Surnames beginning with "D", "E", "F" & "G"


George Albert Davis, Jr

George Albert Davis, Jr., 38, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life August 13, 2003 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born July 11, 1965 in Marietta, OH, a son of George A., Sr. and Darlene Elizabeth (Click) Davis of Cottageville. He was a graduate of Pineville High School, and was a former employee of Dickerson Corporation, Ponderosa, Shoney s, and the Jackson County Development Authority. He was an active participant in Special Olympics and was a member of the Cottageville United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include his wife, Kimberly Renee (Baldwin) Davis; daughters, Ashley Nichole and Holly Ann; sister, Tammy Elizabeth Shreve of Jacksonburg, WV; maternal grandmother, Geraldine Click of Cottageville.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Violetta Pearl Davis

Violetta Pearl Davis, 76, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, April 2, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV following a brief illness.

She was born January 19, 1924 at Corning, OH a daughter of the late George W. and Addie (Horner) Mullen.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include her son, George Davis of Cottageville, WV; brother, George Mullen of Cooleville, OH; 2 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Louis Earl Mullen; sister, Ocie Lucille Foutty.

Service will be Wednesday, April 5, 2000--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley, WV. Visitation, Wednesday, 1 hour prior to service at the funeral home.

George Abraham Davisson

George Abraham Davisson, 83, of Murraysville, Jackson County, WV, departed this life August 23, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, as a result of injuries sustained in a farm accident.

He was born February 12, 1921, in St. Clair, WV, a son of the late Reason Cleveland and Carrie Edna (Griggs) Davisson.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II. He was a farmer and timberman and was a member of various Horseman's Associations. He had a special interest in draft horses and participated in many shows, pulling contests, and in virtually every parade in Ripley and Ravenswood in recent decades. He was a member of Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church, Murraysville, where he served as a trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Virginia (White) Davisson; sons, George Nelson Davisson of San Diego, CA, Gary Davisson of Silverton; daughters, Janice Jennings of Sissonville, Sheila Schall of Middleburg, VA, and Linda Pendley of Murraysville; brother, Ersel Davisson of Glenville; sisters, Bonnie Bennett of Mineral Wells and Katheryn White of Warren, OH; 18 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and three grandchildren.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 11:00 a.m., at Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church, Murraysville, with Pastor Verlin Camp and Pastor Mark Siers officiating. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, and for one hour prior to service at the church.

Alicia L. Rhodes Dawling

Alicia L. Rhodes Dawling, 44, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, October 4, 2001 in the Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, OK, following a brief illness.

She was born November 26, 1956 in Point Pleasant, a daughter of the late, Tracey Golden and Rebecca Ruth (Cline) Wolfingbarger.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include sons, James Rhodes of Hookstown, PA, and Samuel Rhodes of Lancaster, OH; brother, Tracey W. Wolfingbarger of Keyser, WV; sisters, Vivian Jean Stiles of Cincinnati, OH, Sharon Ann Rhodes of Ripley, Janie Ruth Carver of Stoutsville, OH, and Opal Hope Smith of Cannonsburg, PA; 4 grandchildren.

Service will be Sunday, October 14, 2001 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Steve Angus officiating. Burial will follow in the Greer Cemetery, Point Pleasant, WV. Visitation 1 hour prior to service.

William Ray Dean

William Ray Dean, 74, of Rutland, OH, formerly of Cottageville, departed this life, May 4, 1999 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born June 18, 1924 at Rio Grande, OH a son of the late, William Randolph and Mary J. (Thornton) Dean.

He was a retired unit foreman from Phillip Sporn at New Haven, WV, a WWII army veteran and purple heart recipient, a member of the American Legion post #467 at Rutland, OH and a member of the Cottageville Masonic Lodge #54 AF & AM.

Surviving are daughters, Saundra Kay Tillis and Terresa Lynn Wood of Rutland, OH; sister, Helen Wickline of Jackson, OH; grandchildren, Heather Rathburn, Joshua Wood, Donny Tillis and Jayme Bickford; great grandson, Ezra Rathburn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene (Sayre) Dean; brother, James Dean; sister, Lucille McDermott.

Service will be Friday, May 7, 1999--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood, WV. Visitation, Thursday, 5-9 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Dencil Edward DeBoard

Dencil Edward DeBoard, 70, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life November 2, 2001 at CAMC, Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

He was born December 26, 1930 in Sycamore, WV, a son of the late, Benjamin and Emma (Boggs) DeBoard.

He was a retired superintendent from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, Ravenswood, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union #5668. He was a protestant.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Edna Vernolia (Cofery) DeBoard; sons, Daniel DeBoard and Shawn DeBoard both of Ravenswood; daughter, Maretti Curtis of Ravenswood; sisters, Elsie Williams of Pax, Donnie Young of Cool Ridge, Susan Gallegos of Sandusky, OH, and Shirley Moore of Bickmore; grandchildren, Michelle Crigger of Ripley, and Regina Corns of Ravenswood; great grandchildren, Dustin Knopp, Michael Corns, and Vikki Corns.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Eadney K. Knopp; 5 brothers; 1 sister.

Service will be Tuesday, November 6, 2001—1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Doris Ann DeHart

Doris Ann DeHart, 64, of Ripley, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life November 8, 1999, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born December 30, 1934, at Red Jacket, WV, a daughter of the late John Andrew and Bell (Grimmett) Maynard.

She was a protestant and a member of the R. Douglas Chapter No. 15, Order of Eastern Star, Ravenswood, and a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Parkersburg.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Lynn Cossin-Asbury of Ripley; brother, Oliver Maynard of Daytona Beach, FL; sisters, Jenny Hinkle and Marie Robinson, both of Red Jacket, WV, Mary Crittenden of Flint, MI, and Sharon Runyon of Ravenswood; grandsons, Joey Cossin and Andy Cossin; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin DeHart; brothers, Reed Maynard and Edgar Maynard; sister, Margaret DeHart.

Funeral service will be Friday, November 12, 1999, 1:00 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Herman Robinson and the Rev. Kenneth Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Jenney DeLong

Jenney DeLong, 77, of Millwood, WV, departed this life, January 1, 2001 at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born April 15, 1923 in Culloden, WV, a daughter of the late, Nida and Kate Florence (Martin) Handley.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Rio Grand, OH, United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Timothy DeLong of Gahanna, OH; daughter, Florence Ellen Weeks of Lesbon, ME; sisters, Lucille Sayre of Milton, WV, and Geraldine Salmons of Elizabeth, WV.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jonathan Claude DeLong; sons Jonathan Douglas DeLong; brothers, Raymond "Red" Handley, Ira Handley, and an infant brother; sisters, Ina Longfellow, Dorothy Ramsey and 2 infant sisters.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Donation was made to West Virginia University, Human Gift Registry. Local arrangements and information provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

June B. Denemark

June B. Denemark, 83, of Ripley, WV, departed this life March 21, 2005.

She was born January 20, 1922 in Chicago, IL, a daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Brandl) Breidigam. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George W. Denemark, who served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington until his passing in 1985.

June was involved in many activities of the faculty wives, as well as the League of Women Voters, the Head Start Program and the Fayette County Extension Service. She also taught arts and crafts from her home and traveled frequently to shows with her friends. She remained in Lexington until 1996 when she relocated to West Virginia to be near her oldest son.

Survivors include her sons, Eric Denemark of Ripley, and David Denemark of Perth, Australia; daughter, Gail Dememark Ksander of Amhers, NH; brother, Ted Breidigam of Rockford, IL; sister, Betty Breidigam Swab of Naples, FL.

Service were held 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005 at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the George Denemark Scholarship Fund c/o the College of Education, 103 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 405

Lester Howard DeVault

Lester Howard DeVault, 73, of Barberton, OH, formerly of Leon, WV, departed this life, June 26, 2001 in the Barberton Citizens Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born September 21, 1927 in Leon, WV, a son of the late Howard and Esta (Hart) DeVault.

He was a retired truck driver, a U.S. Army veteran and a protestant.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Flora Anna (Barnett) DeVault; son, Lester Howard DeVault of Barberton, OH; daughter, Carolyn Sue DeVault of Akron, OH; sisters, Thelma Newberry of Franklin, OH, and Elizabeth Durst of Green Township, OH; grandson, William Howard DeVault.

