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AUDREY GAIL COCHRAN

Cochran, AudreyAudrey Gail Cochran, 58, of Leon, WV, passed away suddenly February 7, 2016, at her home.

She was born August 23, 1957, in Germany, the daughter of the late Floyd Arthur and Amelia (Lopez) Diggins. Her son, Mark Diggins and her sister, Michelle Smith also preceded her in death.

Audrey was a former employee of the Utah Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Human Resources. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, working puzzles and collecting elephants. She was a born again Christian.

Survivors include her husband, Marshall Cochran; son, Jonathan Spears (Chelsie) of Cedar City, UT; grandchildren, Rayder, Kinley, and Isaac; brother, William Diggins of Winfield, and sisters, Teressa Creel of Saint George, UT, and Shirley Lopez Diggins of Pasadena, CA.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Seldon Angus officiating. Interment will be in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

THOMAS ROUSH

Army 02Thomas Michael Roush, 66, of Hartford, WV, passed away February 5, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born January 12, 1950, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Arthur Franklin & Irene Elizabeth (Varian) Roush. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Roger and Ray Junior Roush; sister, Clara Elizabeth Gerlach.

 He was a United States Army veteran and a lifetime member of VFW Post #9926 Mason, WV, andU.S. Flag American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV. He was retired from the Laborers Union local # 543 Huntington, WV, and he enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his son, Craig M. Roush of Hartford, WV; daughters, Julie Ann Porter of Mason, WV and Tara Renee Roush of Gallipolis Ferry, WV; Debra Kay Roush his loving wife; brothers, Ronnie Roush of Ravenswood, Daniel Roush of Point Pleasant and Harold Roush of Chicago IL.; sister Janice Reitmire of Hartford, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Huling Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Letart-Evergreen Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post # 9926 Mason, American Legion Post # 140 New Haven and American Legion Post # 0039 Pomeroy, OH. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

GREGORY SCOTT COBB

Gregory Scott Cobb, 48, of Cottageville, WV, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born December 11, 1967, in Gallipolis, OH, a son of Delmar Ray and Eunice Faye (Casto) Cobb of Cottageville, WV.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a Methodist by faith.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Jeffrey Todd (Michelle) Cobb of Statts Mills; sister, Cheryl D. (Roy) Hussell of Millwood; nephews, Bryce and Brandon Hussell; nieces, Madalyn and Macie Coon.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mills, WV with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating.

Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

MABLE ELIZABETH MOORE BARNETTE 

Barnett, MableMable Elizabeth (Woods) Moore Barnette, 92, of Ripley, WV, passed away February 2, 2016, in Ravenswood Care Center.

She was born August 2, 1923, in Woodrow, WV, the daughter of William Edward and Lenora (Hamrick) Woods. Her first husband, Elbert “Moe” Moore; her second husband, Earl Barnette; brothers, Elmer, Lloyd, Clyde, Forrest, Steward and Albert Wood and her twin sister, Mamie Katherine also preceded her in death.

Mable was a former employee of Dupont in Virginia then, returned home to graduate from Marlinton High School in 1945.

In December of 1946 she met Elbert Moore while she was deer hunting in Pocahontas County. They were married in June of 1947 and moved the Charleston.

Mable retired as a cook from the Hayes Junior High School in St. Albans and in 1997 moved to Ripley, WV, to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. She joined the Calvary United Methodist Church and enjoyed going to the Ripley Senior Center.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Charley Hutchison; sister, Mildred Sutton, and several nieces and nephews including Kenny Sutton (Debbie), Ralph Sutton (Linda), Charles Woods (Vicki) and Sandy Beverage (Bobbie).

Visitation was held Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, and committal service was held “up home” in Pocahontas County in the Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton, on Friday, February 5, 2016.

In memory of Mable, donations to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1001 Kennawa Dr, Charleston, WV 25311, will be appreciated.

