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Shanna Nicole Lyons

Shanna Nicole (Gordon) Lyons, 31, of New Haven, WV, passed away September 20, 2020.

She was born October 25, 1989, in Point Pleasant, WV, a daughter of  Tralonni and the late William G. Gordon.

Shanna was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Survivors in addition to her mother, include her husband, John “Curtis” Lyons; sons, Randall and Jordan Smith; daughters, Brooklyn Smith, Virginia Lyons, Abby Lyons, Annabelle Lyons; brother, Christopher Gordan and two sisters, Stacy Gordon and Laci Gordon.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.

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


Matthew Robert Murray

Matthew Robert Murray, 32 of Ripley, West Virginia lost his battle with addiction on September 17, 2020. Matt was born on November 9, 1987, the beloved, only son of Bob and Janet Murray. He could quickly find common ground with anyone he met. We would be remiss in not mentioning the infectious laugh for which he has been well-known since he was a little boy. “The goofy giggle!” He was a 2006 graduate of Ripley High School, and attended Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia. Matt attended Glenville State College and West Virginia University- Parkersburg where he intended to complete his education this year. Matt retained life-long friends from each of these encounters.

During childhood and into his teen years, Matt loved playing sports and was a talented athlete. He played on several traveling teams and always fondly remembered the friendships made through these leagues, especially the groups who traveled to Cooperstown, New York. He loved music and enjoyed working at radio stations in Parkersburg and in Huntington.

Throughout his adult life, Matt constantly battled addiction. There were periods where he found sobriety, and during these times, he was able to make wonderful memories that his family and friends will always cherish. Matt had a servant’s heart for others. He would often use his limited resources to give a hand up to someone less fortunate. Though the most recent time in Matt’s life has been happy, it does not dull the pain that comes with knowing the light of a funny, intelligent, kind-hearted spirit was taken from our lives by a senseless and relentless drug. During the years of his fight with this disease, there were definite times of darkness, but we believed until the moment he drew his last breath that he would overcome addiction. We take comfort in knowing that Matt is now in the arms of our Savior and surrounded by light, free from the chains that held him here on earth.

Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, C.R. “Bob” and Colleen Murray and his maternal grandmother, Freeda Bush. Left to honor his memory are his parents of Ripley; sister, Katheryn Ogle (Nathaniel); niece and nephew, Alexandra and Henry Ogle of Knoxville, Tennessee; maternal grandfather, Robert E. Bush, of Spencer; aunts and uncles Susan (Nick) Mercer of London, UK; Roberta (Randall) Board of Spencer, William E. Bush (Tammy) of Spencer, Kristina (Roger) Starcher of Walton, and Russ Murray (Monica) of Parkersburg. Matt will also be fondly remembered by his cousins and friends, both of whom he has many.

Our family asks that you realize that no one is immune to the epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction that spoils so many lives.  We fought as hard as we knew how to help Matt, and our constant hope of his recovery dashed so senselessly is devastating. We will miss him every day. In honor of his memory, please donate to the recovery program of your choice, and please pray for individuals and families affected by addiction. Due to the current pandemic, a private service is planned.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.



Rev. Louis Warner & Norma Ruth (Ober) Wetzel


Norma Ruth (Ober) Wetzel, 88, went home to be with the Lord on August 30, 2020 in Zephyrhills, FL. She was born September 6, 1931 in Millwood, WV, a daughter of the late Daniel David Ober and Kathryn (Farra) Ober Combs. Her husband Louis Warner Wetzel; stepfather, James Edgar Combs, and stepsister, Emma Jean (Combs) Ferguson Drennen also preceded her in death.

Norma was a graduate of Ravenswood High School. Her early career included jobs as a telephone operator for Ohio Bell Telephone Company and a PBX operator for General Motors. Later in life, she began a nursing career and retired as an RN and director of nursing at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida. She attended the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her half-brothers, Thomas (Grace) Combs and John Combs of Cottageville and James (Anna Mae) Combs of Ravenswood; half-sisters, Karen and Ann Combs of Millwood; stepbrother, David (May) Combs of Vienna and several nieces and nephews.