Service will be Thursday, June 28, 2001--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV, with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood, WV. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service.

Eva McIntyre Milam Dixon

Eva McIntyre Milam Dixon, 91, of Evans, WV, formerly of Charleston, departed this life, August 2, 2001 at Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born February 11, 1910 in Angerona, WV, a daughter of the late, Henry "Heck" and Blanche (Meredith) McIntyre.

She was a self employed seamstress, a past president of the West Side Women's Club, Charleston, a member of the Faith Rebekah Lodge #57, Elkview, WV, and a 50 year member of the Tiskelwah Chapter #45, Order of Eastern Star, Charleston, and she was a protestant.

Survivors include stepsons, Verlin (Karen) Dixon of Columbia Station, OH, and Ronnie (Betty) Dixon of Evans; stepdaughter, Blondina (Carl) VanSickle of Cottageville; brothers, Henry Ralph McIntyre of Sissonville, and Bernard McIntyre of Canton, OH; several nieces and nephews; 3 step grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert Milam and Blonda Dixon; brothers, Charles "Bid", Donald, Raymond, Robert, John, and Harold; an infant sister.

Service will be Sunday, August 5, 2001--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm Saturday at the funeral home, followed by an Eastern Star service by Cottageville Chapter #16 at 8 pm.

Wilbur Irven Donohew

Wilbur Irven Donohew, 62, of Evans, WV, departed this life May 15, 2004 at his home.

He was born October 28, 1941 in Evans, a son of the late Ernie Denver and Daisy Violet (Barr) Donohew.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Operating Engineers Union, Local #132, Charleston with 42 years service. He was also retired from Huntington Pipe Supply. He was an accomplished self-taught musician who loved to play his mandolin. Bluegrass music was an integral part of his life, and he had been a member of several area bluegrass bands. He also attended the Longview Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Angela and Jerry Howery and Sherri Sayre all of Ripley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Grant and Naomi Donohew, Carroll and Louise Donohew, and Kenneth Donohew all of Evans; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vesta and James Livingston of Evans, Lillian and Earlie Hoschar of Cottageville, and Christina and Charles King of Ripley; grandchildren, Amanda (Alan) Ashby, Nicholas Howery and Kayla Sayre; great grandchildren, Alea Ashby, Kassidy Ashby, and Kelci Ashby; his beloved friend and caregiver, Connie Donohew of Evans and her son, Jamie Gandee of Parkersburg; 22 nieces and nephews; 30 great nieces and nephews; special friends, Robert and Brenda Cobb of Lubeck.

He was also preceded in death by a nephew, General Donohew.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Orley Marie Donohew

Orley Marie Donohew, 75, of Ripley, Jackson County, WV, departed this life July 17, 1999, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 5, 1924, at Bellgrove, WV, the daughter of the late Artist Lee and Martha Matilda (Fields) Casto.

She was a housewife and attended Longview Community Church, Evans.

She is survived by her husband, Chester Donohew; son, Larry Jackson of Ripley; daughters, Linda Parsons of Fairplain, Loretta Hatcher of Kenna, Lucinda Ranson of Fairplain; brothers, Clydie Casto of Fairplain, Dexter Casto of Leon, Delbert Casto of Ripley; sisters, Lillie Smith of Huntington, Evalena Young of Ripley; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sons, Milford Jackson and Leo Jackson, brother, Oda Casto, and sister, May Casto.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow at Longview Cemetery, Evans. Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Laura Pearl Donohew

Laura Pearl Donohew, 89, of Evans, WV, departed this life Oct. 19, 2002 inJackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness

She was born February 12, 1913 on Cow Run, a daughter of the late Theodore and Flora (Cossin) Fox.

She was a homemaker, a personal care giver, and a member of the Evans Chuch of God. She also was a member of the Church of God Ladies Ministry.

Survivors include her sons, Charles “Boog” Donohew, Brycle Donohew, and Teddy Donohew all of Evans; daughters, Leola Cunningham and Reva Patterson both of Ripley, Alveta Ervin of Columbus, OH, and Dorla Donohew of Parkersburg; brother, Carl Fox of Akron, OH; sister, Phyllis Silimac of Boca Raton, FL; 27 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Donohew; sons Basil Donohew and Starling Donohew; daughter, Leona Brunty.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman and the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

L. Gayle Donohew

L. Gayle Donohew, 84, of Felicity, OH formerly of Jackson County, WV, departed this life, April 7, 1999 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born May 5, 1914 a daughter of the late Charles E. and Harriet (McDermott) Hannum.

Survivors include a son, John P. Donohew of South Carolina; daughter, Betty J. Lee of Felicity, OH; brother, William Hannum of Cottageville; sisters, Elsie Durst of Youngstown, OH, Mildred Roby of Charleston and Ada Lee Click of Cottageville; 5 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren.

Service will be Friday, April 9, 1999--2 pm at the Felicity Church of Christ, Felicity, OH. Visitation 12 noon - 2 pm Friday at the church. Graveside service will be Saturday, April 10, 1999--1 pm at the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto, WV. Information provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Marshall Darius Donohew

Marshall Darius Donohew, 80, of Evans, WV, departed this life, February 28, 2002, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born September 17, 1921, in Evans, WV, a son of the late Arthur and June (Sayre) Donohew.

He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, and a life member of VFW post #3488, Sandyville, WV. He was retired from the Franklin County Engineers Office, Columbus, OH, and was a farmer.

Survivors include his son, Timothy Lobb of Cornwall, England; daughter, Cletes (Donohew) Perry of Pomeroy, OH; sister, Elta Salisbury of Texahoma, OK; several nieces and nephews; his lifelong friend, Elizabeth Lantz, and her daughters, Kathleen Lantz, and Yvonne Brennan, both of Columbus, OH.

Service will be Tuesday, March 5, 2002 6 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Visitation will be from 5 - 6 p.m. Tuesday.

James Ernest Dunlap

James Ernest Dunlap, 82, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, March 18, 1999 at Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

He was born February 1, 1917 at St. Albans, WV a son the the late Brady Ernest and Mary Cecille Dunlap.

He was a retired pipe fitter from Kaiser Aluminum, a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local #5668, a former member of the National Guard Reserve and he was a baptist.

Surviving are daughters, Jeannie Trego of Trenton, NJ, Patty McCarter of Lancaster, PA and Carolyn Dunlap of Ripley; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 21, 1999 from 1-2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with burial in the Fairplain Cemetery near Ripley.

Lloyd Durst

Lloyd Durst, 87, of Cottageville, departed this life August 18, 2003 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born November 16, 1915, a son of the late Henry Christopher and Stella Jane (Ankrum) Durst.

He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, a retired heavy equipment operator, and a member of the Operating Engineer s Union Local #132 in Charleston.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lydia Irene (Fauver) Durst; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by 20 brothers and sisters.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ernest Eudell Durst

Ernest Eudell Durst, 81, of Cottageville, WV departed this life March 11, 1999 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born June 29, 1917 at Cottageville, a son of the late, Henry C. and Stella (Ankrum) Durst.

He was a retired crane operator for Dravo Corp. for 25 years and was a 50 year member of the Operating Engineers Union local #132, Charleston.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth Virginia (Roush) Durst; sons, Clinton E. Durst and Larry Joe Durst both of Cottageville; brother, Lloyd Durst of Cottageville; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Service will be Sunday, March 14, 1999--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Ethel Mae Durst

Ethel Mae Durst, 78, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life August 14, 2004, following an extended illness.

She was born January 5, 1926 in Mount Alto, a daughter of the late Roy J. and Bertha Isabelle (Pickens) Friend.