AMY I. FRIEND
Friend, AmyAmy Inez Friend, 105, of Malvern, OH, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, passed away January 31, 2016, in Minerva Eldercare while surrounded by her family.

She was born August 30, 1910, in Gay, WV, the eldest daughter of John William and Rosa Mae (Stephens) Cottrell. Her son, Luther Friend; daughter, Zelda Friend; brothers, Wilbur and Jennings, and sisters, Edith, Roxie, Alpha, Marguerite and Mary also preceded her in death.

Amy was a former employee of Republic Steel in Canton, OH, and member of the United Steelworkers Union. She was a homemaker, enjoyed quilting, and attended the Canton Baptist Temple where she was active with charity work.


She is survived by a son, Dwight (Mary) Friend of Malvern; brother, Oliver Cottrell of Avon Lake; four grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.


Visitation will be Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, from 11 a.m. until 12 noon when a procession will leave for a graveside service at the Ankrum Cemetery in Cottageville, WV.
JOYCE L. CARSON 

Joyce Lee “Neib” (Roush) Carson, 88, of West Columbia, WV, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, Middleport, OH.

She was born June 19, 1927 in New Haven, WV, a daughter of the late Ottie Clarence and Edna Fern (Bumgarner) Roush. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Carson and a brother Marvin Roush.

She was a homemaker and an Avon representative for many years. She was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Mason County CEO’S and the Pleasant Valley Hospital Wellness Center. She was a former member of the Mason County Historical Society, Mason Mother’s Club, United Methodist Women, Big Bend C.B. Radio Club.

Survivors include her sons, Ed and Rhonda Carson, Dick and Melissa Carson both of West Columbia, WV; daughter, Beverly and George Knapp of West Columbia, WV; sister Sally and Larry Ebersbach of Syracuse, OH; sister-in-law Joann Roush, New Haven, WV; grandchildren, Leigha (Terry) Fenwick, John (Joy) Gregory, Jennifer (Brian) Talbert, Cody Knapp, David (Jaime) Knapp, Shawna (Brian) Mick; eight great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

 Service will be Tuesday, January 26, 2016—2 pm at the Mason United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at Foglesong funeral home, Mason, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mason United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Special thank you to Dr. Robert Tayengco, Valerie Hickman, Nancy Clendenin and Overbrook Rehabilitation Center.

DONALD R. LIPSCOMB 

lipscombDonald Ray Lipscomb, 82, of Cottageville, WV, passed away January 21, 2016 in Eldercare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ripley, WV following an extended illness.

He was born June 19, 1933 in Rowlesburg, WV, the son of the late Thomas and Pearl (Myers) Lipscomb. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Lipscomb; sister Dorothy Tasker.

He was the former owner & operator of the Esso service station in Rowlesburg, WV. He was retired from Pechiney Rolled Products after 31 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668. He was a member of the Cottageville United Methodist Church and the Jackson County Republican Party.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leanna Faye (Chambers) Lipscomb; daughter, Bethany Dawn Staats and her husband Donald of South Charleston, WV.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Vera Archer and Pastor Philip Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.   Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cottageville United Methodist Church and Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV.

CHARLES A. NELSON
Charles Alfred Nelson, 94, of Ravenswood, WV passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.He was born January 13, 1922, in Chapmanville, WV, a son of the late John and Della (Hughes) Nelson.  His daughter, Judy Ann (Nelson) Wolf; brother, Carl Nelson; sister, Janelle Dye and an infant sister, also preceded him in death.He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served his country during World War II.
He retired from the I & L Department at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation and was a member of United Steelworkers Union Local #5668.  He was a Baptist by faith.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and feeding wildlife.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby (Dial) Nelson; sons, Larry Nelson (Sherry Hill), and David Nelson (Vicki), all of Ravenswood; grandchildren; Rhonda Williams, Brian, Adam and Josh Nelson, Lori Miller, and Amy Boyce; and eight great grandchildren.
Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood with Pastor Rob Ely officiating. Burial will be Monday, January 25, 2016, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV.  Visitation will be Sunday, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
WILLIS LYLE DUDDING

Willis Lyle Dudding, 87, of New Haven, WV, passed away January 19, 2016 in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV.  

