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Margaret Ellen Childers

 

Margaret Ellen (Gill) Childers, 83, of Ravenswood, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019, in the Ravenswood Care Center, following an extended illness.

She was born April 6, 1936, in Clearco, WV, the daughter of the late Lester and Elsie (Hoke) Gill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Eugene Childers and brother, Edward Gill.

Margaret was a homemaker and long time member of the Second Baptist Church in Ravenswood. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, painting and various crafts.

Survivors include her son, Steve Childers and his wife Lisa of Kernersville, NC; brother, Lacy Conrad Gill and his wife Dorothy of Gahanna, OH and granddaughter, Maddie Grace Childers of Kernersville, NC.

Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in Ravenswood Cemetery with Pastor Randy Payne officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is honored to serve the Childers family.

Tammy Reitmire

Tammy Louise Reitmire, 46, of West Columbia, WV, passed away August 10, 2019 at her home following a brief illness.

She was born August 5, 1973, in Point Pleasant, WV a daughter of the late Addie Mae (Landacre) Reitmire and William Joseph Reitmire of Pomeroy, OH.

Survivors in addition to her father include her children, Michael, Steven and Patrick Stump, John Reitmire, Brandon, Shawn and Matthew Sayre; daughter, Tamra Sayre; brothers, Mark and Michael Reitmire

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeremy Stump; brother, Joey Reitmire.

Private burial will be in the Graham Baptist Church Cemetery, New Haven, WV.
Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

J.C. Thompson

J.C. Thompson, 38, of Mount Alto, WV, was found deceased in Letart, WV, on August 9, 2019, a victim of homicide.

He was born October 27, 1980, in Gallipolis, OH, the son of Ronald Rex Thompson of Columbus, OH and the late Beverly Jo (Click) Thompson Owings.

In addition to his father, other survivors include his sister, Bethany Jo Thompson of Roanoke, VA; maternal grandparents, Phillip Henry Click, Jr. and Dorthy Violet (Durst) Click of Mount Alto and an uncle, Rod Click of Mount Alto.

Private interment will be in the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto. There will be no public services.

Charlotte Ann (Sharp) Hevener 

Charlotte Ann (Sharp) Hevener, 82, of St. Albans, WV, formerly of Jackson County, passed away August 10, 2019, at Hubbard Hospice West, South Charleston.

She was born May 12, 1937, in Wyandotte, Michigan, a daughter of the late Creamore Osborne and Mary Elizabeth (Pennybacker) Sharp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald Urey Hevener; brothers, Phillip Osborne Sharp, William Lee Sharp and sister, Betty Jean Grevstad.

Charlotte was a homemaker who loved and cherished her family.

Survivors include her son, Phillip G. Hevener; daughters, Amber C. Reed and her husband Charles, Sherry J. Perdew; grandchildren, Ann M. Wray and her husband Bryan, Brittany L. Reed, Justin C. Reed; great- grandchildren, Cassandra A. Van Way, Corey A. Van Way, Kristina N. Van Way; great-great grandchildren, Andrew R. Van Way-Lake, BrookLyn J. DeBolt, Noah C. Reed, Remington G. Reed and her very special dog, Baby Bella.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with Mike Bell officiating.

Doris Jean Tomlinson 

Doris Jean Tomlinson, 75, of Eleanor, WV, left a life of trials to join her heavenly father on August 6, 2019, at the Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

She was born April 23, 1944, in Advent, WV, the daughter of the late Lytal and Gatha (Parsons) Payne. In addition to her biological parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Tomlinson; son, David Lee Tomlinson; daughter, Deborah Florence Tomlinson; adopted parents, Donald and Lilly Jones; brother, Robert Dale Payne; sisters, Karen Sue Payne, Carol Payne-Folds and sister-in-law, Barbara Payne.

Doris was a homemaker and caregiver. She was a lifetime member of the Red House United Brethren Independent Church where she was also a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. She enjoyed reading Christian romance books, bibliographies, growing flowers and babysitting local children.

Survivors include her daughter, Dreama Tomlinson Smith and her husband Dan of Cross Lanes; son, Gary Riffle and his wife Thelma of Eleanor; brothers, Leroy Payne of Parkersburg, Ray Payne and his wife Jean of Sissonville, Jack Payne and his wife Sue of Sandyville, John Payne and his wife Nancy of Ohio; sisters, Donna Hamon and Jan Hamon both of Given; granddaughter Bobbi Jo Hescht of Cross Lanes and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 12 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Red House United Brethren Independent Church, Red House, WV, with Pastor Greg Blake officiating. Interment will follow in the Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.castofuneralhome.com

Casto Funeral Home, Evans, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Roberta Ann Parsons

Roberta Ann “Robbie” Parsons, 71, of Evans, WV, passed away August 4, 2019, at the Ravenswood Care Center, following an extended illness.

