary in New Haven, WV. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, February 14 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Celebrate Life Foundation, part of the Bella Care Hospice, located at 110 Polaris Parkway Suite 302 Westervile, Ohio 43082.

BETTY JEAN MERRITT

Betty Jean Merritt, 83, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 8, 2019, in Iveagh Trust Assisted Living, Elkins, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 1, 1935 in Beverly, WV, the daughter of the late Thurman and Violet Agnes (Kisner) Daniels. In addition to her parents her husband, Perry R. Merritt and several brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

Betty was a graduate of Davis and Elkins College as a registered nurse. She spent most of her career working at hospitals in Parkersburg and Ripley and retired from the Jackson County Board of Education. She attended the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Perry Merritt, Jr. of Ravenswood and Barry Brian Merritt of Ripley; daughters, Kimberly Lynn Merritt of Decatur, GA and Candice Renee Davis of Stone Mountain, GA; brother, Charles Daniels, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Mike Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

DOROTHY LEE CROUSE

Dorothy Lee Crouse, 94, of Tampa, FL, formerly of Lincoln County, WV, passed away February 8, 2019, in Lifepath Hospice House, Tampa, following an extended illness.

She was born August 27, 1924, in Hamlin, WV a daughter of the late Luther Dana and Zelma (Duffee) Mahone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Maloney; son, Frank; daughter, Gail Cochran and brothers, Mickey, Charles, L.D. and Donald.

Dorothy was a retired secretary and bookkeeper for Toyota and Chevrolet dealerships.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary Little and Cathy Tolbert; Daughter in law, Shizuko Maloney; Son in law Joel Cochran; Grandchildren, Tricia Maloney, Sherri Burleson, Toby Cochran, Dawn Cochran; Great grandchildren, Justin Myers, Jeremy Myers, Kassidy Crider, Kali Crider, Shannon Maloney, Liam Burleson; Great grandchildren, Shane Cochran, Manuel Martin, and Lennon Myers; One great great grandchild, several nieces and nephews and her caregiver, Eva Lemieux.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

JAMES P. dEwEESE, JR.

James P. DeWeese Jr., 63, of New Haven, WV, passed away February 9, 2019 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV, due to an extended illness.

He was born September 19, 1955 in Charleston, WV, a son of the late James P. DeWeese and Julia Mae (Meadows) DeWeese of New Haven.

He was a former heavy equipment operator.

There will be no public services at this time. Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

CARLA D. WINEBRENNER

Carla Daune (Owens) Winebrenner, 86, of West Columbia, WV, formerly of Letart, passed away February 7, 2019 in Holzer Hospital, Gallipolis, OH.

She was born February 13, 1932 in Middleport, OH, a daughter of the late Carl and Virginia (Booth) Owens. Her husband, Lawrence P. Winebrenner and sisters, Anna Margaret Price, Jane Bowman preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Middleport, Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Letart Homemakers and was a former employee with Ohio Bell Telephone. She enjoyed playing cards and camping with her late husband of 60 years.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law Donna (Tom) Knapp of West Columbia and Jean Ogilvie of St. Cloud, Fl; brother in law, Charles and Janice Winebrenner of Washington Courthouse, OH and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Robert Spencer

Robert Martin Spencer, 60, of Cottageville, WV, passed away January 28, 2019 in Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a brief illness.

He was born September 20, 1958 in Williamson, KY, a son of Sidney Hugh and Amanda Louise (Akers) Spencer of Cottageville. His sister, Kelly Louise Spencer and two infant children preceded him in death.

He was a former crane operator for Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 24 years of service and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668, Ravenswood. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, four wheeling and all things outdoors. He was a former member of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department and attended the Church of Christ, Mt. Alto, WV.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his daughter, Amy Elizabeth (Nathaniel) Knopp of Richmond, VA; brother, Michael Spencer of Cottageville; sister, Jacqueline L. Burrows of Cottageville; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Rose and Dylan Nathaniel Knopp of Richmond, VA; best friend Rick Kay.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Friday, February 1, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Minister Jeff Batton officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Melvin Norman

Melvin Merrett Norman, 83, of Millwood, WV, passed away January 27, 2019, at the Ravenswood Village following an extended illness.