He was born January 14, 1929 in Nitro, WV, a son of the late Dennis L and Nellie Marie (Luikart) Dudding. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his wife Betty J. (Schwab) Dudding and brothers, Gael and Karl Dudding.

He was a Unites States Air Force veteran and a member of VFW Post # 9926 Mason, WV. He was a retired shift operating engineer from A.E.P. He was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He was a former professional minor league baseball player. He was a former professional bowler and a professional baseball umpire. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid local sports enthusiast. Willis gave in death, as he gave in life, by being an organ donor.

Survivors include son, Randall Lee (Dana) Dudding of Charlotte, N.C. formerly of New Haven, W.V.; daughter, Lisa Lynch (Mickey Scheneberg) of Huntington, W.V.; brother, James K. Dudding of Mason, W.V.; sisters, Carol Dudding and Juanita Ward both of New Haven, W.V.; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Celebration of life service will be 1 p.m. January 27, 2016 at the Mason United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, W.V. with military honors provided by VFW Post # 9926, Mason, W.V. and American Legion Post # 140, New Haven, W.V. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Wednesday at the church. Arrangements provided by Folgesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

 

ROSALINE OLDAKER

Roseline (Lyons) Oldaker, 59, of New Haven, WV, passed away Sunday, January, 17, 2016 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.   

She was born March 26, 1956 in Point Pleasant, WV, a daughter of the late Bennie R. and Helen (Thornton) Lyons. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Oldaker.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Benjamin and John Michael Oldaker of Hartford, WV.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Union Cemetery, Letart, WV. There will be no public services.

ALLEN BAKER 

Baker, AllenAllen Baker, 47, of Ripley, WV, passed away January 15, 2016, in CAMC General Division following a brief illness.

He was born September 24, 1968, in Ripley, WV, the son of Johnnie Hoyt Baker of Given, WV, and the late Barbara Ann (Hosey) Baker.

Edward Allen Baker was a graduate of Ripley High SchoolFire Dept and was a former employee of Go-Mart in Fairplain with 22 years of service where he was the shift manager prior to being disabled. He served the residents of Jackson County as a longtime member of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, and then later became Captain of the Southern Jackson County Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting, spending time with his family and riding 4-wheelers. Allen was a Christian and member of the Centennial Community Church, Ripley.

In addition to his father, other survivors include his wife of 18 years, Jessie Ruth (Adams) Baker; uncles, Henry Baker and Paul Baker; aunt, Minnie Lane; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Sarah Roman and a special nephew, Christopher Roman; several cousins including his special first cousin, Ruth Parsons; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jim and Teresa Roman, and his special pet, Marmalade.

His brother, David H. Baker and his sister, Brenda Sue Baker also preceded him in death.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorne officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

JERRY ALLEN WALKER II 

walker, jerryJerry Allen Walker II, 40, of New Haven, WV passed away dueU.S. Flag to an extended illness January 13, 2016 in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  

He was born June 29, 1975, in Huntington, WV, a son of Jerry A. Walker Sr. of Point Pleasant and Oranga Jean Casto of Bowens Creek, WV.

He worked as a member of the Carpenters Union Local # 319 inNavey Roanoke, VA. He was a United States Navy veteran. He was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include; son, Jerry A. Walker III of West Columbia; daughters, Elizabeth Sayre of Charleston, Alexandra N. Walker of West Columbia, and Aubrey L. Walker of Point Pleasant; sister, Tara D. Swatzel of Pomeroy, OH, and his girlfriend, Shelly Barrett of New Haven.

Service will be 5 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, W.V. with Pastor Donnie Dye officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

RUBY FAYE WILSON

Wilson, Ruby websiteRuby Faye Wilson, 82, of Ripley, WV, passed away January 13, 2016, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a brief illness.