She was a homemaker, a protestant, and a former nurse's aid for Arthur B. Hodges in Charleston.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Jean Winter of Millwood, Wanda Mae Shinn of Mount Alto, and Diana Lynn McDowell of Evans; brother, Kenneth Friend of Mount Alto; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lois Durst of Cottageville.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dale Dayton "Jack" Durst; son, Dayton Eugene Durst; brother, Robert; sister, Beryl Miller.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Dayton Eugene Durst

Dayton Eugene Durst, 61, of Mount Alto, WV, went home to be with the Lord March 25, 2004, in the Saint Mary's Hospital, Huntington, following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

He was born August 12, 1942 in Mount Alto, a son of Ethel Mae (Friend) Durst of Cottageville, and the late Dale D. "Jack" Durst,

He was a furnace operator for Pechiney Rolled Products with 37 years service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #5668, a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local #132. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion, a member of the Senior League at the Riverside Golf Course, and a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife of 39 years, Lois June Durst; son and daughter-in-law, Dale Wayne and Kristine Durst of Simpsonville, SC; daughter, Deborah Durst of Raleigh, NC; sisters, Barbara Jean Winter of Millwood, Wanda Mae Shinn of Mount Alto, and Diana Lynn McDowell of Evans; grandchildren, Lauren Taylor Durst and Tyler Dale Durst; beloved mother-in-law, Daisy Durst; other special in-laws, Roger and Lydia, Jim and Sue, Ronald, Sr., Dorothy and Junior.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Mark Price and the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military honors by the Jackson County veterans groups. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department.

Alberta Josephine "Chuck" Durst

Alberta Josephine "Chuck" Durst, 87, formerly of Mount Alto, WV, passed away October 24, 2003 in Eagle Pointe Nursing Home, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born January 3, 1916 in Mason County a daughter of the late Alberto and Emma (Thornton) Gerlach.

She was a homemaker and a protestant.

Surviving are a son, Karl Dean Durst of Parkersburg; daughters, Karen Sue Gilchrist of Parkersburg; granddaughters, Eydie (Gary) McVey of Leroy, and Angela (Charlie) Kay of Ripley; great grandchildren, Stephen McVey, Amanda McVey, Takara Kay, and Nicholas Kay; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Lois "Bunny" Hoffman of Letart.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wallie "Toad" Durst; sons, Rupert Wayne and Denver Lee; six sisters including, Nancy Hunt, Willia Gerlach and a half sister, Dolly Lindamood.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Baden-Presbyterian Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Rev. Kenneth Wayne Durst

Rev. Kenneth Wayne Durst, 83, of Rt. 2, Leon, WV, departed this life, March 10, 2002 at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born August 26, 1918, in Cottageville, WV, a son of the late Kinsy and Lydia (Hughes) Durst.

He was a retired railroad engineer and brakeman from, Foote Mineral Corporation, with 29 years service. He became an ordained minister through the Church of Christ in Christian Union in 1952. He was a former pastor in several churches, in Walton, Leon, and Bethel. He retired from the Community Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle in Leon. He also served as a volunteer for the Mount Flower Rescue Squad for 9 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Daisy (McClure) Durst; sons, Ronald Durst of Point Pleasant, and James Durst of Mount Alto; daughters, Dorthy Click of Mount Alto, Lois Durst of Cottageville, Lydia Stone of Point Pleasant; brothers, Carroll Durst of Point Pleasant, and Glen Durst of Lancaster, OH; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

Sisters, Wilma Keefer, and Garnett Ward preceded him in death.

Service will be Wednesday, March 13, 2002 1 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. James Lewis, and the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Golda Kathleen (Kinzel) Durst

Golda Kathleen (Kinzel) Durst, 98, of Akron, OH, formerly of Mason, County, WV, departed this life July 24, 1904 in Akron.

She was born August 22, 1904 in Baden, WV, a daughter of the late Edward and Fannie (Walker) Kinzel.

She was a Christian and was baptized while attending Point Pleasant High School. She was retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with 29 years service. She loved children, and animals, and enjoyed flowers and the beauty of the earth.

Survivors include a daughter, Geneva M. Norman of Kaapa, HI; grandchildren, Jack, April, and Chris; great grandchildren, Jennifer, Heather, Rachel, and Noah; 4 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Smith "Bruiser" and Howard "Bennie"; sisters, Ella, Ethel, Evelyn, Emma and Ruth.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson Chapel Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Ruth Virginia Durst

Ruth Virginia Durst, 83, of Cottageville, departed this life February 28, 2005 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born April 23, 1921 in Millwood, WV, a daughter of the late John and Gertrude Mae (Thornton) Roush.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Eudell, and brothers, Ray, Bernard, and Harold.

She was a retired cook for the Jackson County Board of Education with 21 years of service. She was a member of the Cottageville United Methodist Ladies Aid for 35 years and member of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for 35 years.

Survivors include her sons, Clinton E. Durst of Charleston, and Larry Joe Durst of Cottageville; sister, Ruby Hunt of Cottageville; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

Service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Allen Wayne (Toolshed) Durst

Allen Wayne (Toolshed) Durst, 47 of Leon, WV, departed this life October 2, 2004 at his home, following a sudden illness.

He was born September 18, 1957, in Ripley, WV, a son of Carl R Durst, of Leon, and Doris A. Savage, of Mt. Alto, WV.

He was the manager of Santa’s Forest, Evans, WV. He was a master electrician, and a former employee of French City Mobile Homes. He was a Protestant by faith.

Survivors include his wife Colleen Anne (Morrison) Durst of Leon, WV, a son, Karl Durst of Southside, WV, daughter Kima King of Canal Winchester, OH, sisters, Shannon Savage of Teays Valley, WV, Carmen Savage of Ashville, OH, grandchildren, Michael King, Alex Parsons, Tiarra Nicholson, Ian Rider, grandmother, Elva McDermott, of Mt. Alto, WV, stepfather, Don Savage of Mt. Alto, WV, stepchildren, Angela, and Richard Rhodes of Milton, WV, and Randy Parsons of Shadyside, OH.

Service was on Tuesday, October 5, 2004- 1:00 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Pastor D.E. (Jake) McCartney officiating. Burial followed in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart, WV. Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Jason-Scott Thomas Eades

Jason-Scott Thomas Eades, 24, of Letart, WV, departed this life October 2, 2003 in the Pleasant Valley Hospital, of injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born January 21, 1979 in Point Pleasant, a son of Douglas Thomas and Susan (Hill) Eades of Cottageville.

He was a phlebotomist at Pleasant Valley Hospital, and was a laborer for Quality Woods in Eleanor. He was a member of the Mason County Fair Board, the Jackson County Horse Club, and the Creston United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, other survivors include his wife, Shayla Marie (Huffman) Eades; brother, Gerrod Michael Eades of Cottageville; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Mildred Hill of Cottageville, WV; paternal grandmother, Shirley Roush of Millwood; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delton and Brenda Huffman of Letart; brother-in-law, Jeremy Huffman of Letart; sister-in-law, Michelle Huffman of Letart.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William T. Eades.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry, the Rev. Randy Mitchell, the Rev. Gerald Sayre, the Rev. Ben Selbe, and the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Letart-Evergreen Cemetery, Letart. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

James Preston Eddy

James Preston Eddy, 82, of Evans, WV, departed this life January 7, 2001 following brief illness at Jackson General Hospital.

He was born October 21, 1918 in Dawes, WV, a son of the late G.F. and Dorothy (Seese) Eddy.

He was a World War II United States Coast Guard Veteran. He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, Ravenswood Works. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union # 5668 and a protestant.

He is survived by his niece Lisa and her husband Roger Clendenin of Evans, with whom he made is home; several other nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his wife Della Eddy; son, Rodney Eddy; brother Harry "Bud" Eddy ; sisters, Mary Estep and Ivy Holstein.

Service will be Thursday, January 11, 2001--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Jerry Dooley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, will military honors by Sandyville VFW Post # 3488. Visitation 6-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Leota (Miller) Edwards

Leota (Miller) Edwards, 81, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, November 24, 2002, following an extended illness, at the home of her sister, Virginia Hess, of Leon.

She was born May 1, 1921, in Leon, WV, a daughter of the late Hollie F. and Elzina (Cain) Miller.

She was a former employee of Union Carbide of Charleston, and was a member of the Ripley Tabernacle Church.