While working in Akron, OH, she married her husband Louis Warner Wetzel on July 11, 1953; they were married 61 years until his death.

Rev. Louis Warner Wetzel, 88, went home to be with the Lord on February 19, 2015 in Zephyrhills, FL. He was born on December 18, 1926 in Mansfield, OH to the late Robert H. and Esther L. (Warner) Wetzel. His only sibling, Marilyn R. (Wetzel) Miller; brother in law, Jason W. Miller; and nephew, Larry Alan Miller, preceded him in death. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Louis was a World War II Navy veteran, serving on a tanker in the Pacific theater. He began working in Akron, OH, at Goodyear Aircraft Corporation, and studying for the ministry. Like his maternal grandfather before him, he studied under the Free Methodist Church. Louis retired as an evangelist for the Assembly of God Church. He was a retired Pinellas County, FL vehicle safety inspector.

A joint private graveside service will be held at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with Pastor Vera Archer officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Ravenswood, Evans, Mason, and New Haven.


Carol Sue Novak

Carol Sue (Smith) Novak, 73, of Southside, WV, passed away September 16, 2020, in Holzer Hospital, Gallipolis, OH.

She was born June 26, 1947, in Kentucky, a daughter of the late Harmon and Nora (Merritt) Smith. Her brother, William “Billy” Smith; sister, Margaret Dingus also preceded her in death.

She was a former realtor and antique dealer. She enjoyed farming, nature and animals, antiques, design and decorating.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years Stephen Frederick Novak; daughters, Diana Sue (Steve) Halstead of Letart, WV and Cynthia Louise (Randall) Russell of Bidwell, OH; sisters, Mayona Ward of Catlettsburg, KY, Thelma Roswal of Huntington, Maxine Runyon of Chesapeake, OH and Darlene Hodge of North Olmstead, OH; grandchildren, Ashley Hale, Bridgette Call and Harrison Halstead; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Joselyn Call and Rowan & Wyatt Hale.

There will be no public services at this time and interment will be private.

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

Ellen Harris

Ellen Rene Harris, 55, of Mason, WV, passed away September 10, 2020 at her residence.

She was born January 28, 1965 in , WV, a daughter of the late Robert and Arlene (Bond) McDermitt. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Cathy Kearns.

She graduated from Wahama High School and worked as an LPN for many nursing homes. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Harris; sons, Stephen Ohlinger (Vicki) of New Haven, W.V. and Robert Harris of Mason, W.V.; sister, Barbara Huck (Mike) of Wheeling, W.V.; and a granddaughter, Avah Reeves.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services at this time.

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Elton White

Romie Elton White, 86, of Cross Lanes, WV, and Cottageville, WV, went home to be with the Lord on September 12 after a 2 ½ year battle with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia.

He was born on the family farm in Kettle, WV, on September 24, 1933, the fourth and youngest son of seven children of the late Romie Henderson White and Lessie Moore White. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carolyn Sue Johnson White; his brothers, Rex Harding White (Sarah), Sidney Coolidge White (Vickie) and Herbert White (Irene); sisters, Sybil White and Doris Arlene White Hurlow.

He joined the United States Army in 1954 and served his county as a mechanic in Korea during the war and Armistice and attained the rank of Specialist V.   He returned home to Roane County following his service to his country and met the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Johnson. They were married on May 19, 1957 and were blessed with over 60 years of marriage before she passed away on May 27, 2017. Together, they were the proud parents of two children, Doug and Angie.