She was born May 31, 1933, in Ripley, the daughter of the late William Clarence and Freeda Pearl (Grady) Foglesong. Her daughter, Jaunita Pearl Casto also preceded her in death.
She was a 1950 graduate of Ripley High School, a homemaker and a retired cook from the Cedar Lakes Conference Center. She was formerly employed as a cook for the Village, Daniel Boone and Colonial Inn Restaurants in Ripley. 

Survivors include her son, Clarence Ray Wilson and his wife Stephanie of Easley, SC; grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Alicia Wilson and Sara Dilley and great grandchildren, Joshua Dilley and Jase William Brookover.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Christina Boggess for her care and devotion to Ruby.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

VIKKI LYNN HAYES

Vikki Lynn Hayes, 51, of Racine, OH, passed away January 12, 2016, in University of Pittsburgh Hospital following an extended illness.  

She was born August 22, 1964 in Pomeroy, OH, a daughter of Nancy K. (Jeffers) Hurlow of Clifton, WV, and William K. Hayes of Racine, OH.

She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. “She will always be my little girl”

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lola and Roy Jeffers; paternal grandparents, Nettie and Arnold Hayes; brothers, Brian and William Roy Hayes; uncles, Mike and Larry Jeffers; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Zelma and Richard Gilmore.

She was a former secretary and enjoyed riding motorcycles, animals, and computers.  

In addition to her parents, other survivors include her husband, Shawn Gilmore; daughters, Misty McComas and Leia Gilmore; brothers, Jeff and Tracy Hayes; maternal aunt, Isabel Jeffers; uncles, Robert and Walter Hayes; grandchildren, Julyan Hoffman and Autumn McComas; brother-in-law, Rick Gilmore; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Cayne and Kay Pickens; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Pastor Larry Lemley officiating. Burial will follow in Zerkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred.

JAMES MICHAEL EUGENE “J.R.” ROUSH

Roush, James Michael Eugene WebsiteJames Michael Eugene “J.R.” Roush, 40, of Reedsville, OH,U.S. Flag passed away suddenly January 9, 2016.  

He was born September 13, 1975, in Point Pleasant, WV, a son of James Ervin and Linda (Warth) Roush of Reedsville, OH.

He worked as a coal equipment operator at the AEP Gavin Plant in Cheshire, OH. He was a proud Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Germantown and the LSD John Rodgers from 1993 to 1998. He enjoyed ATV riding with friends.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include his loving wife of 19 years, Paula (Grimm) Roush;Navey a beautiful 16 year old daughter, Gracie Ellen Roush; a wonderful 15 year old son, Damian Michael Eugene Roush; sister, Cassy (Roush) Schuler; paternal grandmother, Nancy Roush of Clifton and several other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary (Goodnite) Bland of Mason; maternal grandparents, Florence and David Warth of Hartford and paternal grandfather, Leroy Roush of West Columbia.

 In honor of his wishes, there will be no services at this time. There will be a celebration of his life 6 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the Gavin Recreation Center in Cheshire, Ohio. All family and friends are welcome to attend and a covered dish is appreciated.

Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, is assisting the family.

LAWRENCE PAUL WINEBRENER

Lawrence Paul Winebrener, 79, of Letart, WV, passed away January 5, 2016, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV.  

He was born July 25, 1936, in Letart, WV, a son of the late Ross Winebrener and Dorothy Irene (Blessing) Winebrener.

He was a 1954 graduate of Wahama High School and resided in Columbus, OH, for 29 years before returning to Letart in 1983. He retired in 1998 from Hartly Manufacturing in Ravenswood, where he worked as an operator. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carla Daune (Owens) Winebrener; sisters, Florence Jean Ogilvie of St. Cloud, FL, Donna Sue Knapp (Tom) of Letart, W.V.; brother, Charles Bernard Winebrener (Janice) of Washington Courthouse, OH. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

 Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV. Burial will be in Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GARY CLARK

10295808_10208295726300612_7274969392608445506_n (2)Gary Clark, 63, of New Haven, WV, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015, after a six year battle with cancer. He alwayMasonics said he had lived a blessed life and was ready to go home when the Lord called him. He was a true blessing and an inspiration to all who knew him.

