Surnames beginning with "A" & "B"


Lola Ann Abbott

Lola Ann Abbott, 62, of Silverton, Jackson County, WV, departed this life August 6, 2002, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born May 20, 1940, in Romance, WV, a daughter of the late Emmit Lanham and Georgia (Young) Lanham of Silverton. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 42 years, Edwin D. Abbott, sons, Jeffrey Abbott of Ravenswood, Robert Abbott of Winchester, VA, Daniel Abbott of Tuppers Plains, OH, David Abbott and Joseph Abbott, both of Silverton, Scott Abbott of Charleston, Shannon Abbott of Ravenswood, daughter, Barbara Abbott of Ravenswood, sisters, Hazel Lanham of Silverton, Barbara Wilson of Gay, Delores Wolfe of Ravenswood, and 15 grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by brothers, Lewis Lanham and Bernard Smith, and a sister, Thelma Kidd.

Graveside service and burial will be on Friday, August 9, 2002-11:00 a.m., in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with the Rev. Charles Cavender officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.


Mary (Roman) Adkins

Mary (Roman) Adkins, 72, of Mount Alto, Mason County, departed this life, December 12, 1999 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a sudden illness.

She was born February 16, 1927 at Dunlow, WV, a daughter of the late, Wayne and Leuria (Maynard) Roman.

She was co owner and operator of Adkins Tire at Mount Alto, a member of the Cottageville Chapter #16, Order of Eastern Star and she was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church at Mount Alto.

Survivors include sons, Stan Adkins of Mineral Wells, Dorsel Adkins of Cottageville and Larry Adkins of Marysville, OH; daughters, Linda Sue Knopp of Cottageville and Janice Miller of Sandyville; brothers, Artie Roman and Wayne Roman, Jr. of Huntington; sisters, Maudie Maynard of Huntington, Ella Sias of Ranger, Marie Bellville of South Point, OH and Billie Sue Lionte of East Lake, OH; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 1 step grandchild; 7 step grandchildren.

Service will be Wednesday, December 15, 1999--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Andrew Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation 4 pm-8 pm Monday at the funeral home with an Order of Eastern Star Service at 8 pm.


Frank L. Akers, Sr.

Frank L. Akers, Sr. 85, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, August 13, 1999 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born June 5, 1914 at Tazwell, VA a son of the late, Robert, Sr. and Viola (Asbury) Akers.

He was the former owner and operator of Frank's Esso in Ravenswood and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #132, Huntington, WV. He was a member of the Ravenswood Athletic Boosters and was very active in the support of children and athletics in Ravenswood and Jackson County. He was considered a good friend and an asset to the community.

Survivors include sons, Frank Akers, Jr. of Ripley and Michael Akers of Salem, VA; brothers, Robert Akers, Jr. of Forest Hill, MD and Jim Akers of Tazwell, VA; sisters, Mildred Pennington and Margaret Rodriguez of Tazewell, VA, Hazel Shouse of Dublin, VA, Ella Stephenson of Clairmont, VA, Barnzie Lewis of Havre de Grace, MD and Mary Wiseman of Fayetteville; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Anna Akers; daughter, Rosemary (Akers) Saia; brothers, Andy, Edgar and Melvin; sister, Katherine Kinder.

Visitation will be Monday, August 16, 1999 from 6-9 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. Additional visitation will be Tuesday, August 17, 1999 from 10-10:30 am at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV followed by graveside service at 11 am at the High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, WV with the Rev. George Pearson officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the, Frank Akers Memorial Athletic Fund, c/o Mick Price, 409 Sycamore St., Ravenswood, WV 26164.


Edythe Virginia Allison

Edythe Virginia Allison, 89, of Nitro, WV, went home to be with the Lord, March 12, 2005.

She was born June 6, 1915 in Letart, WV, a daughter of the late Philip and Matilda Mae “Tillie” (Merritt) Kinzel.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Webster Allison, Jr., an infant daughter, Patricia Jean Allison, and a brother, Roe Kinzel.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and member of the Christian Church, Montgomery.

Survivors include her son, Paul Webster Allison of Columbia, CT; daughter, Nancy Carol Allison of Charleston; brother, Kenneth Kinzel of Frankfort; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

Service was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the Guiding Star Advent Christian Church, Letart, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial followed in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Guiding Star Advent Christian Church, or to the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Cecil Floyd Allman

Cecil Floyd Allman, 94, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life September 19, 2001, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.

He was born May 22, 1907, at Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late John and Drusilla (Province) Allman.

He was formerly a salesman for Ravenswood Wholesale Grocery Company and he was a farmer. He was the former owner and operator of The Candy Man in Ravenswood. He was a member of North United Methodist Church of Ravenswood, where he served in numerous capacities, including lay leader, deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the building committee.

He is survived by sons, Ronald Allman of Ravenswood and Austin Allman of Ravenswood; daughter, Dorothy Mason of Marmora, NJ; 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ora Jones Allman, his second wife, Virginia Nesselroad Allman, a son, Donald Allman, and four brothers, Zeb Allman, Brady Allman, Wilford Allman and Denzil Allman.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 22, 2001--11:00 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Michael Curtis officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 9 pm, Friday, at the funeral home.


Opal C. Anderson, 81, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life May 13, 1999, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born August 8, 1917, at Walton, WV a daughter of the late Melvin Clarence "Bill" and Lillie Catherine (Hardman) Coon.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Leonard M. "Andy" Anderson; sons, Lester (Charlotte) Walker of Richmond, VA, Hubert (Elizabeth) Walker, Jr. of Columbus, OH and Frank (Olinda) Ramsey of Colonial Heights, VA; daughters, Willadean (Dayton) Bigley of Ravenswood and Janet (Jack) Thompson of Forest Hill, WV; sister, Sada Simms of Ravenswood; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 5 stepchildren; several step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hubert P. Walker; brothers, Opa Coon and Doyle Coon; stepmother, Effel Coon.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 16, 1999, at Second Baptist Church, Ann and Elwood Streets, Ravenswood, with Pastor Leonard Himes and Assistant Pastor Kenneth Leedy officiating.

Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 9 pm, Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, and one hour prior to the service at the church.


Alvie Denton Anderson, 67, of Gay, WV, departed this life April 20, 2005 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 18, 1937 in Fairplain, WV, a son of the late Hubert Camden and Alice Irene (Kay) Anderson. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Camden and Vernon.

He was a carpenter, a farmer, a musician, and singer for the Alvie Anderson and the Silver Notes country band.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Margaret Louise (Oblisk) Anderson; son, Thomas Alva Anderson of Gay; daughters, Connie Jean Crede of Elkview, and Cathy Jo Fields of Gay; sister, Alice Rake of Ripley; 6 grandchildren.

Graveside service was held at Wednesday, at 5:20 p.m., April 20, 2005 at the Anderson Family Cemetery, Gay, with his daughter, Connie Crede officiating.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Linda Lou Ankrum, 61, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life January 7, 2005 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born June 21, 1943 in Sandyville, a daughter of the late James Oliver and Vera (Kingsbury) Smith.

She was a graduate of Gilmore High School, a former employee of Public Debt in Parkersburg and Ravenswood, a member of the Silverton United Methodist Church, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed walking, bus trips, working in the church, gospel singing and genealogy.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Wayne Ankrum; sons and daughter-in-law, James Lucien and Andrea Ankrum of Crestview, KY, and Patrick Wayne Ankrum of Evans; brother and sister-in-law, Donzel and Dolores Smith of Washington, WV; grandchildren, Shane and Evan; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kent and Janice Hawkins of Kenna.

Service were at 1 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Annette Carper and the Rev. Larry Buckland officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Donations are preferred to the Jackson County Relay for Life, the Silverton United Methodist Church, or the Sandyville Senior Center.


George Walton Ankrum, 75, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life May 11, 2005, in CAMC General Division following a sudden illness.

He was born April 2, 1930 in Sewickley, PA, a son of the late John Forrester and Vennie “Ding” (Smith) Ankrum.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, and was retired from the Copperweld Steel Company, Niles, OH. He enjoyed bowling, and was an avid sports fan.

