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LARRY E. JONES

Jones, LarryLarry E. Jones, 77, of Pocatalico, WV, passed away August 20,U.S. Flag 2016, at his home following an extended illness. He has gone to his Heavenly home to be with Jesus.

He was born June 20, 1939, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Lawrence E. and Virginia K. (Jordan) Jones. His sister, Patricia Fisher; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Beulah King also preceded him in death.

Larry attended Stonewall Jackson High School, was a “West SideAir Force 02 Boy” and loved his 50’s music. He was a United States Air Force veteran and loved his country dearly. Larry was a Christian, enjoyed gospel music and was a lifelong member of the Northside Nazarene Church.

He was an electrician and retired from True Temper Corporation, CAMC Memorial Hospital and Mardi Gras Casino. He loved working and did so until after his 76th birthday. He loved to play golf and watch football.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years and best friend of 65 years, Helen “Avie” (King) Jones; son, Dana Jones of Mililani, HI; daughter, Lee Ann Jones Matthews (Donnie Joe) of Buffalo; the joy of his life and the light in his eyes, his grandchildren, Jake and Hannah Matthews, Kelsea, Kiana and Kailee Jones. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

His sister-in-law, Dorothy King of Titusville, FL, and several nieces and nephews also survive him. His pets, Poochie and Maggi, will miss him. His faithful dog Matti, is waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge and they will be reunited with his loved ones.

Thanks to Dr’s. Kevan and David Namay and Dr. Arpit Bhargava for their great care. Special thank you to our neighbors; the Williamsons, the Hills, the Wehrles and Jim and Debbie.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jake Eldridge officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. The Jackson County Honor Guard will provide military honors.

In lieu of flowers, per Larry’s request, donations can be made online to: www.nsa160.com, on behalf of Larry E. Jones. It is tax deductible and provides support for the soldiers and families of the Army unit, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), better known as, the Night Stalkers”.

RHONDA JUNE CASTO

Casto Rhonda website_0002Rhonda June Casto, 61, of Kenna, WV, joined her family in death August 20, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House, West, Charleston, WV, after battling an extended illness.

She was born January 23, 1955, in Sissonville, WV, the daughter of the late Vincent and Ova (Phillips) Halstead. Her husband, Dorsel Casto, son, Joey Casto, grandson, Riley Casto; brother, Gary Halstead and her nephew, Jeffrey Halstead also preceded her in death.

Rhonda was a homemaker, and a retired custodian from the Jackson County Board of Education. She enjoyed caring for her beloved dogs.

Left to cherish her memories are brothers, Fairley Halstead (Betty) of Ripley, WV, and Eddie Halstead (Sandy) of Liberty, WV; sister, Connie Brown (Buford) of Duck, WV; mother-in-law, Emma Jean (Starcher) Miller of Cottageville; sister-in-law, Sharlene Halstead of Kenna, WV, and several nieces and nephews to whom she was a mother figure.

A service to honor her life will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Fairley Halstead officiating. Burial will follow in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty, WV, with David Cook officiating the committal service. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Following the burial, friends and family will meet for refreshments at the home of her niece and nephew, Chris and Lisa Comer, on Fisher Ridge Road in Kenna, WV.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to: Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave, S.W., South Charleston, WV 25309, (304) 414-5170.

DELBERT BRATCHER

Delbert “Bert” Franklin Bratcher, 62, of Millwood, WV, left the confines of this earth to forever float in the heavens August 20, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born February 8, 1954, in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Paul and Martha (Doss) Bratcher. His brother, Dennis Bratcher also preceded him in death.