He was born in Gallipolis, OH, to the late Gerald “Pokey” and Juanita Clark. He was also preceded in death by many beloved relatives and friends.

Gary was a loving and devoted husband, dad, and “Pepes” to his two precious granddaughters, Madison and Marissa.

He was a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church and was saved and baptized by Pastor Glenn Rowe, who along with his wife, Linda, were constant encouragers with calls, visits, and prayers throughout his illness.

He was a member of Clifton Lodge # 23, AF&AM, Mason, WV. He was an inaugural recipient of theWahama High Wahama Athletic Hall of Fame, serving as secretary. He was a past member of Bend Area Care, Ohio Kanawha Referee Association and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Press and Radio Association. He was a stringer writer for the Point Pleasant Register, where he covered Wahama sports for over 40 years. He was also a radio announcer for Wahama sports on the local radio station.

Gary was a lifelong supporter of Wahama athletics and always said he never regretted on minute of the time he spent at his beloved alma mater. He was recently honored by having Wahama’s basketball court named Gary Clark Court.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, golfing, hunting, playing sports and watching sports on television.

Gary is survived and will be most sadly missed by his wife of 44 years, Vickie; daughter, Kristin (Jake) Corey; granddaughters, Madison and Marissa Corey; brother, Randy (Joanna) Clark; sister, Patty (James) Lewis; several uncles and aunts; mother in law, Betty Hamm; sister in law, Sue Schwarz and Fhonda Young. A nephew and several nieces, many cousins and friends.

Vickie wishes to express her most sincere appreciation to Dr. Wesley Lieving and staff, Dan Riggs and HealthAid Pharmacy employees, and to everyone who supported and encouraged the family during the time of Gary’s illness, especially his church family and the many churches in the area. Words cannot express how much love and comfort has been felt.

Above all the praise and glory to our precious Savior who has carried us through this difficult time.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home with Pastor Glenn Rowe officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:30 until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wahama Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 131 Hartford, WV 25247 or the Clifton United Methodist Church, C/O Foglesong Funeral Home, P.O. Box 367 Mason, WV 25260.

ELAINE SANSON

Elaine Joyce (Poole) Sanson, 82, of Ravenswood, WV, a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away December 31, 2015, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born August 29, 1933, in Athens, N.Y. a daughter of the late Alwyn and Floretta Poole. In addition to her parents, her husband, Peter A. “Pete” Sanson, who she married at age 18, and her special son, Stephen “Stevie” Sanson, also preceded her in death.

Elaine worked for many years for Philips in Saugerties, NY. She retired in 1992 and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, where she worked for five years as secretary to the Risen Christ Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Pete, moved to Ravenswood in 2007, where she joined the choir as a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church. She also belonged to the Ladies Guild at St. Matthew.
Her passions were singing with her husband and sons, cooking for people, crocheting, Words with Friends and her dog, Goldie, who could be seen walking with her daily at the Ravenswood River Park. She and her husband entertained at nursing homes through the years and sang at church. She loved to cook for people: Sick? A supper was forthcoming. Lonely? Expect a food delivery. New in town? Food was on the way. Her specialties were fried chicken and eggplant parmesan. From new friends she and dad made at the local gas station, to her doctor’s office, to Goldie’s veterinarian, Elaine made meals for everyone!! Elaine was a prodigious crocheter. She traveled with a crochet hook and yarn in tow. Pretty sure she made an afghan for every family in her clan as well as crocheted snowmen for family, friends, and neighbors at Christmas time. And with all of this, she had at least 20 games of Words with Friends going at any given moment.
Elaine was a loyal, caring, helpful, beautiful person. She stayed in touch with her family and friends from past to present. She was dearly loved in return. We will miss her.

