Surnames N, O, P, Q & R Obituaries


Julienne Bernadette Neely

Julienne Bernadette Neely, 93, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life July 30, 2004, at her home, following a brief illness.

She was born April 1, 1911, in Williston, VT, a daughter of the late Frank and Lea (Boutin) Senna.

She formerly owned and operated a general store.

Survivors include her son, James Washburn of Ravenswood, and her daughter, Virginia Washburn of Graniteville, VT.

Funeral arrangements in Vermont are with Kidder Memorial Funeral Home of Swanton, VT. Local arrangements were provided by Casto Funeral Home of Ravenswood.

Jack Sherman Neff

Jack Sherman Neff, 72, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, went home to be with the Lord December 20, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a brief illness.

He was born November 18, 1931, in Ravenswood, a son of the late Elwood Howard and Doris (Byers) Neff.

He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was formerly an engineering aide with the State Highways Departments in West Virginia and Ohio. He was a member of the Independent United Brethren Church in Ravenswood, where he served as an usher. He was a foster grandparent volunteer for 12 years and was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Violet Lorraine (Riggs) Neff; son, Roy Jack Neff of Ravenswood, daughter, Kelly Neff Caldwell of Ravenswood, step-children, Duaine Johnson of Mason, Larry Cundiff of Middleport, OH, and Kimberly Johnson Jones of Shade, OH, brother, Elwood "Woody" Neff of Ripley, sister, Deborrah Adkins of Ravenswood, grandchildren, Jaclyn and Luke Caldwell, 11 step-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnn Pryor.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, December 24, 2003-1:00 p.m., at Independent United Brethren Church, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Bill Matics and the Rev. Anton Hager officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery, with graveside military honors by VFW Post No. 6669. Visitation is at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Casto Funeral Home of Ravenswood, is in charge of arrangements.

Norma I. Nesselroad

Norma I. Nesselroad, 71, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life June 18, 1999, at Parkview Healthcare Center, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born September 7, 1927, at Ravenswood, WV, a daughter of the late Charles David and Clara Belle (McMurray) Nesselroad.

She was a 1945 graduate of Ravenswood High School and attended Parkersburg Community College. She was formerly employed at Trenle Blake China Company of Ravenswood, Jackson County Community Action Association, and was director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Jackson County. She was a member of North United Methodist Church, Ravenswood.

She is survived by a sister, Frieda Fletcher of Charleston; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence "Bud" Nesselroad, and two sisters, Virginia Allman and Woneta Blackburn.

Funeral service will be at 3:30 pm, Sunday, June 20, 1999, at North United Methodist Church, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Michael Curtis officiating. Burial will follow at Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 pm, Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Betty Jean Newell

Betty Jean Newell, 74, of New Haven, WV, departed this life November 13, 2002 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, following a brief illness. She was born June 15, 1928, in Cottageville, WV, a daughter of the late Henry Elmer and Bedie Alice (Thornton) Sayre.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Belinda Newell of Letart; daughter, Linda Crump of New Haven; 1 brother, Waldo Sayre of Toledo, OH; 2 sisters, Macel Hoschar and Chloie Sharp both of Cottageville; 3 grandchildren, Kellie Hoffman of Huntington, Devin Newell of New Haven, and Aubrey Newell of Letart; 1 great grandchild, Dylan Hoffman of Huntington.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey V. Newell; brothers, Thornton Sayre and Raymond Sayre; sister, Ida Livingston.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Friday, November 15, 2002, at the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Rankin Roach officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to your favorite charity.

Barbara Ellen Newman

Barbara Ellen Newman, 56, of Ripley, WV, departed this life March 12, 2006 at her home.

She was born June 7, 1949 in Sandyville, a daughter of the late Adam Harrison and Mary Alifair (Spencer) Shamblin.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, James, Virgil, Willie, Thaddeus, and Bill; sisters, Gertrude and Lina.

She was a homemaker, and attended the Evans Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Paul D. Newman; sons, Camden Eugene Guthrie, Jr. of Ripley, Randy Scott Guthrie and Gregory Allen Guthrie, both of Canton, OH; daughters, Paula Ann Witt of Ripley, and Barbara Ann Newman at home; brothers, Roy D. Shamblin of Cottageville, Floyd G. Shamblin of Carrolton, KY, and Orville D. Shamblin of Ripley; Julie Wiggins of Lubeck, Mary Southall of Ripley, Jean DeBerry of Parkersburg, Dottie Hayes of Cottageville, and Belva Farmer of Loudonville, OH; 10 grandchildren.

Service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman, and the Rev. Robert Sharp officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lucy Margaret Nichols

Lucy Margaret Nichols, 84, of Coolville, OH, departed this life January 16, 2006, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born January 11, 1922, in Gandeeville, WV, a daughter of the late Lewis and Orlie (Whited) Carpenter. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons, Ernie Nichols of Walton, John Nichols of Walton, Thomas Nichols of Walton, Randy Nichols of Benton Harbor, MI, Michael Nichols of Gandeeville, and Kenneth Nichols of Walton; daughters, Deborah Nichols of Coolville, OH, Charlotte Cumberledge of Blue Creek, Angeline Foster of Clay and Candice Weekley of Tuppers Plains, OH; sisters, Emma Lee Mitchell of Salem, OH, and Tressie Yarborough of Marietta, OH; 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Nichols, and a daughter, Katheryn Kiser.

Funeral services were Thursday, January 19, 2006 at -11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Gary Ditoto officiating. Graveside service and burial were in Hunt Cemetery, Frame, WV, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Penny Parker Nichols

Penny Parker Nichols, 77, of Ripley, WV, formerly of Charleston, departed this life January 28, 2003, in Eldercare of Ripley following an extended illness.

She was born May 13, 1925, in Charleston, a daughter of the late Randall W. and Martha Sarah (Legg) Nichols.

She was a retired singer and musician, a member of the Musicians Union, a member of the Moose in Charleston, and a member of the Second Baptist Church in South Charleston.

She achieved success doing the only thing she ever wanted to do play music. She used the stage name Penny Parker, and began her entertainment career at 7 years of age, singing in the Baptist Temple choir in Charleston. Later, she would spend 20 years under contract for MCA Records and perform in larger hotels up and down the East Coast. Most recently and prior to her retirement she played the Wren s Nest in Charleston and the Cabin Club in Lewisburg.

Survivors include a brother, Ronald William Nichols of Summersville; sisters, Ruth McCue of Cottageville, and Cristine Crews of Charleston; many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Lorentz.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cottageville. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Kayla Ann Nicholson

Kayla Ann Nicholson, daughter of Jody Lee and Christy Dawn (Durst) Nicholson, of Cottageville, was stillborn July 12, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital

Other survivors include sisters; Shianne, Kansas, and Samantha; paternal grandmother, Beatrice Nicholson of Ripley; maternal grandparents, Darrell and Mary Brown of Evans; maternal great grandparents, Arthur and Mary Pullins of Point Pleasant.

Graveside service will be Monday, July 15, 2002-1 p.m. at the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Arrangements provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Avis Genevieve Norman

Avis Genevieve Norman, 84, of Florence, SC, departed this life October 23, 2000 following an extended illness at the McCleod Regional Medical Center.