Surviving are a brother, John Ankrum of Columbus, OH; sister, Louise Hoge of West Alexander, PA; several nieces and nephews.

Service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Charles Richard Anthony, 61, of Ripley, Jackson County, WV, departed this life December 2, 2004, at Ravenswood Village Health Center, Ravenswood, following an extended illness.

He was born May 18, 1943, in Ripley, a son of the late Donald H. and Violet Marie (Landis) Anthony.

He was a civil engineer, formerly employed with West Virginia Soil Conservation Service and Holley Surveying. He was a protestant.

Survivors include daughters, Tina Blackshire of Ravenswood and Lea Ann Adkins of Statts Mill, sister, “Cookie” Rhodes Painter of Ravenswood, grandchildren, Megan Adams, Jacob Adkins, Dustin Blackshire and Colton Nichols.

Funeral services were on Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 1:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.


Violet Marie Anthony, 82, of Ravenswood, formerly of Ripley, departed this life November 3, 2003, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born June 6, 1921, in Ripley, a daughter of the late James and Virginia Estiline (Miller) Landis.

She was a homemaker and formerly a nurses' aide. She was a member of the Hemlock Community Church.

Survivors include a son, Charles Richard "Buck" Anthony of Ripley, a daughter, Velma Elaine Rhodes Painter of Ravenswood, sisters, Betty Rhodes of Ripley and Virginia Kay of Ripley, grandchildren, Kimberly Hamilton, Kevin Rhodes, Eric Rhodes, Tina Blackshire, Lea Ann Adkins, great-grandchildren, Zach Bibbee, Megan Adams, Jacob Adkins, Dustin Blackshire and Colten Nichols.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Anthony, brother, Arnold Landis, sisters, Gladys Williams and Velma Nuzum.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 6, 2003-11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.


Malcolm Clinton "Mack" Arnold, 79, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life May 18, 2000, at Health South Western Hills Rehab Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born February 19, 1921, at Abingdon, VA, a son of the late Henry Clinton and Grace (Ward) Arnold.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy Armed Guard in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific. He was a retired electrician, with 25 years service, from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Ravenswood Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers of America Union, Local #5668 and SOAR. Previously, he worked 18 years in the coal mines of McDowell County. He was a member of VFW Post #6669 and North United Methodist Church of Ravenswood.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret Ann (Mulkey) Arnold; sons, Jeffrey and wife, Lois, of Parkersburg, Ralph "Hank" and wife, Joni, of Marietta, OH, Jim of North Augusta, SC; sister, June Arnold of Clinton, MA; half-brothers, Douglas of Indianapolis, IN, Bill of Clinton, MA; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas, a sister, Esther, and a son, Dave.

Graveside service will be Sunday, May 21, 2000--2 pm, at Ravenswood Cemetery with the Rev. Michael A. Curtis officiating and military graveside rites provided by VFW Post #6669 of Ravenswood. Visitation is from 6 to 9 pm, Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Memorial Fund of North United Methodist Church, Washington and Brown Sts., Ravenswood, WV, or the Parkersburg unit of the Salvation Army, 534 - 5th Street, Parkersburg, WV.


Richard Allen Arthur, 63, of Rt. 1, Leon, WV, departed this life, February 24, 2002 in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born, March 13, 1938, in Columbus, OH, a son of the late, Robert and Genevieve (Sheridan) Arthur.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, a former welder and carpenter for Westinghouse in Columbus, OH, was a member of the Teamsters Union, and attended the Evans Church of God.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Lou Ann (Miller) Arthur; son, Everett Allen Arthur of Leon; daughters, Terry Akers of Mason, Tammy Nutt, Jenny Lynn Logan, Delores Brown, and Leya Ann Thrall all of Columbus, OH, and Marie Ward of Leon; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

A sister, Delores Jean Rieser, preceded him in death.

Service will be Thursday, February 28, 2002—11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. James B. Kittle officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 5 pm to 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


Jesse Lee Ashcraft, 67, of Columbus, OH, departed this life July 26, 2000 following an extended illness.

He was born June 11, 1933.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen Ashcraft.

Service was held Saturday, July 29,2000 at the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Don Austin, 58, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life February 25, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born January 27, 1946, in Seth, Boone County, WV, a son of the late Howard Samuel and Edna (Perry) Austin.

He was a US Navy veteran of the Viet Nam War. He worked in the shipyard for Bethem Steel and was a trucker for 14 years for a steel mill. He attended the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Kay (Compston) Austin, and sisters, Betty Jarrell of Ravenswood and Phyllis Combs of Ironton, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Eugene Austin, Charles Austin and David Austin.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 28, 2004—1:00 p.m., at Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Scott Mapes officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military honors by Ravenswood VFW Post No. 6669. Visitation is from 12:00 Noon until time of service at the church. Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Bernard "Dink" Ayers, 86, of Ravenswood, departed this life October 18, 2003 at Saint Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

He was born October 1, 1917 in Buckhannon, VA, a son of the late Walter and Mallie (Dempsey) Ayers.

He was a retired pipefitter from Kaiser Aluminum, a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668, and a member of the Pipefitters Union Local # 625 in Charleston. He was a member of the Flatwoods United Methodist Church and was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elsie Lerabell (Martin) Pate Ayers; sons, Billy Pate of Ripley, and Bryan Douglas of Vale, NC; daughter, Jennifer McCoy Bowyer of Mount Hope; grandchildren, Kenny Pate of Evans, Billy M. Pate, Jr. of Leighton, PA, Travis McCoy of Mount Hope; several great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ayers of Endicott, NY, Edith Dempsey of Oak Hill, and nieces and nephews.

Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at the Highlawn Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Oak Hill, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Flatwoods United Methodist Church.


Genevieve Bodnar, 84, of Ravenswood, WV, formerly of Lehigh Acres, FL, departed this life July 25, 2000, at Ravenswood Care Center, following an extended illness.

She was born October 13, 1915, at Hurricane, WV, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Sovine) Searls.

She was formerly a beautician, having owned her own shop in Cleveland, OH. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Cleveland, OH.

She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Johnson of Ravenswood; nephews, Harold Johnson of Abingdon, VA, Sherman Johnson of Calabash, NC, and Richard Johnson of Ravenswood; niece, Barbara Thompson of Columbus, OH.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Bodnar.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 28, 2000--11:00 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Anton Hager officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 pm, in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hurricane, WV. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


Pearl Mae (Click) Baier, 89, of Mount Alto, WV, departed this life, February 16, 2001 in Lexington, OH.

She was born February 17, 1911 in Millwood, WV, a daughter of the late Phillip Fredrick and Emma Jane (Lute) Click.

She was a homemaker, was a cook for several area restaurants, and was a protestant.

Survivors include nephews, Richard Mitchell of Winder GA, Floyd Baier of St. Albans, Paul Baier of Clendenin, Alvin Hunt of Ripley, and Commodore Hunt of Belpre, OH; nieces, Dorothy Bise of Lexington, OH, Pauline Click of Columbus, OH, Patty Milam and Joyce Newcomer both of Charleston, Barbara Legg of Sissonville, Karen Barr of Evans, and Glenva "Babe" Anderson of Chauncey, OH; great nephew, Alan Bise of Cleveland, OH; great niece, Susan Bise of Columbus, OH; several other great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Baier; brothers, Roy Click, Floyd Click, and an infant brother; sisters, Freda Mitchell, Mabel Click, and an infant sister.

Service will be Monday, February 19, 2001 -- 11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Clarence Morton officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson Chapel Cemetery, Mount Alto, WV. Visitation 4 - 8 pm Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Jackson Chapel-Mt. Hebron cemetery.


Mary Catherine (Cathy) Bailes, 34, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life October 26, 2005, at her home, a victim of a homicide.

She was born August 19, 1971, in Gallipolis, OH, a daughter of Clarence O. and Nancy Ann (Morris) McCoy of Ravenswood.

She was a graduate of Ravenswood High School and was a clerk at Lowe’s True Value Hardware in Ravenswood.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Jacob Bailes, and a daughter, Shaley Bailes, both at home, a sister, Janie Carte of Ravenswood, and her paternal grandmother, Ruth McCoy of Montgomery, WV.

