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GARRY GENE GIBBS
Garry Gene Gibbs, 76, of Hartford, WV, passed away Friday, September 11, 2015 following an extended illness at home with his family by his side.
He was born August 20, 1939, in Hartford, WV, a son of the late Charles R. and Sadie Louise (Kearns) Gibbs. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Cecil, Charles, John, and Tom Gibbs and a sister, Florence Warth.
He retired from the shipping department of the Foote Mineral Plant in New Haven, with 32 years of service. He was a United States Army Vietnam era veteran and a member of the American Legion Post # 140 New Haven, WV. He attended the Church of Christ in Christian Union Hartford, WV, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Reba (Patterson) Gibbs; daughter, Kathy Gibbs of Hartford; sisters, Virginia Mae Patterson of Hartford, Donna (Roy) Neece of Middleport, OH, and Brenda Warth of Hartford; brothers, Denver “Butch” (Connie) Gibbs of Hartford, Garland Gibbs of Mason, and Hubert Gibbs of New Haven; sisters-in-law, Deloris Gibbs of Hartford and Norma (Danny) Roush of Letart; brother-in-law, Larry (Sandy) Patterson of Racine, OH, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2015, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Chris Neece officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Letart, WV, with military honors provided by American Legion Post #140, New Haven, WV and VFW Post #9926, Mason, WV. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
DALLAS RICHARD DURST
Dallas Richard Durst, 82, of Leon, WV, passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
Dallas was born August 19, 1933, in Leon, WV, the son of the late James Wilbur and Edna Mae (Blume) Durst. In addition to his parents, his brother, James “Jim” Durst; sister and brother-in-law, Ora Mae and Henry Hunt; brother, Roy Hall; son-in-law, Roy Taylor and a brother-in-law, Vitus Hartley, Jr. also preceded him in death.
He was a 1951 graduate of Point Pleasant High School and spent most of his working career as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor on road construction. His last job was with Vecellio and Grogan as a road construction superintendent on mostly Interstate Highways. His career ended on March 31, 1978, when he suffered an injury on his job that left him paralyzed from the breast down.
His life from that point on was an inspiration to all those around him. He often remarked that he was “making the best of a bad situation.” Dallas was also an asset to the community of Leon, serving on the Town Council, soliciting funds for a roof to the town hall, serving on the park board and other projects. He was a doer, and hard to refuse when he wanted you to do something. He was very dedicated to his family and just wanted to fix everything for everybody.
Dallas is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Beverly (Herdman) Durst; son, Dallas Richard “Rick” Durst, II, and his wife Sherry Burdette Durst of Leon; daughter, Leslie Durst Taylor and fiancé Tim Yannayon of Leonardtown, MD; his beloved grandchildren, grandson, Caleb Richard Durst and his wife Brea Dill Durst and his precious great grandsons, Liam, Coen and Kylan Durst all of Southside; his granddaughter, Jessica Durst Bailey and her husband, Ryan Bailey, and beautiful little great granddaughter Isla Elaine Bailey all of Leon, granddaughter, Beverly Taylor Adams and her husband, Chris Adams of California, MD; step grandsons, Michael Taylor, Phillip Taylor and Anthony Quade; sisters, Ethel Hartley of Point Pleasant, and Erma Kapp (Bob) of Columbus, OH; brothers, Albert Durst (Mary) and Bill Durst (Katherine) all of Leon; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Hall of Leon, and Pat Durst of Springfield, LA, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Fred Sparks, pastor of Leon Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Saturday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Leon Baptist Church Food Pantry at Leon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 155, Leon, WV 25123.
ROY RAYMOND DURST, JR.
He was born October 27, 1951, in Charleston, WV, the son of Roy Raymond and Nancy Carol (Rocker) Durst of Cottageville.
He was a coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers of America. He enjoyed fishing.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Jamie Durst of Cottageville, Justin Durst (Emily) of Mount Alto, and Melinda “Lyndi” Fields (fiancé, Glen Allen) of Statts Mills, and grandchildren, Madison Fields, Cooper Durst and Kendrick Durst.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Frank Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.
BETTY G. FRY
Betty Jane (Gress) Fry, 91, of Mason, WV, passed away September 4, 2015, in Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, Middleport, OH, following an extended illness.
She was born September 18, 1923, in Mason, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Batterson) Gress. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harold R. Fry; brother, Eugene Gress, and a sister, Estelle` Elizabeth Werry.
She was a former secretary for T.N.T. She was a homemaker and a Methodist by faith.
Survivors include her brother, Retired Air Force Major, Harry J. Gress and his wife Marion of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Kirkland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Point Pleasant, WV, with Pastor Jeff Mayfield officiating. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.
EMOGENE “JEAN” TEMPLETON
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 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.
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
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) of 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
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
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 was 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 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 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.
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