Bert grew up in Tennessee before settling in West Virginia nearly 40 years ago. He was a licensed surveyor and was the owner and operator of Point Surveying and Mapping. He was a member of the West Virginia Surveyors Association, was a hot air balloon enthusiast and was a licensed lighter than air pilot and he enjoyed all things about the Ohio River.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Donna Marie (Minges) Bratcher; daughters, Kelly Leigh Bratcher (Roger Garrett) of Huntington, and Ashley Dawn Bratcher (Jason Belisle) of Sissonville, and the loves of his life and the sparkle in his eyes, his grandchildren, Alexander Belisle, Alivia Belisle, Donovan Garrett, Johnathan Garrett and Kaiya Garrett; brothers, David Bratcher of Farmington, NM, William Donald Bratcher of Durango, CO, and Robert Bratcher of Trenton, TN, and a sister, Dawn Michelle Smithson of Trenton, TN.

A memorial service is planned for mid-September along his beloved Ohio River. Date and times will be published near that time. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.

 

LEANNA F. LIPSCOMB

lipscomb, leannaLeanna Faye Lipscomb, 85, of Cottageville, WV, passed away August 15, 2016, at her home.

She was born July 27, 1931, in Rowlesburg, WV, the daughter of the late Lester and Grace (Wable) Chambers. Her husband of 57 years, Donald Ray Lipscomb, whom she married June 1, 1958, preceded her in death January 21, of this year. Her brothers, Lester Chambers and Pete Chambers and a sister, Jean Arnette also preceded her in death.

Leanna was a mother and homemaker, a member of thePhillipians 4-13 Cottageville United Methodist Church, the Jackson County Republican Women’s Club and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed collecting antiques, visiting the Amish country and being with her family.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Bethany Dawn and Donald Staats of Cottageville, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Vera Archer, the Rev. Phillip Scarberry and the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Cottageville United Methodist Church, or the charity of your choice.

FRANKIE I. SHOCKEY

Shockey, FrankieFrankie Irene (Carmichael) Hutchens Shockey, 89, of Ripley, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2016, in Eldercare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ripley, W.Va.

She was born November 12, 1926, in Sandyville, W.Va. a daughter of the late Fredrick and Beulah Delcie (Mayhall) Carmichael formerly of Silverton, W.Va.

She grew up in Silverton and upon graduation from Ravenswood High School moved to Washington D.C. While in Washington she met and married her late husband, William Hilary Hutchens Jr. in 1946. She is also preceded in death by her second husband, Cleon Shockey; brothers, Robert and William Carmichael; sister, Betty Gorrell; great -grandchildren, Nora Follrod and Elijah Eskandari.


Frankie is most remembered by her family and loved ones as an honest and hard-working person who held onto life with great will and principle. She was always a rock for her entire family, a person of good humor, a person who believed in Jesus and a person who cared about the lives of others.


Survivors include her sons, William Hilary Hutchens, III. of Glendora, Calif. and Daniel F. Hutchens of Athens, Ga.; daughters, Lynda I. Hutchens of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Sandra Ann Hutchens of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sister, Elizabeth Curry of Ripley, W.Va.; stepchildren, Theresa (Shockey) Cooper of Charleston, W.Va. and James Shockey of Sissonville, W.Va.; grandmother and great-grandmother of 29 beloved souls.


The family extends a special thank you to Hilary (Hutchens) Groves for the amazing love and dedication she always extended to her Grandma. Hilary was instrumental in ensuring that she was well cared for over the years.


Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 205 Court St. Ripley, WV 25271, with the Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, W.Va. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, 157 Evans Road, Evans, WV 25241.

LISA  ANN GANDEE

Lisa Ann Gandee, 50, of Evans, WV, passed away suddenly August 11, 2016, at her home.
She was born January 26, 1966, in Ripley, WV, the daughter of Betty Louise (Barnette) Gandee of Evans, and the late Billy Joe Gandee.

Lisa was formerly employed by McDonald’s in Ripley with 19 years of service and was currently a cashier at Walmart with 12 years of service. She enjoyed working in the lawn.

In addition to her mother other survivors include her brother, Lester Joe Gandee and his wife Nickelle of Evans, WV, and her sister, Linda Eggleston of Tampa, FL.

Service will be 1 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster Chapel Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

LONA GOLD HOWARD

Lona Gold (Layne) Howard, 89, of Maineville, OH, formerly of New Haven, WV, passed away August 11, 2016, in Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH, following a brief illness.