She was born February 1, 1916 at Gassaway, WV, the daughter of the late Orpha G. & Estella J. Beckett.

She was a homemaker and, a protestant.

She is survived by brothers; Coy B. Beckett of Cottageville, WV, Bernard P. Beckett and Eugene G. Beckett both of Parkersburg, WV; sisters, Gladys Cross and Maxine Morgan both of Parkersburg, WV, Wilda Sheppard of Elizabeth, WV; nephew, James Farmer of Florence, SC, with which she made her home.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Lyons.

Burial was at the Blaine Memorial Cemetery Cottageville, WV, October 24, 2000. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Reva Norris

Reva Norris, 79, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, formerly of Letart Falls, OH, departed this life September 20, 2001, at Eldercare of Ripley, WV, following a brief illness. She was born December 20, 1921, at Gay, WV, a daughter of the late Ogal C. and Edna (Young) Evans.

She was a homemaker and a former member of Letart Falls United Methodist Church. She became a member of Praise Cathedral after moving to Ravenswood.

She is survived by a step-son, Thomas Junior Norris of Jacksonville, FL; a step-daughter, Mildred Louise Gathers of Columbus, OH; special nephew, Harold E. Norris of Auburn, IN, and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence T. Norris, and a son, Clarence Randy Norris.

Funeral services will be Sunday, September 23, 2001--2:00 pm, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Darrell Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in Letart Falls Cemetery, Letart Falls, OH. Visitation is from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday, at the funeral home.

Antoinette (Nina) Nutter

Antoinette (Nina) Nutter, 81, of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life February 11, 2006 in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston. She was born October 25, 1924, in Logan, WV, a daughter of the late Joseph and Catrina (Reale) Scaramuzzino.

She was a clerk for the Ravenswood Library, with 20 years service, and was a member of the St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood.

Surviving are her sons, J.B. Nutter of Ravenswood, and Ed Nutter and his wife Terry Nutter of Parkersburg; daughter, Sandra Fridley of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Chris and her husband Eric Hupp, Brian Fridley, Denise Fridley, J.B. Nutter, Jr., Shauna Fridley, Jared Nutter, Tara and her husband Robby Shockey, Jessie Dunbar, and Chris Lawson; great grandchildren, Erica Hupp, Carlee Hupp, and Kristen Shockey.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at the St. Mathew Catholic Church, Ravenswood, with the Rev. John H. Finnell and the Rev. Jim Sovus officiating. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are being provided by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Albert Earl Ott

Albert Earl Ott, 74, of Sandyville, WV, departed this life February 2, 1999, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.

He was born October 17, 1924, at Sandyville, WV, a son of the late Granville and Rhoda Dell (Watkins) Ott.

He was a former employee of West Virginia Department of Highways and was retired from NAPA in Ripley and Ravenswood. He was a member of Lockhart United Methodist Church and attended Drift Run United Methodist Church. He was a farmer and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Myrtle (Hurd) Ott; son, Charles Ott of Sandyville; daughters, Sharon (Robert) Johnson of Ravenswood, Cindy (John) Burke of Sandyville; granddaughters, Jennifer Burke and Meranda Johnson.

Funeral service will be Friday, February 5, 1999, 11:00 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Paul Morrison and the Rev. John McKee officiating. Burial will follow in Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 9 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Allen Lee Parsons

Allen Lee Parsons, 62, of Mountain Home, AR., formerly of Ripley, WV, departed this life, March 14, 2000 at Baxter Regional Medical Cemter, Mountain Home.

He was born October 7, 1937 at Ripley, WV a son of Marjorie Parsons of Winter Haven, FL and the late Franklin Parsons. He was a retired sheet metalist and a methodist.

Graveside service will be Sunday, March 19, 2000 -- 1 pm at the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV with Dr. Ken Krimmel officiating. Arragements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Marjorie B. Parsons

Marjorie B. Parsons, 90, of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of West Virginia, departed this life, January 15, 2002, in Ormond Beach, FL.

She was born February 12, 1911, in Reedy, WV, a daughter of the late, Frank L. and Blanche (Tallman) Ball.

She was a retired, registered nurse, a homemaker, and a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Freda Ball of Ormond Beach; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Parsons; son, Allen Lee Parsons.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, January 22, 2002—11:15 am in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ken Krimmel officiating. A procession will leave the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, at 11 am.

Elsie Mae Parsons

Elsie Mae Parsons, 86, of Ripley, Jackson County, WV, departed this life October 7, 2003, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a sudden illness.

She was born September 15, 1917, in Sherman, WV, a daughter of the late Bert and Ona (Flinn) Bates. She was a homemaker and a protestant.

Survivors include her husband, William Roy Parsons; sons, Charles Francis Bates of Henderson, WV, Cecil Andrew "Jake" Snyder, Jr. of Beaver Falls, PA, Dallas Ray Snyder of Silverton; daughter, Ernestine Bosley of Ravenswood; brother, Clyde "Brownie" Bates of Wilding; sister, Hazel Armstrong of Silverton; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, October 10, 2003-11:00 a.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. E. J. Dolin officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Lucille E. Parsons

Lucille E. Parsons, 84, of Given, departed this life July 25, 2002, at CAMC Memorial Division.

She was born February 19, 1918 in South Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Arlie W. and Pearl (Waldon) Ellis.

She was retired from the Jackson County Board of Education and served as a cook at Ripley Middle School. She was a former member of the Given Ladies Aid, a homemaker and faithful member of the Parchment Chapel Church.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Chester O. Parsons; sons, Charles E. Parsons of Alum Creek, and Glen A. (Deloris) Parsons of Sandyville; daughters, Martha Jo (Jim) Birthisel of Given, and Joy (Dempsey) Skeens of Given; sister, Virginia Hunt of Knoxville, TN; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard, and a sister, Arlie Rose.

Service will be Sunday, July 28, 2002-2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Gary Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Given Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Rev. Lawrence P. "Preacher" Parsons

Rev. Lawrence P. "Preacher" Parsons, 81, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life March 8, 2003, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born November 2, 1921 in Leon, WV, a son of the late Perry and Lora (Howell) Parsons.

He was a retired carpenter with 45 years service from the Carpenter s Union, Local #1159, Point Pleasant, WV. He became an ordained minister September 23, 1956 by the Evangelistic Messengers Association, and ministered throughout West Virginia and Ohio. He had a radio ministry from Ravenswood, WV, for 32 years. He attended the Christian Fellowship Church, Kenna, WV, and was an avid coon hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Dollie B. (Casto) Freshour Parsons; daughter, Sharon (Alvin) Fox of Cottageville; stepsons, George (Meike) Freshour, and Keith (Sally) Freshour all of Kenna; stepdaughters, Irene (Bill) Sheaffer of Parkersburg, and Juanita (Woody) Raines of Given; brothers, Harold Gene Parsons of Evans, and Robert Parsons of Delaware, OH; sister, Gladys Krebs of Point Pleasant; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, June Leah (Smith) Parsons; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Gary Davis; brothers Raymond Parsons, and Tommy Parsons; sisters, Bertha Barnett, and Mabel Krebs.

