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Jack Lee Young

Jack Lee Young, 63, of Pt. Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 15, 1956, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Frank Jr. and Jean Frances (White) Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Swafford and one brother, Chris Young.

Jack loved hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn and took great pride in everything he did. He was Catholic by faith.

Survivors include his brother, Bob Young and his wife Diane of Leon; sisters, Shirley Livingston and her husband Willie of Leon, Judy Browning and her husband Kim of Pt. Pleasant and Kelci Champagne; and many nieces and nephews.

In honoring his wishes, there will be no public services.

Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements

Vernon Carroll Benson

Vernon Carroll Benson, 81, of Ripley, WV, died peacefully January 20, 2020 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Vernon was born January 8, 1939 in Ripley, WV. He was the youngest son of Clarence Hampton and Ethel May (Balser) Benson. He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Raymond and Kenneth Benson and sister, Viola McMahan; and granddaughter Christina Benson.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Ann (Lockhart) Benson; his children, V. Christopher (Brenda) Benson of Ravenswood, WV, Eric R. (Tina) Benson of Ripley, WV, James C. (Casey) Benson of Huntington, WV, and Jordan and David Benson both of Ripley, WV, Rhonda J. (Eric) Curfman of Elizabeth, WV, and Victoria L. Benson of New Matamoras, OH; brothers Ralph Benson of Ripley, WV and Lawrence Benson of Michigan; and his sister, Helen Thomas of Ravenswood, WV; grandchildren Christopher, Carrie, Ty and Jace; great-grandchildren, Ariel, Elijah, Abbigail and Hunter; great-great grandchildren Wrenley and Exodus.

He served his country and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves. His talents included farming, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family and beloved pets. He was a retired glassworker from the former Owens- Illinois in Vienna, WV.  He was active in the community, serving GOD at Lowdell United Methodist Church as well as opening his home to over 20 children working with Action Youth Care, a foster care agency.

The Funeral service will be held 1pm, Friday, January 24, 2020 at Lowdell United Methodist Church, Rockport WV with Reverend Phil Dent officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11am-1pm. Burial will follow in the Pond Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV

 

 

Wesley Marion Morrison

Wesley Marion “Pete” Morrison, 82, of Letart, passed away January 21, 2020, at the Abbyshire Nursing Center, Bidwell, OH.

He was born March 10, 1937, in Ona, WV, a son of the late Harold Ezra and Eula Virginia (Ramsey) Morrison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Meagan Morrison.

Pete was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from AEP Roving Maintenance with 21 ½ years of service. He enjoyed collecting various guns and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Christine (Elkins) Morrison; son, Patrick Morrison; daughter, Maureen Rogers and her husband Charles “Butch” of Ravenswood; brother, Simon Morrison; sisters, Shirley Chapman, Barbara Blake; grandchildren, Heather, Jordan and Ethan and three great grandchildren, Charlie, Gracie and Penny.

There will be no public services at this time. A private graveside will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Letart.

Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Tim Poston

Timothy Howard Poston, 64, of Mason, WV, passed away January 18, 2020 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born October 9, 1955 in Athens, OH, a son of the late Donald Richard and Sharon Lee (Stauffer) Poston.

He was a retired electrician with A.E.P. and enjoyed fishing.
There will be no public services.

 

Raymond Friend

Raymond Keith Friend, 55, Letart, WV, passed away January 20, 2020 in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born January 8, 1965 in Gallipolis, OH, a son of W. Roy and Martha Sue (Thompson) Friend of Letart.

He was a truck driver and a member of the Iron Horse Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles, hunting and golfing. He was a member of the Oak Grove Church.

Survivors in addition to his parents are his children, Holden Clay Friend and Tess Adelle Interdonato of Jacksonville, Fl.; stepson, Tyler Roney of Bangkok; brothers, Norman Friend of Letart and Bruce M. Friend of Nashville; granddaughter, Piper Jade Campbell.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV with Pastor Randy Parsons and Pastor John Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 am until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Iverson Coon

Iverson Virgil Coon, 83, of Reedy, WV, passed away at his home January 18, 2020 following an extended illness.

He was born July 2, 1936 in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Grant Lee and Eupha Bell (Sheppard) Coon. His sons, Mark and Stephen Coon; brothers, Quellen, Junior and Stephen Coon; sisters, Geneva, Ora Jane and Garnet; granddaughter, Alexis Dawn Coon also preceded him in death.

