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EMOGENE “JEAN” TEMPLETON

Templeton, JeanMary Emogene “Jean” Templeton, 81, of Millwood, WV, passed away August 29, 2015, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born June 7, 1934, in Quinwood, WV, a daughter of the late Oliver Ray and Orpha Claris (Pettrey) Rogers. Her husband, William J. Templeton; daughter, Marcia L. “Jorge” Jackson and sisters, Irene Gaye Rogers and Carol Criddle also preceded her in death.

Jean was a homemaker and a member of the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed singing gospel songs and was a former member of the church choir and in her youth, sang in a gospel trio on radio.

Survivors include her daughter, Debi Beverage of Millwood; grandchildren, Rachel Tolley of Gay, Benjamin Staats of Spencer, and E.J Jackson of Williamstown; great grandchildren, Austin Tolley, Jordan Tolley, Ryan Tolley, Lauren Tolley and Mia Jackson; stepchildren, Brenda Webb of Cottageville, Dorcas Carmichael of Medina, Janice Hawkins of Weston and William “Butch” Templeton of Eleanor; brother, Dorsey Ray Rogers of Inverness, FL; son-in-law, Ed Jackson of Williamstown, and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Dale Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

HARRY CROWDER

Harry Junior Crowder, 61, of Mount Alto, WV, passed away August 29, 2015, in CAMC Memorial Division following an extended illness.

He was born November 19, 1953, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Harry Gerald and Ada (Moore) Crowder. His son, Kevin Crowder also preceded him in death.

He was Vietnam era United States Army veteran. He was a maintenance repairman and was formerly employed by Fred Sayre Motors, Charleston Foundry and most recently the P.A. Denny. He enjoyed horses, fishing and vintage cars and trucks.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Terry L. (Guy) Crowder; son, John Joseph Crowder of Kenna; daughters, Stacey Michelle Crowder of Mount Alto, and Roseanne Hernandez of Ravenswood; sister, Donna Crowder of Mount Alto, and five grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Fairplain Cemetery with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

JOHN MARTIN ZUSPAN

John Martin Zuspan, 63, of Mason, WV passed away August 25, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Mason, following an extended illness.

He was born June 7, 1952, in Mason County, WV, a son of the late William Zuspan and Velma (Gregory) Zuspan of Mason, WV.

He was the founding owner of Zuspan Recycling with two of his sons, and was affiliated with the Christian Brethren Church.

Survivors in addition to his mother, include his sons, John M. Zuspan II (Julia) of Lewis Center, OH, Donald “Don” J. Zuspan (Kimberly) of Mason, and Paul G. Zuspan of Hartford; daughter, Jenny Roush-Howard (J.W.) of Mason; sister, Sarah Stover (Tim) of Mason; brothers, Bill Zuspan (Linda) of Mason, and Frank Zuspan (Debbie) of Mason; grandchildren, Zachary Zuspan, Hope Zuspan, Densyl Zuspan, Jacob Bennett, Kyra Zuspan, Jayvin Roush, Justin Roush, Jasmine Howard, and Jace Howard and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with the Reverend Howard Blain and the Reverend Billy Zuspan officiating. Burial will follow in Zuspan Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

THOMAS W. LEGG

Thomas Wilson Legg, 90, of Ravenswood, WV passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 in Ravenswood Village following an extended illness.

He was born November 29, 1924, in Summersville, WV, a son of the late Raymond C. and Verna (Murphy) Legg.  Brothers, Lewis, Okey, Charlie and Raymond Legg; and sister, Donna Patterson, also preceded him in death.

He was retired from the Casting Department at Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Corporation and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Union Local #5668.  He was a World War II Navy veteran serving in the battle of Midway. He was a member of V.F.W Post #6669, Ravenswood. He was a member of the Independent Fellowship Church, Ravenswood.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Legg of Ravenswood; son, Thomas Michael Legg of Fairfax, VA; daughter, Brenda K. Grobarz of Millsboro, DE; brothers, Jerry Legg of Pinch and Bobby Jack Legg of Sissonville; sister, Nell Moore of Alum Creek; four grandchildren and three great grand children.

Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Independent Fellowship Church, Ravenswood, WV with Pastor Allen Stewart and Pastor Enoch Pursley officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, 6 – 8 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.  Graveside service will be Friday, 4 p.m. at WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin, WV.  In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Independent Fellowship Church, c/o Casto Funeral Home, 802 Washington Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

DEMETRE ELIZABETH WILSON

Demetre Elizabeth (Holz) Wilson, 63, of Sandyville, WV passed away Monday, August 24, 2015, at her home.

She was born May 18, 1952, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Melvin Malcolm and Lois Oval (Jarrett) Paxton.  Her husband, Ralph Barry “Huck” Wilson; son, Jeffrey Allen Kelly and sister, Carlotta Sue Jarrett, also preceded her in death.

She was a cosmetologist and a Baptist by faith.  She enjoyed her children and was an animal lover. Her hobbies included crafting and scrap booking.

Survivors include her sons, Joseph Jay Kelly of Sandyville and Randall James Shilton of Antioch, IL; daughter, Christina Elaine (Kelly) Jacobson of Looneyville; sister, Jonalene Marks of Clay; ten grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Spencer Memorial Gardens, Spencer, WV with Larry Jones officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

LILLIAN EWING

Ewing, LillianLillian Jewel (Perry) Ewing, 73, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away August 22, 2015, in Ravenswood Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born July 5, 1942, in Miami, WV, a daughter of the late Charles Wesley and Nellie Gray (Janie) Perry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Ewing; brothers, Ralph, Bill and Donald Perry; sisters, Violet Thacker and Margaret Wood.

She was a cashier, bookkeeper and caretaker for Lowe’s Hardware, Ravenswood, WV. She was a former bookkeeper for I.G.A. and a member of the Kaiser & Douglas Church of Christ, Ravenswood, WV. She enjoyed her church, gospel music and her family.

Survivors include her sons; Scott Anthony Hall and his wife Beverly of Ravenswood, Christopher James Hall of Parkersburg; daughters, Jamie Ann and her husband William Keith Sheppard of Ravenswood, Bobbie Jean and her husband Mathew Eshenaur of Wheelersburg, OH and Melissa Lynn and her husband Lance Morrison of Ravenswood; brother, Charles Wesley Perry Jr. of Ravenswood; sisters, Charlotte Adams and Janet Barker both of Ravenswood, Dorothy Sasz and Wanda McCullough both of Akron, OH, Freda Haston of Afton, TN; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Ministers Eddie Stewart and Ronald Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 28, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

JERALD E. “SONNY” FOX

Sonny websiteJerald Edwin “ Sonny” Fox, 73, of Evans, WV, passed away suddenly,U.S. Flag August 19, 2015.

He was born March 31, 1942, in Angerona, WV, a son of the late Joseph Edgar and Ethel Nadine (Ankrum) Fox. His sister, Carolyn also preceded him in death.

Sonny was a Vietnam War era United States Air Force veteran, and a retired engineer from Verizon. He was a longtime member and past chief of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department and former owner and operator of D.L. Trucking. He was a member of the Cottageville-Evans Baptist Church, and enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Delores L. “Dee” (Ward) Fox; son, James E. Fox (Iva) ofAir Force 02 Evans; daughter, Tonja Oakes (Jeffrey “Jay”) of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Shad Fox (Katie) of Sissonville, and Gracelyn Fox and Tanner Fox both of Evans; great grandchildren, Mason Fox and Emma Fox; brothers, Alvin Fox (Sharon) of Cottageville, and David Fox (Lynn) of Fairmont.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor David Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow in Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Cottageville-Evans Baptist Church, P.O. Box 174, Cottageville, WV 25239.

BETTY LOUISE MATICS

Matics, BettyBetty Louise Matics, 83, of Spencer, WV, passed away August 14, 2015, in the Roane General Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit following an extended illness.

