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ROBERT “BOB” WALTERS

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Robert “ Bob” Alfred Walters, 88, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 19, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born February 19, 1929 in Ripley, the son of the late Robert Franklin and Artemesia (Coast) Walters. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis Eileen (Hicks) Walters; son-in-law, Jerry Cross (whom he called “Muscles”); stepmother, Mattie Combs Walters; brothers, George Amos, Clyde “Doc”, John “Buckwheat”, Joseph Franklin and Ralley “Zeke” Walters and sisters, Blanche Bates and his twin, Betty Dorris.

Bob lived on and worked the family farm until his marriage in 1950 to Phyllis EileenJohn Deere tractor Hicks. He retired in 1989 after 27 years of service from the West Virginia Department of Highways. He enjoyed farming most of all and taught his three kids to work hard and be frugal. He was a member of the Sidneyville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Lee and his wife, Brenda Walters of Evans, and Timothy and his wife Debbie Walters of Ripley; daughter, Artie Cross, with whom he made his home, and her husband Rick of Ripley; brothers, Charles Lee Walters of Holly Hills, SC, Wynne Douglas Walters of Sandyville, Bill Walters of Ravenswood; sisters, Winnie Debalski and Emma Murray both of Sandyville, and Brenda Salisbury of Gallipolis, OH; grandchildren, Amanda Walters-Glance (Dereth), Justin Butler, Adam Walters (Kara), Aaron Walters, Brandon Walters, Angel Walters, Jennifer Walters, and C.J. Walters; great grandchildren, Gavyn McCauley, Dakota, Jacob and Joshua Walters-Glance, and a special nephew, Ron Walters.

Service will 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Charles Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

HELEN PHELPS 

Helen Sue (Hill) Phelps, 81, of West Columbia, WV, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 5, 1936, in South Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Reginald Guy and Mary Lorena (Lawrence) Hill. She was also preceded by her husbands, Charles F. VanMeter Sr. and A.L. Phelps Jr.; sons, Edward Guy VanMeter and Joseph A. VanMeter.

She was a retired cooking assistant from Lakin Hospital and a member of the Clifton Tabernacle Church, Clifton, WV. She enjoyed woodworking, bowling and sewing.

Survivors include her son, Charles Franklin VanMeter Jr. and his wife Candice of Clifton; sisters, Patricia (Jack) Smith of Clifton and Katherine Marshall of N.C., four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1~p.m. in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV, with Pastor Jeff Hudson officiating.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

MARTHA CATHERINE REITMIRE

Martha Catherine (Juhling) Reitmire, 83, of Mason, WV, passed away February 18, 2017 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 2, 1934 a daughter of the late Charles and Beatrice Marie (Crigger) Juhling.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed flea markets and yard sales.

She is survived by her son, John S. Reitmire, II, of Middleport, OH.

Private burial will be in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

BRUCE LEE DEAL

Bruce Lee Deal, 38, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, a victim of homicide at his residence.

He was born October 14, 1978 in Charleston, WV, a son of Rex Redford and Melody Mae (Wiseman) Deal of Kenna, WV.

He was a former manager for Taco Bell working in Ripley, Charleston, Gallipolis and Nelsonville, OH. He was a former employee of Security America in Charleston. He was the owner/operator of the Left Fork Restaurant in Evans and he enjoyed camping.

Survivors in addition to his parents are his son, Jordan Lee Deal of Kenna; brother, Jeremy D. (Mary) Wiseman of Kenna; sisters, Crystal (B.J.) Frazier of Evans, Marilyn Lynn Deal and Alvie Collins of Kenna, Carolyn Lynn (Matthew) Myers of Cottageville, WV. Several nieces and nephews also survive him.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Vernon Eldridge officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 3 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017, in the Peter’s Creek Cemetery, Lockwood, WV. Visitation will be Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

CHARLES E. LESTER

NaveyCharles Edward Lester, 92, of Evans, WV, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at his home following an extended illness. He was born December 21, 1924 in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Elva Roy and Sybill Elizabeth (Cottle) Lester.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran. He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in electrical engineering and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Charles was retired from A.E.P. having worked at the Philip Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV and Kammer-Mithcell Plant, Moundsville, WV. He was a Methodist by faith and enjoyed computers, genealogy, history and his family. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Riverside Country Club in Mason, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clarice Elaine (Sayre) Lester; daughters, Jan A Strope and her husband Robert of Hurricane, Jill E. Perez and June A. Snider both of Evans; brother, E. Roy Lester of Gatlinburg, MD; grandchildren Charles Thomas Strope of Hurricane and Elly Snider of Evans, and great grandchild, Charlotte A. Strope of Hurricane, WV.

Service will be Sunday, February 19, 2017 ~3 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Donald Keefer officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

LEOTA M. SAUNDERS

Eastern StarLeota M. Saunders, 89, of Millwood, WV, passed away February 14, 2017, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.