Other survivors include a stepson, Daryl Edwards of Winfield; stepdaughter, Doris Jean Hudson of Davis Creek; sister, Evelyn Bellamy of Saint Albans; brother, Frank Miller of Mount Alto; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Seymour Edwards; 5 sisters; 3 brothers.

Service will be Wednesday, November 27, 2002 1 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Jasper Herdman and Pastor Mark Siers officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Flatrock, WV. Visitation will be from 4 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Betty Evelyn Elkins

Betty Evelyn Elkins, 76, of Evans, WV, departed this life September 9, 2005 at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston.

She was born May 3, 1929 in Hewitt’s Creek, Logan County, a daughter of the late William and Mandy Jane (Pridemore) Nichols.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, George, O’Dell, Hillard, Raymond, Henry, and Ray, and an infant sister, Teresa.

She was a homemaker, and former cook at Ripley Elementary.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Burl Freeland Elkins; sons and their wives, Terry and Betty Elkins of Evans, and Gary and Darlene Elkins of Rockcastle; sisters, Edna Dolin of Hewitt’s Creek, Vina Mynes of Groveport, OH, and Hettie Nelson of Lake; grandchildren, Scott, Dawn, Amber, and Matthew; great grandson, Jordan; sisters-in-law, Hazel Nichols, Lilias Nichols, and Isabelle Robinson, all of Lake; several nieces and nephews.

Service was at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Earl Akers officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation was from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Juanita Epling

Juanita Epling, 67, of Ravenswood, WV, went to be with the Lord Suday, August 6, 2000, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born February 4, 1933 in Duncan, WV a daughter of Lurleen (Harpold) Hill of Sandyville and the late Estel W. Hill.

She was a 1951 graduate of Gilmore High School and was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood. She enjoyed teaching Baptist Training Union for many years, working in her garden, and caring for her flowers.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ray Epling, daughters, Sheryl (Ronald) Pritchard of Randleman, NC and Brenda (Mark) Bunner of Greer, SC; son, Ronald (Dawn) Epling of Easley, SC; sister, Betty (Hugh) Coffman of Marietta; brothers, Keith (Helen) Hill of Sandyville and Ronald (Alyce) Hill of Chester, MD; grandchildren, Crystal Milan, Jason Bunner, Jessica Bunner, Ryan Epling, Lauren Epling, Heather Pritchard and Ryan Pritchard.

Service will be Tuesday, August 8, 2000--11 am at the Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. William "Bill" Fox of Jumping Branch, WV, officiating with pastor David McClain assisting. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 pm Monday at Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, WV and from 10 am until service time Tuesday, at the church. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to the Heritage Christian Academy Memorial Gym, 305 Elwood Street, Ravenswood, WV 26164. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Henson Ellsworth Estep

Henson Ellsworth Estep, 84, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life March 17, 2005.

He was born February 15, 1921, in Yawkey, Lincoln County, WV, a son of the late William Albert and Rosa Frances (Young) Estep.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post No. 6669, Ravenswood. He was retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation and was a member of United Steelworkers of America, Local No. 5668.

Survivors include his daughter, Stevanna Marinez of Dewitt, MI; brothers, Chuck Estep of Daytona, FL, Carlos Estep of Grand Rapids, MI, Romie Estep of Beach Island, SC, Delmer Estep of Clarksville, IN and Leland Estep of Castroville, TX; sisters, Oma Mae Pauley of Sumerco, WV, and Verona Ann Williamson of Yawkey, WV; grandchildren, Brooke Mogg, Robin Ripley and Chrystie-An Marinez;great-grandchildren, Madeline Hansen, Christopher Ripley and Emily Ripley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Estep, and his second wife, Ethel Estep; brothers, Frank Estep and Paul Estep; sisters, Clarice Cutten and Odalite Asbury; and a grandson, Mark Mogg.

Services were held Monday, March 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Edna Euler

Edna Euler, 95, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life January 28, 2001 at Eldercare of Ripley, following a brief illness.

She was born July 26, 1905 at Cottageville, a daughter of the late, Christopher William and Mary Ridenhour) Baier.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Euler.

She was a homemaker, attended the Guiding Star Christian Advent Church, Letart, and was a lifelong resident of Jackson County.

Surviving are her son, Byron (Kathy) Euler of Cottageville; granddaughters, Amber Euler and Lora Euler.

Service will be Wednesday, January 31, 2001 -- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation 5 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Veneita Faye Evans

Veneita Faye Evans, 66, of Point Pleasant, WV, departed this life April 27, 2003 in Point Pleasant, following an extended illness.

She was born September 28, 1936 in Kermit, TX, a daughter of the late Herman Roy and Dovie Mae (Pogue) Slaughter.

She was a retired medical supervisor from Lakin State Hospital and was a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are sons, Steven E. Evans of Kermit, TX and William Evans of Columbus, OH; daughters, Vicki L. Miller of Parkersburg, WV and Cristi M. Reisenbichler of Dixon, MO; brother, James B. Slaughter of Trinity, NC; sisters, Opal C. Wright of Kermit, TX and Linda G. Engle of Venus, TX; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

Service will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ben Skeen officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Robert L. Farmer

Robert L. Farmer, 73, of Columbus, OH, departed this life April 18, 2003 at his home.

He was born October 29, 1929 in Welch, WV, a son of the late Conley and Mae (Blevins) Farmer.

He was retired from Janitrol, in Columbus and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the McDowell Lodge #112 AF & AM, a past high priest of York Chapter 200, past illustrious master of York Council 115, and a past patron of Lorraine Chapter #1, Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Livingston Farmer; son, Robert Wesley Farmer of PA; brother, Charles Farmer of Ravenswood; sister, Ruth Daniel Troskey of GA; grandson, Jason Farmer; 2 step-grandsons, Justin and Nick Cataloano.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Lim and Irene Kinney.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003 in the Creston Cemetery, near Evans, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Madalyn Ann Wright Farmer

Madalyn Ann Wright Farmer, 67, of Groveport, OH, formerly of Cottageville, WV, departed this life June 26, 2003 in Mount Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, OH.

She was born February 24, 1936 in Ripley, WV, a daughter of Hazel V. (Dyke) Wright of Cottageville, and the late William T. Wright.

She was retired from the Groveport Madison Schools.

In addition to her mother, other survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Vanessa and Rick Armstrong of Reynoldsburg, OH, and Vicky and Bill Stiver of Amanda, OH; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Sharon Wright of Livingston, TX, John and Mary Wright, and Jackie Wright all of Cottageville; grandchildren, Travis (Misti) Rife, Jeff (Missy) Stiver, Jeremy Stiver, Jessie (Dustin) Cline; great grandchild, John Parker Stiver; nieces and nephews; long time friend, Harriet Newton.

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Buddy Taylor, Glenn Sayre, and Joseph Farmer; brother, Carl R. Wright.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry and the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Leukemia Society in honor of Buddy Taylor.

George Willard Farra

George Willard Farra, 86, of Sandyville, WV, departed this life, January 12, 2002 at his home, following brief illness.

He was born, April 19, 1915, in Sherman, a son of the late, Charles and Mayme (Fox) Farra.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator from Dravo Corporation, and a former employee of Tri State Material Corporation. He was a member of the Millwood United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn Vonne Sullivan, of Oak Hill; sons, Charles Jackson Farra, and George Willard Farra, Jr., both of Sandyville; sister, Erma Burge of Millwood; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Millie (Bush) Farra; brother, Isaac; sisters, Clarice, Katherine, Inez, and Trilla.

Service will be Tuesday, January 15, 2002 11 AM at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Fred Basnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation will be from 5 8 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Sarah Jane Fauver

Sarah Jane Fauver, 74, of Leon, WV, departed this life August 26, 2000 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born March 4, 1926 in Hamlin, WV, a daughter of the late Brud and Nora (Sponaugle) Burns.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Point Pleasant VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and she was a protestant.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Frederick Fauver; sons, Randall (Donna) Adkins of Point Pleasant and William "Bill" (Karen) Rollins of Leon; daughters, Mary (Paul) Farley of Leon, Donna (Tony) Staats of Rutland, OH, Laura (Larry) Spencer of Point Pleasant, and Nora Hughes of Southside; brother, Billy Burns of Barboursville; sisters, Elsie Riley of Huntington, Barbara Trail of Ormond Beach, FL, and Thelma Pack of Hamlin; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Denver Rollins; brothers, Robert, Charles, Paul and Ralph Jr.; sisters, Ethel and Imogene; 2 grandchildren.