She is survived by six of her children, their spouses and significant others; her daughter, Lisa DeGennaro and Sal of Ravenswood; sons, L. David Sanson of Loris, SC, Peter Sanson and Barbara of Catskill, NY, Kevin Sanson and Anita of Loris, SC, Jeff Sanson and Kim of Little River, SC, and Tommy Sanson and Joanne of Conway, SC. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sister, Barbara VanZetten of Voohreesville, NY; brother, Alton Poole of Athens, NY and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Saint Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood, WV. Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

MYRTLE MYERS

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Myrtle Ivy Myers
, 91, of Ripley, WV, passed away December 26, 2015, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born June 26, 1924, in Blue Creek, WV, the daughter of the late John Wesley and Chlory Ann Myers. Her son, Roscoe Lee Myers and a sister, Icie Mae Spencer also preceded her in death.

Myrtle was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers, birds and animals. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed.

Survivors include her sons, Jerry Wayne Wiseman (Sandra) of Ravenswood, and David Michael Myers of Ripley; daughters, Lou Ann Proctor (Charles) and Nancy Sue Wilkinson (Jerry) of Charleston, Melody Mae Deal (Rex) of Kenna, and Carolyn Delane Wiseman of Fairplain; 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Service will be 12 noon Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Elmer Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Boggess Cemetery, Goldtown. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

JUANITA SHARP

Sharp, Juanita websiteJuanita Mae Sharp, 92, of Ripley, WV, passed away December 25, 2015, in the Ravenswood Village.

She was born August 26, 1923, in Elkview, WV, the daughter of the late Chester and Delia (Jarrett) Jackson. Her first husband, Howard H. Stoffel, Sr.; her second husband, William Paul Sharp; son, Earl “Butch” Stoffel; daughters, Linda L. Stoffel, Donna Tyler and Patty Sharp; grandson, Joseph Scott Stoffel and a sister, Marie Parrish also preceded her in death.

Juanita was a homemaker and enjoyed games shows, soap operas, flower gardening and being around her family.

Survivors include her sons, Howard Stoffell, Jr. (Linda) of Sandyville, Steve Stoffel (Brenda) of Elkview, Roger Stoffel and Bobby Sharp both of Ripley, Brooks Sharp of Marshall and Billy Sharp (Gloria) of Ravenswood; daughter, Janet Hamby of Ripley; sister, Jerrie Taylor of Charleston, 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

IMOGENE GARNES

Garnes, ImogeneImogene (Parsons) Garnes, 81, of Evans, WV, passed away December 24, 2015, at her home following a brief illness.

She was born September 15, 1934, in Green Creek, WV, a daughter of the late Ollie and Annie Lou (Moore) Parsons. Her husband, Maywood Garnes and sisters, Madeline Garnes and Lucille Mullinex also preceded her in death.

Imogene was a homemaker, a member of the Ripley Senior Citizens and enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls. She was a member of the Evans United Methodist Church.


Survivors include her sons, Leo Garnes (Tammy), Calvin Garnes, Glendal Garnes (Kim), Marvin Garnes and Ricky Garnes (Karen) all of Evans; brother, Marvin Lee Parsons of Hartwell, GA; sisters, Willadean Rhodes and Redith Rucker both of Evans; 11 grandchildren,14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.


Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor William Holley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015, in the Foster Chapel Cemetery, Evans.

MARY SOUTHALL

Southall, MaryMary Magdalene Southall, 79, of Ripley, WV, passed away December 16, 2015, in Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born October 6, 1936, in Charleston, WV, the daughter of the late Adam Harrison and Mary Alifair (Spencer) Shamblin. Her husband, William Robert Southall; sons, Randall Ray Southall and David Lee Southall; brothers, Roy D., Orville, William “Willie,” James H., William “Jasper,” Virgil and Thaddeus Shamblin, and sisters, Barbara Newman, Belva Farmer, Evaline “Linie” Turley, and Gertrude Boggess also preceded her in death.