She was born November 16, 1947, in Elyria, OH, the daughter of the late Herman A. and Mary Jane (Null) Alfred.

Robbie graduated from Parkersburg High School, and then worked for the Ideal Corrugated Box Company. Her good neighbors, Robert and Mildred Moss introduced her to Lester. He soon became her husband and they started their 49-year marriage together. They had four wonderful children.

Robbie worked as a respiratory therapist and later went back to school to become a registered nurse. She retired from Jackson General Hospital where she worked in the Intensive Care Unit and later worked for Kanawha Hospice until her health began to fail.

She was a member of the Evans Church of God and her belief in God, her love for her children, and especially the grandchildren sustained her through many years of ill health.

Survivors include her husband, Lester; children, Allison Smith (Earl), Nathan Parsons (Danielle), Daniel Parsons (Carrie) and David Parsons (Tongia); 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Robert Alfred, James Alfred and sister, Rebecca Peterson.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman and the Rev. Harless Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the
funeral home.

David Jay Casto

David Jay Casto, 74, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 7, 1945, in Spencer, WV, the son of the late Kenna David and Nina Adelene (Comer) Casto. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Casto in May of this year; sisters, Donna Steel, Carolyn Casto; brothers, Denzil Casto, Dewaine Casto and Denvil Casto.

David was a retired heavy equipment operator from the West Virginia Department of Highways with over 15 years of service. He enjoyed training boxing to the youth in Jackson County, NASCAR, fishing and hunting.

He was known for his laughter and joking and especially being a prankster with his grandchildren. He loved his family and was most generous. He never had much in life but his family could always count on his grand sense of humor to help them through tough times.

Survivors include his children, David Jay Casto II and his wife, Lisa of Ripley, Katharina Angus and her husband Joe of Barboursville; brother, Dewight Casto of Ripley; sisters, Dorothy Casto of Ripley, Deloris Stutler of Fairplain; grandchildren Colton Angus, Kendra Cremeans and Jacob Casto.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Baptist Grove Cemetery, Leroy. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

G.W. “Bo” Casto

Gregory Wallace “Bo” Casto, 68, of Evans, WV, passed away suddenly, July 30, 2019, at his second home in Vienna, WV.

He was born January 1, 1951, the son of the late Harlan W. Casto, Jr. and Marjorie (Sayre) Casto.

Bo, was a 1969 graduate of Ripley High School and was very active in coordinating their recent 50-year anniversary reunion. Following high school, he attended West Virginia Tech, was later employed by Point Express, was a member of the Boilermakers Union and retired from Appalachian Power Company.

He was a member of Ripley Lodge #16 AF & AM and the Nemesis Temple Shrine, Parkersburg. For several years, Bo has been an active supporter of the Shriners Hospitals. He was a Roadrunner for Shriners volunteer, transporting children to and from the hospital in Lexington, KY, and was the recipient of many awards for his service.

Bo was a member, a National Referee and a National Champion Coach for the Natural Athletic Strength Association (NASA). He coached teams to the National Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, and was a NASA team coach for AAU. He was also an inductee into the NASA Legends Hall of Fame.

He served as the statistician for the Ripley High football team in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s and was a life member of the Ripley High School Alumni Association. He also surprised and thrilled many local children by being Santa Claus during the Christmas Season and was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Ripley.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Kay (Moore) Casto; son, Seth Wallace Casto (Samantha); daugher, DeVonna Casto; grandson, Cameron Wallace Allen Casto; granddaughter, McKinze Kaylynn Casto; sister, Lucky Lee Murdock; stepson, Aaron Wix (Brenda) and step grandchildren, Ethan Wix and Ella Wix.

Service will be 5 p.m. August 4, 2019, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of service. Private burial will be in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans.

Kenneth L. Duty

Kenneth L. Duty, 71, of Point Pleasant, WV, formerly of Letart, WV, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV.

He was born February 12, 1948 a son of the late James Albert & Bettie Maureen (Gue) Duty.

He was a former truck driver for Carson Farms and was a Baptist by faith.

There will be no public services at this time.

Arrangements provided by Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

Marilyn Joan (Salser) Carroll

Marilyn Joan (Salser) Carroll, 77, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019, in CAMC Memorial, Charleston.

She was born February 23, 1942 in Sherman, WV, a daughter of the late William Judy and Velma Marie (Woofter) Salser.

Marilyn retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier in 2007. She loved her dog Snoopy, enjoyed working puzzles, square dancing and vacationing at  Myrtle Beach. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved watching them in their athletic events.