Graveside services and burial were at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2005, at Ravenswood Cemetery, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a trust fund set up for the children in the name of Cathy Bailes Fund, B.B.&T., c/o Valerie Coleman, One Wall Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164.


Warren G. Baker, 82, of Ripley, departed this life February 8, 2006 in CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston.

He was born August 20, 1923, in Wallace, WV, a son of the late Willy and Lilly Baker. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, and a great grandson.

He was a World War II. United States Navy veteran, a former school teacher, was retired from Kaiser Aluminum with 28 years of service, was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668, and attended the Parchment Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Louise (Anderson) Baker; son, David Baker of Ripley; daughter and her husband, Vicki and Roger Fisher of Given; stepson and his wife David and Marcie Jones of New Haven; stepdaughters and their husbands, Diane and Glen Pauley of St. Albans, Paula and Lloyd Sayre of Carpenter, OH, and Tammy and Mike Casto of Ripley; brother, Ed Baker of Saint Angelo, TX; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Service were at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Lloyd Sayre and Pastor Herman Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, with military honors by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Hazel Minnie Baker, 78, of Leon, WV, departed this life, October 30, 1999 at Eldercare of Ripley following a brief illness.

She was born October 5, 1921 at Rockcastle, WV a daughter of the late Holly P. and Lucy Mary (Casto) Stover.

She was a homemaker and attended the Creston United Methodist Church near Evans.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, William H. Baker; sons, Denver Dwight Baker of Leon, Charles Harold Baker of Hohenwald, TN and Fred Eugene Baker of Point Pleasant; daughters, Grace Marie Combs of Cottageville, Belva Jane Fauver of Point Pleasant, Maxine Dorothy Smith of Mount Alto and Charlene Ann Thompson of South Point, OH; brother, Russell Stover of Bedford, OH; sisters, Belle Raines of Kent, OH, Thelma Snyder of Winter Haven, FL, Betty Merical of Millwood, Mary Depue of Evans, Agnes White and Carolyn Boggess both of Kenna; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar J. Stover and a sister, Louise Easter.

Service will be Tuesday, November 2, 1999--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 Monday at the funeral home.


James Edgar Baldwin, 63, of Given, WV, departed this life July 3, 2003 at CAMC General Division following a brief illness.

He was born March 27, 1940 in Sissonville, WV, a son of the late Wilbur T. and Alpha (Legg) Baldwin.

He was a former employee of True Temper in Charleston, and the Home Show in Edens Fork. He attended the Fairview Community Church, Given.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Brenda Lee (Hively) Baldwin; sons, John Baldwin and James Eugene Baldwin both of Ripley; daughters, Charlene Cook of Ripley, Kimberly Davis of Cottageville, and Brandy Baldwin of Given; brother, Larry Baldwin of Sissonville.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lou Conley.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2003 at the Baldwin Family Cemetery, Sissonville with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Wayne Eugene Barber, 82, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, November 26, 1999 at Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

He was born February 7, 1917 at Hemlock, Jackson County a son of the late Arthur and Mary Matilda (Archer) Barber.

He was a WWII Army veteran, a former employee of Kaiser Construction, was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways and was a baptist.

Survivors include sons, David Barber of Canal Winchester, OH and Wayne Barber, Jr. of Columbus, OH; daughter, Patsy Barber of Columbus, OH; brothers, Arch Barber of Springboro, OH and Bill Barber of Ripley; sisters, Velma Sharpe and June Corbin of Ravenswood; 6 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph, Homer and John; sister, Golda Casto.

Service will be Sunday, November 28, 1999--2:15 pm at Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cottageville, WV with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood. Visitation 1 pm to 2 pm Sunday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Michael David Barnett, 48, of Hurricane, formerly of Jackson County, departed this life April 26, 2003 of injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born July 18, 1954 in Charleston, WV, and was a self employed electrician, the owner and operator of Hot Wire Construction Company. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was a protestant.

Survivors include his wife, Malinda Kay (Crow) Barnett; mother, Freda Mae (Southall) Barnett; daughter, Sara Nichole Barnett Aguero of Ripley, brother, Eugene Barnett of Evans; 2 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Parvin B. Barnett; paternal grandparents, Arch and Marvella Barnett; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Chloie Southall.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Pastor Sidney Warner officiating. Burial will follow in the Given Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


Raymond Lee Jim Barnette, 69, of Ripley, departed this life March 18, 2003 in CAMC, General Division, of injuries received in an accident near his home.

He was born September 24, 1933, in Rock Castle, WV, a son of the late Alfred Jack and Sarah Sade (Sayre) Barnette.

He was a retired lineman and electrician, a member of the Independent Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local #317, Huntington, WV, and was a superintendent for 20 years for R.H. Bouligny. He was owner and operator of Barnette Tree Farm, Leon, a member of Minturn Lodge #19 AF & AM, Point Pleasant, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Charleston, and was a protestant.

Survivors include is wife of 49 years, Lorraine (Herdman) Barnette; sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Denena Post Barnette of Lakeland, FL, Raymond, II and Susan Wood Barnette of Proctorville, OH; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Barnette and Russell D. Watkins of Columbia, S.C.; 6 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John and Gary.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor William Zuspan officiating. Burial will follow in Creston Cemetery near Evans. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Mary Mae Barnett, 79, of Leon, WV, departed this life August 8, 2004 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, following an extended illness.

She was born April 16, 1925 in Leon, a daughter of the late Charles and Cora (Miller) Thornton.

She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening and quilting, and attended the Pine Grove Church.

Surviving are sons, Dewey Barnett, Earl Barnett, Jr., Robert Barnett, and David Barnett all of Leon; brothers, Jimmy Thornton of Point Pleasant, and Charles Thornton of Gallipolis Ferry; sisters, Lila Mae Bryan and Beulah Cole both of Point Pleasant; three grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Lawrence Barnett; brothers, Frank and Abe; sisters, Nancy and Bonnie.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.


Dale Flarence Barr, of Leon, WV, departed this life October 17, 2005 in the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH, following an extended illness.

He was born September 9, 1922 in Rockcastle, WV, a son of the late William Robert and Flora Ann (Hoschar) Barr. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Mae (Sayre) Barr; brothers, Ray, Arthur, and Junior; sisters, Edith Boone, and Nellie Casto.

He was a WWII Navy veteran, and was on board the U.S.S. Missouri during the Formal surrender of Japan. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #317 Huntington, a life member of the VFW, Ripley, and member of the Mount Tabor Community Church, Leon.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Carol Rae (Burton) Barr; sons, Charles Burton Barr, and Dale James Barr, both of Leon, Hazen Edward Barr of Dresden, OH, and John Reuben Barr of Germany; daughters, Luwanna Ann King of Pataskala, OH, Viola Jean Mattox of Leon, Virginia Mae Rayburn of Wooster, OH, and Sybil Sue Curry of Sandyville; brother, Rev. Charles Basil Barr, of Parkersburg, WV sisters, Inez Brotherton of Given, and Delores Casto of Leon; 22 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren.

Service was at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Leo Howerton and the Rev. Basil Barr officiating. Burial followed in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, with full military honors provided by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.


Ray Elmer Barr, 84, of Leon, WV, departed this life, January 5, 2001, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born October 8, 1916 in Rockcastle, WV, a son of the late, Robert William and Flora (Hoschar) Barr Casto.

He was a former employee of Ohio Apex Chemical Plant in Nitro, WV. He was also a farmer, a construction worker and attended the Smith Community Church, Leon.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gloria Ruth (Sayre) Barr; sons, Robert Barr of Dunbar, Ronald Barr of Bidwell, OH, Clayton Barr and Tom Barr both of Leon; daughter, Louise Pringle of Wooster, OH; brothers, Dale Barr of Leon, and Charles B. Barr of Walker; sisters, Nellie Casto of Belpre, OH, Inez Brotherton of Given, and Delores Casto of Leon; 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Ray Edward Barr; sister, Edith Boone; brothers, Arthur Barr and Junior Barr.