She was born December 4, 1931, in Spencer, a daughter of the late Coy Brown and Goldie Mae (Wyatt) Casto. Her sisters, Ella Lea Burdette, Velda Taylor and Marie Casto, and brothers, Ralph Casto and Harold Casto also preceded her in death.

She was a former employee of the Kellwood Company, Stahlman’s Fabric Shop, Roane General Hospital and was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #2307 in Parkersburg, WV.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Karen L. (Conner) and James W. Casto, Jr. of Evans; grandchildren, J.W. Casto, III, and his wife, Karmyn of Ravenswood, Megan Rebecca Casto, and Morgan Tyler Casto both of Evans; great grandchildren, James William Casto, IV, and Sophia Renae Casto; sister, Opal Shreve of Spencer and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, WV, with Bill Walton and the Rev. Don Bauer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Monday, at the funeral home. Committal service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is handling arrangements.

Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the staff at Roane General Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit for their kind, compassionate and most professional care of our mother and grandmother.

CARL JUNIOR GIBBS


Purple HeartCarl Junior Gibbs, 90, of New Haven, WV, went to be with the Lord August 12, 2015 U.S. Flagin Overbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Middleport, Ohio, following an extended illness.

He was born July 14, 1925, 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 his wife of 67 years, Geraldine A. (Hesson) Gibbs; daughter, Sharon J. Lloyd; brother, Arthur “Buddy” Gibbs; sisters, Maxine Dolly Turnball and Ethel Louise Gibbs.

He was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp serving in World War II. He wasMarine Corps 02 a Purple Heart recipient and served in Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. Following in his great-grandfathers footsteps, Sargent Casey R. Harrison, served in the United States Marine Corp in Afghanistan. Carl was a former employee of the Mason and Hartford Drive Inn Theaters. He was retired from the maintenance department at Phillip Sporn plant with 33 years of service He was a Christian and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mason, WV.

Survivors include; daughters, Carol Lathey (Larry) of Letart, WV and Carletta Holbrook (Marty) of Clermont, FL; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sheena) Lathey, Melissa Burke, David and Hannah Holbrook, Jeremy Todd (Heather) Lloyd, Joel (Amber) Lloyd, Jennifer Board, 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday August 16, 2015, at the First Baptist Church Mason, WV with Pastor Rob Grady officiating. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post #9926 Mason, WV, and American Legion Post #140 New Haven, WV. Visitation will be Saturday, August, 15, 2015, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

OKEY KOONTZ

KoontzOkey Otmer Koontz, 76, of Sandyville, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Cleveland Clinic following an extended illness.

Okey was born May 8, 1939, at Cottageville, WV, and was one of 13 children born to the late Warren Webster and Phoebe Blanche (Counts) Koontz. Brothers John Wesley, Robert Dorn, Floyd Webster and Richard Lee Koontz, and sisters, Loretta Full, Luann Koontz, and Rosalee Kerwood, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired splicer from Verizon and a member of the Communication Workers of America.  He was a member and former Sunday school superintendent and teacher for Drift Run Church, Sandyville. He enjoyed hunting, boating and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ruth Ann (Thompson) Koontz; son, Steven Wayne Koontz and his wife, Carolyn Sue, of Parkersburg; daughters, Debbie Ann Posey and her husband, Patrick, of Lubeck and Michele Rena Phillips, and her husband, Greg, of Sandyville. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Margie Koontz of Newark, Fred and Carol Koontz of Parkersburg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eloise and Herbert Sayre of St. Albans, Janet Hale of Newark, and Betty Anderson of Harrisville; six grandchildren; Jeff and Mike Burdette, Zachary and Ashley Posey, and Dalton and Tana Phillips; ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor David Long officiating. Burial will follow in the Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Drift Run Building Fund, c/o Casto Funeral Home, 802 Washington Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

GERALDINE A. GIBBS

Geraldine Almeta (Hesson) Gibbs, 93, of New Haven, WV, went to be with the Lord, August 9, 2015, in Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born April 10, 1922, in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late George Washington and Garnett Lowe (McMillin) Hesson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Sharon J. Lloyd; brothers, Orland, Orbin, Otis Hesson, and George O’Nail; sister, Maxine Rickard.