Following his return from the Army, he worked in the Locomotive Division of General Motors in Cleveland Ohio; at S&S Construction in Clendenin, WV, as a mechanic; and at Kaiser Aluminum where he worked from one end of the plant to the other end, starting in the pot rooms and ending his career in the inspection and shipping department. He retired in 1992 with 32 of service. He was a proud member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local #5668, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NRA.   Additionally, he was a certified air conditioning and heating technician and the owner and operator of White’s Auto Air Conditioning in Cottageville for over 22 years.

He was a lifelong Christian along with his wife Sue. They were members of Evergreen Hills United Baptist Church for 22 years and raised their family in the church. He served as a church deacon, Sunday school superintendent and devotional leader and Sue served as a Sunday School teacher. They were members of the Faith Assembly of God for 22 years and dearly loved the church and the congregation. After they moved to Cross Lanes, WV, in 2013, they attended and supported the New Horizon Worship Center as their health would allow.

He is survived by his son Doug White and wife Tina, of Mt. Alto, WV, daughter, Angie White Negley and husband Chris of Cross Lanes, WV; granddaughters, Megan Marie White Thornburg and husband Adam and Brittani Rene White Bowser and husband Harland all of Parkersburg, WV; Rhiannon Nicole Negley of Cross Lanes, WV; step-grandaughter Charity Ashworth of Ravenswood, WV; grandson, Nicholas Remington Negley, of Cross Lanes, WV; step-grandson Johnathan Ashworth of Cottageville, WV; great grandsons, Jansen, Hudson and Hans, and great granddaughter Indie Sue, all of Parkersburg, WV; step-greatgrandaugher Olivia Ashworth, step-greatgrandson Addison Enoch, sister Shirley White Lewis of West Columbia, WV; brother-in-law, James Hurlow of Mason, WV; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Summers (Kenton); Annette Cummings (Mike) of Lincolnton, NC; brothers-in-law, Scottie Johnson (Sharon) of Elkview, WV,; and Gregory Johnson of Fresno, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastors, Jeff Nichols, Adam Nester and Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military honors by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tonya Norman and the staff at Sweet Blessings for the wonderful care, compassion, and love they showed Elton over the past 2 ½ years. He enjoyed his time there and considered it to be his final “home”.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of Elton or give the gift of life and donate blood and platelets to the American Red Cross in Elton’s honor.

 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy

Charles Gregory Webb Sr.

Charles Gregory Webb Sr., 65, of Cottageville, WV, passed away September 11, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

He was born March 2, 1955, in St. Albans, WV, the son of the late Jesse Jackson and Marjorie (King) Webb.

Charles retired from Walker Machinery as a diesel mechanic with 42 years of service. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying his airplane. Charles was a board member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132, Charleston, WV, and a member of the Cottageville Lodge #54 AF & AM.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Brenda (Templeton) Webb; sons, Charles G. Webb and his wife Tammy, Michael T. Webb and his wife Misty; brothers, Jesse Jackson Webb Jr. and his wife Barb, Jeffrey Webb and his wife Joan; sister, Melanie Peveto Williams; grandchildren, Brianna Webb, Jessie Webb, Tyler Webb and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no public services at this time. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Evans, Ravenswood, Mason, and New Haven.

Dora Irene Durst

Dora Irene (Alexander) Durst, 85, of Leon, WV, passed away September 9, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

She was a former employee of the Sewing Factory in Ripley. She attended the Bethel Church, Leon, WV and enjoyed gardening, flowers and yard work.

Survivors include her son, Tracy D. Durst of Leon; daughters, Sharon (Doug) Garten of Leon and Patricia Grimm of Gallipolis, OH; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert W. Durst.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. ~ Sunday, September 13, 2020 in the Baden-Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Leon, WV, with Pastor Freddie Mills officiating.

Gloria Sue Hughes

Miss Gloria Sue Hughes, 74, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, departed this life on Sunday September 6, 2020 at the Ravenswood Village, where she had resided for the last 7 years, following an extended illness.

She was born April 18, 1946, the daughter of the late Blaine Young and Hazel Elva (Casto) Hughes. Preceding her in death, were her parents, and an infant brother.