Service will be Monday, January 8, 2001--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Charles B. Barr officiating. Burial will follow in the Barr Family Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 pm Sunday at the funeral home.


James Martin Barr, 30, of Bidwell, OH, departed this life September 11, 2002 at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, following a brief illness.

He was born January 19, 1972 in Ripley, WV, a son of Ronald Lee and Opal Marie (Prince) Barr of Bidwell.

Other survivors include a brother, Greg Miller of Bidwell; sister, Angela Waldron of Bidwell; paternal grandmother, Gloria Barr of Leon, WV; maternal grandparents, Cora Prince of Dingess, WV, and Alice Kyle of Cross Lanes, WV.

Service will be Saturday, September 14, 2001—2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Basil Barr officiating. Burial will follow in the Barr Family Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Dencil Herbert "Nick" Barr, 81, of Leon, WV, formerly of Columbus, OH, departed this life January 6, 2001 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born March 23, 1919 in Ward, WV, a son of the late, Harvey Franklin and Blanche (Rogers) Barr.

He was retired from C&O Railroad with 38 years service. He was a member of the Heritage Temple Church, Columbus, OH, and attended the Longview Community Church, Evans, WV.

Survivors include brothers, Ervin (Gertie) Barr of Evans, WV, and Paul (Joy) Barr of Obetz, OH; sisters, Phyllis (Dellie) Wheeler of Leon, WV, Trilby (Roy) Minton and Susie Barr Shinn both of Columbus, OH; 16 nieces and nephews; 27 great nieces and nephews; 3 great great nieces and nephews; a special friend, Mary Rose Lathey.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Fannie (Smith) Barr; brothers, Charles Barr, Silas Barr and Saul Barr; sister, Wilma Barr.

Visitation will be Monday, January 8, 2001 from 4 - 8 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, followed by a funeral service at 8 pm. with Pastor Gary Ditoto and the Rev. Verlin Hart officiating. Additional visitation will be Tuesday, January 9, 2001 from 5 - 8 pm at O.R. Woodyard Funeral Home, 1346 South High Street, Columbus, OH. Service will be Wednesday, January 10, 2001--1 pm at O.R. Woodyard Funeral Home, Columbus, OH. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of Pleasant Valley Hospital and especially to Dr. Harold Ayres.


Fred W. Batton, 64, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, June 13, 2000 at his home following a brief illness.

He was born, November 13, 1935 at Spencer, WV, a son of the late, Walter Lee and Ada Lee (Epling) Batton.

He was owner and operator of Ripley Remodeling and House Building Company, and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Jane (Starcher) Batton; sons, Frederick A. Batton of Sissonville and Daniel L. Batton of Ripley; sisters, Betty June Heck of Ft. Myers, FL, and Nancy Beck of Canal Fulton, OH; grandson, Morgan Batton; granddaughter, Kara Batton; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, James Elmer Batton and Edward Joe Batton.

Service will be Friday, June 16, 2000--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Burial and graveside service will follow at 2 pm at the Epling Chapel Cemetery, Looneyville. Visitation 6-9 pm Thursday at the funeral home.


Bart Aldon Batton, 39, of Freeport, OH, departed this life, June 27, 1999 at the home of his brother in Cottageville, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born January 25, 1960 in Akron, OH a son of Ruth R. Knight of Freeport, OH and the late, James Elmer Batton.

He was a carpenter for Karacter Home Improvements of Ripley, WV and he was a protestant.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include brothers, James L Batton of Ripley, Bret E. Batton of Cottageville and Matthew D. Batton of Freeport, OH; sisters, Linda C. Robinson of Freeport, OH and Brenda L. Ripley of Wright, WY.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara E. Batton.

Service will be Tuesday, June 29, 1999--11 am at the Epling Chapel Church, Looneyville, WV with the Rev. Charles Cavender officiating. Burial will follow in the Epling Chapel Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 pm Monday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Chad Leroy Baxa, 22, of Rt. 1 Evans, Mason County, WV, departed this life April 18, 2005 at his home.

He was born May 18, 1982 in Columbus OH, a son of Brenda R. Baxa of Columbus.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include a sister, Nicole Raye Baxa of Columbus, OH; grandparents, James and Patricia Miller of Evans; great grandmother, Iona Miller Stone of Columbus, OH; aunts and uncles, Rick and Sharon Schubert of Westerville, OH, and David and Tonia Crawford of Evans; great aunts and uncles, Dollie and Shorty Ratliff, and Stella Johnson, all of Columbus, OH, Lou Ann Arthur, and Melody and Tim Donohew all of Leon, Mark Miller of Point Pleasant, Mylinda and Dwight Sayre of Evans.

Service were at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Verlin Hart officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


Mary Wavoline Bays, 76, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, formerly of Huntington, departed this life April 26, 2004, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born October 11, 1927, in Huntington, WV, a daughter of the late John Major and Gladys Mae (Chapman) Smith.

She was a homemaker and member of Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church and the Church’s ladies organization.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Norman Clinton Bays; sons, Brady Golden (Sandra) Fry, Jr. of New Castle, PA, William Edward (Shari) Fry of Lom Poc, CA, Denver David Fry of Ravenswood, Benjamin Sherman (Sue) Bays of Huntington, and Norman Curtis (Mary) Bays of Chesapeake, OH; daughters, Dianna Jean (Myron) King of Evans, Rosetta Ann (Edwin) Ferguson of Huntington, Sherri Lynn Davis Hersman of Millwood, Tonda (John) Danko of Summersville, SC, Chrystal Dawn Williams of Ravenswood, Brenda Donohew of Ripley, and Barbara (Ret. Col. Joel) Littman of Belleville, IL; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Brady Golden Fry, Sr., 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 29, 2004—11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Anton Hager and Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery near Ravenswood. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.


Howard Madison Beasley, 80, of Ravenswood, departed this life, January 23, 2003 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born November 4, 1922 in Charleston, WV, a son of the late James Madison and Mary Elizabeth (Litton) Beasley.

He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, an auctioneer, former co-owner and operator of the Evans Quick Spin and several other area businesses. He was a member and trustee of the Faith Assembly of God, Ripley, and was a past board member for the Habitat for Humanity, and he enjoyed camping.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Wanda Lee (Smith) Beasley; son, Howard Madison Beasley, Jr. of Ravenswood; daughters, Lori Stewart of Mount Alto, Debbie O Dell of Sandyville, and Sharon Sheri Norvell of Mason; brother, John O. Beasley of Charleston; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Rushel and William Hoy; sisters, Dollie Haynes and Vernie Wiseman; 3 infant siblings.

Service will be Saturday, January 25, 2003 11 a.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jeff Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the Beasley Family Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Andrew Melvin Beattie, 80, of Leon, WV, departed this life, June 26, 1999 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born October 16, 1918 in Mason County a son of the late, Thomas Nicholson and Lula Edna (Stover) Beattie.

He was a retired school bus driver for the Mason County Board of Education, a farmer and a methodist.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Elizabeth (Estes) Beattie, sons, Royall Estes (Rita) Beattie and Andrew Carlton (Rosalee) Beattie, both of Point Pleasant; daughters, Mary Margaret (Albert) Durst and Velmeda (Sandy) Dunn, both of Leon, WV; sister, Grace Mobley of Amhurst, VA; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 4 nieces; 2 nephews

He was preceded in death by brothers, Henry and Oliver.

Service will be Tuesday, June 29, 1999--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. William "Bud" Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery near Evans, WV. Visitation 6-9 pm Monday at the funeral home.


Virginia Mable Beatty, 81, of Buffalo Grove, IL, departed this life July 23, 2002 in Buffalo Grove, following an extended illness.

She was born November 18, 1920, in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late Rev. William and Leona M. (Baker) Casto.

She was a retired receptionist and telephone operator from National Tea, and Littel Machine in Chicago, IL. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chicago.

Surviving are sons, Brice (Linda) Gilpin of Mount Alto, and David (Christine) Gilpin of Huntley, IL; daughter, Ethyl (Harold) Mayes of Buffalo Grove, IL; brother, Bruce (Doris) Casto of Columbus, OH; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, William Edward Gilpin, and Richard H. Beatty; brothers, William Casto, and Larus Casto.