Survivors include, her daughters, Lacretia (Larry) Milhoan of Murraysville, Aletia (Eric) Cullen of Ravenswood, Kimberly (Hal) Bigley of Murraysville; grandchildren, Derrick (Tamra) Milhoan, Dustin (Jessica) Milhoan, Chelsie (Jarrod) Richards, Michael Moran, Aaron Cullen, Erica Cullen, Hallie Bigley, Zachariah Bigley; great grandchildren, Nicholas Milhoan, Ali Milhoan, Cole Milhoan, Raylan Milhoan, Carley Richards, Tenley Cullen; brother, James Salser of Murraysville, and sister, Donna Morgan of Ripley.

Service will be 8 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Dee Rhodes officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home. Committal service will be 11 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Howell Cemetery on Milhoan Ridge, Ravenswood.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Willard Eugene “Bill” Boyd

Willard Eugene “Bill” Boyd, 88, of Fairplain, answered the call of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Born in Ripley, WV on March 18, 1931, Bill was the only son of Tennessee native Thomas Willard “T.W.” Boyd and Mary Adele (Rhodes) Boyd of Ripley. He was the eldest of three siblings.

He married Margaret Ann Shenefield on August 13, 1955, at Independence Church in Sandyville. Together they served that church for almost 64 years, raising three children and guiding many more along the way.

A 1949 graduate of Ripley High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950; he served at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona and overseas in Guam, England, and North Africa. He was very active in the American Legion and VFW and volunteered for many years as the driver of a Veterans Administration van, transporting our nation’s heroes to the VA hospital. A highlight of Bill’s life was the pleasure of meeting the Commander-In-Chief, President George W. Bush in 2002.

Bill began work as a teenager delivering groceries for Jackson County Wholesale Grocery of Sandyville, WV. A man with great mechanical aptitude and boundless energy, he co-owned with his father T.W. Boyd & Son Garage at Fairplain. He ran a countywide garbage collection business, a 24-hour wrecker/towing service, owned a body shop, and sold GMC trucks and Massey Ferguson farm equipment. He worked for Carl Smith, Inc. for many years.

Ever industrious, Bill assembled an impressive wood shop and enjoyed making log house squirrel feeders, birdhouses, and a host of projects for friends and for sale. He and lifelong friend Carl Stone founded what they called the Grunt & Groan Construction Company. He was able to use a computer and I-Phone 8 at 88 years old.

Bill understood the value of making family memories. He saved money to take his family on vacation every year. It was never paid for with credit. His children recall that for that one week, this hardworking man was all theirs! When his children were grown, he and Margaret crossed the country with friends more than once, enjoying the blessings of God in this great country that he loved.

Another of his greatest passions was the annual fishing trip to Canada with his friends. When a fishing buddy of greater means offered to pay for his trip, Bill declared that if he would not be allowed to pay his own way, he would not go!

In the late 1960s, Bill purchased a property in the mountains. He built a cabin there in the early 1970s, and to that tract along Red Creek in Tucker County he and his family retreated as often as they could. Priceless memories were made fishing, hunting, hiking, and times shared with family and friends.

A great storyteller and one of the world’s great laughers, he was the sunshine in any room. Bill was a “man of a thousand friends” because he was generous with his time, his energy, and whatever he had. He was a living blessing to all who knew him. Character, service, and patriotism defined him. All will sadly miss him.

In addition to his parents, his beloved daughter, Deborah Darlene Stone; two infant sibling sisters, his beloved sister, Patricia Winter, and grandson, Steven Bryce Stone, preceded Bill in death.

In addition to his wife of 63 years Margaret, Bill is survived by his son, Craig Eugene Boyd (Angie) of Sevierville, Tennessee; daughter, Natalie Ann Wayne (Mark) of Evans; sister, Donna Sue Cobb (Dan) of Racine, Ohio; son-in-law, Steve Stone of Sandyville; seven grandchildren; Zachary Stone (Allison) of St. Albans, Nick Boyd (Sierra) of Maryville, Tennessee, Nathaniel Crowder (Cassie) of Dunbar, Lacey Struble (Collin) of Ripley, Ashley Gump (Mickey) of Ravenswood, Chase Wayne of Radford, VA, and Reagan Wayne of Chapel Hill, NC; three great-grandchildren, River, Jackson, Wrigley and one on the way! He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at the Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville, WV, with Pastor Jarrod Caltrider officiating. Burial with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard will follow in the Independence Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 30, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the church.

George Eugene Knapp

George Eugene Knapp, 77, of West Columbia, WV, passed away July 26, 2019 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH following a sudden illness.

He was born July 12, 1942 in Letart, WV, a son of the late Gene and Ella (Durst) Knapp. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Claude, Floyd Ray and Jimmy Knapp; sister, Wanda Sturgeon.