Gloria was the sister of the late Gary L. Hughes.

This special little lady left a big family to remember her fondly, including nephews Jason E. (Carrie) Hughes, Jared B. (Lora) Hughes, niece Amanda L. (Kevin) Rawson, sister in law and personal advocate, Sharon Hughes (Ted); 11 great nieces and nephews; Lakyn (Joel) Miller, Logan (Derek) Barnhart, Savannah (Tyler) Hill, Michaela Hughes, Lane (Shaley) Hughes, Travis Rawson, Ross Hughes (Brittany), Ethan Rawson, Cameron Rawson, Hayden Hughes, and Grayson Hughes; Six great great nieces and nephews, Carson, Landon, Arlee, Layton, AnnaClaire, and Juniper; first cousins, Hazel Casto Parsons, Lyle Hughes, Lowell Hughes, Aloise Hughes Bosworth, Ann Hughes Wood, Yvonne Hughes Kaiser, Mrs. Buzz Casto, and their families.

In 1979 Gloria began working at SW Resources in Parkersburg, WV, in the sheltered workshop program. During these years she was involved in many activities, including, bowling, summer camp, and the Special Olympics. She continued to reside in the Parkersburg/Vienna area, where she attended St. John’s Methodist Church. The church continued to keep contact with her through these last seven years.

Gloria made many friends everywhere she went, and enjoyed watching select TV shows, doing puzzle books, and dancing and singing in the choir performances at the Village, and at the Hughes family Christmases.

The family wants to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at the Ravenswood Village for their professional and diligent care of Gloria, where she was loved like family. They would also like to give a special thanks to Jamie, Gloria’s favorite CNA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a charitable donation made to the Special Olympics of Jackson County by mailing checks to United Bank C/O Special Olympics Jackson County 113 E. North Street Ripley, WV 25271.

Service will be 3:30p.m. ~ Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with Jason Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service, Saturday at the funeral home. In compliance with the recommended CDC, state and local health protocol, we will be observing proper safety guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Ravenswood, Evans, Mason and New Haven, WV.


Lou Ann Thacker

Lou Ann (Dangerfield) Thacker, 63, of Evans, WV, passed away, September 4, 2020, in Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a brief illness.

She was born November 21, 1956, in Chicago, IL, a daughter of the late Charles L. and Betty Jane (Hager) Dangerfield. Her brother, Alan Dangerfield also preceded her in death.

She was a professional cake decorator and was formerly employed by the Big R. Supermarket, Ripley, WV. She was a member of the Mercy Baptist Church, Evans, WV and enjoyed sports and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Richard Lee “Rick” Thacker; sons, Ronald B. (Sacha) Carpenter of Fairplain and Benjamin D. (Tara) Carpenter of Evans; brothers, Bob Dangerfield of Point Pleasant and Steve Dangerfield of New Haven; sisters, Susie Dangerfield of Ripley, Cathy Campbell of Cabell, WV and Gail Stewart of Romney; grandchildren, Jack, Emily, Vincent, Sullivan and Zeke Carpenter; great granddaughter, Lielah Carpenter.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Monday, September 7, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven, WV.


Lawrence Westhaver

Lawrence Albert Westhaver, 83, of Cottageville, WV, passed away August 26, 2020 in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington due to injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born October 24, 1936 in Washington D.C. a son of the late James Waldo and Hattie Virginia (Bush) Westhaver.

Lawrence was a United States Navy veteran. He was an electronics engineer and inventor for the National Security Agency with 40 years of service. He attended the Evans Church of God and enjoyed scuba diving and bird watching.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, JoAnn Westhaver; son, Lawrence A. “Wes” Westhaver, Jr. (Marie) of Columbia, MD; daughters, Wendy Jo Burke (David) of Hurricane and Bonnie Jo Green (Harold) of Catonsville, MD; sisters, Cynthia Mae Bonnet of Mesa, AZ, Virginia Louise Beddard of San Antonio, TX and Karen Jean Edwards of Heathsville, VA; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m.~ Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Evans Church of God with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville with military rights by the Jackson County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven, WV.