Service will be Saturday, July 27, 2002-11 a.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to your Alzheimer or Hospice organizations.


James Jordan Beegle, 47, of Mount Alto, WV, departed this life July 11, 2005 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born March 12, 1958 in Ripley, a son of the late Jed Beegle and the late Ava Virginia “Jill” Beckett Beegle.

He is survived by sons, Freddie James Beegle and Michael James Beegle, both of Mount Alto; brothers, Jed Beegle, Jr., of Ripley, Edwin Shinsky of Kileen, TX, Bruce Shinsky of PA, Kevin Shinsky of Elyria, OH, and Dane Beckett of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Shelba Gibson of Jacksonville, FL, Joyce Pleban of Elyria, OH, and Wanda Shinsky of Mansfield, OH; maternal grandfather, Coy B. Beckett, of Cottageville.

Service were held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005 on the Mitchell Bower property, on Route 87, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Clair Beegle, Sr., 61, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, August, 7, 2000 at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born March 21, 1939 at Ripley, a son of the late Jennings and Mae (Brabham) Beegle.

He was a water well driller, a heavy equipment operator and, was a member of the Operating Engineers Union.

Surviving are sons, David James Beegle of Gallipolis, OH and Clair Beegle, Jr. of Huntington; daughter, Roxanne Good of Ravenswood; brothers, Brownie Beegle of Ripley and Jennings Beegle of Racine, OH; sister, Betty Durst of Ripley; 10 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Ray, Bill and Jed; sisters, Gladys Beegle and Goldie Hunt.

There will be no service or visitation. Burial will be in the Fairplain Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Reedith Lee (Reed) Beegle, 61, of Ripley, went home to be with the Lord, January 23, 2004.

She was born September 12, 1942 in Sugar Creek, Kanawha County, a daughter of the late Hershel E. and Julia (Clinton) Reed. She was also preceded in death by a son Hershel Willis Beegle.

She was a retired school bus driver for the Jackson County Board of Education. She drove the handicap bus and was an active volunteer for Special Olympics. She was a member of the West Ripley Church of Christ, the West Virginia Service Personnel Association, the Jackson County Bus Drivers Association, and the West Virginia Basket Makers Association. She was very involved with basket making, having served as an officer and instructor for various organizations. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. She was a devoted mother and granny.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Matthew Douglas Beegle, Howard Lee, Jr. and Kay Beegle, all of Ripley; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Lynn and David Allen of Ripley; sisters, Verla Shaffer of Evans, and Judy Ballard of Ripley; grandchildren, Casey Lee Beegle, and Jonathan Glenn Gump; her former husband and best friend, Howard L. Beegle, Sr.; several nieces and nephews; and Muffy.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2004 at the West Ripley Church of Christ with Evangelist James Rankhorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Pauline Thomas “Polly” Beegle, 75, of Leon, WV, departed this life April 11, 2005 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant.

She was born September 29, 1929 in Point Pleasant, WV, a daughter of the late John R. and Nellie (Pullin) Thomas. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Beegle; brothers, Carl E. Thomas, Charles F. Thomas, Everett Thomas, and Robert Thomas; sisters, Clara Blessing, Eunice Johnson, Delma Palmer and Wilma Thomas.

She was the owner and operator of 87 Drive-In, Leon, and had been a business owner for 56 years. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion both in Point Pleasant.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny Ray and Lizzie Beegle of Point Pleasant; grandsons, Charles Ray Beegle of Leon, and Ray Allen Beegle of Evans; sisters, Ethel Wartenburg, Virginia Slikas, and Juanita Gardner all of Point Pleasant; special companion, Bobby Durst of Leon; 3 nieces and 4 nephews.

Service were at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Verlin Hart and the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the Eckard Cemetery, Point Pleasant. Visitation was 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home.


Raymond John Bell, Sr., 72, of Sandyville, WV, departed this life July 26, 2001 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.

He was born March 7, 1929 a son of the late John Clifford and Elizabeth Helen (Dushl) Bell.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired asbestos installer, and a member of the Asbestos Local #24 in Washington D.C.

Survivors include sons, Christopher Michael Bell of Baltimore, MD, and George Bell of Washington D.C.; daughter, Tammy Comer of White Plains, MD; sister, Esther Bell of Aurora, CO; grandchildren, Raymond Virgil Comer and Heather Hockett; long time friends, with whom he made his home, Francis and Gail Rectenwald of Sandyville, Jeff and Karen Smith of Ravenswood, and Mike and Diane Cashman of Altoona, Pa.

Service and burial will be in the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. There will be no local service or visitation. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Joe Leon Bennett, 59, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life October 2, 2002, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born January 9, 1943, in Ravenswood, a son of the late Clarence Wesley and Ada Frances (Morgan) Bennett.

He was a self-employed plumber in Jackson County and a lifelong resident of Ravenswood. He attended Kanawha City Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Georgiann (Shamblin) Bennett, brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Linda Lou Bennett of Ravenswood, sister, Linda Mae Bennett Shinn of Ravenswood, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 4, 2002—11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Alvin Cox and the Rev. Fred Basnett, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.


Barbara Elizabeth Bibbee, 89, of St. Albans, formerly of Ripley, WV, departed this life, June 25, 2002 in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, following an extended illness.

She was born May 25, 1913 in Sproll, WV a daughter of the late, George H. and Lucy (Hoffman) McCallister.

She was a homemaker, a Baptist, and formerly attended the Salt Hill Church, Ripley.

Surviving are sons, Rex. Lowe and Charlie Lowe both of Seymour CT, Hansford Lowe of Oakville, CT, and George Lowe of Belle; daughters, Jewell Dodrill of Carlsbad, NM, and Glenna Dotson of New Haven, CT; sister, Virgie McCallister of St. Albans; 23 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren.

Service will be Saturday, June 29, 2002—11 a.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. George Kidd and the Rev. Donald Hinzman officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Arnold Shep Blankenship, Jr., 71, of Millwood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life September 7, 2003, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born August 22, 1932 in Mannington, WV, a son of the late Arnold and Eunice (Masters) Blankenship.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, where he served on the USS Riskanee. He was a member of the VFW post #9926, New Haven, and the Loyal Order of Moose, post 731, Point Pleasant. He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum and Century Aluminum with 40 years service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local number 5668, and he was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was a Baptist by faith.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy May (Lieving) Blankenship, sons, Michael Blankenship of Rockport, Matthew (Darlene) Blankenship of Point Pleasant, Mark (Sherry) Blankenship of Saylorsburg, PA, David (Dusty) Blankenship of Port Orchard, WA, Dale (Kim) Miller of Bethlehem, GA, Jerry (Michelle) Miller of Cottageville, Roy (Brandy) Miller of Winder, GA, Ray (Candi) Beegle of Millwood; daughters, Cynthia Winnings of Virginia Beach, VA, and Polly (Johnny) Vanscoy of Letart; sisters, Betty Thorn and Pam Efaw both of Mannington; uncles, David Masters of TX, and Howard Masters of Mannington; 18 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Blankenship.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Romie Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial contributions to Parks Power Lifters and Bailey and Thompson.


Patricia Cutney Bloom, 80, of Studio City, CA, formerly of Cottageville, WV and Elkhart, IN, departed this life, August 15, 1999.

She was born June 27, 1919.

Surviving are a son, Pastor Charles (Sandra) Cutney of Studio City, CA; stepsons, Bob (Debbie) Bloom of Middlebury, IN, John (Jeanie) Bloom of Goshen, IN; stepdaughter, Cathy Scheunaman of Niles, OH; sister, Kathryn Powell of Twinsburg, OH; brother, Brill Crone of Oakland, MD; grandchildren, David Cutney and Cyndie Garrison; great great grandchildren, David Andrew Cutney, Matthew Cutney, Casey Lynn Garrison and John Garrison.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Nick Cutney; second husband, DeDwayne Bloom.