Service will be Tuesday, August 29, 2000--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Verlin Hart and the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Baden Presbyterian Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Macel Dolores Fields

Macel Dolores Fields, 83, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, February 19, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born February 24, 1916 at Dunbar, WV a daughter of the late, Arthur and Cleo (Reed) Steele.

She was a former employee of the Dunbar Glass Plant, a homemaker and a protestant.

Surviving are a brother, Earl "Buck" Steele of Hurricane; sisters, Rachel Starcher of Ripley, Veva Turley and Brenda Bragg of Dunbar, Lois Peters of St. Joseph, MO and Donna Taylor of St. Albans; stepmother, Marie Steele of Dunbar; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Fields; brother, Paul Gifford Steele; sister, Alma Scarberry.

Service will be Wednesday, February 23, 1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Chapel Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation 5 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Clyde Leonard Finch

Clyde Leonard Finch, 61, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life March 7, 2006 at this home.

He was born April 19, 1944 in Charleston, a son of the late Clyde F. and Ada L. (Payne) Finch.

He was a disabled United States Air Force Vietnam era veteran, a member of the Dovel Myers Post #141, Disabled American Veterans, Gallipolis, OH, and the American Legion Post #107, Ripley, WV.

Survivors include his son, Leonard Michael Finch of Gallipolis, OH; daughter and her husband, Kathryn L. “Kathy” and Donald Spires of Ravenswood; sister and her husband, Louise and Dwight Cummings of Statts Mills; brother and his wife, Larry and Kathy Finch of Mulberry, FL; granddaughter, Donna Rene’ Spires; step granddaughter, Elizabeth Shoemaker; uncles, C. Maxile Finch of Cottageville, and Burl Finch of Greenville, SC; nieces and nephews, Recca and Bill Dunbar of Palestine, Tina and Wyatt McClain and Sharon and Johnny Kay all of Statts Mills, Travis Finch, Stacy Finch, and Katie Finch all of Mulberry, FL.

Service was at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with military honors provided by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations. Visitation was 1 hour prior to service time.

Gracie Adalea (Stover) Findley

Gracie Adalea (Stover) Findley, 81, of Buckhannon, WV, departed this life, April 8, 2003 in the Good Samaritan Center, Belington, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 20, 1921, in Mason County, a daughter of the late, Jerry Bert and Orilla Mae (King) Stover.

She was homemaker, and care giver. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers and canning.

Survivors include daughters, Frances (Mack) Davis of Belington, Doris (Donnie) Tressler of Morgantown, Jean (Carl) Black of Mount Morris, PA, Brenda Chapman and Edwina (Bo) Haddix all of Buckhannon; sisters, Margie Akers of Evans, and Lena May Richards of Seth; sister-in-law, Beulah Stover of Leon; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Burt, Delbert, and Marshall; sisters, Opal King, Edna Unrue, Myrtle Bailey and Marie Jarrett.

A funeral procession will leave the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. in the Stover Family Cemetery, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating

Ollie Loverna Fischer

Ollie Loverna Fischer, 93, of Ripley, Jackson County, WV, formerly of Sandyville, departed this life November 4, 2004, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born January 24, 1911, in Marlinton, WV, a daughter of the late McKendra Forest and Mamie (White) Knapp.

She was formerly a schoolteacher for the Jackson County Board of Education. She was a member of the Sandyville United Methodist and the Order of Eastern Star, Ripley Chapter #17.

Survivors include a sister, Hazel Finch of Parkersburg; nieces, Regina Newlon of Ravenswood, Jeanette Knox of Parkersburg, Norma June Keeton of Columbus, OH, and Patricia Sparks of Jacksonville, FL; and a nephew, John Boggess of Ravenswood.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Paul Eugene Fischer; sisters, Mary Smith, Lillie Boggess and Glenna Shepard, and two infant brothers.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 7, 2004 at 3:30 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Paul Morrison officiating. Burial followed in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Visitation was from 2:00 to time of service, with an Order of Eastern Star service conducted by Ripley Chapter #17.

John E. Fitzgerald, Jr.

John E. Fitzgerald, Jr., 58, of Evans, WV, departed this life June 29, 2005 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a long and courageous struggle with multiple health problems, and after suffering a heart attack and stroke a week before.

John was born April 11, 1947 in Wheeling, WV, and was adopted at birth by the late John E. and Edna (Thomas) Fitzgerald. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1965 and had attended Mountain State College and Parkersburg Community College. He was a social worker at heart and by profession, and had worked in several positions that involved helping others including social worker and patient advocate at the Colin Anderson Center in St. Marys. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church.

John’s great passions in life were his family, love for animals, movies and books. Until he developed health problems, he enjoyed day long hikes in the woods to study nature.

He is survived by his devoted family: wife, Harriett and their three daughters, Renee (Mrs. Tom) Fouty, Alina (Mrs. Tony) Starcher, and Leslie, all of Jackson County, and his two young grandsons, Jacob Fouty and Aidan Starcher who brought tremendous joy to is life. His is also survived by his father- and mother-in-law, Gilbert and Juanita Barnhart of St. Marys; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jesse and Judy Barnhart, and Larry and Brenda Barnhart and their families.

In respect for John’s wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial service was held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the John Fitzgerald Education Memorial #6184, in care of the WV United Federal Credit Union, 350 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301 to support the education of his grandchildren.

Elsie Catherine Fitzwater

Elsie Catherine Fitzwater, 72, of Wilding, Jackson County, WV, departed this life February 28, 2004, at Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born October 2, 1931, in Clay, WV, a daughter of the late Morris and Elva (Grey) Ghee.

She was a homemaker and a cook for Jackson County and Clay County Schools. She was a member of Wilding United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Henry E. Fitzwater, Jr., of Wilding, daughters, Sharon Faye Harris and her husband, Jim, of Wilding, Patricia Meredith of Gallipolis, OH, Ursula Sue Lemaster of Fairplain and Henrietta Lemaster and her husband, Rick, of Wilding, brothers, Tom Ghee of Mineral City, OH, Willard Ghee and Johnny Ghee of Clay, sister, Shirley Hafer of Fairborn, OH, grandchildren, John Meredith, Scott Meredith, Kevin Harris, Kim Sheets, Chris Lemaster, Hunter Fitzwater and Georgie Fitzwater, and 7 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Fitzwater, brother, Bill Ghee, and sisters, Virginia Price, Ida Davis and Mary Hafer.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 2, 2004-11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Anna Mae (Kinzel) Flesher

Anna Mae (Kinzel) Flesher, 68, of Akron, OH, departed this life December 7, 2005 at Manor Care of Barberton, following an extended illness.

She was born September 17, 1937 in Mount Alto, WV, a daughter of the late Roe and Eula (Bush) Kinzel.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Raymond Flesher; grandchildren Teresa and Bradley Shock and Crystal Fry.

She was a homemaker and a protestant by faith

Survivors include sons, Raymond Flesher and Ralph (Eva) Flesher of Akron, OH., daughters and sons-in-law Marcella (Kirk) Fry, and Vicky (Dale) Garrett of Akron, OH., and Carmella (Mike) Richardson, of Canal Fulton, OH.; sisters Jennie Flesher, of Millwood, and Roberta Patrick of Henderson, TN.

Service was at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto, WV. Visitation was from noon until time of service at the funeral home

Raymond Flesher

Raymond Flesher, 72, of Akron, OH, formerly of Millwood, WV, departed this life May 5, 2004 at his home.