She was born May 2, 1927, in Mason, WV, a daughter of the late Pearl and Belva Mae (Elias) Layne.

She was a former bank teller for Mason County Bank. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the New Haven United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include a son, Michael Allen Howard (Kathey) of Maineville, OH; daughter, Barbara Jo LeMasters of Powell, OH; 3 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Sunday, August 14, 2016—1 p.m. in Sunrise Cemetery, Letart, WV, with Pastor Stephen LeMasters officiating. Arrangements have been provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

CARL WILSON HARBIN 

Carl Wilson Harbin, Jr., 67, of Millwood, WV, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in CAMC, Memorial Division.

He was born February 1, 1949, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late Carl Wilson Harbin, Sr and Gertrude Madeline (Carson) Harbin.

He was a retired lab technician from DuPont, Washington Works, with 39 years of service. He enjoyed sports, yard work, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sharon Jane (Vannest) Harbin; sons, Michael K. Harbin and his wife, Sharon of Walnut, MS, and John W. Harbin and his wife, Amee, of St. Albans, WV; daughter, Carla Jane (Harbin) Wells and her husband, Kelly, Sr., of Marcella, AR; brothers, Charles Harbin and his wife, Claudette, of Sandyville and Lester Harbin and his wife, Jean, of Washington, WV; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Service will be Saturday, August 13, 2016—1 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Rob Ely officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Ravenswood. Visitation will be Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

AGNES LOUISE BOWEN

Bowen, Agnes websiteAgnes Louise Bowen, 83, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 4, 2016, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

She was born June 11, 1933, in Baltimore, MD, the youngest of five children to the late William J. and Mary (Look) Henderson. Her daughter Patricia Ann McCune Miller and her siblings also preceded her in death.

Agnes was a retired nursing assistant, a homemaker and member of the Ripley Baptist Temple. She enjoyed coloring, history and going through family albums.

Survivors include her daughter, Betsy Hill and her husband, Melvin “Butch” of Ripley; five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and her dear friend and caregiver of 13 years, whom she affectionately referred to as her, “partner in crime,” Debbie Bowling of Ripley.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Sunday, at the funeral home.

ROBERT CALDWELL

Caldwell, Robert websiteRobert L. Caldwell, 77, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV.

He was born September 25, 1938, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late Bedford and Ethel (Menshouse) Caldwell.

He was a former employee of F.M.C. Ordinance and Libby Owens Glass. He attended the Apostolic Church in Charleston and the Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bobbie D. (Coleman) Caldwell; sons, Randall L. Caldwell of Morehead City, N.C. and Robert L. Caldwell, II of Ravenswood; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Service will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016—6 p.m. at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will be on Thursday, August 4, 2016, in Ravenswood Cemetery.

DAVID VERNON DOTSON

David Vernon Dotson, 56, of Ripley, WV, passed away July 27, 2016, at his home following a brief illness.

He was born September 11, 1959, in Madison, WV, a son of the late Charles Oscar and Lucille Ruble (Harrison) Dotson.

David was a United States Army Reserve veteran.   He was an electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local #968, Parkersburg, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Cynthia Diane (Lints) Dotson; daughters, Rebecca Dotson of Huntington and Jessica Dotson of Ripley; stepchildren, Krista Kelly of Fairmont, Robert Kelly of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Bradley Kelley of Junction City, KS; brothers, Bruce Dotson and his wife Margaret, and Larry Dotson and his wife Pat all of Ripley; grandchildren, Haylee Hersman and Kaylee Hersman.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is assisting the family.

STEVEN L. OLDAKER

Steven Lloyd Oldaker, 52, of Letart, WV, passed away July 25, 2016, due to injuries received from an accident.

He was born November 30, 1963, in Point Pleasant, WV. He was preceded in death by his father, Adam Floyd Oldaker.