Service will be Saturday, August 28, 1999--11 am at Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Cottageville, WV with Pastor Charles Cutney officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Jason Robert Boaz, 23, of Evans, WV, departed this life September 26, 2002 at CAMC, Memorial Division, following a brief illness.

He enjoyed the internet and attended the Evans United Methodist Church.

He was born December 31, 1978 in Fort Knox, KY, and was the son of Jerry Rudolf Boaz of Covington, KY and Diana (Roberts) and Ron McClure of Evans.

Other survivors include a brother, Johnathan McClure of Leon; paternal grandparents, Helga Boaz of WA, and Harley and Bernice McClure of Orient, OH, Judy and Steve Moore of Leon; maternal grandmother, Vadis Roberts of Evans; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Service will be Sunday, September 29, 2002—2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Bill Holley and the Rev. Danny Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith Church Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Frank Edward Bobbins, 56, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, formerly of Corry, PA, departed this life November 21, 2002, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born January 7, 1946, in Erie, PA, a son of the late Michael and Alice B. (Jackson) Bobbins.

He was a Viet Nam Era veteran of the US Army and was formerly a chemical factory laborer.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Karen (Durham) Bobbins; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Jennie Bobbins of Grafton, WV, Stephen and Laura Bobbins of Millwood, Rodney and Serenity Bobbins of Ravenswood; daughters and sons-in-law, Shari and Steve Crow of Ravenswood, Bobbi and Gene Spears of Ravenswood; 13 grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial will be on Sunday, November 24, 2002 1:00 p.m., at the Ravenswood Cemetery, with the Rev. Linda Thompson officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.


Hershel Eugene Bonnett, 77, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life December 5, 2001, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born March 2, 1924, in Ravenswood, the son of the late Floyd and Virginia Mae (Higgins) Bonnett.

He was a carpenter and retired from the Jackson County Board of Education as a custodian for Ravenswood High School. He attended the Independent Fellowship Church in Ravenswood.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kathryn Marie (McCauley) Bonnett; son Carroll Eugene Bonnett of Parkersburg; daughters, Shirley Whited of New Haven and Patricia Highlander of Millwood; and 6 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester Bonnett and Reuben Bonnett.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, December 8, 2001 10:30 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm, Friday at the funeral home.


Edith Mae Bostick, beloved mother, is now an angel in heaven. She departed this earth February 2, 2003, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Eugene Sexton of Mount Airy, NC.

She was born August 5, 1914 in Kincaid, WV, a daughter of the late George W. and Emma S. (Johnson) Jeffers.

She was a homemaker, a 68 year resident of Kincaid, WV, and she was a Christian.

Other survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Bill (Elizabeth) Bostick of Portsmouth, VA, Andy (Iona) Bostick of Mount Airy, NC, Arthur (Eva) Bostick of Mocksville, NC, and Junior (Tammy) Bostick of Lexington, NC; daughters and sons-in-law, Grace (Hugh) Shelton of Chesapeake, VA, Fonda (Kenneth) Jarrett, of Evans, WV, Emma Abbott of Charleston, WV, and Mary Baldwin of Mount Airy, NC; brother, Homer Jeffers of Kincaid, WV; sisters, Mary Rose Huddleston of Boomer, WV, and Elizabeth Bryant of Smithers, WV; 26 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Bostick; daughters, Frances Bostick, and Jenny Sharpe; grandson, Mark Bostick.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Paul Arthur officiating. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Memorial Park, London, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


James Edgar Bourgeois, 83, of Santee, SC, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life November 6, 2001, at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia, SC, following a brief illness.

He was born May 23, 1918, in Ripley, WV, the eldest son of the late William H. and Pleasie (Sayre) Bourgeois.

He was a 1934 graduate of Ripley High School and attended the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, much of the time aboard the USS Iowa in the Pacific Theater of Operations, and observed the signing of the peace near Japan. He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Ravenswood Works, with 24 years service, and was a member of United Steelworkers of America, Local #5668.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine (Shockey) Bourgeois; daughters, Rev. Jean Kuehnert of Vanlue, OH, Joan Bourgeois of Cloumbus, OH, Peggy (Bob) Dorflein of Commercial Point, OH, Christy (John) Rhodes of Parkersburg; son, James K. Bourgeois of Santee, SC; sisters, Naomi Fisher and Norma (Charles) Cutlip, both of Ripley; brothers, Paul (Faye) Bourgeois and William (Cora) Bourgeois, both of Ripley; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Bourgeois; a daughter, Patsy Ann Bourgeois; and a granddaughter, Maria Kuehnert.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 10, 2001-11:00 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Jean Kuehnert officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery, with military honors by VFW Post No. 6669 of Ravenswood. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm, Friday, at the funeral home.


Evelyn Katherin Bowen, 73, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life October 31, 2000, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born October 19, 1927, at Fraziers Bottom, WV, a daughter of the late Elzie E. and Hattie Ethel (Billups) Black.

She was formerly employed at the Millwood Post Office and the Eastern Star Home at Millwood. She attended the Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Fred Clifford Bowen; daughters, Katherin Madonna Jeffrey of Danville, WV, and Glenna Yvonne Durrett of Cincinnati, OH; sister, Eva Rhodes of Millwood; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Woodrow Black, Delmer Black and Elmer Black, and a sister, Beulah Wallace.

Funeral service will be Friday, November 3, 2000--2:00 pm, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Anton Hager officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 pm, Thursday, at the funeral home.


Joe Thomas Bowen, 71, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life February 15, 2004 in Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, following a brief illness.

He was born April 17, 1932 in Clendenin, WV, a son of the late George Francis and Chloe Mae (Walker) Bowen.

He was a retired electrician from Pechiney Corporation, Ravenswood, and a member of the United Steelworkers of America. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War era, an active volunteer for AA, and a 42 year member of the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Barbara "Polly" (Smith) Bowen; son, Pvt. Charles Bowen with the U.S. Army in Iraq; daughters, Nancy Francis of Ambrose, GA, Barbara Givens of Charlotte, NC, Gail Riley and Mary Waggoner both of Ripley; sister, Eloise Myers of Falling Rock; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, with the Rev. S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Church. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Heritage Christian Academy, Ravenswood, WV.


Mary A. Bower, 35, of Titusville, FL, formerly of Ripley, departed this life August 25, 2005 following a brief illness. She was born January 22, 1970, a daughter of James and Benadine Cyrus Bess of Charleston.

She was a construction worker for the Port Authority in Florida.

In addition to her parents survivors include her daughters, Jessica Bower and Jacklyn Bower both of Ripley; sisters, Regina Bess of OH, Sandra Bess of Charleston, and Cynthia Dobson of AL; grandparents, Mary Moore of South Charleston and Naomi Bess of Chelyan; former husband, Mark Bower of Ripley.

Funeral services and burial were held on Thursday; a memorial service were held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. The family received guests at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time.


Richard Douglas "Johnny" Bower, 57, of Canton, OH, formerly of Jackson County, departed this life, May 15, 2001, in Aultman Hospital, Canton, following an extended illness.

He was born August 21, 1943 in Big Bend, Calhoun County, a son of the late Forest C. and Opal Jane (Williams) Bower.

He was a graduate of Ripley High School.

Surviving are brothers, Forest C. "Bud" Bower, Jr. of Grafton, OH, Kenneth Bower of Cleveland, OH, Marvin "Buck" Bower, Jesse Bower, and Mitchell Bower all of Evans; sisters, Sharon Harden and Phyllis Lewis both of Louisville, OH, Gloria King and Beverly King both of Evans, Janet Clark of Cottageville, Shirley Lieving of Grove City, OH, Roberta Sue Prouty of Johnstown, OH; 8 nephews; 11 nieces; 18 great nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Roger Wayne Bower.

Service will be Saturday, May 19, 2001--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Orville Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation 6 - 9 pm Friday at the funeral home.


Pearl Geranium Bowles, 80, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, March 5, 2001 at Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born, June 24, 1920 in Liberty, WV, a daughter of the late, Mount Vernon and Lucy Jane (Winters) Clinton.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are a brother, Harley Burton Clinton of Sandyville; sister, Suddie Lauderman of Parkersburg; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Worthy Brotherton and Jennings Bowles; brother, Parvin Clinton; sisters, Freda Casto, Marvella Barnett, Sylvia Walker and Goldie Clinton.