He was born May 27, 1931 in Millwood, WV a son of the late Elijah and Lucy Flesher. He was also preceded in death by grandchildren, Teresa and Bradley Shock; mother-in-law, Eula Kinzel; brother-in-law, James Flesher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He moved to Ohio in 1961 and retired from B & W after 28 years service.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Anna Mae (Kinzel) Flesher; daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella and Kirk Fry, Carmella and Mike Richardson, Vicky and Dale Garrett; sons and daughter-in-law, Raymond Flesher and Ralph and Eva Flesher; brothers, Jessie (Rita) Flesher, Roy (Doris) Flesher, Bob (Cookie) Flesher, and Ralph (Beverly) Flesher; sisters, Eva (Telford) Sayre, and Ethel Maxwell; 7 half brothers and sisters; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service was 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation was from noon until service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

Kermit Gail Fletcher

Kermit Gail Fletcher, 91, of Charleston, WV, departed this life, August 25, 2001 in the St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, following an extended illness.

He was born June 6, 1910 in Gandeeville, WV, a son of the late General Boyd and Margie (Litton) Fletcher.

He was a retired carpenter from the Kanawha County Board of Education, and was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Surviving are his wife, Freida (Nesselroad) Fletcher; sons, Camden Wayne (Helen) Fletcher and Calvin Arthur Fletcher, both of Murraysville, Curtis Lee (Judy) Fletcher of Mountlake Terrace, WA, Calvert Roger (Dollie) Fletcher of Elkview; daughters, Judy Townsend of Charleston, Patty (David) Barker of Chattaroy, WV; brother, Othal J. Fletcher of Ravenswood; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Faye (Barnette) Fletcher; brothers, Charles Erskin Fletcher, Ira Fletcher; sister, Iris Fickison.

Service will be Tuesday, August 28, 2001--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Rodney Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation 6-9 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Faye Keebaugh Flinn

Faye Keebaugh Flinn, 83 of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, June 18, 1999 at Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

She was born September 8, 1915 at Frozen Camp, WV a daughter of the late, Lawrence and Clara (Casto) Keebaugh.

She was a Christian and attended the Christian Life Center in Parkersburg with her family and more recently the First United Pentecostal Church, Ravenswood. She was a retired custodian for the Jackson County Schools with 23 years service and was a housekeeper for several families in the community for over 30 years.

Surviving are sons, Hugh Flinn of Murraysville, Edwin Flinn of Ravenswood and Eric Flinn of Sandyville; daughters, Janice Leasure of Parkersburg, Marge Joy of Ravenna, OH and Sharon Hughes of Ravenswood; sisters, Elsie Currey of Parkersburg and Stella Snyder of Akron, OH; 18 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

She was preceded in her husband, Jess Burlin Flinn; sons, Jackie B. Flinn and William Jess Flinn; brothers, Gay and Wayne Keebaugh; sister, Edra Keebaugh.

Service will be Monday, June 21, 1999--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. David Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

James Fred Ford

James Fred Ford, 65, of Millwood, WV, departed this life, November 19, 1999 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

He was born March 25, 1934 at Warm Springs, VA a son of the late Fred Forrest and Mary Anna (Law) Ford.

He was a self employed carpenter.

Survivors include a brother, Forrest Ford of Warm Springs, Va; sisters, Mary Huffman of Millwood and Helen Parker of Nitro.

Private graveside service will be in the Ford Family Cemetery, Warm Springs, VA. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Joseph R. Fowler, Jr.

Joseph R. Fowler, Jr., of Wilmington, NC, departed this life, January 7, 20001.

He was formerly of Ripley, WV, served as state travel and tourism director from 1974 to 1985. He had served as chief of police in Ayden, NC. He was president of manufacturing for Proctor Corp. prior to settling in West Virginia. After retiring from state government, he served as director of marketing for Tri-State Greyhound Park and vice president of Robert's River Rides. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He was a former member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Ripley and a member and Sunday school teacher at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC.

Survivors include sons, Joseph Fowler, III of Salisbury, NC, and Jonathan Fowler of Fort Irwin, CA; daughters, Glory Fowler of Richmond, VA, Joy Fowler of Cincinnati, OH, Vicki Jo Fowler of Johnstown, PA and Merry Venburg of Montpelier Station, VA; 9 grandchildren.

Service was held Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church, Ripley, WV, with the Rev. William McMorran officiating. Burial followed in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV. Service and burial was under the direction of Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Delores Marie Fullmer

Delores Marie Fullmer, 69, of Cottageville, WV, formerly of Kingwood, WV, departed this life, February 11, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV following an extended illness.

She was born June 16, 1930 a daughter of the late, O. Scott and Olive (Elliott) Bundorf.

She was a homemaker, a past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge #24, Cottageville, WV and she was a Protestant.

Surviving are her husband, Stanley G. Fullmer; daughter and son in law, Colleen and Gregory Exline of Ravenswood, WV; grandchildren, Kyla Exline and Scott Exline of Ravenswood.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dr. Steven L. Fullmer; sister, Margaret Norris.

Service will be Tuesday, February 15, 2000--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation 6-8 pm Monday at the funeral home.

James Eugene Fultz

James Eugene Fultz, 71, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life July 12, 2005 in Cabell Hunting Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born December 9, 1933 in Cottageville, a son of Charles Ellsworth Fultz, of Cottageville, and the late Bessie Mae (Parsons) Fultz.

He was a farmer, a protestant, and enjoyed gardening.

In addition to his father, other survivors include brothers, Joe Fultz and Grover Fultz both of Cottageville, Raymond Fultz of Point Pleasant, Harry Lee Fultz of Evans, and Bobby Fultz of New Philadelphia, OH; sister, Lillie Marie Dillon of Wooster, OH; lifelong companion, Eleanor Jordan; 4 step-grandchildren; 1 step- great-granddaughter 14 nieces and nephews.

Service were at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the Cherry Grove Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Billy Joe Gandee

Billy Joe Gandee, 59, of Evans, WV, departed this life, January 11, 2001 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a brief illness.

He was born September 7, 1941, a son of the late, Foster and Vesta Mae (Crane) Gandee.

He was a truck driver for Westbrook Trucking of St. Marys, WV, a former employee of Wirt Metals in Elizabeth, and a member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty L. (Barnette) Gandee; son, Lester Joe (Nickelle) Gandee of Evans; daughters, Lisa Gandee, and Linda (Timothy) Potter both of Evans; brothers, Jack Gandee of Charleston, Raymond Gandee of Ravenswood, Keith Gandee, Ronnie Gandee and Carl Gandee all of Ripley; sisters, Ruby Tolley of Ripley, Ruth Dowdy of Columbus, OH, Dorothy Utt of Evans, and Edna Bennett of Ravenswood.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny, George, Marshall and Junior; sisters, Josephine Hite and Virginia Martin.

Service will be Sunday, January 14, 2001--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster Chapel Cemetery, near Evans. Visitation 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

James Eugene Gandee

James Eugene Gandee, 42, of Ripley, WV, departed this life March 6, 2005 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 11, 1962 in Ripley, a son of the late Gerald Eugene and Betty Lou (Scarberry) Gandee.

He was a self-employed commercial and residential painter, and member of the painters union. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Green Hills Country Club, and attended the Sandyville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Charlotte (Coffman) Gandee; brothers, Jerry (Jima) Gandee, and Gary Gandee all of Ripley; sisters, Beverly (Paul) Steele of Ripley, Barbara (Johnny) Starcher of Sandyville, and Brenda (Everett) Wiles of Parker, TX; nephews, Matt Fridley, Jerod Gandee, Joshua Rhodes, and Aaron Wiles.

Service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at the Sandyville United Methodist Church, Sandyville, with the Rev. Steve Rhoades officiating. Burial followed in the Fairplain Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 p.m. Monday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, and 1 hour prior to service at the church.

Birdie Garnes

Birdie Garnes, 95, of Wingo, KY, formerly of Jackson County, departed this life, December 28, 2001, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born April 8, 1906, in Kenna, a daughter of the late Columbus Monroe and Rosetta (Lewis) Reed.

She was a homemaker and a protestant.

Surviving are sons, Harold Garnes, Kenneth Garnes, and Roy Garnes, all of Point Pleasant, Earl Garnes of Great Falls, MT; daughter, Mildred Deason, of Wingo, KY; brother, Kermit Reed of Charleston; 16 grandchildren, several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Jackson Garnes; son, Carroll Lee Garnes; several brothers and sisters.