Service will be Tuesday, March 11, 2003 11 a.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Bob Clutter and the Rev. George Freshour officiating. Burial will follow in the Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to Kanawha Hospice, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Letitia (Tuts) Parsons

Letitia (Tuts) Parsons, 54, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, went home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2005, after a long battle with leukemia.

She was born April 30, 1951, to Virginia Casto Sayre of Evans, WV, and the late Stewart E. Sayre.

She was a graduate of Ripley High School, Class of 1969, and a graduate of West Virginia State University.

She was retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. She was a charter member of the Independent Fellowship Church of Ravenswood, where she sang with a church group, enjoyed singing in the choir, and taught a Sunday school class for several years.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, M. Woodrow Parsons; two sons, Christopher A. Parsons of Chapmanville, WV, and Matthew R. Parsons, of Huntington, WV; three grandchildren, Bradley, Jakob and Brooklynn Parsons; three brothers, Stewart R. (Judy) Sayre, David (Carolyn) Sayre and Steve (Liz) Sayre; three sisters, Judy (Charles) Bunner, Jeanette (Ray) McVay and Jane (Dale) Carney.

Her father, Stewart E. Sayre, preceded her in death.

Services were held Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 3:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Paul Arthur Parsons

Paul Arthur Parsons, 65, of Given, WV, departed this life July 22, 2004 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born October 25, 1938 in Dunbar, WV, a son of the late William Oshell Parsons, and Rachel Kathleen (Steele) Parsons Starcher.

He was a construction worker, and was a former employee of Kaiser Aluminum. He was a member of the Laborers Union and was a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Cletus Oshell "Joe" and Tammy Parsons of Kenna, and Paul A., II and Trish Parsons of Fairplain; grandchildren, Paige, Shauna, Cullen, Corey and Taylor; and his adopted family with which he resided, Jeff, Diana, Amber, and Michael Hamon of Given.

The family will receive guests from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Ruby Mae Parsons

Ruby Mae Parsons, 95, of Collegedale, TN, formerly of Evans, departed this life November 6, 2005 following an extended illness.

She was born April 14, 1910 in Statts Mill, WV, the daughter of the late Samuel R. and Corda (Duffield) Thomas. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marion Parsons; son, Lowell Parsons; brothers, Blonda Thomas, and Ervil Thomas; sisters, Goldie Rhodes, Bessie Good, Hazel Southall, and Ersel Hammond; grandsons, Wesley Fox, and Greg Barrow.

She was a member of the Ripley Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Dorcas Society, and she was an active participant of the fruit program for the church.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Claudette R. and Charles Shaver of Evans, Colleen and Ronald Barrow of Ooltewah, TN, and Sharon and Ronald Adams, of Grand Island, FL, and Geneva Kay and Robert Geach of Douglas, GA; sister, Olive Robison of Sarasota, FL; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

Service was at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Ripley Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial followed in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans. Visitation was from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Wanda Melvene Patterson

Wanda Melvene Patterson, 71, of Huntington, departed this life March 25, 2006 at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.

She was born November 9, 1934 in Given, a daughter of the late Farley Andrew and Maggie Ellen (Hart) Cochran. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Donald Ray Cochran and an infant brother, Edward Cochran.

She was a homemaker, a retired seamstress from Corbin Sewing Factory, Huntington, and she enjoyed bingo.

Survivors include her husband Carl Patterson; sons and their wives, David and Gail Hunter of Given, and Kevin and Janice Hunter of Evans; daughters and their husbands, Louise and Carroll Donohew of Evans, and Becky and Scott Finley of Fort Mill, SC; brothers, Dencil Cochran of Westerville, OH, Charles Cochran of Dixon, MO, and Bill Cochran of Eleanor, WV; sisters, Orgae Casto of Cottageville, and Helen Rea of Dixon, MO; grandchildren, Anthony Donohew, Dustin Donohew, Gerad Hunter, Chandra Hunter, Pete Finley, Heather Finley, Ryan Finley, Breanna Hunter, Shanna Hunter, and Logan Hunter; great grandchildren, Ashlyn Donohew, Natalie Donohew, Warren Hunter, Brylee Hunter, Hannah Finley, and Jordan McAteer; special sister-in-law, Velma Cochran of Robertsburg, WV.

Service was at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Given. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Rev. Charley Hayward Payne

Rev. Charley Hayward Payne, 84, of Ripley, WV, departed this life September 2, 2000, at Eldercare of Ripley, WV.

He was born September 15, 1915 in Cicerone, Roane County, WV, a son of the late, Henry & Francis (Hackney) Payne.

He was an evangelist and had been pastor for several churches in Jackson, Roane, and Kanawha Counties. He was also a former gas field worker.

He is survived by his wife, Madgalene (Burgess) Koon Payne; sons, Gifford Payne, Richard Payne, and Roland Payne all of Sissonville, WV; daughter, Audrey Crank of John's Island, SC; stepson, Harold Koon of Ripley, WV; stepdaughter, Sharon Chancey of Albuquerque, NM; 19 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Payne, Jr; several brothers and sisters.

Service will be Tuesday, September 5, 2000--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Jack Comer officiating. Burial will follow in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Kenna, WV. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Corina Grace Payne

Corina Grace Payne, 26 day old daughter of William Ray Richards and Christina Blanche (Payne) Wilson of Cottageville, departed this life August 17, 2004 in Jackson General Hospital.

In addition to her parents, other survivors include brothers, Nicolas Kyle Wilson of Cottageville, Bret Greathouse of Warren, OH, and Jeremy Orr of Indiana; sisters, Christine Richards, Nickie Herycyk and Jessica Herycyk all of Lincolton, NC; paternal grandmother, Janet Ruth Richards of Ravenswood; maternal grandmother, Verlie Frances Payne of Ravenswood.

Visitation was from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV. A procession left the funeral home at 2 p.m. for the Wilding Cemetery, where the Rev. Romie Miller officiated a graveside service.

Freda Casto Peterson

Freda Casto Peterson, 64, of Evans, WV, departed this life December 26, 1998 at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH following a brief illness.

She was born May 30, 1934 at Ripley, WV a daughter of the late, Dennie and Freddie Casto.

She was a former employee of Bell Sound and Rockwell International in Columbus, OH. She was a retired book binder from National Graphics in Columbus, a member of the United Aircraft Workers Union and Graphic Communication International Union, a methodist and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Boyd Lowell Peterson; daughters, Deborah Ann Manning, Diane Gay Oney, Denise Lynn Wood and Donna Jean Higgins all of Columbus, OH; stepsons, Robert D. Peterson of Everett, WA and Michael Dennis Peterson of Mercedes, TX; stepdaughters, Karen D. Parrish of St. Louis, MO, Patricia Dawn Wilson of Richwood, OH and Colleen Denise McClinsey of Alton, IL; brother, Howard Casto of Orient, OH; sister, Barbara Newell of Ashville, OH; 12 grandchildren; several step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren.

Service will be Wednesday, December 30, 1998--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation 4-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Boyd Lowell Peterson

Boyd Lowell Peterson, 79, of Evans, WV, departed this life November 14, 2005 in the Doctor’s Hospital West, Columbus, OH, following an extended illness.