She was a 1940 graduate of Wahama High School. She was a homemaker and former employee of New Haven Pottery. She was the former manager of the concessions at the Mason Drive-In Theater and enjoyed scrapbooking and cooking. She was a Christian and attended the First Baptist Church in Mason, WV, where she enjoyed singing. She was also a former cook for the New Haven Elementary School.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Carl Junior Gibbs; daughters, Carol Lathey (Larry) of Letart, WV, and Carletta Holbrook (Marty) of Clermont, FL; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sheena) Lathey, Melissa Burke, David (Hannah) Holbrook, Jeremy Todd (Heather) Lloyd, Joel (Amber) Lloyd, Jennifer Board, 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2015, at the First Baptist Church, Mason, WV, with Pastor Rob Grady officiating. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery, New Haven, WV. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

SCOTT ELKINS

Elkins, Scott websiteScott L. Elkins, 41, of Ripley, WV, passed away suddenly August 6, 2015.
He was born August 23, 1973, in Ripley, WV, the son of Terry Gene and Betty Lou (Coon) Elkins of Evans, WV.

Scott was manager of Hall’s Tire, Ripley, and was the former employee administrator for Tom Peden Chevrolet. He enjoyed music, Mountaineer football, golfing and spending time with friends and family members.

In addition to his parents other survivors include his wife, Allyson Paige (Sayre) Elkins; children, Samuel Paige Elkins, Leila Austyn Jones and Levi Alexander Jones; sisters, Dawn Michelle Elkins of Evans, and Amber Robertson of Waddell, AZ; nephews, Jordan Alexander Elkins and Brian Robertson and a niece, Evelyn Robertson.

Service will be 8 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Committal service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Webster Cemetery, Fairplain. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred.

PAMELA SUE VANMETER

Pamela Sue (Hurlow) VanMeter, 46, of Mason, WV, passed away August 6, 2015, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.

She was born March 29, 1969 in Indiana, PA, a daughter of the late Doris Arlene (White) Hurlow and James Clayton Hurlow of Mason, WV.

She was an office administrator for the West Virginia State Police, Mason County detachment. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, painting, crafts, boating, camping, fishing and crocheting. She was a Christian by faith.

Survivors in addition to her father are her husband of 27 years, Donald Ray VanMeter II; son, Donald Clayton VanMeter and Bethany Ferrell of Mason; daughter, Kasey Jo and her husband Shawn White of Clifton; sister, Terri Lynn Oldaker of Lesage; grandchildren, Zachary White, Jenna Grace White and Brittany White.

   Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Ron Branch officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

JOHN C. LOCKHART

Lockhart, JohnJohn Clifton Lockhart, 81, of Sandyville WV, was called homeU.S. Flag to be with the Lord, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Marietta Memorial Hospital while surrounded by his loved ones, following an extended illness.

He was born April 30, 1934, in Windy, Wirt County, WV, a son of the late Noel Hubert and Ida Mae (Brotton) Lockhart. His brothers, David Lockhart and Hubert Lockhart and sisters, Mary Lemon and Elizabeth Burton also preceded him in death.

John was a graduate of Gilmore High School with the class of 1952. John served in the United States Army as a parts specialist and was stationed in Korea from 1956-1958. He was a life member and past Post Commander of the Sandyville VFW Post # 3488, and was a life member of the American Legion Post #107, Ripley. John was the West Virginia VFW Post Commander of the year in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007. John was on the rifle squad for military funerals for many years. He also drove a van to transport veterans to and from the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV.