He was a former employee of Monarch Rubber and worked 28 years as an oil field driller. He was self employed in the Timber Industry and enjoyed hunting and bingo. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church, Reedy, WV.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Jean (Runnion) Coon; sons, David Coon of Reedy, Ivan (Robin) Coon of West Milford, WV, Bobby (Silvia) Coon of Leroy, Ricky (Angel) Coon of Moorefield, WV and Chris (Barb) Coon of Parkersburg; daughters, Diana Moore of Evans, Shelly (David) Willham of Reedy and Sherry (Jamie) Burton of Clarksburg; brother, Ewell Coon of Spencer; sisters, Fleatice Martin of Murphy, NC and Elwanda Norton of Parkersburg; 34 grandchildren and 47 great- grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. ~ Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the Pleasant Grove Church, Reedy, WV, with Rev. John Ellison officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon until time of service at the church.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

DORIS L. UTT

Doris Louise (Lott) Utt, 82, of Sandyville, passed away January 14, 2020, at Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation, Ripley,WV.

She was born April 1, 1937, in Windy, WV, the daughter of the late Forest and Velma (Somerville) Lott. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Frank Utt in 2010; sister, Mae Lott; 2 twin granddaughters and son in law, Larry Dean Casto in 2016.

Doris was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children and grandchildren, Elizabeth “Sis” Casto of Leroy, Darlene and Eddie Taylor of Sandyville, Janie and Dwight Godbey of Kentuck, Mary and Clint Marion of Romance, Mike and Penny Utt of Sandyville, Nathan and Charlea Taylor of Sandyville, Amber and Benn Goff of Sandyville, Kim Cullen of Kenna, Daniel and Elizabeth Godbey of Given, Andrea Marion of Chicago, IL, Ritchie and Brianne Marion of Romance, Savanna and JD Utt of Sandyville; 11 great grandchildren and two sisters, Marie Stanley of Mineral Wells and Ruth Ann Hinzman of Polk City, FL.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020, at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with Rev. Danny Cummings officiating.

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

 

Richard A. Radford 

Richard A. Radford, 67, of Letart, passed away January 5, 2020, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, following a lengthy illness.

He was born January 10, 1952, in Gallipolis, OH, the son of the late Charles W. Radford Jr. and Emma (Gloeckner) Radford.

Richard was the co-owner of Pickens Hardware in Mason and a member of Maranatha Cornerstone Church, Letart. He enjoyed woodworking and loved his cat, Missy.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Sue Marlene (Roush) Radford; brother, Charles W. Radford III and his wife Jeanette of Racine, OH; sisters, Sally Jasman and her husband Dan of Fredericksburg, VA, Susie Stewart and her husband Doozie of Middleport, OH; grandchildren, Nikkita Lawson (Scotty Scarberry) and Harley Lawson; great grandchildren, Caden Scarberry and Kynleigh Scarberry.

Service will be 12 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Maranatha Cornerstone Church, Letart, WV, with Pastor Brad Towe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Mark A. Barton

Mark Anthony Barton, 68, of Mason, WV, passed away January 3, 2020, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice Home, Huntington, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born December 22, 1951 in Gallipolis, OH, a son of the late Robert W. Barton and Doris E. (Johnson) Roberts of Mason, WV.

He was a 1969 Graduate of Wahama High School and later graduated from the Nashville Auto Diesel Mechanic School. He was retired from the Laborers Union Local # 1153 Charleston, WV.

Survivors in addition to his mother include his brothers, Robert N. (Dona) Barton of Jackson, OH and John E. Barton of Mason, WV; sisters, Melanie Ann (Randy) Simpson of Racine, OH and Jill Lynn (Chris) Davis of Clifton, WV.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Neil Tennant officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

 

LESTER RICHARD SMITH

Lester Richard “Dick” Smith, 82, of Cottageville, WV, passed away January 2, 2020 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following a short illness.

He was born September 29, 1937, in Carson City, MI, a son of the late Lester Herman and June Cleo (Tharp) Smith. His brother, Charles R. Smith and his grandson, Lars Christopher Smith also preceded him in death.

He was an honorably discharged United States Army veteran serving in Germany. He moved to West Virginia in 1966 with Dickirson Davis and retired from Dickirson Corporation. He was a member of the Ripley Lodge #16 AF&AM and a long time member and trustee of the American Sternwheel Association.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Melody Smith; son, Chris Richard Smith and his wife Tracey of TX; grand daughter, Meghan Don Parsons and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Carter and Cameron Crihfield, Dominic McVay; brother, Thomas A. Smith and his wife Suellen.

There will be no public services at this time. A private service will be held at a later date in Liverpool Cemetery, Liverpool, WV.

Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

 

Allen Ray “Whitey” Casto

Allen Ray “Whitey” Casto, 75, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away January 2, 2020 in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, following a brief illness.

He was born, September 7, 1944 in Ravenswood, WV, the son of the late George and Georgia Elah (Pringle) Casto. His brother, Lloyd Casto and his sister, Daisy Gump also preceded him in death.