He was born February 20, 1926 in Columbus, OH, a son of the late Floyd Lowell and Beulah Kathryn (Steen) Peterson.

He was a WWII Navy veteran, and was a retired electrical instructor from the Rockwell Corporation with 31 years of service.

Surviving are sons, Robert Peterson of Everett, Washington, and Michael Peterson of Grove City, OH; daughters, Karen Parrish and Colleen Lindsey both of Saint Louis, MO, Patricia Wilson of Richwood, OH, Deborah Ann Manning, Diane Gay Oney, Donna Jean Higgins, and Denise Lynn Wood all of Columbus, OH; sister, Shirley Beavers of Galloway, OH; several grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Service was at 11 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Benjamin Riggleman officiating. Burial followed in Longview Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Herbert Theodore Phillips

Herbert Theodore Phillips, 63, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life September 17, 2005, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a brief illness.

He was born March 11, 1942, in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late Alonzo and Cora (Canfield) Phillips.

He was a graduate of Victory High School, Class of 1960. He was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the USS Enterprise Association. He had worked for Ravenswood Polymer, as a machinist for Kaiser Aluminum and was retired from Century Aluminum. He was baptized in the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Katherine Ann (Donnally) Phillips, a daughter, Sharon Phillips of Spokane, WA, and sisters, Bernadine Marks and Shirley Epling, both of Clarksburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Phillips, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral service were Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 1:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Rev. Bruce Cryderman officiating. Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Malinda Lee (VanNest) Phillips

Malinda Lee (VanNest) Phillips, 33, of Magnolia, OH, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life, May 25, 2001 at her home following a sudden illness.

She was born November 26, 1967 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of Donald Lee "Bud" and Christiana Lee (Benson) VanNest of Ravenswood.

She was a 1986 graduate of Ravenswood High School, and received a bachelors degree from Marshall University. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and was a homemaker. She was a former teacher for the Jackson County Board of Education and for Child Time Day Care Center, in North Canton, OH.

In addition to her parents, other survivors include her husband, Steven Wayne Phillips; sons, Patrick Lee Mullins and Robert Levi Phillips both at home; daughter, Allison Elizabeth Phillips at home.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Nicole Mullins; sister, Tamela Lynn VanNest.

Service will be Wednesday, May 30, 2001--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation 6-9 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ronald Beverly Pickens

Ronald Beverly Pickens, 70, of Evans, WV, departed this life, February 2, 2001 at his home.

He was born May 31, 1930 in Lowther, Roane County, WV, a son of the late, Stewart Clinton and Nettie (Carpenter) Pickens.

He was retired from Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation, Ravenswood, WV, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended the Salt Hill Community Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cristena Jane (Easter) Pickens; daughters, Terry Yvonne (David) Flowers of Leon, Cynthia Jean (Larry) Fox of Ripley, and Tammie Jo (Greg) Blankenship of Sandyville; sisters, Audelle Miller of Vincent, OH, Geraldine Parsons of Sandyville, and Shirley Thomas of Parkersburg; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

Service will be Sunday, February 4, 2001 -- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Stanley Shaffer officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Friends may call 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

John Ward Pierson

John Ward Pierson, 93, of Ripley, departed this life April 5, 2004 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born January 6, 1911, in Charleston, a son of the late Charles W. and Ada (Bachtel) Pierson.

He was the retired owner and operator of Casto's Barber Shop in Ripley. He sang tenor in several gospel quartets including the Ripley Quartet. He devoted his life to the work of the church, and had been an active member of the Fairplain Union Church for more than 50 years where he served as a trustee, Sunday school teacher for the adult class, and choir director. He designed and drew the blueprints for the new Fairplain Union Church and parsonage.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Brenda Pierson; daughter and son-in-law, Jonnie Lavonne and Sammy Boggess of Given; grandchildren, Jay (Melanie) Pierson, Lori Pierson, Mark (Terressa) Boggess, Kamela (Mark) Godfrey, Konda (Randy) Epling, Joseph (Christi) Boggess, April (Tom) Paustian, Scott Davis, and Shane Davis; 16 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Addie Rowena (Crane) Pierson; daughter, Patricia Lee Davis; brother, Fredrick; sister, Arbeline; and a great grandson, Patrick Davis.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004 at the Fairplain Union Church with the Rev. Charles Cavender officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Addie Rowena Pierson

Addie Rowena Pierson, 84, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, April 23, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following a brief illness.

She was born, July 26, 1915 at Fairplain, a daughter of the late, Albert Mander and Tennie Ethel (Crites) Crane.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Fairplain Union Church.

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, John Ward Pierson; son, Charles Albert Pierson of Fairplain; daughter, Jonnie LaVonne Boggess of Given; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter Patricia Lee Davis; brother, George Crane; sisters, Ethel White and Doris Johnson.

Service will be Wednesday, April 26, 2000 -- 2 pm at the Fairplain Union Church with the Rev. Aaron Melhorn and the Rev. S.R. Parsons, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 pm Tuesday at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV and Wednesday, from 1 pm until service time at the church.

Gladys Victoria Polk

Gladys Victoria Polk, 91, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life February 19, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born June 19, 1911, in Letart Township, Ohio, a daughter of the late Odas and Martha (Duncan) Farra.

She was a homemaker and member of Order of the Eastern Star, R. Douglass Chapter No. 15.

Survivors include nieces, Delores Farra of Parkersburg, Peggy Aquino of Parkersburg, Glenna Shingleton of Washington and nephew, Carleton Farra of Washington.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Orville Polk, and a brother, Pearl Farra.

Funeral services are Saturday, February 22, 2003 1:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Phillip Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Valeria Moriah Powers

Valeria Moriah Powers, 89, of Ripley, departed this life March 1, 2005 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born February 12, 1917 on Fisher Ridge, in Jackson County, WV, a daughter of the late Lewis Roscoe and Mary Hazel (Coe) Brotherton.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Hiram Powers; brothers, Robert D. Brotherton, Reese R. Brotherton, and James R. Brotherton; sisters, Eleanor Lynne Brotherton, and Regina Skeen.

Her families were pioneers of Fisher Ridge; she was a descendant of General Andrew Lewis. She was homemaker, and was a charter member of the Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church, and had been a member of the choir for over 35 years. She was a charter member of the South Hills CEOS Club and served several terms and president. She was a past Jackson County Belle, and represented the county at the State CEOS in Glenville. She was an avid quilter, dried flower pictures designer, and flower gardener. She was instrumental in forming the first Jackson County Quilt Show, and continued to be active each year.

The strength of her love and her hugs will always live in the hearts of her friends and family. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone she encountered.

Survivors include her son, David Powers of Ripley; daughters, Diane Suchanoff of Bridgeton, NJ, and St. Cloud, FL, and Rebecca Everly of Ripley; brothers, Neil Brotherton of Ravenswood, and John Brotherton of Charleston; sister, Mary Rawlings of South Charleston; grandchildren, Pauletta Campana, Sheryl Webb, Jeff Powers, Scott Donat, Laura Riddle, and Dewight Runion; 13 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, and her husband, Grace and Norman Madan of Coral Gables, FL.