He was former member of the National Guard in West Virginia and Florida. He was a former employee for West Volusia Plumbing and was currently employed as a supervisor for the West Virginia Department of Highways, Point Pleasant, WV. He was a member of the Heavenly Saints Motorcycle Ministry, Mason, WV, and enjoyed racing stock cars, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, and boating.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Lou (Pettit) Oldaker; wife, Angelic Marie Oldaker of Letart; daughter, Holly Ann Brunelle of Deland, FL; stepson, Daniel Marion of Bonifay, FL; stepdaughter, Neisha Potter of Cody, WY; brother, Mark and sister in law Terri Oldaker of Lesage, WV, and seven grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Donnie Dye officiating. Burial will follow in the Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

DELORES J. McINTYRE

Delores Jannette McIntyre, 75, of Charleston, WV, passed away July 25, 2016, at the Hubbard Hospice House.

She was born July 9, 1941, in Ripley, WV, the daughter of the late Henry Ralph and Bertha Alice (Harmon) McIntyre. Her son, Larry Clayton McIntyre and a sister, Carroll Meadows also preceded her in death.

Delores was a caregiver and lived in Norfolk, VA, from 1969 until 1994, when she returned to West Virginia to care for family. She was a member of Women of Moose, Chapter #317, Charleston.

Survivors include her children, Malcolm Ferrell, Jr. of Bossier City, LA, Lessia Gail Malloy of Doyline, LA, and Anita Sure Rewis of Elgin, IL; grandchildren, Alicia Ferrell, Erica Hafferty, Nicholas Rewis, Timothy Rewis, Sabrina Ferrell and Douglas Ferrell and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of service on Thursday.

MONA JOSEPINE GIBBS

The angels came for Mona Josephine (Edwards) Gibbs, 95, on July 19, 2016, to take her to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born September 9, 1920.

Mona attended her local church all her life. Originally it was the Evangelical United Brethren. The name was later changed to Fairview Bible Church. Mona was saved in a barn at 9 years of age after hearing her friend, Kay Lewis, “pretend” preaching. Mona’s strong faith in Jesus Christ helped carry her through life, including the depression and WWII with her Navy husband, Rolland, fighting in the South Pacific. After moving to Rocksprings Rehab Center, now Arbors of Pomeroy, she still attended church services there when she was able and amazed her caregivers with her singing and love of God.

Mona was a homemaker and loved to cook and bake for her family. She loved the beauty of nature and working in her flower beds.

Mona was preceded in death by her parents, Ramie and Rebecca (Roach) Edwards and nine siblings; brothers, Ted, Earl and Willie Edwards; sisters, Edith Riggs, Ruby Smith, Nettie Hensley, Nellie Schools, Bessie Ohlinger and Mary Zerkle. In addition to these, she was preceded by her beloved husband of 56 years, Rolland Pearl and a pre-born daughter, Pam.

Surviving are sons, Rolland “Sunny” (Connie) Gibbs and Ramie ”Keith” (Michelle) Gibbs, both of Letart; daughters, Ramona “Bunny” (Dean) Knight of New Haven, and Renita Roush of Letart. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 12 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with the Pastor Brian May officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

GLENN LEEJOHNSON

Army 02Glenn Lee Johnson, 69, of Letart, WV, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born September 6, 1946, in Mason, WV, a son of the late Howard William and Kathryn M. (Young) Johnson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Howard W. Johnson and Ernest Johnson
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He was a United States Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post # 140 NewU.S. Flag Haven, WV. He retired as a maintenance supervisor for A.E.P. with 40 years of service from the Phillip Sporn Plant. He was a trustee and lay leader at the Vernon United Methodist Church. He was an avid West Virginia Mountaineer football fan and enjoyed camping with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann (Thompson) Johnson; sons, Doug and Aimee Johnson of Durham, NC and Brent Johnson of Letart; grandsons, Hunter and Cody Johnson and Cameron Griffin all of Durham, NC; brothers, Thurman “Brad” Johnson of Mason, Robert Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Charles “Hank” Johnson of West Palm Beach, FL; sisters, Belva and Bob Workman of Rutland, OH and Kathryn VanMeter of Mason; brother-in-law, Jim Miller of Parkersburg; sister-in-law Helen Johnson of Mason, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor John Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the Lieving-Yonker Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Vernon United Methodist Church, c/o Kathey Thompson, Treasurer, 5687 Longdale Road, Letart, WV 25253.