She was born November 23, 1927, in Letart Falls, OH, the daughter of the late Raymond Asbury and Josie Louetta (Park) Sayre. Her husband, Avis “Sam” Saunders; sisters, Fay Merical, Mildred Scarberry and Leona Sayre and brothers, Millard “Bub” Sayre, Jack Sayre, Ashford Sayre, and Telford Sayre also preceded her in death.

Leota was formerly employed in a factory and an assisted living facility while living in Florida. Following her and her late husbands retirement, they moved to Millwood, and she became a full time homemaker.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and attended Cottageville Chapter #16.

Several nieces and nephews survive her.

Committal service with burial following will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, in the Mausoleum Chapel and Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottagevillle, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

MABEL (JONES) HATCHER 

Hatcher, Mable websiteMabel (Jones) Hatcher, 93, of the Tug Fork community, Ripley, WV, passed away February 14, 2017 at Ravenswood Care Center in Ravenswood, WV, following a long illness with Alzheimer’s.

She was born September 21, 1923, in Vicars, Roane County, WV, a daughter of the late George and Bertha (Gandee) Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Wayne. Three sisters, Roxie Scarbrough, Violet Schoolcraft, Mae Jones and one brother, Orville Jones also preceded her in death.

Mabel was a homemaker who dedicated her life to family and church. During WWII, she lived and worked in Akron, Ohio where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter”. She later worked for two years as a cook at the Cedar Lakes dining hall.

Mabel and Wayne were married in 1945 at the Akron Baptist Temple and soon returned to their roots in WV settling on Tug Fork where they raised their family. She was a longtime member of the Salt Hill Community Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and often a caregiver to her extended family members.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Steve and Melissa Hatcher of Ripley; daughters and sons-in-law, Vera M. and Thornton Smith of Parkersburg, and Velma “Mackie” and Tom Goodson of Ripley; grandchildren, Lisa and (Kelly) Snyder of Ripley, Lori and (Jeff) Renner of Arvilla, Lynn and (Dave) Allen of Bear, DE, Tommy and (Bri) Goodson of Ravenswood, Whitney and (Marc) Scholl of Given, Kendra and (Brandon) Hersman of Lubeck, Chris and (Caroline) Smith of Taylorsville, NC, Dave and (Jodi) Smith of Rockport, and Phil and (Molly) Smith of Parkersburg. Survivors also include 21 great grandchildren.

Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor David Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Salt Hill Community Church c/o Patty Hall, 66 Juniper Grove Drive, Cottageville, WV, 25239. The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the owners and staff of the Ravenswood Care Center for the love and care shown to Mabel.

FREDRICK “FRED” WRIGHT

Army 02Fredrick “Fred” Wright, 68, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 12, 2017, in Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, after an extended illness.

He was born December 25, 1948, in Logan, WV, the son of the late Shanklin and Pauline (Ratliff) Wright.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Sandra K. Wright and brothers, Bill Wright and Hershel Watkins.

Fred was a US Army Vietnam War veteran and was a retired production manager from Hartley Manufacturing.

He is survived by his brother, Dorsey Wright of Ripley, WV; nieces, Megan Lacy and Ashley Wright of St. Albans; nephew, John Wright; great nephew, Davien Norman, all of St. Albans, WV.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February  17, 2017, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV., with Michael Overholt officiating.  All of Fred’s family and friends are invited to attend. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, has been entrusted with arrangements.

BETTY ELLEN ROUSH

Betty Ellen (Hutchinson) Roush, 88, of Gallipolis, OH, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born December 2, 1928 in Kenova, WV, a daughter of the late Peter Jethro and Sarah Agnes (Sharp) Hutchinson. She was also preceded in death by husbands, Edwin Roush and Elwood Harrison; brothers, Thomas J., John J., Charles Ray Hutchinson; sisters, Opal Fuller, Pearl Jarrell, Ruby Osborne, Mary Brumfield.

She was a former licensed beautician at Osbourne Beauty Shop. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Charleston, WV and enjoyed traveling and decorating.

Survivors include a sister, Garnet Eloise Hatten of Bidwell, Ohio.

Service will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 ~ 2 p.m. at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30~2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery, Letart, W.V.

 

DREAMA SUE CREMEANS

Dreama Sue (Sawyers) Cremeans, 61, of Pomeroy, OH, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born August 17, 1955, in White Sulphur Springs, WV, the daughter of Robert Lee and Catherine Virginia (Allen) Sawyers. She was predeceased by her sisters, Irene Miller, Irma Jewell and Catherine Cox.