Whitey was a retired mechanic and school bus driver for the Jackson County Board of Education. He was the former owner and operator of Whitey’s Garage in Cottageville and the current co-owner, with his wife, of Sunset Farms and Lazy S Tack Shop. Many depended on his experience and knowledge with their tack.

Whitey, as his many friends knew him, was a well-known accomplished horseman. He was a lifelong trainer of horses and for many years he showed Western Pleasure and Halter classes in Jackson County, West Virginia and surrounding counties. Whitey attributed his interest in horses to his uncle, Archie Casto and close friend, Ken Finley.

He and his wife, Donna raised and bred Registered Quarter Horses as well as Paints and they enjoyed buying and training struggling colts. Later in life he had a fondness for mules and did a lot of trail rides with his wife and friends. He attended many local horse shows and the Jackson County Junior Fair with his tack trailer. He had won many awards and was always ready to help the younger generation to become better with their showing skills and horsemanship.He was a member of the Jackson County Horse Club, Inc. and Cottageville Lodge #54 AF & AM and the Ohio Valley and South Eastern Ohio Horseman’s Association’s.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Donna L. (Salser) Casto; son, Allen R. Casto, II, of Cottageville; sisters, Vivian Williams of Ravenswood and Samantha Salser of Fairborn, OH, and his faithful companion, his Australian Blue Heeler, Ty.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to folks that brought food, stayed, comforted and cared for Whitey and helped with the farm, fed the horses and Ty and sent prayers.

A time of visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

William Jeffrey

William Garry Jeffrey, 73, of Ripley, WV, passed away December 31, 2019 in Huntington Health & Rehabilitation following an extended illness.

He was born September 25, 1946, in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late William Estmire and Betty Lou (Moore) Jeffrey. His daughter, Tabitha Ruiz also preceded him in death.

He was a United States Navy veteran. He was a former construction worker and the owner of J&J Produce in Ravenswood, WV. He enjoyed art, woodworking and fishing.

Survivors include his sons, William G. Jeffrey Jr. and Anthony Mattox; daughters, Candace M. Jeffrey, Julie King and Charity Nibert; sisters, Debra McConnell, Terry Shockey and Janet Parsons; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. ~ Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, WV with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

 

James Young

James William Young, 60, of West Columbia, WV, passed away December 29, 2019 in Cabell-Huntington Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born October 17, 1959 in Point Pleasant, WV, a son of the late Janice Lee (Elliot) Young and William Howard Young of West Columbia.

He was a former Boilermaker and Television repairman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors in addition to his father are his children, James W. Young II and Tabitha Lynn Young both of Virginia; brother, Ralph Young of West Columbia; granddaughter, Tatum Ferracci.

He was preceded in death by his mother; brothers, William Howard and Robert Lee Young; daughter, Teresa D. Young.

There will be no services. Private interment will be in Graham Baptist Church Cemetery, New Haven, WV. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

 

HOWARD LEE BEEGLE SR.

Howard Lee Beegle Sr., 82 of Ripley, WV, passed away December 29, 2019 at his home following a brief illness.

He was born July 17, 1937 in Ripley, a son of the late Charles W. “Bud” Beegle and Thelma (Merrill) Beegle. His wife Reedith Lee Beegle; son, Hershel W. Beegle and his sister, Carolyn Crites preceded him in death.

He was retired from Century Aluminum of Ravenswood, WV with 37 years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local # 5668 Ravenswood. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on cars and was a Methodist by faith.

Survivors include his sons, Howard Lee Beegle Jr. and his wife Kay, Matthew D. Beegle and Heath M. Beegle and Aimee all of Ripley; daughter, Jennifer Lynn Allen of Ripley; brother, Donnie Yates of Parkersburg; sister, Freda Raines of Ripley; grandchildren, Jonathan G. Gump, Casey Beegle, Shannon Allen and Walter Eldon Beegle; great- grandchildren, Mackensie Gump and Sage Lynn Allen.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ January 1, 2020 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Dee Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Kathryn Virginia (Robertson) Rhodes

Kathryn Virginia (Robertson) Rhodes, 84, of Kenna, WV, passed away December 27, 2019, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.

She was born August 2, 1935, in Van, WV, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Lula (Thomas) Robertson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grantford Rhodes and several brothers and sisters.

Kathryn was a proud homemaker. She was often the designated baby sitter for her grandchildren whom she loved and adored very much. In her latter years, she worked at Walmart in Ripley following the passing of her husband and was a lifetime member of the Goshen Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading and swimming.

Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Simmons and her husband Walter, Jeanne Lanham; sons, Gary Rhodes and his wife Pam and Larry Rhodes all of Kenna; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the Goshen Baptist Church, Kentuck, with Keith Casto officiating. Burial will follow in the Goshen Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday, at the church.

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

 

 

 

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