Amanda Louise Spencer

Amanda Louise Spencer, 79, of Cottageville, WV, passed away August 26, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born February 9, 1941 in Lenore, WV, the daughter of the late Fred Lee and Bessie Jane (Tomblin) Akers. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Louise Spencer; son, Robert Martin Spencer; brother, Larry E. Akers and her sister, Eva R. Back.

Amanda was a homemaker and member of the Mount Alto Church of Christ where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and being involved in other church activities. She also enjoyed tole painting.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Sidney H. Spencer; son, Michael E. Spencer; daughter, Jacqueline Burrows; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Richardson of Lancaster, OH, Leslie Smith (Jackie) of Columbus, OH, Barbara L. Phillips of Lebanon, TN, Minervia Joyce Akers of Cold Water, MI, E. Sue Akers of Lebanon, TN, Juanita Crum of Camden, SC and Freda Atwell of Frazeysburg, OH; brothers, Clyde E. Akers of Green Valley, AZ, Fred L. Akers, Jr. of Rockbridge, OH and several nieces, nephews and many other extended family members.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Minister Jeff Batton officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Betty Frazier

Betty Lou (Blankenship) Frazier, 85, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 21, 2020, at Camden Clark Medical Center, following an extended illness.

She was born February 18, 1935, in Inez, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Luther and Gladys (Preece) Blankenship. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Lynn Frazier; brothers, Donnie and Russell Blankenship; her first husband, Kelly Maynard and second husband, James Henry Frazier.

Betty was a homemaker and was a very proud parent of her three children. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. Betty was a lady who never met a stranger and loved talking and telling stories.

Survivors include her sons, Doug Frazier and his wife Brenda of Beaver, WV, Philip Frazier and his wife Tara of Walton, KY; daughter, Linda Kelly Stewart and her husband Bob of Arlington, TX; sisters, Lushie Herron, Becky (Al) Parsley, Helen (Gordon) Davis, Sharon Mills, Gail (James) Hammond; grandchildren, Mason and Jacob Frazier, Jennifer Stewart Gibson, Jessica Stewart; great grandchildren, Lila and Luke Gibson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Matt Ash officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service on Tuesday. Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the Riverview Memorial Gardens, Louisa, KY.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Deana “DeeDee” McCauley and Greg and Teresa Mills for the wonderful and compassionate care shown to Betty.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven.


D. Jean McConnell

Deloris Jean McConnell, 89, of Ravenswood, WV passed away August 22, 2020 at the Ravenswood Village following an extended illness.

She was born July 6, 1931 in Kenna, WV, the daughter of the late, Climent Clyde and Inez Gaye (Gandee) Hatcher.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lomas Clarence “Bud” McConnell; daughter, Judy Teresa McConnell; brother, Jerry Hatcher and sister, Janet Sue Denton.

Jean graduated from Ripley High School and later was employed by and retired from the city of Memphis, TN as the director of The Hobby Center. She was a member of Saint Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood and she loved her dogs.

Survivors include her daughter, Josephine Ann “Joey” McConnell of Melbourne, FL and brothers, J.T. Hatcher (Pam) of Cottageville, Mike Hatcher (Loretta) and Clyde Hatcher, Jr. all of Kenna.

Service arrangements are pending at this time. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV is assisting the family with arrangements.