EULA C. MORTON

Morton-Eula-websiteMrs. Eula Catherine Anderson Morton, 89, of Mount Alto, WV, died July 8, 2016. She was born at home in Charleston, WV, on December 9, 1926, to Dennie and Macel Withrow Anderson. She grew up at the Mountain Mission in Charleston and was pianist/organist there until her marriage on July 2, 1954.

Eula was saved in 1937, and was blessed to have married the Rev. Clarence B. Morton. They served various Baptist churches in West Virginia during a ministry that spanned 50 years. Eula and Clarence celebrated 50 years of marriage just before his death in 2004.

She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1944, and was employed through the years as secretary/administrative assistant. She attended West Virginia State University and Appalachian Bible Institute. She was a member of the Jackson County Senior Choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, her parents, Dennie and Macel Anderson; two brothers, Gene R. Anderson and Hearl (Pete) Anderson; sisters-in-law, Dayle Morton Burrows and Jackie Anderson and brother-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Roy.

She is survived by three children, Denise (Don) Blandford of Mount Alto, Paul Morton (Jane) of Waverly, WV, and Susan (Kevin) Harrison of Catlettsburg, KY; seven grandchildren, Catie Casto and Markie Blandford, Maggie, Samuel, Simeon and Solomon Harrison, Michael Whisman (Brandi) and Becki (Brent) Jackson; six great grandchildren, Nathaniel Casto, Allora, Cameron and William Whisman, and Ella Jane and Loralei Jackson. Also surviving Eula are one sister, Doris ‘Dickie’ Roy of Charleston, WV; sisters-in-law, Norma Songer of Charleston, WV, and Helen Anderson of Hilliard, Ohio, and brother-in-law, Rev. Carl Burrows of Mt. Hope.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Ripley, WV, with the Rev. Charles Hicks officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Casto Funeral Home at Evans, WV, and one hour prior to time of service at the church on Wednesday. A private graveside service will be held.

MACEL RUTH HOSCHAR

Hoschar, Macel websiteMacel Ruth Hoschar, 91, of Cottageville, WV, passed away July 4, 2016, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Evans, the daughter of the late Henry Elmer and Bedie Alice (Thornton) Sayre. Her husband, Roy; infant daughter, Frances Alice, two stillborn daughters; brothers, Thornton, Waldo and Raymond Sarye, and sisters, Ida Livingston, Betty Jean Newell and Chloie Sharp also preceded her in death.

Macel was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting and sewing. She was an active member of the Jackson County Democratic Party and in her youth attended the Fairview Christian Advent Church, then later, the Evans Church of God.

Survivors include her sons, Roy Robert Hoschar (Katheryn) of New Vienna, OH, and James Raymond “J.R.” Hoschar of Cottageville; daughter, Loretta Ruth Jensen (Gregory) of Piedmont, SC; grandchildren, Josh Auman, Robert and Shane Hoschar and Tiffany Goff; great grandchildren, Carrie Auman, Savannah Kuhn, and Tony Hoschar.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service on Saturday.

JOSEPH ALLEN KEARNS

Scan_20160705Joseph Allen Kearns, 18, of West Columbia, WV, passed away July 3, 2016, in Letart, WV, of injuries received in an accident.

He was born December 29, 1997, in Huntington, WV, the son of George Allen and Mary Christene (Lively) Kearns of West Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph J. and Shirley Ann Lively and paternal grandmother, Betty Kearns.