He was an ardent supporter of the Wirt County 4H and FFA, serving as the Barn Manager at theArmy 02 Wirt County Fair for many years. He was an honorary member of the Wirt County FFA Chapter and a life member of the Wirt County Fair. John also served as the secretary of the Northern Jackson Public Service Commission. He was a retired millwright from Ravenswood Aluminum with 36 years of service and was a member of the Union Chapel Church, Sandyville, WV.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Anna Faye (Cain) Lockhart; children, Wesley (Vanessa) Lockhart of Grafton, WV, Nancy (Randy) Boyce of Sandyville, WV, Brenda (Kevin) Bennett of Palestine, WV, and Bryan (Doralee) Lockhart Palestine, WV; 12 grandchildren, Sarah (Shaun) Murray, Justin (Joyce) Boyce, Jillian Boyce, Cassandra (Jason) Knotts, Kaitlin (Billy) Burton, Hannah (Mark) Smith, Taylor Lockhart, John Wesley Lockhart, Karly (Curtis Reynolds) Bennett, Katherine Lockhart, Zach Lockhart, and Dustin Boram; 10 great-grandchildren, Luke, Chloe and Ruby Murray, Harley, Grant and Trapper Boyce, Heath and Walyn Knotts, Ashley Glover and Bayleigh Boram; brothers, Orrin, Russell, Walter, Dale and Mark Lockhart; sisters, Izetta Patterson, Pauline Cain, Margaret Lockhart, Sharon Franklin, Jenny Prunty and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jamie Burton and Pastor Verlin Camp officiating. Burial will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery, Sandyville, with military honors by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations.   Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

EVELYN ROSALIE PATTERSON

Patterson, EvelynEvelyn Rosalie Patterson, 85, of Mount Alto, WV, passed away August 3, 2015, in Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born October 17, 1929, in Mount Alto, the daughter of the late Wilford and Faye (Durst) Lyons. Her husband, Norman Patterson also preceded her in death.

Evelyn was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Daniel Patterson (LaDonna) and William Patterson all of Mount Alto; daughters, Jennifer Patterson of Mount Alto, and Judy Walter (Brent) of LeRoy; grandchildren, Luke Patterson (Bobbi) of Millwood, Ashley Walter and Megan Walter both of LeRoy, and great grandchildren, Cameron Patterson and Caden Patterson both of Millwood.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

CECELIA ELIZABETH “SYBLE” FRESHOUR

FreshourCecelia Elizabeth “Syble” Freshour, 83, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 3, 2015, in Ravenswood Village.

She was born July 15, 1932, in Aliquippa, PA, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lena (Sayre) Hill.

Her husband, Edward Lee Freshour; brothers, John Hill, Arnold Hill, Ted Hill and sisters, Hazel Larrick and Isabelle Campbell also preceded her in death.

Syble was a homemaker, she enjoyed sewing and she attended the Hickory Grove Church, Kenna.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Nelson and Delores Freshour of Kenna, Dexter and Marsha Freshour of Millwood, Melvin and Gwen Freshour of Ravenswood, and Norman and Julie Freshour of Ripley; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Lacy Jones of Dothan, AL, Dianna and Tom Bush of Cottageville, Lisa and Doug Johnson of Ripley, and Cathy and Jason Barr of Evans; sister, Eileen Chapman of Reedy; 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and her best friend of more than 50 years, Betty Kerns.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor David Fields officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

ERIC L. “BUTCH” SHELTON

Army 02Eric L. “Butch” Shelton, 73, of Cottageville, died peacefully on July 25, 2015, surrounded by family at the VA Medical Center, Huntington, WV. He fought a courageous five-year battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He was born on June 3, 1942 at Ronda, West Virginia. He served in theU.S. Flag United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was retired, previously co-owning Shelton’s Produce and Trucking of Witcher, Shelton’s Fas Chek of Witcher, and Shelton’s Fas Chek of Cabin Creek.

He lived 35 years in Pratt, West Virginia. Before his illness, he loved golfing. After his diagnosis in 2010, he moved from Pratt to Cottageville, West Virginia. He loved his Jackson County home and spent his final years enjoying the nature and wild-life outside his home. He loved taking his wife, grandchildren, and dog Bear for rides in his truck on the back-roads of Kanawha and Jackson Counties. He also spent a lot of time on his lawnmower enjoying the sunshine.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Samuel L. and Leathie F. Shelton of Dawes, WV.