Dreama was a Registered Nurse and was last employed by Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, OH. She attended Soul Harvest Church, Mason, WV, and enjoyed quilting, singing, painting, and playing the omnichord.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Eugene Cremeans; sons, Michael Joe Cremeans of Pomeroy, Shawn D. Cremeans and his wife Bonita of Syracuse, and Tom E.Cremeans and his wife Amy of Pomeroy; daughter, Mary Beth Hickman and her husband Floyd of Little Hocking; brothers, Robert Sawyers of Athens, and Carby Sawyers of Louisville, KY; sisters, Glenna Lee of Covington, VA, Loretta Nelson of Boise, ID, Mary Machir of Point Pleasant, and Jeanetta Miller of Middleport; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service will be Wednesday, February 15, 2017 ~ 6 p.m. at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jason Simpkins officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Dreama Cremeans Scholarship Fund for Nursing, c/o Foglesong Funeral Home, P.O. Box 367, Mason, WV 25260

WALTER DONAT

Walter Scott Donat, III, 76, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 8, 2017, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 9, 1940, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Walter Scott Donat, Jr. and Bernice Pauline (Haynes) Gulley. His sister, Lynn Alexander also preceded him in death.

Walter was a United States Army veteran and a member of the V.F.W. Post #5501, Ripley, WV. He was a former heavy equipment mechanic for Anderson Equipment and Bonefine Equipment companies. He was a member of the Jackson County Aeromodelers Association and enjoyed working on cars.

Survivors include his son, Walter Scott Donat IV and his wife Melissa of Ripley, WV, daughter; Laura Beth Donat and Rod Parsons of Ripley, WV; five grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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

R. RAYMOND DURST

Durst, RaymondRoy Raymond Durst, Sr., 84, of Cottageville, WV, passed away February 7, 2017, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

 He was born April 4, 1932, in Cottageville, WV a son of the late Roy Huston and Geraldine Mabel (Carter) Durst. His son, Roy Raymond Durst, Jr.; his brother, Bob Durst and sister, Dorothy Hawkins also preceded him in death.

He retired from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 35 years of service and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668.   He was a former member of the Board of   Directors for the Ravenswood Federal Credit Union. He was a Christian and enjoyed fishing, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nancy Carol (Rocker) Durst; sister, Katherine (Frank) Thomas of Marmet, WV; three grandchildren, Jamie Durst of Cottageville, WV, Melinda (Glen Allen) Fields, Statts Mills, WV, and Justin (Emily) Durst of Mount Alto, WV, and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Graveside service will be Friday, February 10, 2017~1 p.m. in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.

CECIL ABSTEN SR.

Cecil Absten, Sr., 87, of Leon, WV, went to be with the Lord, while surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.

He was born September 30, 1929, in Leon, WV, the son of the late Landis and Goldia Hope (Warner) Asten. His brother, William Absten also preceded him in death.

He married his loving wife, V. Hope (Sayre) Absten on April 22, 1948. They celebrated 67 years, 9 months of marriage together.

He was a member of the Wolfe Valley Baptist Church where he attended regularly. He was a retired foreman/carpenter from Denny Hill Company at the Union Carbide plant in Institute, WV, for over 30 years. He enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing and camping with friends and family. He spent many years playing gospel music on his guitar as well. Playing in the snow with his vehicles and pampering his many pets was something he enjoyed too.

In addition to his wife, V. Hope Absten he leaves seven children, Cecil, Jr. “Bud” (Sue) Absten, John (Debi) Absten, Chuck (Karen) Absten, James (Jody) Absten, Norma Bush, Dianna Mullinex, Christina (Ross) Young; 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; brothers, Lee (Isabelle) Absten and Larry (Donna) Absten; sister, Ruth DeWeese and a sister-in-law, Joan Absten.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant, WV, with the Rev. Jim Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith Church Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

OSCAR PEREZ

Oscar Perez, 60, of Evans, WV, passed away January 30, 2017, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born October 2, 1956, in Carrizo Springs, TX, a son of the late Francisco O. Perez and Senovia M. Menchaca. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Eudelia Rocha.

Oscar was a former deputy of the Travis County, TX Sheriff’s Department with 10 years of service. He was a case manager for Westbrook Health Services of Ripley, WV with 20 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, the Dallas Cowboys, and his beloved pets, especially Bambi and K.K.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jill Elaine (Lester) Perez; brother, Jose Perez (Zsperanva) of Carrizo Springs, TX; sisters, Alicia Morin of Georgetown, TX, Juanita Arredondo (Sergio) and Gloria Gloria (Isidoro)both of Carrizo Springs, TX; special niece Elly Snider of Evans; seven nieces; ten nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Pastor Donald Keefer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

MARY McCALLISTER

Mary Jane McCallister, 88, of Millwood, WV, passed away January 30, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born May 12, 1928, in Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late Isaac and Clara (McCune) Crosswhite. Her husbands, Walter T. Jeffrey, Joseph McCallister and son, John Pauley; brothers, Bill, Joe, John, and Oswald Crosswhite; sisters, Clara Brown and Maxine Forwood also preceded her in death.

Mary was a licensed barber and former owner and operator of Mary’s Barber Shop on Bigley Avenue in Charleston, WV. She was a Christian and attended the Millwood United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Tom Jeffrey and his wife, Loretta of Millwood; daughter, Sandra Evans of Millwood; sisters, Marge Miller and Midge White; two grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the West Virginia Mausoleum at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. Dan Forwood officiating. Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

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