He was born February 6, 1935 in Jackson, Michigan, a son of the late John T. and Sylvia I. (Debruler) Norman. His son, Michael Merrett Norman and a daughter, Sylvia Marie Reynolds also preceded him in death.

Melvin was retired from the United States Navy and service in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Following his retirement from the Navy. He was also a retired electrician from Pechiney, Ravenswood, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He attended the Cottageville United Methodist Church and had fond memories of coaching Little League Baseball when his sons were young.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Constance O. (Smith) Norman; daughters, Karen K. Piersol and Theresa Ann Norman; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

There will no public services. Arrangements have been provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

David “Red” Darst

David Alonzo “Red” Darst, 57, of Gallipolis, OH, passed away January 24, 2019, in Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH.

He was born March 2, 1961, in Gallipolis, a son of the late Alonzo Luther Darst and Georgia (Barton) Porter of Addison Township, OH. His step-father Harold Porter also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife Judy Ann Jordan; son, Bryan Darst of Athens, OH; step-children, Shawn (Rachel) Jordan, Shannon (Trista) Jordan and Staci (Douglas) Randolph all of Leon, WV; siblings, Debbie (Randy) McKinney of Gallipolis, Danny (Sharon) Darst of Rutland, Jerry (Teresa) Darst of Gallipolis, Butch Porter of Point Pleasant, Debbie (Robert) Henry of Point Pleasant, Terry (Julie) Porter of Bidwell, OH, Steve (Bridget) Porter of Point Pleasant and Val (Jan) Porter of Gallipolis, OH; grandchildren, Jaden, Zakkary and Roma Jordan, Brooklynn and BriAnn Randolph, Coraline and Addalyn Darst.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Monday, January 28, 2019, in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Church Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 11 am until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

 

Charlie Cain

Charlie Roy Cain, 83, of Leon, WV, passed away January 22, 2019, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 12, 1935, in Leon, WV, a son of the late Roy Jackson and Lona Bell (Casto) Cain. His wife Margaret Cain, son, Roy Jackson Cain; daughter, Connie Nicholson; sisters, May Lewis, Margaret Twohig, Ernestine DeVault; brothers, Henry Cain, Bert Hess and Delmer “Lee” Casto preceded him in death.

He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways and the former owner of Cain Grocery, Leon, WV. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and was a Volunteer Firefighter, Flatrock, WV. He enjoyed showing cars, fishing and was a Christian.

Survivors include his children, Ronald E. (Francis) Cain of Leon, Alvin C. (Darlena) Cain of Buffalo and Carmen (Butch) Grover of Letart; brother, Sam Cain of Howell, MI; sisters, Mary Kimbler and Barbara Gray both of Port Jefferson, OH, Alice Bennett of Washington Courthouse, OH; 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, January 27, 2019, in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastors, Michael Tucker and Justin Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

GLORIA KING

Gloria J. (Bower) King, 76, of Evans, WV, passed away January 22, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 22, 1942, in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of the late Forrest and Opal (Williams) Bower. Her brothers Jesse, Roger, Richard, Marvin, and Mitchell; sister, Sharon Harden preceded her in death.

She was a former volunteer for the Mount Flower Rescue Squad and a former employee of the Flatrock Grocery. She enjoyed reading, puzzles and vacationing at the beach.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert W. King; daughters, Sherry L. (Todd) Mullins of Leon, WV and Janice M. (Kevin) Hunter of Evans; brothers, Forrest “Bud” Bower of Grafton, OH and Kenneth (Karen) Bower of Olmstead Township, OH; sisters, Phyllis Lewis of Lewisville, OH, Janet Clark of Cottageville, Roberta “Sue” (Tom) Prouty of Johnstown, OH, Beverly (Terry) King, of Evans and Shirley (Allen) Lieving of Grove City, OH; grandchildren, James (Shannon) Thompson, Joshua Thompson, Bryan Thompson, Cody Mullins, Amanda Mullins, Breanna Hunter, Shanna (Caleb) Meaige and Logan Hunter; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Shelby, Matthew, Landon and Kayleigh.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

JAMES OLIVER

James Louis Oliver, 82, of Mt. Alto, WV, passed away January 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born November 23, 1936 in Boomer, WV, a son of the late Pete and Louise (Demarco) Oliver. His wife, Wanda Jean Oliver; son, James L. Oliver Jr. and brother, Louis Oliver also preceded him in death.