He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School Class of 1960. He was retired pipefitter from Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668 Ravenswood. He was a member of Southern A’s, Model A Ford Club. He was a member of the N.R.A. and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed Westerns, reading and was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Beverly (Carson) Knapp; children, Melissa Knapp of Mason, David (Jamie) Knapp of Leon and Cody (Tara) Knapp, of Hilliard, OH; step-children, Leigha (Terry) Fenwick of Huntington and John (Joy) Gregory of Granville, OH; grandchildren, Rachel Shannon, Kristin  (Brian) Shaffer, Erika (Chris Cook) Knapp and Buck (Jenny) Knapp; step-grandchildren, Cameron Buzzard, Cooper Gregory and Emma Fenner; great-grandchildren, Raegan Knapp, Jamielynn Knapp, Ryan Gibbs and Aidan, Austin and Anna Shannon; brother, Tom Knapp (Donna) of West Columbia and sisters, Maxine Warner (Jack) and Sharon Willcoxin (Larry) all of Leon.

Service will be 7 p.m. ~ Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

SHELDON H. MORRISON

Sheldon Hersel Morrison, 73, of Leon, WV, passed away July 18, 2019 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH, following a brief illness.
He was born January 13, 1946 in Columbus, OH, a son of the late Hersel D. and Iva Delores (DeWeese) Morrison.

He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways with 25 years of service and enjoyed farming.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Kathy Pauline (Stephens) Morrison; daughters, Darlene (Earl) Hart, Diane (Michael) McNutt and Amanda (Thomas Gardner) Morrison all of Leon; brother, Darrell and Roger Morrison of Leon; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, July 21, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

 

 C. KATHLEEN BARBER HUNT

C. Kathleen (Hunt) Barber Hunt, 89, of Evans, WV, passed away at her home on July 15, 2019, following an extended illness.

She was born January 16, 1930 in Evans, a daughter of the late Henry Howard and Anise Lorene (Casto) Hunt. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John W. Barber; daughter, Linda Stephens; Second husband, Robert Hunt; sister, Juanita Frump; brothers, Henry, Charles, Howard, Marvin and Claude Hunt.

She was homemaker and a former adult education teacher for Jackson County in sewing. She judged sewing contests and the Jackson County Jr. Fair and was an accomplished seamstress. She was member of the Evans United Methodist Church serving as Sunday school teacher and singing in the church choir. She enjoyed country music especially Marty Robbins.

Survivors include her son, Jay Barber of Evans; daughter, Charlotte (Jerry) Cogar of St. Albans; grandchildren, Shannon Stephens, Seth (Charlotte) Stephens, Ben (Brittany) Barber and Erin Barber; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Mason and Aubrey Stephens. She was also blessed to be able to enjoy for the past six months Ezekiel John Barber. Step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Bernie, Jennifer, Mike(Tina) Andy (Stacie) Benji (Candy Basnight), Nick, Maddie, Tyler, Hannah, Sammie and Jack.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, and the home care staff for their excellent care. A special thank you to her caregivers, Brittany Barber and Michelle Shirley

Service will be 10 a.m. ~ Saturday, July 20, 2019 in the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Danny Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West. Charleston, WV 25387-2536

Henrietta Edwards

Henrietta Edwards, 93, of St. Mary’s, WV, formerly of South Charleston, passed away July 15, 2019, at The Heritage Assisted Living Center, 1809 North Pleasants Highway, St. Mary’s, WV.

She was born October 31, 1925, in Clifton, WV, a daughter of the late Lewis W. and Naomi (Russell) Edwards. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Russell Edwards; sister, Eva Marie Camp and long-time companion of 50 years, Emerson “Buzz” Evans.

Henrietta was a 1943 graduate of Wahama High School in Mason and attended Charleston School of Commerce. She was a retired Executive Secretary from Union Carbide Research and Development with over 45 years of service. Prior to her employment at Union Carbide, she worked for the West Virginia Department of Vital Statistics with 16 years of service. She enjoyed shopping, hiking, fishing and was Methodist by faith.

Left to cherish her memory are her nephews and nieces, Lew Camp and his wife Penny of Williamstown, WV, Cinda Burns and her husband Tim of Williamstown, R. “Bill” Williams Jr. and his wife Annette of Marietta, OH, Debra Conner and her husband Glen of Summerville, SC; seven great nieces and nephews and several great- great nieces and nephews.

Per her wishes, there will be a private graveside service at the New Lone Oak Cemetery in Point Pleasant.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Heritage for their kind and loving care of Henrietta and would also like to thank the Housecalls Hospice in Parkersburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to House Calls Hospice, 417 Grand Park Dr. Suite 204 Parkersburg, WV 26105.

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Foglesong- Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, is honored to serve the Edwards family.

 

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