Service were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. William Sullivan and the Rev. Herman Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank HospiceCare for all the physical and spiritual support they provided to Valeria.

Gladys Marie Price

Gladys Marie Price, 88, of Leroy, WV, departed this life, July 20, 2002 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born April 25, 1914 in Woodville, WV, a daughter of the late William Robert and Ollie (Sigmon) Adams.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Donald E. Price of Clanton, AL, and Johnnie L. Price of Leroy; daughter, Phyllis Noble of Ona; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde S. Price; daughters, Deloris Ann Price and Dorsalene Henderson.

Graveside service will be Monday, July 22, 2002-2 p.m. in the Orchard Hill Cemetery, Yawkey, with minister Johnnie Price officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302.

James Noble Price, Sr.

James Noble Price, Sr., 57, of Sophia, WV, departed this life December 25, 1998 at the Vertans Hospital, Beckley, following an extended illness.

He was born February 3, 1941 at Barrett, WV a son of the late Cecil and Blanche (Turner) Price.

He was a retired disabled coal miner, attended the Bethel Freewill Baptist Chruch, Crab Orchard, WV, a Vietnam Army veteran and a member of the VFW, Midway, WV.

Surviving are sons, James Noble Price, Jr. of Sophia, Cecil Edwin Price of Beckley and Russell Howard Price of Rockville, MD; brothers, Roland Price of Summersville and Elmer Phillip Price of Whitesville; sisters, Arlene Johnson of Beckley, Janice Brown, Linda Barber and Brenda Sinnett all of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Christoper Edwin Price, Katelyn Dawn Price and Jamie Leigh Ann Coleman.

Service will be Monday, December 28, 1998--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. Mark Price officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV with military honors by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood. Visitation 6-8 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Jennie Harriet Queen

Jennie Harriet Queen, 90, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life January 20, 2005, at The Caring Place, Ripley, WV, following a brief illness.

She was born August 18, 1914, in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Leah (Varney) Thomas.

She was a former Post Master and a former employee of Slavens Department Store, Ravenswood. She was a member of the Kaiser-Douglas Church of Christ of Ravenswood, and enjoyed sewing and reading.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Janet Queen of Scottsdale, Arizona, a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Roger Westfall of Ravenswood, grandchildren, Beverli, Gwendolyn and Matthew, great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Jamie, Hunter, Kloe, Katie and MacKenzie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Irelan Queen, sisters, Inez, Martha, Mary and Ida, and brother, Arnold.

Funeral services were Monday, January 24, 2005 at 1:00 p.m., at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Minister Ben Jones officiating. Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation was from 12:00 noon until time of service at the funeral home.

Juanita Lillian Rader

Juanita Lillian Rader, 87, of Evans, WV, departed this life June 13, 2003 in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born January 13, 1916 in Frozen Camp, a daughter of the late Kenna B. and Rose (Mullinex) Parsons.

She was a retired telephone operator from Ohio Bell, and attended the West Ripley Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling with her sisters. She loved her dog, and her family.

Survivors include her son, Donley Keith Rader and his wife Marty of Clifton; sisters, Mary Knapp and Eva June Shinn, both of Evans; granddaughter, Vicki Jo Fowler of Johnstown, PA.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Claude Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in the Baptist Grove Cemetery, Frozen Camp. Visitation will be Monday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Avis Ione (Baker) Raines

Avis Ione (Baker) Raines, 88, of Marysville, OH, departed this life Sunday, December 15, 2002, at her home surrounded by her family, following a brief illness.

She was born May 12, 1914, in Angerona, a daughter of the late James Russell and Clara Pearl (Sayre) Baker.

She was a graduate of Union High School, Cottageville, and received her teaching degree from Salem College. She taught in the one-room Lone Pine and Antioch school s in Jackson County before moving to Ohio. She took a job as matron at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in 1964 and retired as a corrections supervisor in 1976, but continued with special duty assignments for many years.

She was an avid reader, worked countless crossword puzzles and enjoyed writing letters, working in the yard and cooking. She and her husband were well-known for the love and compassion given to all those who lived in and passed through their Mulberry Street neighborhood. She devoted her entire life to her husband and to raising her children, later enjoying time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Marysville United Methodist Church since 1947, a member of the Puritan Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons and American Legion Post 79 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Lawrence Rains; son, Max Raines of Lancaster, OH; daughter Marilyn Raines of Marysville, OH; grandchildren, Charity (Chad) Ritchey, Hesper (Brett) Stover, and Nick Lusson; great grandchildren, Cameron, Dominic, Paige, Max, and Emma Iris; sisters, Lila Casto of Evans, and Ann Skeen of Cottageville.

She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Sam Bulch, brothers, Hal Baker, Chester Baker, Onley Wayne Baker; sister, Iris Louine Baker.

Service and burial was held December 19, 2002 in Marysville, OH. Information provided by Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Donald Keith Rake Sr.

Donald Keith Rake Sr., 61, of Ripley, WV, departed this life October 10, 2000 following a brief illness at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

He was born March 13, 1939 at Sandyville, WV, the son of Beatrice Marie (Rake) Pittman of Louisville, KY.

He was a 1958 graduate of Gilmore High School, a former member of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, and was the former owner and operator of the Ripley Ashland Service Station for 21 years. He was a 42 year employee and, an area representative for Broughton Food Company, Marietta, OH. He was a Baptist by faith.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include, his wife of 42 years, Alice Jane (Anderson) Rake; sons, Keith Rake, Jr. and Anthony Rake both of Ripley; grandchildren, Hamilton and Grant Rake both of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by son, Cameron Scott Rake and, an infant son; grandmother and uncle who raised him, Alice Rake and George Rake.

Service will be Friday, October 13, 2000--2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation 5-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

Claudine Sue Ramsey

Claudine Sue Ramsey, 68, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life January 22, 2005 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, following a brief illness.

She was born April 12, 1936 in Charleston, WV, a daughter of the late Thomas Raywood and Roxie Jane (Watts) Armstrong.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Emory Ramsey and an infant brother.

She was a retired millwright from Ravenswood Aluminum, and member of the United Steelworkers Union #5668. She was a member and current vice-president of the Jackson County Creative Quilters Guild, enjoyed league bowling at Raven Lanes in Ravenswood and was a protestant.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne Ramsey of Cottageville, and Russ Ramsey of Letart; daughter, Suzann Nowlin of Cottageville; sisters, Mary Ellen Brown of Norfolk, VA, and Mima Lucy Chapman of Charleston; 4 grandchildren. Service were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the Ramsey Family Cemetery, Cottageville. An additional graveside memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family. Visitation were held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Eugene Randolph

Eugene Randolph, 55, of Tug Fork, Ripley, WV, departed this life, February 4, 2001, at his home, following a brief illness.

He was born October 12, 1945 in Charleston, WV, a son of Alva and Virginia (Balser) Randolph of Ripley, WV.

He was a heavy equipment operator and had been employed by Lane Construction Company. He attended the Salt Hill Community Church, Ripley.