Ruby Marie (Price) Paugh Canterbury, 88, of Cottageville, WV, (Evergreen Hills Community) passed away August 19, 2020, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 23, 1932, in West Union, WV, a daughter of the late Marion Francis and Felcie Viletta (Pierce) Price. Her first husband, Phillip Eugene Paugh and her second husband, Ben Canterbury; sisters, Wilmadean Hamilton, Ellen Moore and Sue Ann Shriver preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of the Parkersburg Beauty College and the owner and operator of Evergreen Hills Beauty Salon for more than 30 years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, fishing and attended the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Dallas (Deborah) Paugh of Dandridge, TN, Phillip A. (Brenda) Paugh of Cary, NC and Timothy W. (Sandy) Paugh of Social Circle, GA; daughter, Brenda Miller Paugh of Wellston, WV; brothers, Marion D. Price of Cottageville, WV and David Price of Rivesville, WV; sisters, Janet Stevens, Fairmont, WV and Helen O’Neal of Maryland; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. ~ Saturday, August 22, 2020 in the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, WV, Marion County, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven, WV.


Hiram “Sam” O. Somerville

Master Sergeant Hiram “Sam” O.  Somerville, 90, United States Air Force retired, of New Era-Sandyville, WV passed away Monday, August 17, 2020.

He was born in Jackson County, WV, on April 4, 1930, to the late Harold “Harley” David and Inez Lola (Moore) Somerville.

Sam attended Gilmore High School and went on to graduate from Ravenswood High School in 1948. He joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and served with occupation forces in Germany for two tours. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Service award, twice, the United States Air Force Accommodation Medal, Occupation Germany Medal, and the Natural Defense Medal.

He worked in the United States Navy Shipyard and Marietta Manufacturing Company of Point Pleasant as well as the Goodyear plant in Apple Grove, Ford Car Sales in Ravenswood, Chrysler Dodge at Two Rivers, AAA Auto Club, and advertised specialty sales companies until he formed his own enterprise selling non-perishable merchandise to country stores and mom & pop businesses throughout West Virginia and Ohio with supplies from New York and Hardin Wholesale in Kenova, WV.

Greg Larson Associates, Jerome Hardin, and Geo Smith did a great job assisting him to be a great salesman. In the early 1960’s, Sam opened an Army Surplus Merchandise store part time in Sandyville, WV, beside the United States Post Office. In 1973 property was inherited by his father and provided a way for him to move from Point Pleasant to Sandyville, which was accomplished by 1986 where he resided for the next 34 years. After accomplishing the move, he was able to keep more store hours. He was very proud of the 300-acre farm in the Grant District, which he inherited; it has been in the family for over 100 years. He operated a woodland and hunting preserve with the help of good friends Steve Shriver of Sandyville and Jimmy Carter of Parkersburg.

Sam was active with the Sandyville Senior Center and supported veterans.

In 1953, Sam married Patricia Louise Balis and they had 4 children. They were married 61 years. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Patricia L. Somerville (2014), brother Paul, sisters Helen Christine Somerville and Harriet Gaynelle Davis, a son, Samuel Wayne Somerville, son-in-law, Tommy Vanscoy and great grandson, Jethro Waylon Pease. He is survived by two sons, Jacob H. Somerville (Danielle) and Larry E. Somerville of Sandyville, his daughter, Susan M. Vanscoy of Ravenswood; 7 Grandchildren, Rachel Pease (Nicholas), Elayna Shirk (Josh), Nichol Vanscoy-Adams, Benjamin Somerville, Samantha “Rosie” Somerville, Tomi-Renee Pullins (Jeremy), and Brittany Somerville (Richard Griffith); 17 Great-Grandchildren, Kaeleen Pease, Adalene Pease, Jesse Noreen Pease, Selah Pease, Hadassah Pease, Joshua Shirk II, Annabelle Shirk, Susan Shirk, Lydia Shirk, Peter Adams, Jeremiah Pullins, Daisy Pullins, Elijah Pullins, Ezekiel Pullins, Arlis Pullins, Isaiah Griffith, and Samuel Griffith; a sister, Pauline Smith, and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. A funeral procession will leave the funeral following the visitation for a graveside service at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard. The Rev. David Shirer of the Ravenswood Church of the Nazerene will officiate the graveside service.

Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes, Ravenswood, Evans, Mason and New Haven, WV.



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