Service will be Thursday, March 8, 2001--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Moss Chapel Cemetery, Given, WV. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


Helen L. (Durst) Braden, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life December 3, 2005 at Arbors of Marietta following an extended illness.

She was born July 5, 1939 in Cottageville, WV, a daughter of the late Dennis and Beatrice (Anderson) Durst.

She was a member of the United in Christ Church of Cottageville, a former past president of the Blaine Memorial Cemetery Association. She was employed by the Jackson County Assessors Office with 28 yrs. of service.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Braden; son, Ronald R. (Kitty) Braden II of Cottageville; sister, JoAn Durst of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Christina and Hannah Braden both of Cottageville, and step-grandson J.P. Harmon.

She was also preceded in death by brothers Dwayne, Donnie, Leroy, Junior, Eugene Durst; sisters Midge Casto, Josephine Kay, Genevieve Jacober.

Service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday December 7, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Charles Cavender officiating. Burial followed in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.


Charles Roscoe Braham, 77, of Rockcastle, WV, departed this life January 8, 1999 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born June 29, 1921 at Ripley, WV a son of the late, Charles Otmer and Bertha Mae (Miller) Braham.

He was a WWII Navy veteran, retired from the Ford Motor Company, Bedford, OH, was a member of the United Auto Workers Union and was a member of the Ripley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marie (Scarlett) Braham; sons, Danny Lee Braham of Diamond, OH, David Charles Braham of Winston Salem, NC, Donald Eugene Braham of Rockcastle and Bryan Lyn Braham of Ripley; daughters, Janice Elaine Horner of Garrettsville, OH, Linda Carol Braham of Canton, OH, Kathy Sue Stone and Marilyn Jean Gibson both of Alliance, OH; brother, Ray Kenneth Braham of NC; sister, Dollie F. Shaffer of Ripley; 34 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Clifford, Johnny and Herbert; sister, Mildred Braham.

Service will be Monday, January 11, 1999--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Pastor Harold Wightman officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood. Visitation 1-2 pm Monday at the funeral home.


Megan Lynn Braham, 5, of Spencer, Roane County, WV, departed this life February 12, 2005, at Sandyville, WV, as a result of a house fire.

She was born January 28, 2000, in Ripley, WV, a daughter of Bryan and Rebecca Ann (Payne) Braham of Spencer.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by brothers, Charles Roscoe Braham of Spencer, Bryan Keith Braham of Spencer, John Braham of Burnsville, sisters, Sarah Lachelle Payne of Sandyville, Teresa Braham of Ravenswood, Ashley Braham of Fairplain and Lyndsey Braham of Burnsville, grandmothers, Verlie Payne of Sandyville and Marie Braham of Fairplain.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bryan Braham, grandparents, Charles Braham, Charles Payne, Jr., Gene Miller and Elizabeth Miller, and great-grandfather, Rev. Charles Payne.

Funeral services was on Monday, February 21, 2005-11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Romie Miller officiating. Burial followed in Wilding Cemetery, near Ravenswood, WV. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.


Lori Lynn Brannan, 40, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life June 9, 2005 at her home.

She was born January 15, 1965 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late Robert J. and Geneva (Sheets) Brannan of Parkersburg.

She was a personal care giver.

In addition to her mother, other survivors include a son, David Brannan of Davisville, WV, and a grandson Jakob Blake.

There was no service or visitation. Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, is in charge of arrangements.


Constance Jean Robinson Brookover, 52, of Fountain Inn, SC, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life June 17, 1999, from injuries received in an automobile accident near her home.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of Frances (Jacobs) Robinson of Ravenswood and the late Lando Glenn Robinson.

She attended Ravenswood High School, was a machine operator for Century Plastics, Simpsonville, South Carolina and she was a protestant.

In addition to her mother other survivors include her husband, Glenn Brookover; daughter, Jamie Prior of Oklahoma City, OK; brother, Lando Glenn Robinson, Jr. of Ravenswood, sister, Cherri Ebsch of Parma, OH; grandchildren, Frank, Jovonna, Chad and Dorothy Prior; 2 neices; 1 nephew.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James King; brother, John Emerson.

Service will be Tuesday, June 22, 1999--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. Jack Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, WV. Visitation 6-9 pm Monday at the funeral home.


Lorriane May Brotherton, 84, of Cottageville, departed this world for a better one May 3, 2005 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born May 1, 1921 in Newport, KY, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Westcott) Hauger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James R. Brotherton; son, James R. Brotherton, Jr.; 1 sister, and 2 brothers.

She was a member, past Secretary, and past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, chapter #16, Cottageville. She was a member of the Ripley Bridge Club, a former Red Cross volunteer, and a Methodist.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Mary E. and Dale Griffith of Sandyville, and Helen Oliver of Louisville, KY; sister, Alice Fey of Dayton, KY; 3 half brothers; 1 half sister; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren.

Service was at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with an Order of Eastern Star service beginning at 8 p.m.


Robert Lewis Brotherton, 47, of Leon, WV, departed this life May 5, 1999 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born October 22, 1951 at Massillon, OH a son of Stella (Gulley) Watkins of Cadiz, KY and the late, Robert Donn Brotherton.

He was a retired electrician from the city of Columbus, OH and he was a Protestant.

Other survivors include his wife, Betty Jo (Skeens) Brotherton; sons, Robbie Brotherton and Michael Skeens both at home; daughter, Rachel Lynn Brotherton of New Haven, WV; stepfather, Clay Watkins of Cadiz, KY; sister, Carol Purvis of West Union, OH.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Brotherton.

Graveside service will be Saturday, May 8, 1999--5 pm at the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Roger Lee Brown, 50, of Cottageville, departed this life December 28, 2003 in CAMC Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

He was born November 12, 1953 in Charleston, a son of the late Victor Dayton and Nina Mae (Fish) Brown.

He was a construction mason and was employed by Garrett Masonry. He was a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are sons, Matthew Brown, and Roger "Dusty" Brown, II, both of Cottageville; daughter, Michelle Patterson of Cottageville; brothers, Patrick Brown of Point Pleasant, Daniel Brown of Belleville, IL; sister, Karen Hunt of Weston.

Service will be 7 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time on Friday. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the American Cancer Society.


Evelyn V. Bunner, 84, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life March 28, 2001, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born March 21, 1917, at Abbott, Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Robert William and Myrtle Florence (Burr) Hamner

She was a homemaker and member of Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

She is survived by sons, Russell Bunner of Ravenswood, Hartzel Bunner of Greer, SC, Mark Bunner of Greer, SC, Sam Bunner of Ravenswood; daughters, Helen Duncan of Bridgeport, Barbara Houchen of Washington, Debra Legg of Ravenswood, Martha Price of Statesville, NC; sisters, Maxine Strader of Sago and Ruby Waugh of Buchannon; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Bunner, and eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services are Saturday, March 31, 2001--1:00 pm, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor David McClain officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 9 pm, Friday, at the funeral home.


Evelyn Lucille Burch, 76, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, departed this life, October 27, 2001 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

She was born February 23, 1925 in Montgomery, WV, a daughter of the late, Roy Ellis and Pansy Lee (Huddleston) Boyd.

She was a homemaker, co founder of God’s Church in Evergreen Hills, and assisted her late husband in the ministry.

Surviving are sons, Joe Burch of Cottageville and, Bill Burch of Belleville, IL; daughter, Beverly Smith of Cottageville; brother, Roy E. Boyd of Glen Ferris; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Burch; brothers, Robert Lee Boyd, Franklin Boyd, William Boyd; sister, Yvonne Boyd.

Service will be Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Anton Hager and the Rev. Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Monday at the funeral home.