Butch is survived by the love of his life Linda, his wife of 51 years; his daughters, Kelly (Mike) Nettleton of Ripley, Vicki (Todd) Parrish of Ripley, and Amy Keatley of Charleston; grandchildren, Nicholas Nettleton, Brandon Parrish, Brooke Keatley and Matthew Keatley; brother, John (Patricia) Shelton of Diamond; sisters, Jean (Dana) Brown of North Carolina, Marsha (Gary) Akers of Ronda, Loraine (Michael) Ray of Spanishburg and Carla Dunlap of Witcher.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends.
A private service was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home in Evans, West Virginia, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, West Virginia.

MARGARET VIRGINIA HILL

Margaret Virginia Hill, 87, of Mount Alto, WV, passed away July 24, 2015, at her home.

She was born February 5, 1928, in the Cow Run community, Cottageville, WV, a daugher of the late Hosea Jackson and Nancy Catherine (Sayre) Shinn. Her husband, Arthur Hoyt “Buzz” Hill; brothers, Roy, Clark, Woodrow, Dan, Darrell and Arnold Shinn, and sisters, Clara Blanch Yentzer, Olive Campbell, Gladys McIntyre, and Naomi Sayre also preceded her in death.

Margaret was a retired beautician. She was a member of the Jackson County Senior Choir, enjoyed traveling and was an avid bowler. She attended the Evans United Methodist Church.

Survivors include hers sons, Gary A. Hill (Rosemary) of Cottageville, and Nicholas A. “Nick” Hill of Mount Alto; grandchildren, Stephanie Seabolt, Stacie Pinkerton, Sara Casto, Allison Hill and Jared Hill, eight great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her request, there will be no public services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

JOSHUA OWEN STEWART

Joshua Owen Stewart, 4 days old, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away, July 20, 2015, in Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

He was born July 16, 2015, in Point Pleasant, WV, a son of Joshua Paul Stewart and Chelsea Jo Foster of Ravenswood, WV.

Service will be 12 noon Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Todd King officiating. Burial will follow in the Zirkle Cemetery, Gibbstown, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday, at the funeral home.

VAUGHN WILLIAM SNYDER

Snyder, VaughnVaughn W. Snyder, 94, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 19, 2015, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV.U.S. Flag

He was born, February 14, 1921, in Liverpool, WV, a son of the late William G. and Minnie M. (Phillips) Snyder. His brothers, Lawrence, Howard, Oliver and Roy Snyder, and sisters, Laverna Bowman, Ruby Glasspoole and Audrey Miller also preceded him in death.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran and was a retired machinist from Black and Decker. He was a former member, Sunday school teacher and superintendant of the Freewill Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH, and most recently attended the Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Thelma L. (Stover) Snyder; sisters, Nina Parsons of NavyCincinnati, OH, and June Osterling of Salem, OH, several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mike Elder and the Rev. Everett Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery with military honors by American Legion, Post #107, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be from noon until time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home.

CHARLOTTE ANN SAYRE

Charlotte Ann Sayre, 58, of Starke, FL, passed away July 18, 2015, in the Haven Hospice, Gainesville, FL.

She was born April 9, 1957, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of Florence Jean (Winebrener) Sayre Ogilvie of Saint Cloud, FL, and the late Thornton Argo Sayre.

She was a semi-truck driver for FedEx.

In addition to her mother, other survivors include her son, Coy Vance of Columbus, OH; daughter, Carly Vance of Louisville, KY; sisters, Juanita Sayre Kersey of Keystone, FL, and Patti Sayre Byrd of Starke, FL, and a granddaughter, Phoebe Houston.

Private burial will be in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

PEARL M. CASTO

Pearl Mary Casto, 88, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 17, 2015, in CAMC General Division.

She was born February 20, 1917 a daughter of the late Howard Rexford and Ernie Bethel (Horn) Tackett. Her husband, Carl D. Casto; brothers, Arnold Tackett, Robert Tackett, Jarrell Tackett, and sisters, Katherine DeLong and Louise Martin also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant.