Other survivors include a son, Russell E. Randolph of Ripley; daughter, Debra Dawn "Dee Dee" Randolph of Sandyville; brother, Mike Randolph of Ripley; sisters, Reva Good of Fayetteville and Sharon Ratliff of Ripley; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Darlene Randolph.

Service will be Wednesday, February 7, 2001 -- 1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Donald Hinzman officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Betty Helen Randolph

Betty Helen Randolph, 65, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life, November 11, 2003 in CAMC Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

She was born March 26, 1938 in Advent, a daughter of the late Hurley and Nancy (Davis) Payne.

She was a homemaker, and a Baptist.

Surviving are sons, Hurley Randolph of Chelyan, Michael Randolph of Letart, Billy Randolph and Ronald Randolph both of Cottageville; brother, Joseph Payne of Walton; sisters, Patsy Hersman of Gandeeville, Marie Cobb of Ravenswood, Katie Shaffer and Ortha Parsons both of Ripley; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Randolph, and a brother, George Payne.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Sinnette Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the Kiser Cemetery, Kentuck. Visitation will be form 9 a.m. until service time on Friday.

Alice Virginia “Granny” Rardon

Alice Virginia “Granny” Rardon, 86, of Leon, WV, departed this life December 2, 2004 in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following a brief illness.

She was born July 2, 1918 in Sandyville, a daughter of the late Clifford and Carrie (Echard) Rardon.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank Rardon.

She was a homemaker and attended the Harvey Chapel Church, Leon.

Survivors include her daughters and a son-in-law, Iris Williams, and Sandy and Donald “Tuff” Miller all of Leon; brother, Charles Rardon of Utica, OH; sisters, Leona Fallet of Winter Haven, FL, and Ruth Rardon of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Sherylann Miller, Sabrina Miller, Harold and his wife Sharon Williams, Donnie and his wife Crystal Williams all of Leon; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2004 at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, with the Rev. Verlin Hart officiating. Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

Sebert Joseph Ratliff

Sebert Joseph Ratliff, 87, of Ripley, WV, departed this life October 7, 2005 following a sudden illness.

He was born June 19, 1918 at Eight Mile, Campbell’s Creek, Kanawha County, a son of the late Joseph Albert and Pricey M. (Mullins) Ratliff. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; brothers, Leonard A., and Thurmond; sisters, Erma Burdette, Violet Stiltner, and Opal Ratliff, and Ivory Daniels.

He was a World War II, U.S. Army veteran, and served in the European Theater. He moved to Jackson County in 1956, and was a retired trackman and machine operator from the Chessie Railroad System, and was a Baptist by faith.

Surviving are his sons and their wives, Gerald and Frances Ratliff of Charleston, Bobby and Sharon Ratliff of Ripley, daughter and her husband, Shelba and Larry King of Bloomdale, OH; sister, Gracie Stewart of Campbell’s Creek; 9 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren.

Service was at 1 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial followed in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with military honors provided by the Jackson County veteran’s organizations. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

George Kenneth Ray

George Kenneth Ray, 77, of Evans, WV, departed this life, February 3, 1999 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley following an extended illness.

He was born July 21, 1921 at Winber, PA a son of the late, Quay, Sr. and Harriet (Powell) Ray.

He was a retired crane operator from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation with 27 years service, a former coal miner with 20 years service. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local #5668, the United Mine Workers Union, the American Legion in Portage, PA, Beckley Lodge #95 AF&AM and he was an avid trout fisherman.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ethelene (McCoy) Ray; daughters, Margie (Allen) Hipp of Cottageville, Sue Ann (Skip) Joslin of Ripley, Georgette (Rocky) Thomas of Cross Lanes, Geraldine (Richard) Dunbar of Evans and Cindy (Donny) Anderson of Ripley; brother, Dick Ray of Seward, PA; sisters, Marietta Miller of Levittown, PA and Harriet Wardensky of Conway, SC; grandchildren, Christina and Gabriel Thomas, Tiffany and Megan Joslin, Lauren and Brian Dunbar, Courtney, Ciara and Logan Anderson.

He was preceded in death by brothers, William, Quay, Jr., Gordon and Leonard; sisters, Alice, Sarah, Gertrude, Viola and Norma.

Service will be Saturday, February 6, 1999--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with Evangelist Clifton Lawhorn officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military graveside rites by VFW post #6669, Ravenswood and Masonic graveside rites by Ripley Lodge #16. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Geneva Matilda Reed

Geneva Matilda Reed, 75, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, February 19, 2001 at CAMC, Memorial Division, Charleston, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born February 19, 1925 in Kanawha County, a daughter of the late, Harry S. and Bertha E. (Pritchard) Bailey.

She was a homemaker and attended the Rock Spring Church, Kenna, WV.

Survivors include sons, Roy Reed, Jr., of Poca, Everett Reed of Ravenswood; daughter, Bobbie Sowards of The Woodland, TX; brothers, Junior Bailey of Rutland, OH, Franklin R. Bailey, of MD, and Gilbert Bailey of Shadyside, OH; grandchildren, Everett P. Reed, Jr., Mary L. Reed and Kim Kidd; great grandchildren, Jennifer Allman, Brandon Allman and Morgan Mason.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Jewell Reed; daughter, Phyllis Jean Litton; brothers, Michael Bailey, Dick Bailey; sisters, Violet May Posey, Ruth E. Erskin, Charlotte Tucker and Susie Sutter.

Service will be Thursday, February 22, 2001 -- 1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Jerry Bonnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Rock Spring Cemetery, Kenna, WV. Visitation 5 - 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Agnes Marie Reed

Agnes Marie Reed, 82, of Ravenswood, departed this life January 11, 1999 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley following an extended illness.

She was born August 31, 1916 in Gilmer County a daughter of the late Columbus C. and Ada Myrtle (Horner) Watson.

She was a homemaker and had resided in Akron, OH, Bellville, Parkersburg and Ravenswood.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Jane Dutrow of Jacksonville,FL; brother, Worthy Watson of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Quentin Duane Reed of Mineral Wells and Vanessa Joann Reed of TN; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Harrison Reed; daughter, Myra Donna Uhl; brothers, William and Leroy Watson; sisters, Edna, Beulah and Yelda Watson.

Service will be Wednesday, January 13, 1999--11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV with the Rev. James Catron officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg. Visitation 10 am - 11 am Wednesday at the funeral home.

Violet Virginia Rhodes

Violet Virginia Rhodes, 85, of Evans, departed this life, December 3, 2001 in CAMC Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

She was born November 3, 1916 in Kentuck, a daughter of the late, Jasper and Dova (Comer) Alderman.

She was a homemaker, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and quilting. She was a protestant.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, James Leon Rhodes; sons, Jack (Arlene) Rhodes, and James Arles Rhodes, both of Leroy, Basil (Dorothy) Rhodes, and Gary (Kathy) Rhodes, both of Bluffton, IN; daughters, Wanda Randoph of Clarmont, FL, and Judy (David) Powers of Ripley; sister, Eleanor Blankenship of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by a son, Oren Guy Rhodes; daughter, Elsie Mae Raines; brothers, Edward Alderman, and Warren Alderman; sister, Opal Southall; grandson, Basil Rhodes, Jr.; great grandson, Devin Randolph; daughter in law, Janet Rhodes; son in law, Howard Randolph.