He was a 2016 graduate of Wahama High School and a member of the Clifton United Methodist Church. He was employed by the Mason County Fair Board and mowed several yards in the community. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Mason County Coon Hunters Club.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his sister, Sierra Kearns of West Columbia; grandfather, Harry J. Kearns of West Columbia; friends, Kayla Parsons of Letart, and Sam German of Mason.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Glenn Rowe officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

RUBY MAE GIBBS

Gibbs, RubyRuby Mae (Roush) Gibbs, 92, of Letart, WV, passed away July 2, 2016, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born December 25, 1923, in Letart, WV, the daughter of the late Arthur and Sarah (Morning) Roush. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Jacob Gibbs; brother, Clarence Roush and her sister, Edith Edwards.

She was a homemaker and attended the True Gospel Church, Letart, WV. She also attended the Senior Citizens in Mason, WV.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Pastor Donald Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Zirkle Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, at the funeral home.

 ROBIN BLESSING

Robin Elaine (Gothard) Blessing, 55, of Letart, WV, passed away June 27, 2016, in Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV following an extended illness.

She was born August 9, 1960, in Columbus, OH, a daughter of the late Aubrey Nelson and Maxine Faye (Ferguson) Gothard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen M. Gothard.

She was a machine operator for General Mills in Wellston, OH. She enjoyed knitting, flowers and being a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Jeffrey Baron Blessing; son, Derrick Bailey of Wilkesville, OH; stepson, Christopher M. Blessing of Charleston, SC.; daughter, Amy Jividen of McArthur, OH; sisters, Joy L. Larrick of Newark, OH and Becky Faye Butler of WA.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Davies Grove Baptist Church, Letart, WV. Burial will follow at Letart Evergreen Cemetery in Letart, WV. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday at the church. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

GLENNA MAE FETTY

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Glenna Mae (Cremeans) Fetty, 89, of Fairview, TN, formerly of Rutland, OH, passed away June 25, 2016, at Claibourne-Hughes Nursing Home in Franklin, TN, following an extended illness.

She was born September 29, 1926, in Guyandotte, WV, a daughter of the late June and Ivy Tabitha (Stewart) Cremeans. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Fetty, Sr.; brothers, J.J. Cremeans, Jim Cremeans, and Roy Cremeans and a sister, Phyllis Spangler.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed yard sales. She was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include; sons, Larry Fetty of Fairview, TN and Richard “Dick” Fetty, Jr. of Rutland; daughter, Sheila Chandler of Dickson, TN; brothers, Victor Cremeans of New Haven, Gary Cremeans of Rutland; sisters, Zelma Taylor of New Haven, JoAnn Smith of Syracuse, Leaoma Woodyard of MS, Karen Gilkey of Middleport, Alice Kennedy of Rutland; seven grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 1st, 2016, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Rodney Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Miles Cemetery in Rutland, OH. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

ALICE LUCILLE (SNIDER) SHINN

Shinn, Alice websiteAlice Lucille Snider Shinn, 87, retired dietary manager for the Bourbon County Schools, widow of George Leonard Shinn, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at her home in Paris, KY.

She was born September 18, 1928, in Ravenswood, WV, the daughter of the late Elisha Ellis and Cora Bell Rardon Snider.

Alice was a 1947 graduate of Ravenswood High School and was a member of Rose Rebekah Lodge #7, American Legion Auxiliary, and First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Alan Lewis Shinn (Bonnie Becraft), Paris, Andrew Lowell Shinn (Martha Marchant), Ravenswood, WV; five grandchildren, Jessica Sue (Kevin) Adams, Paris, Daniel Alan Shinn, Columbus, OH, Alissa Nicole (Jason) Ralls, Paris, Alicia Ruth Shinn, Columbus, OH, Christopher Clayton Harris, Paris; three great grandchildren, America Maelyse Adams, Boston Ellis Adams, Finley Jase Ralls; a sister-in-law, Dolores (Darrell) Durst, Cottageville, WV; and special friends, Sue and Rick Harris, Katie and Jimmy Allen, Jean Patton, Bonnie Robinson, Carolyn Lee, Julie Garrison, Barbara Willard, Jeff, Stephanie, and Levi Hollon.

In addition to her parents and husband, George, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Maxine Shinn and her faithful companion, “Shadow.”