He was retired from Pechiney Rolled Products, Ravenswood, WV, with 36 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668, Ravenswood. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his daughter, Terri Lynn Oliver of Hartford; sons, Earl Eugene Oliver and Christopher Oliver both of Mount Alto, and Pete Oliver (Gabriela) of Whitsett, NC; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother, Larry Oliver of Boomer, WV; sisters, Sarah Morris of Pratt, WV, Gigi Bowen of Mrytle Beach, SC, Connie Kearns of Boomer, WV, Gina Hauser (Doug) of Antioch, CA, Libby (Tom) Bass of Boomer, WV, Mary Jane Bendry (Bob) of Beckley, WV, Virginia Nuckols(Jack) of Pratt, WV, Louise (Roger) Stiltner of Dyer, IN.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Delmer Casto

Delmer Lee Casto, 87, of London, OH, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Mount Carmel Medical Center East, Columbus.

Mr. Casto was born January 4, 1932 in West Virginia a son of Lona Casto.

He loved gardening and farming.

Delmer is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Janie and Tom Miles of California; Verna and Tim Williams of London; Betty and Tracy Burdette of London; grandchildren: Tony Casto, , Lacey (Roger) Belcher, Jessica Miles, Logan Miles, Jeff (Amber) Williams, Matt (Megan) Williams, Stacey (Adrian) Oty, Nicole (Jake) Carpenter; Tim Williams, Shane Gollihue (Shae), Josh Gollihue, DJ (Alexis) Gollihue, Mike Burdette, Jesse Burdette, Weinsday Burdette, 18 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother; daughter: Jeanette Lynn Casto; his loving wife: Geraldine Casto.

A funeral service will be held Monday, 1:00 PM. at the Rader-Lynch & Dodds Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 124 E. High St, London, with Pastor Mike Casto officiating. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM. until the start of the funeral. An interment service will be held Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 AM at the Creston Cemetery, Evans, West Virginia.

 

Charles Barnes

Charles Keith Barnes, 77, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away January 17, 2019, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born December 4, 1941 in Ravenswood a son of the late Ernest Lee and Anna (Bowman) Barnes. His sisters, Deloris Snyder and Carmelita Bigger also preceded him in death.

He was the owner and operator of Barnes Drywall Company for 40 years. He enjoyed painting, music and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his children Brian Barnes of Evans, Kenneth (Christa) Barnes of Ravenswood and Jason Durst of Cottageville; spouse, Sharon Kay Barnes of Ravenswood; brothers, Ernest Barnes of Tampa, FL and Ray Barnes of Ravenswood; sisters, Lora Mae Bosworth of Klamath Falls, OR and Judith Largen of Hixson, TN; 8 grandchildren, Maddie Barnes, Ally Barnes, Kalynn Barnes, Ryker Barnes, Shaylee Barnes, Elijah Barnes, Kimber Durst, and Morgan Durst; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m. ~ Monday, January 21, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Rev. Don Balis officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

 

 

                     IRENE RIGGLEMAN

 

Irene Elizabeth (Iman) Riggleman, 77, of Evans, WV, passed away January 17, 2019, in Eldercare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.
She was born November 23, 1941, in Fort Ashby, WV, a daughter of the late William and Clara (Bosley) Iman. Her husband, Rev. Availen A. Riggleman; brothers, Bruce Bosley and William Iman Jr. also preceded her in death.

She was a licensed minister and pastor’s wife with the Church of God and Assemblies of God.  She was a former clerk for Heck’s, a switchboard operator and seamstress in a sewing factory. She was a member of the Evans Church of God.

Survivors include her children, Andrew A. (Tina) Riggleman of Manson, NC and Rev. Benjamin F. (Barbara) Riggleman of Evans, WV; daughter, Victoria F. (James) Ferguson of Fort Gay, WV; brother, Samuel (Frances) Iman of Moorefield, WV; grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Mitchell, Nicholas, Lee, Dustin, Christopher; great-grandchildren, Jesse J. and Samuel L.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Evans Church of God, Evans, WV, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. officiated by Rev. Benjamin Riggleman.  Service will be 11:30 a.m. ~ January 19, 2019 in the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, WV, with Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, WV.  Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to funeral service on Saturday in the Schaeffer Funeral Home.

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