Services will be Saturday, December 8, 2001 1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Donald Hinzman and Pastor, David Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Eva Mae Rhodes

Eva Mae Rhodes, 83, of Millwood, WV, departed this life, November 19, 2001 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born November 1, 1918 in Frazier’s Bottom, a daughter of the late, Elzie E. and Hattie Ethel (Billups) Black.

She was a retired postmaster for the Millwood post office with over 20 years service. She was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ravenswood.

Surviving are sons, Troy Rhodes and Delmas Rhodes both of Millwood, Eudell Rhodes of Southaven, MS, and Keith Rhodes of Cheshire, OH; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Osbert Rhodes; an infant son; brothers, Woodrow Black, Delmer Black, and Elmer Black; sisters, Evelyn Bowen and Beulah Wallace.

Service will be Friday, November 23, 2001—10 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with President Steve Angus and Elder Seldon Angus officiating, followed by a brief visitation at the Pine Grove Baptist Church, Frazier’s Bottom beginning at 2 pm. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will also be from 5 - 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

William Edward Rhodes

William Edward Rhodes, 72, of Ripley, WV, departed this life July 7, 2004 in CAMC General Division following an extended illness.

He was born January 6, 1932 in Kenna, a son of the late William Rufus and Dici (Cunningham) Rhodes. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Rhodes.

He was a retired maintenance employee for the State of West Virginia and he attended the Open Bible Church, Ripley.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Louise Marie (Kay) Rhodes; sons, James Edward Rhodes of Pace, FL, William Dexter Rhodes of Cody Wyoming, and Nathan Lee Rhodes of Broomfield, CO; daughters, Sharon Lynn Webb of Liberty, Sheila Redman of Kenna, and Barbara Louise Rhodes of Ripley; brothers, George Rhodes and Darrell Rhodes both of Ripley, Curtis Rhodes of Kenna, Carl Rhodes of Irvine, KY, and Benjamin Rhodes of Eros, LA; sister Marie Goff of Kenna; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ben Skeen officiating. Burial will follow in the Boggess-Shamblin Cemetery, Kenna. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Mae "Lizzy" Rhodes

Elizabeth Mae "Lizzy" Rhodes, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, Friday, June 15, 2001, in the Ravenswood Center, following a brief illness, at the age of 105 years, 9 months, 13 days.

She was born, September 2, 1895 in Gay, WV, a daughter of the late, John Wesley and Agnes (Rhodes) Greenleaf.

She was a homemaker and a protestant. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include a son, Bob Rhodes of Chicago, IL; daughter, Ruby Casto of Nitro; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rhodes; sons, Wayne Hudson, Paul Hudson, Arrol Hudson; daughters, Belva Rhodes, Reva Wilson; brother, Willie Greenleaf; sisters, Rosie Rhodes and Josephine Price.

Service will be Tuesday, June 19, 2001-- 2 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Otterbein Cemetery, Evans, WV. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service.

Beula Mae Rhodes

Beula Mae Rhodes, 57, of Cottageville, WV, departed this life October 29, 2003, in Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born September 17, 1946 in Green Creek, Roane County, a daughter of the late, George Lovell and Tiney Estiline (Moore) Hackney.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, embroidery, quilting and crafts.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold Fredrick "Sam" Rhodes; son, Jesse William "Jodie" Rhodes of Cottageville; daughter, Cathy Elaine Rhodes of Ripley; brothers, Donzie Hackney of Ravenswood, Lovell Hackney of Belpre, OH; sisters, Connie Thomas and Linda Nichols both of Ravenswood, and Phyllis Brown of Mars Hill, NC; 1 grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Ancil, Romie, and Paul, and a sister, Lemmel Thomas.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson Chapel Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Clarence Edward Rhodes

Clarence Edward Rhodes, 51, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life September 19, 2002, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born February 23, 1951, in Kenna, WV, the son of the late Clarence Albert and Edith A. (Landis) Rhodes.

He was a US Army veteran of the Viet Nam War and a member of the VFW, Ripley Post No. 5501. He was a carpenter by trade.

Survivors include a daughter, Christina Dawn Jordan of Myrtle Beach, SC; brothers, David Rhodes of Sandyville, Leroy Landis of Ripley, Gary Rhodes of Ravenswood; sisters, Linda Reed of Cottageville, Debra Perry of Ravenswood; fiancé, Patricia Ann Westfall of Ravenswood; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Terry McClanahan.

Graveside service and burial will be on Sunday, September 22, 2002—3:00 p.m., at Wilding Cemetery, Wilding Road, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Darrell Johnson officiating. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

William “Bill” Ray Rhodes

William “Bill” Ray Rhodes, 30, of Cornersville, TN, departed this life April 2, 2002, following and electrical accident while working at Peavine Substation in Crossville, TN.

He was born May 5, 1971, in Ravenswood, WV, a son of Shirley Ray and Velma Rhodes, of Ravenswood.

He was employed as a lineman for L.E. Myers Construction Company and was a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Candice (Stephenson) Rhodes of Cornersville; daughter, Kasey Rhodes of Cornersville; sons, Billy Rhodes, Zack Rhodes, Adam Rhodes, Ruger Rhodes and Austin Rhodes all of Cornersville; brother, Jerry Rhodes of Ravenswood; sisters, Judy Davis, Shirley Perry and Susie Sams all of Ravenswood.

Service will be held, Sunday, April 7, 2002—2 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Larry Buckland officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilding Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Edgar Riffle, Jr.

Edgar Riffle, Jr., 47, of Leon, WV, departed this life July 28, 2004 as a result of a construction accident in Culpepper, VA.

He was born August 28, 1956 in Leon, a son of Ella Louise (Hill) Riffle, and the late Edgar Riffle, Sr.

He was a construction worker and member of the Laborers Union, Local #83 in Portsmouth, OH, and the International Laborers Union, Local #11. He attended the Gospel Lighthouse Church.

Survivors include his wife, Irma June (Lovins) Riffle; son, Seth Taylor Riffle of Leon; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Randy Simms of Crown City, OH; brothers, Henry Riffle of Leon, and Paul Riffle of Bidwell, OH; sisters, Catherine Mae Fauver and Edna Jean Sammons both of Point Pleasant, Elsie L. Lyons and Anna Belle Michael both of Leon; stepdaughter, Lacy Hendrick of Mason; stepson, Marshall Hendrick of Flagstaff, AZ; two grandchildren, Nathan and Tilar.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery, Evans. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 pm. Saturday at the funeral home.

Edgar "Ed" Riffle, Sr.

Edgar "Ed" Riffle, Sr., 76, of Leon, WV, departed this life, May 28, 2004 at his home.

He was born April 11, 1928 in Leon, a son of the late Norman and Cora Belle (Roush) Riffle.

He was a retired iron worker from Malleable Iron Company in Point Pleasant with 30 years service, and was a former employee of the New York Central Railroad.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ella Louise (Hill) Riffle; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul I. and Wilma Riffle of Bidwell, OH, Henry L. and Judi Riffle, and Edgar "Eddie", Jr. and Irma Riffle, all of Leon; daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine Mae and Clarence Fauver, and Edna "Jean" Sammons all of Point Pleasant, Elsie L. and Billy B. Lyons and Anna Belle and David Michael, all of Leon; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; special friends, Paul E. Sammons, Tony Keyser, and Eli Keyser.