Wanda Geraldine Burdette, 76, of Cottageville, departed this life September 11, 2002 at Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born June 17, 1926 in Sissonville, a daughter of the late, Payton B. and Rebecca Pearl (Deittimore) Jordan.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed league bowling.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Romie D. Burdette; son, Tommy Burdette, of Mount Alto; daughters, Carolyn Hyps of Charleston, Beverly Watterson of Point Pleasant, Rebecca Hackney of Pocahontas, VA, Sue Click of Mount Alto; sister, Charlotte Pierce of Sissonville; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, September 14, 2002—11 a.m. at the Jackson Chapel Cemetery, Mount Alto. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Howard DeWayne Burgess, 67, of Silverton, Jackson County, WV, after a brief illness, departed this life on June 13, 2002, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 27, 1935, in Sandyville, a son of the late Romie and Florence Ann (Pickens) Burgess.

He was a US Army veteran and briefly operated the Texaco service station in Ravenswood. He retired with 47 years service in the pipeline construction industry, having worked for Pace Pipeline of Delmont, PA, from 1959 until 1999. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local #66 of Monroeville, PA. He was a Methodist by faith.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 37 years, Lola (Barnhart) Burgess; son, William (Jenny Beth) Burgess of Ravenswood; daughters, Twila (David) Harris of St. Albans, Carol Burgess (Kenny Jones) of Sandyville; brothers, Charles Burgess of Delmont, PA, Cecil Burgess of Cottageville; sisters, Pauline Hundley of St. Albans, Doris Moore of Ripley, Elizabeth Milhoan of Liverpool and Josephine Smith of Barberton, OH; grandchildren, Katie, Logan and Heath Burgess and DeWayne Curtis Harris; beloved pet, Cricket; countless friends and extended family. He was loved by all who knew him and touched the life of everyone he met.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral service will be Sunday, June 16, 2002-2:00 pm, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Larry Buckland officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm, Saturday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064, or Silverton United Methodist Church, Route 2, Box 35, Ravenswood, WV 26164.


Orris Murl Burkholder, 82, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, died May 29, 2001, peacefully at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born December 5, 1918 in Nicholas County a son of the late, Quinten and Margaret (Fields) Burkholder.

He was a retired maintenance welder from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union #5668, a former coal miner, a WWII Army veteran, a member of the VFW post #3488, Sandyville, WV, and he attended the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, Doyle (Jody) Burkholder of Vienna, and Roger Burkholder of Lakin; sisters, Ermal Burkholder of Nettie, and Mary Fugate of Alderson; granddaughter, Jodine Uppole of Davisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivora Ann Burkholder; sisters, Vina Fields and Velva O'Dell.

Service will be Saturday, June 2, 2001 -- 11 am at the Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Graveside service will follow at 4 pm in the Fields Cemetery, Nettie, WV. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Friday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, and 1 hour prior to service at the church.


Gary Edward Bush, 65, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, June 21, 1999 at University Hospital, Columbus, OH following an extended illness.

He was born February 10, 1934 at Ravenswood, a son of the late Jefferson and Sallie (Abels) Bush.

He was a retired furnace operator from Kaiser Aluminum and Ravenswood Aluminum with 37 years service. He was a member of United Steelworkers of America, Local #5668 and the Steelworkers Organization of Retired Employees. He was an active member of the 17th Virginia Calvary Civil War Re enactors Group and portrayed General Robert E. Lee as part of the living history re enactors, visiting area schools. He was a former Ravenswood Jaycees and was a United State Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Lee (Wendell) Bush; sons, Greg B. Bush of Logansport, IN, Craig S. Bush of Kokomo, IN and Joshua K. Bush of Lexington, KY; 5 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Dean R. Bush and Ray Valentine.

Service will be Friday, June 25, 1999--11:30 am at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with Father James Bernacki officiating with a flag presentation by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood, WV. Burial will be in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the, National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd St., Suite 1100 New York, NY 10016.


Raymond Daniel Bush, 65, of Mount Alto, WV, departed this life November 8, 2001 at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born February 4, 1936 in Mount Alto, a son of the late Ralph Daniel Bush and Mabel Jane (King) Bush of Mount Alto.

He was a lifelong resident of Mount Alto, a graduate of Ripley High School, owner and operator of R.D. Bush Trucking, and a member of Cottageville Lodge #54 AF & AM. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, and was a Christian.

In addition to his mother, other survivors are his wife of 46 years, Helen Jean (Miller) Bush; daughters, Kimberly Blake of Ripley, Becky (Greg) Gibbs of Hurricane, Marianna (Jim) McHugh of Mount Alto, and Melanie (Brian) Purkey of Charleston; grandchildren, Meredith Jean McHugh, Jameson Daniel McHugh, Nicole Danielle Gibbs, Matthew Daniel Blake, Ryan David Blake, Theron Michael Gibbs, and Michelle Whitney Gibbs.

Service will be Sunday, November 11, 2001—2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Visitation will be from noon until service time. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to Kanawha Hospice, 117 Court Street, Ripley, WV 25271


Helen Jean Bush, 65, of Mount Alto, WV, departed this life October 26, 2003, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born January 25, 1938 in Cottageville, a daughter of Lulu Myrtle (Litton) Miller of Ravenswood, and the late James P. Miller.

She was a retired postmaster from the Mount Alto post office with 20 years service, and was a member of the National League of Postmasters, and the Hopewell Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, other survivors include daughters, Kimberly Blake of Charleston, Rebecca Gibbs of Hurricane, Marianna McHugh of Mount Alto, and Melanie Purkey of Ripley; sisters, Jo Ellen Nicholson of Ripley, and Debra Smith of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Meredith Jean McHugh, Jameson Daniel McHugh, Nicole Danielle Gibbs, Matthew Daniel Blake, Ryan David Blake, Theron Michael Gibbs, Michelle Whitney Gibbs, and Helen Jane Purkey.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Bush, and a brother, James Robert Miller.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, November 1, 2003-6:30 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to Kanawha Hospice, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.


Myrtle Marie Bush, 79, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, April 7, 2001, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born February 28, 1922, in Ravenswood, a daughter of the late, George and Della (Whited) Pease.

She was a homemaker, a former employee of the Ravenswood Care Center, and she was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

Surviving are sons, Frank Bush, Jr. and Harold Bush both of Martinez, GA, Howard Bush of Silverton, Jeff Bush and Robert Bush, both of Ravenswood; daughters, Carol Wheeler and Lora Bunner, both of Ravenswood, Karen Bush of Clendenin; brothers, Emmit Pease of Newark, OH, George Pease, Jr. of Chester, MD; sister, Geneva Cobb of Vienna; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bush; an infant daughter; brothers, John and Gordon; sisters, Mary and Artina.

Service will be Tuesday, April 10, 2001--2 pm at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. David McClain officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.


Audra E. "Jimmy" Butner, 66, of Evans, WV, departed this life Dec. 24, 2003 at CAMC Memorial Division.

She was born November 21, 1937 in Lookout, WV, a daughter of Margaret Eudora (Greaser) Holcomb of Evans, and the late Ira C. Holcomb.

She was a homemaker and a former file clerk for National Geographic in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her mother, other survivors include her husband of 41 years, Wendell W. Butner; son, Mark and his wife Rhonda Butner of Mount Alto; daughter, Stevy Carte of Evans; sisters, Betty Shelton of Hillsboro, NC, Pat Nickell of Hico, and Linda Carte of Cottageville; grandchildren, Samaria, Cullen and Brianna; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Holcomb.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2003 at the Lookout Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Jeanette Cemetery, Lookout. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.


Don John Byers, Jr., 74, of Ravenswood, WV departed this life, January 7, 1999 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg, WV following an extended illness.

He was born August 6, 1924 at Ravenswood a son of the late, Don J., Sr. and Sally Marie (Shaffer) Byers.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and member of the VFW post #6669, Ravenswood. He was a former Ravenswood City policeman, a Jackson County deputy sheriff, a member of the Teamsters Union and attended the Wilding United Methodist Church.

Surviving are sons, Charles D. Byers of Paintsville, KY and Steven Byers of Ravenswood; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Earl and Chuck; great grandson, Curtis David Byers.

Service will be Monday, January 11, 1999-11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. John S. McKee officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 pm Sunday at the funeral home.


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