Mary was a former employee of the Alpine Restaurant and Theater in Ripley, and was a retired custodian from the Jackson County Board of Education. She enjoyed reading, children, baking, and spending time with her family. She was a longstanding member of the West Ripley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Stephanie Casto (Kevin) of Ripley; sons, William Robert Southall (Lorrie) of Vine Grove, KY, and Timothy Wayne Southall (Lorenda) of Toledo, OH; grandchildren, James, Ian and Evan Southall; brother, Floyd C. Shamblin of Carrolton, KY, and sisters, Dotty Hayes (Frank) of Cottageville, Julia Wiggins and Delores “Jean” DeBerry both of Parkersburg.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Jack Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Moriah Cemetery near Ripley. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

DONALD EDWARD STONE

Donald Edward Stone, 50, of Mason, WV, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Pleasant Valley Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born December 13, 1965, in Pomeroy, OH, a son of Marjorie Doreen (Herrmann) Stone and the late Robert Clifford Stone. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Caleb Stone; and a sister-in-law Terry Stone.

He was a former construction worker and attended the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Hartford, WV.

Survivors include, brothers; Rick Stone of Mason, Vincent Stone of Middleport, OH, Jeff Stone of Tuppers Plains, OH, and his fiancé, Joy Fields.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Everett Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in Howell Hill Cemetery, Pomeroy, OH. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

LEO F. GIBBS

GibbsLeo Friend Gibbs, 88, of New Haven, WV, passed awayU.S. Flag Sunday, December 13, 2015, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born April 16, 1927, in Hartford, WV, a son of the late Arthur Elijah and Hazel (Lewis) Gibbs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur “Buddy” Gibbs, Carl J. Gibbs; sisters, Maxine Dolly Turnball and Ethel Louise Gibbs.

He was retired from the maintenance department of Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood, with 30 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion Post #140, New Haven, WV and the United Steel Workers Union, Local #5668.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ila Wilma (Layne) Gibbs; daughters, Debbie MenchiniArmy 02 (Mickey) of Lima, OH, and Sandra Morris (Archie) of Charleston, WV; sons, Tom Gibbs (Sheila) of Ripley, WV, and Larry Gibbs (Dottie) of Lesage, WV; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In honoring his wishes, there will be a private family graveside service in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV. Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV is assisting the family.

GEORGE LEE SMOOT

Army 02George Lee Smoot, 88, of Mason, WV, passed away December 12, 2015, in Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH, following an extended illness.  

He was born August 17, 1927, in Crown Hill, WV, a son of the late George Smoot Sr. and Clara (Raike) Smoot. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Vernon Smoot, John Smoot; sister, Jenny Moore; step-son, Keith Cook and step-grandson, Cliff Cook.

He was a United States Army veteran serving in World War II, He was a retired coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers Association. He was a member of the American Legion and was a Methodist by faith.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Daisy (Saunders) Smoot; son, George (Karla) Smoot; daughters, Cathy (Jerry) Chancellor and Sue (Terry) Breeden; grandsons, Joshua Robinson, Cody Breeden, Gregory and Tyler Smoot; great-grandchildren Lily Robinson and Trevor Smoot; step-children Tammy (Rick) Brooks, Robert Cook; step-grandchildren, Angie (Mark) Michot, Heath Engle, Curtis (Holly) Cook, Jerod (Becky) Cook; step great-grandchildren, Colt Engle, Grace Engle, Cassidy Cook, Caylen Cook, Curtis Jeffrey Robinson Cook, Jameson Cook, Kendayl and Averlee Michot; caregivers, Tammy Brooks and Robert Cook.

Service will be Tuesday, December 15, 2015—1 p.m. at Foglesong Funeral Home., Mason, WV. Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant, WV, with full military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 9926 Mason, WV, and American Legion Post 140 New Haven, WV. Visitation will be 12:30 pm to 1 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

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