Survivors include her son, Eugene Casto (Ann) of Portland, OH; son/nephew, Bill Tackett (Nancy) of Marmet; brothers, Darrell Tackett of Frozen Camp, Lawrence Tackett of Zephyrhills, FL, and Delbert Tackett of Mount Alto; sister, Dorothy Tackett of Ripley; grandchildren, Cathy Brown (Chuck), J.C. Casto (Brittany), J.R. Tackett and Kristen Westfall (Shane); great grandchildren, Rikki Brown, Anna Boggess McKenzie, D.J. Brown, Christyna Whitehouse, Jace Casto, Madden Casto, Lexi Westfall, and Bentley Westfall; great great grandchildren, Alaska Marie Staats and Heidi Lynn Boggess, and several nieces and nephews.


Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, has been entrusted with arrangements.

RAY ALLEN “RED” TUCKER, SR.

Army 02Ray Allen “Red” Tucker, 83, of Mason, WV, passed away July 13, 2015, in Holzer-Meigs Emergency Department, Pomeroy, OH, following an extended U.S. Flagillness.

He was born October 10, 1931, in Mason, WV a son of the late Luther O. and Blanche May (Parsons) Tucker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Tucker; sisters, Faye Russell, Wanda Dickson, Nina Stump and June VanMatre and a granddaughter, Whitney Rae Tucker.

He was a 1950 graduate of Wahama High School. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and a member and first commander of the V.F.W. Post # 9926 Mason, WV. Ray was also a member of the American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV. He was a member of the Mason United Methodist Church. Ray was a funeral director with Foglesong Funeral Home with 59 years of service and during that time was part of the first ambulance service in the Mason area. He was the past president of the Wahama Athletic Boosters and co-founder of the Mason Recreation Foundation. He was a member of the Mason Volunteer Fire Department and was an avid baseball fan.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia Jane Tucker; sons, Ray Allen Tucker, Jr. of Graniteville, SC and Jerry Wayne Tucker of Hartford, WV; daughter, Kristina Clark (Jon) of Mason; grandchildren, Trevor, Cameron, Taley, Jeremy, Brice and Kristopher and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Letart, WV. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post #9926, Mason, and American Legion Post #140, New Haven. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

BETTY AUSTIN WHITE-JARRELL

Jarrell, BettyBetty Austin White-Jarrell, of Ravenswood, WV, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went to be with Jesus, July 11, 2015.

She was born January 31, 1934, in Eunice, WV, a daughter of the late Howard S. and Edna F. (Perry) Austin. Her first husband, Billy M. White also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Jarrell; daughters, Anita Robin Greene (Jim) of Millwood and Billie Denise Patterson (Ed) of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Jamie M. Greene, Lindsay R. Greene, Katie D. (Jason) Clay, and Andrew R. (Kayla) Patterson, and great-grandchildren, Aubree Clay, Miles Clay and Harper Patterson.

Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene with Pastor David H. Shirer officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

SHARON LLOYD

Sharon Joyce (Gibbs) Lloyd, 66, of Letart, WV, went to be with the Lord, July 11, 2015, in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following a sudden illness.

She was born August 25, 1948, in Mason, WV, a daughter of Carl Junior and Geraldine Almeta (Hesson) Gibbs of New Haven, WV.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and decorating. She was a Baptist by faith.

In addition to her parents, survivors include her husband of 48 years, Billy Lynn Lloyd; sons, Jeremy Todd “J.T” and his wife Heather Lynn Lloyd of Letart, WV, Joel Clinton and his wife Amber Lloyd of Mason, WV; daughter, Jennifer Lynnette Board of New Haven, WV; sisters, Carol Lathey of Letart, WV and Carletta Holbrook of Clermont, FL; grandchildren, Alexis and Hunter Board, Jacob and Josiah Lloyd and Hayden and Harrison Lloyd.

Service will be 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Mike Finnicum officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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