Service will be Wednesday, January 2, 2002—11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Sinnette Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burton Maywood Garnes

Burton Maywood Garnes, 73, of Evans, WV, departed this life, December 6, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born May 22, 1927 in Jackson County, a son of the late, Robert Marion and Ivy Bell (Thornton) Garnes.

He was retired from Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley. He was also a farmer and a lifelong resident of Jackson County.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Imogene (Parsons) Garnes; sons, Leo Garnes, Calvin Garnes, Glendal Garnes, Marvin Garnes and Ricky Garnes all of Evans; brothers, Leroy Garnes and Ernest Garnes both of Evans, James Garnes of Ripley; sister, Belva Garnes of Evans; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Delmer Garnes.

Service will be Saturday, December 9, 2000--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Danny Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the Foster Chapel Cemetery, near Evans. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Madelyn Elizabeth Garrett

Madelyn Elizabeth Garrett, 78, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life November 11, 2001, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born June 1, 1923, at Clover, WV, a daughter of the late Dale and Eupha (Boggs) Hershberger.

She was a self-employed bookkeeper. She was employed by the Department of the Navy during World War II. She was formerly a computer operator for the State of West Virginia and a former owner of Jo Ellen s Beauty Salon in Ripley. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Ravenswood.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Loman Rex Garrett; sons, Gregory Loman Garrett of Ravenswood, and Jeffrey Rex Garrett of Liverpool; sister, Imogene Hershberger of Spencer; grandchildren, Jesse Loman Garrett, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Jeffrey Ryan Garrett and Courtney Madelyn Garrett.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Buck Hershberger.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 15, 2001 1:00 pm, at Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Herbert Smith and Pastor David McClain officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 pm, Wednesday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Bernice Grace Gerlach

Bernice Grace Gerlach, 79, of Fairplain, WV, departed this life, August 15, 2002, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born February 19, 1923 in Evans, WV, a daughter of the late Erkie Otis and Minnie Belle (Livingston) Stover.

She was a homemaker, a protestant, and had made her home at the Ravenswood Care Center for the past five years.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis Wayne and Brenda Gerlach of Hamlin; daughter and son-in-law, Reva Jo and Larry Lewis of Fairplain; brother, Boyd Stover of Evans; sisters, Maxine Baillie of Union, WA, and Mary Belle Cain of Columbus, OH; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded by her husband, Bennie L Gerlach; brother, Melvin Stover; sisters, Irene Murray and Mildred Sayre.

Private family graveside service will be Sunday, August 18, 2002-1 p.m. at the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Elmer Ray Gibson

Elmer Ray Gibson, 43, of Gay, WV, formerly of Ravenswood, departed this life, April 19, 2001, following an extended illness.

He was born July 26, 1957 in Charleston, WV, a son of the late, Elmer and Sarah Malinda (Messer) Gibson.

He was a former driver for Federal Express, and was a self employed carpenter.

Survivors include a son, David Ray Gibson; daughter, Amber Dawn Lanham of Campbells Creek; brothers, Herman Gibson of Gay, Raymond Gibson of Davis Creek; sisters, Arbutus Parsons of Harmony, Aretha Adkins of Cabin Creek, and Nellie Perine and Nora Harper both of Charleston; grandchildren, Lane Lanham and Luke Lanham.

Service will be Sunday, April 22, 2001--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. Burial will follow in the Gibson Family Cemetery, Gay, WV. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Joshua Clinton Gibson

Joshua Clinton Gibson, 18, of Gay, Jackson County, departed this life, October, 14, 1999 from injuries received in an automobile accident at Ripley.

He was born June 29, 1981 a son of Herman Clinton and Sharon Louise (Spaulding) Gibson.

He was an employee of Roy August Builders, Ravenswood, WV.

Other survivors include a brother, Christopher Spaulding of Gay; sisters, Trina Kerby of Elyria, OH, Sara Fields and Jennifer Southall of Gay and Johnna Dyke of Griffin, GA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be Monday, October 18, 1999-- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Herman Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in the Parsons Cemetery, Gay. Visitation 12 noon to 2 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Bethel Gillenwater

Bethel Gillenwater, 83, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life July 28, 2002, at his home.

He was born October 9, 1918, in Leet, WV, a son of the late Lee and Lottie (Duty) Gillenwater.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II, having served 4 years in the Phillipines. He was formerly employed for 13 years with Merrill Coal Company and was retired, after 25 years, from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Ravenswood Works. He was a member of United Steelworkers of America, Local No. 5668.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Ruth (Lambert) Gillenwater, one loving, caring daughter, Patricia Ann McCoy of Ravenswood, daughter-in-law, Jill (Tim) Tidd of Millwood, brother, O'Dell (Adilene) Gillenwater of Reynoldsburg, OH, sisters, Ruby Ferrelll of Chapmanville, WV, and Alma (Ray) Miller of Spurlocksville, WV, sister-in-law, Magdalene (Herman) Lambert of Brunswick, OH, grandchildren, William Brett McCoy, Jeramie Shane Gillenwater and Nicole Dawn Gillenwater Hayes, great-granddaughters, Whitney, Jessica, Laken and Kiera McCoy and Madyson Vail Hayes. He was Dad Dad to all his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Bethel Gillenwater, Jr.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2002-1:00 pm, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm.

Michael James Given

Michael James Given, 46, of Millwood, WV, departed this life, March 5, 2000 at his home.

He was born, April 9, 1953 in Clay County, WV a son of Joan (Morris) Given of Ravenswood and the late Harold Given.

He was owner and operator of Given Construction and he was a protestant.

Other survivors include his wife, Virginia Ann "Jenny" (Moore) Given; stepsons, Waylen Edge and Toliver Edge both of Millwood; sister, Mary Pavalco of Newport Ritchie, FL; step grandchildren, Toliver Pope Edge and Talia Shey Edge; nephew, Joey Pavalco; niece, Chloe Pavalco.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joey.

Service was held Wednesday, March 8, 2000 -- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. Mark Price officiating. Burial was in Jackson County Memory Gardens.

Ralph E. Glover

Ralph E. Glover, 86, of Wellsville, OH, formerly of Jackson County, WV, departed this life February 23, 1999 at East Liverpool City Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born December 12, 1912 on Pleasant View Ridge near Ravenswood, WV a son of the late, William Richard and Veza Mae (Jones) Glover.

He was a retired carpenter, a WWII veteran, having served with the Alaskan Division of Air Transport Command with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was also a member of the Pleasant View United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary "Tootie" (Wolfe) Glover; daughters, Debrah L. Glover and Linda (Mark) Railing of Wellsville, OH and Karen (Dave) Banister of Lisbon, OH; sons, Richard L. Glover and Dennis R. Glover of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Winona Wolfe of East Liverpool, OH, Gladys Hunter of Englewood, FL, Olive Glover and Ruth Gibson of Wellsville, OH; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dora Glover; daughter, Deloris Irene Glover; brothers, Robert and George "Buck" Mackall.

Service will be Saturday, February 27, 1999--3 pm at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church near Ravenswood with Alan Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation 2 pm until service time Saturday at the church. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Lonnie D. Godbey

Lonnie D. Godbey, 39, of Evans, WV, departed this life, March 2, 2002, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born November 18, 1962, in Charleston, WV, a son of the late, Denver D. and June A. (Harrison) Godbey.

He was a 1981 graduate of Ripley High School, and received an Associate of Science degree in electronic technology from the National Institute of Technology in 1983. He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, was a lineman for T.A. Chapman Company, and was a protestant.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda G. (Durham) Godbey; sons, Travis D. Godbey of Nitro, Jason Denver Godbey, R.J. Durham, Charles Durham, Jr., Walter Durham, and Virgil Durham, all at home; daughters, Katrina Jo Godbey of Nitro, and Deloris Durham at home; sisters, Alice Kay Godbey of Ravenswood, and Sherri A. Godbey of NC.

Service will be Tuesday, March 5, 2002 1 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Scott Souther officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV, with full military honors by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mary Ida Gorrell

Mary Ida Gorrell, 81, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, March 5, 2000, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born October 12, 1918 at Portland, OH a daughter of the late, John and Edith (Flinn) Horner.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Fannin Chapel Church, Sherman, WV.