A graveside service will be held on 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Ravenswood Cemetery with Darrell Durst officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to, Kanawha Hospice Care Inc, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, or more importantly to honor Alice, make a once a month commitment to visit the residents of Ravenswood Village or Ravenswood Care Center.

Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV has been entrusted with local arrangements.

GAY RUFUS HERDMAN

Herdman, Gay websiteGay Herdman, 86, of Leon, WV, passed away June 24,Christian symbol 2016, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born August 8, 1929, in Cottageville, WV, the son of the late W. Hubert “Bill” and Hazel (Sayre) Herdman. His sisters, Janette H. Sheets and Ellen “Sally” Cole and a brother, Arnold Keith Herdman also preceded him in death.

Gay was a former employee of Vanadium Corporation, New Haven, WV, and later retired from construction through the Laborers Union, Charleston, WV, but his primary occupation and his most loved was farming.

Gay was a longstanding member of the Creston Church and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He will be fondly remembered by the exemplary Christian life he lived, his beautiful singing voice and his touching recitations in many church services around our area.

Gay was lovingly cared for in his home by his wife of nearly 64 years, Imogene (Knapp) Herdman. Other survivors include his beloved Godchildren, D.J. and wife Jocelyn Casto, Tebaliah and husband Micah Martindale, Laura and husband Andrew Blain, Hanna and husband Aaron Snodgras and Megan Casto; siblings, Bernice Harden, Dwight Herdman, Garnet Herdman, Beverly Durst and Eddie Herdman and many nieces, nephews, other family members, beloved church family and a host of friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Creston Church with Pastor Don Keefer officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

ALICE LAWHORN

FullSizeRenderAlice Faye (McDaniel) Lawhorn, 73, of Mason, WV, ended her battle with cancer, June 24, 2016, in Letart, WV, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 30, 1943, in Mason, WV, a daughter of the late Leonard and Ola Mae (Wears) McDaniel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Steward Lawhorn and several brothers and sisters.

She was a member of the Midnight Cloggers and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Mason, WV. She was a Christian by faith.

Survivors include daughters, Jennifer Bailey and fiancé Eddie Starcher of Mason, WV, and Lisa Williamson and fiancé Mike Alexander of Cross Lanes, WV; granddaughters, Candace (Daniel) Lewis and Alexandra Bailey and fiancé Shawn Sovine; great-grandsons, Alexander and Brendon Lewis; sister, Peggy Edwards, of Mason, WV; brothers, Thomas McDaniel of Cleveland, OH and Rankin McDaniel of Hartford, WV; sister in law, Juanita McDaniel; special nieces, Amy (Ron) Livingston, Shirley Kauff, Krista Roach, Emily Stanley, Natalie and Courtney Richard.

Please reach out to the family to show your love and support. The family will celebrate the life of Alice, Sunday, June 26, 2016—1 p.m. at 821 Anderson Street, Mason, WV. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Roger Lewis Cancer Fund, First State Bank C/O Daniel Lewis 401 10th St. Suite 200, Huntington, WV 25701. Arrangements provided by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV.

RICHARD P. NORFORD

Richard Peyton Norford, 71, of Cottageville, WV, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV.

He was born February 7, 1945, in Montgomery, WV, the son of the late Willie Peyton and Anna Lucille (Clark) Norford.

He was retired from the plate department of Pechiney Rolled Products with 43 years of service and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668 Ravenswood, WV. He enjoyed mechanic work, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He was an historian, enjoyed coin collecting and was a member of the West Ripley Church of Christ.

Survivors include wife, Patricia April (Davis) Norford; son, Ronald Eric (Charlotte) Norford of Springhill, FL; daughters, Robin (John) Tucker of Ravenswood, WV, and Peyton-Leigh (Kevin) Holmes of Pegram, TN; grandchildren, Emily Tucker, Michael Norford, Sarah Norford, Eleanor Holmes, and Penelope Holmes.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with minister Jeff Dorton officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

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