Survivors include daughters, Ruth (Chester) Randolph of Leon, Edith (Carl) Raidiger of Columbus, OH and Jeanne Slaven of Ravenswood; grandchildren, William (Michelle) Randolph of Millwood, Penny (Carl) Goodwin of Morgantown and Troy Slaven of Ravenswood; great grandchildren, Meagan Randolph and Paige Goodwin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy William Gorrell; brothers, Burl, Dallas, Denver, Ray and Robert; sisters, Audrey Horner, Marjorie Horner and Auline Seabolt.

Service was held Tuesday, March 7, 2000 -- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Ravenswood Cemetery.

Dorn E. Grady

Dorn E. Grady, 83, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life August 28, 2003 in Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born April 4, 1920 in Leon, WV, a son of the late George and Mary (Eskew) Grady.

He was a WWII Army veteran and served with an anti-aircraft unit in the South Pacific. He was formerly employed at the Vanadium plant and was a local construction employee. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum with 22 years service, and was a member of United Steelworkers of America Local #5668. He was also a retired farmer and an avid hunter.

He was famous in later years for using his tractor to plow gardens and clear snow for the neighbors. He was a notorious groundhog hunter, keeping a life list of over 1500 groundhogs killed, mostly in Jackson and Greenbrier Counties. He enjoyed many hunts to Canada and Wyoming as sell as all over West Virginia.

He was also a member of the Cottageville United Methodist Church since 1946, a trustee for Foster Chapel Cemetery, a member of the Senior Citizens, the Old-Timers Club, and the American Rifle Association.

He enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, Tahiti, Israel, Egypt, Ireland, and Italy. Mostly, however, he enjoyed his family, his farm, his church and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia (Stewart) Grady; sons and daughter-in-law, Gary and Christine Grady of Charleston, and Jerry Grady of Cottageville; brother, Raymon Grady of Buzzard; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Londis Grady and sisters, Mable Tucker, May Harmon, Bertha Fleak, and Alma Marker.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry and the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Cottageville United Methodist Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Jackson County veterans groups. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Georgia Elizabeth (Stewart) Grady

Georgia Elizabeth (Stewart) Grady, 86, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life May 5, 2004, at home.

She was born September 26, 1917, in Danstown, Jackson County, the daughter of the late George and Lizzie (Thornton) Stewart. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Dorn Grady, and her beloved sister, Evelyn Durst of Bowie MD.

She graduated valedictorian from Union High School (Cottageville), attended Glenville State College, and graduated from Morris Harvey College. She was a teacher in Jackson County for 35 years, retiring in 1976. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association, member of the Cottageville United Methodist Church since 1946, Sunday School teacher for more than 25 years, Church secretary, 4- H club leader, member of the Rebekah's Lodge, Hospital Auxiliary, Historical Society, and Jackson County Senior Citizens.

For twenty years she taught one-room schools in the hills and hollows of Jackson County, responsible not only for the academic needs of twenty to forty students in grades one through eight but also responsible for tending fires, finding clothes for those who were lacking, and meeting many of the other non-academic needs of her students. Later, she "graduated" to a larger town school, finishing her last 15 years at North Elementary School in Ravenswood. Here, she was known for bringing alive such interests as books and science. Her last major school effort was a Heritage Day at the school.

As an example of the memories she created, recently one student reminisced to her of a story that Georgia read to her as a student over 30 years ago. The former student still remembered most of the story but wanted to find the book so she could read the entire story to her own grandchildren. Because the library did not have the book Georgia found her own copy and gave the former student the book, allowing memories and a love of reading to be shared with another generation.

Church work has been a major volunteer recipient of Georgia Grady. For many years she has served the Cottageville United Methodist Church as Board member, secretary, and adult Sunday School teacher. Through the week she devoted many hours to studying her Sunday School lesson so that she would be totally prepared for her adult students on Sunday morning. If the weather was bad she was the one contacted to see if Church would be held.

She was an active 4-H club leader for over 35 years, first in a one-room school, then in a community club. In addition to being a club leader, she served as a 4-H camp counselor, contest judge, and chauffeur of many kids to regional and state events. She even helped write a 4-H project on cake decorating. In recent years she has served as a volunteer cook at camp and judged the first year 4-H project at the fair for over 20 years. She is a 4-H All Star and served as a member of the Jackson County 4-H Foundation.

Other community work included the County Historical Society where she served on the Board of Directors and spent scores of hours helping to compile a large county history book. She also was a mainstay of local adult groups such as Ladies Aid, Rebekah's, and the senior citizens. If a birthday occurred in the groups she was usually the one to bake and decorate the cake. She drove the "elderly" to many of the functions. If she was not available due to illness or absence, many activities were cancelled until she returned. She also served as the treasurer for two cemeteries.

Every December she donated several weeks to helping the Adopt-A-Family program with sorting of clothes and other items. She also assisted her local Church in "adopting" a family as well as taking care of families at other times. During the January 1994 heavy snows she and her husband trudged through knee-deep snow to ensure one "adopted" family's safety. With the family's food supply low and no electricity, she brought the mother and daughter to her own home for over a week. Later she helped move the family to another home. She bought clothing and other supplies for that family as well as many other neighbors over the years.

When deaths occurred in the community she was quickly on the phone, ensuring that the needs of the living were met. In addition, she personally prepared food for the family.

Every Sunday night for over 20 years she went to the local hospital to staff the Hospital Auxiliary desk; a mastectomy could keep her away from her hospital volunteer duties for only three weeks before she returned to full service. She has helped with countless blood drives.

In addition to all of this she found time to raise a family of two sons, help her husband on the farm, care for an invalid mother, and remain a close friend to family and friends. After her husband suffered a stroke in 2000 and moved to a nursing home, she changed her schedule so she could spend 7 to 8 hours a day with him.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Grady of Charleston and Jerry Grady of Cottageville; grandchildren, Michael Grady of Charleston, Sara Grady of Knoxville, TN, Jessica Grady of Elkins, Melissa Grady of Sarasota, FL; great-grandchildren, Alex, Ben and Christopher.

Service was 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Phillip Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Cottageville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. In memory of Georgia, donations may be made to the Cottageville U.M. Church, or the Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Casto Funeral Home, P.O. Box 167, Evans, WV 25241.

Mary Eileen Gump

Mary Eileen Gump, 69, of Millwood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life October 2, 2003, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born March 27, 1934, in Bristol, Ohio, a daughter of the late Eugene H. and Ada Magdalene (Northrop) Spurbeck.

She was retired from Jackson General Hospital, having served as a ward clerk for 22 years. She was a member of Cottageville United Methodist Church and a member of Cottageville Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 16.

Survivors include two sons, Richard T. Rick Gump of Ravenswood and Reginald C. Reg Gump of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Candi, Kelly, Jonathan, Jacob, Ashlee, Mickey and Nathan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Glenn Gump, a brother, Carl V. Spurbeck, and a sister, Chris Hassell.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 5, 2003 2:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry and the Rev. Gilmer Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, followed by an Eastern Star service beginning at 8 p.m.

Nancy Evelyn Gunno

Nancy Evelyn Gunno, 93, of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Cottageville, WV, departed this life, April 29, 2000 at Indian River Hospital, Vero Beach, following an extended illness.

She was born August 7, 1906 at Cottageville, WV a daughter of the late, Hollie and Oda Ellen (Stover) Smith.

She was a homemaker and a protestant and member of the Creston Ladies Aid.

Survivors include her son, Claude (Wanda) Gunno of Vero Beach, FL; brothers, Harrison Smith of Racine, OH and Hollie Smith of Lawrenceville, Georgia; sisters, Delda Paulsley of Orlando, FL, Odie Ellen Talboth of East Liverpool, OH and Linda Gibson of Evans, WV; 4 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Gunno; daughter, Wanda Mae Gunno; sisters, Virginia Sprouts, Cora Bell Coe, Martha Smith, Hattie Bennett, Rosialea McIntyre and Ruth Lee Smith; brother, David Smith.

Service will be Thursday, May 4, 2000 -- 11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation 5-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.


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