Brothers, Harry, Earl, James, Howard, Lewis, William and Fred; sisters, Mary Jordan, Lucy DeVault, Myrtle Riffle, and Faye Riffle, and a son-in-law, Joseph Rice also preceded him in death

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Creston Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Marion M. Riffle

Marion M. Riffle, 58, of Mount Alto, WV, departed this life April 25, 2005 at Pleasant Valley Hospital.

He was born March 10, 1947 in Mount Alto, a son of the late James Robert and Daisy Thelma (Scarberry) Riffle.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a self employed maintenance contractor, a former employee of Ripley Hardware, and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, Mount Alto.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Shirley M. (Gerlach) Riffle; daughters and their husbands, Kim and Bill Lemley of Mount Alto, and Heather and Barry Whitehead of Clarksville, TN; sisters and their husbands, Mildred and Earl Ray McCarty of Point Pleasant, and Patty Ann and Eugene Flinn of Sandyville; grandchildren, Michael Lemley and Matthew Whitehead; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Whitehead and Christopher Whitehead; and a special friend whom they considered a daughter, Angie Morrison and her daughter, Michele.

Service was at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Andrew Robinson officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Flower Shields Cemetery, Mount Alto. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Doris Lee (Carmichael) Riggs

Doris Lee (Carmichael) Riggs, 58, of Sandyville, Jackson County, WV, departed this life June 25, 2001, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born July 31, 1942, at Ravenswood, WV, a daughter of Naomi (VanKirk) Carmichael of Ravenswood and the late Joe Carmichael.

She was a homemaker and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Ripley.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Devon Riggs; sons, Kevin Riggs, Travis Riggs and Robert Riggs, all of Sandyville; daughters, Karen Johnson of Sandyville and Deanna Shaffer of Ripley; brothers, Larry Carmichael of Cottageville, Steven Carmichael, Jerry Carmichael and Mitchell Carmichael, all of Ravenswood; grandchildren, Jennifer Riggs, Christopher Johnson and Juanita Riggs, all of Sandyville and Eric Wells of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Riggs, and a brother, Robert Carmichael.

Graveside service and burial will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2001, at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with Elder, Jerry Jones officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home of Ravenswood..

Sylvester Franklin Riggs

Sylvester Franklin Riggs, 92, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Sandyville, departed this life November 16, 2002, in Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

He was born October 16, 1910 in Sandyville, a son of the late Alva and Maggie Loa (Dailey) Riggs.

He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are brothers, Delmer Riggs of Sandyville, Ralph Riggs of Ravenswood; sister, Freda Powell of Parkersburg; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be Tuesday, November 19, 2002-1 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Lloyd Winans officiating. Burial will follow in the Drift Run Cemetery, Sandyville. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Carl R. Riggs

Carl R. Riggs, 35, of Ravenswood, departed this life August 16, 2003 of injuries received in an automobile accident on Route 56, near Ravenswood.

He was born September 11, 1967 in Ripley, WV. He was a graduate of Ravenswood High School, and was formerly employed the automobile parts industry.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Gerald Riggs and Helen Jewel Riggs of Kenna; mother and stepfather, Betty Jean (McCauley) Riggs Martin and Carl W. Martin of Leroy; brother, Bryan Riggs of Bonifay, FL.

Service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Visitation will be from 5 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ronald L. Riley, Sr

Ronald L. Riley, Sr., 61, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life January 17, 1999, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born July 21, 1937, at Lost Creek, Harrison County, WV, a son of the late Walter Hugh and Virginia (Hooper) Riley.

He was a truck driver for Ohio Northern Transportation and was a veteran of the US Army and the US Coast Guard. He was a member of the VFW and a member of First United Penticostal Church, Ravenswood.

He is survived by his wife, Della (Powers) Riley; son, Ronald Riley, Jr. of Oxon Hill, MD; daughters, Deborah Arvin of Annapolis, MD, Pam Riley of Cleveland, OH, Bridgett Correa of Cleveland, OH, Pam Talkington of Shinnston, WV, Michelle Riley of Cleveland, OH; brother, Warren E. Riley of Florence, MA; sister, Naomi R. White of Ravenswood, WV; 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, David Riley.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, January 20, 1999, at 11 am, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with Pastor Frank Adkins and the Rev. David Johnston officiating. Burial will be at 2 pm in Conley Cemetery, Chapmanville, WV, with military graveside rites conducted by Conley Edman Post #103, American Legion, Chapmanville. Visitation is from 5 to 8 pm Tuesday, January 19, at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Nellie V. Roach

Nellie V. Roach, 85, of Ravenswood, Jackson County, WV, departed this life April 28, 2005, following an extended illness.

She was born December 25, 1919, and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Julie Shirkey. An infant daughter, Julia Carol, and a granddaughter, Kim, also preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene, a former volunteer for the Red Cross, and she enjoyed painting.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Reaford V. Roach; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Shelby Roach, of Ravenswood, daughter, Judy Holmes of Ravenswood; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2005 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating. Burial followed in Ravenswood Cemetery. Friends called from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

William Arthur Robinson

William Arthur Robinson, 72, of Ripley, WV, departed this life March 8, 2000 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born, July 25, 1927 at Delaware, OH a son of the late, James and Lucy (Curry) Robinson.

He was a former employee of Irby Construction, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the American Legion, Post # 104, Delaware, OH, a life member of the American Veterans Post # 476, Wilkesville, OH and he was a Protestant.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Patsy Ann (Casto) Robinson; daughters, Tammy Garnes of Cottageville, Vivian Robinson of Sissonville, Phyllis Ann Skeen of Evans, Barbara Fairhurst of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Patricia Ann Stanley of Akron, OH; sons, Jackson Stanley, Jr. of Ravenswood, William Jonathan Stanley of Akron, OH and Timothy Stanley of Ripley; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers.

Service will be Friday, March 10, 2000 -- 1 PM at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV with the Rev. Ron King officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Cemetery, Ripley. There will be no visitation.

Willa Lucille Rollins,

Willa Lucille Rollins, 93, of Ripley, WV, departed this life June 26, 2001 in the Ravenswood Care Center.

She was born October 2, 1907 in Ripley, a daughter of the late Grover and Bessie (Bowles) McKown.

She was a retired school teacher, former owner and operator of Rollins Lake, Ripley, and a member of the Mill Creek Farms Women's Club. She was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and attended the Evans United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, Jim (Joyce) Rollins of Ripley; daughter, Clara Dell (Walter) Brown of Spencer; sister, Agnes Katherine McKown of Florida; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Rollins; sister, Francis Lester; 1 grandchild.

Service will be Saturday, June 30, 2001--10 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Walter Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Visitation 7 - 9 pm Friday at the funeral home.

Rev. George Robert Rood

Rev. George Robert Rood, 73, of Ripley, WV, departed this life, August 18, 2001 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley, following an extended illness.

He was born February 21, 1928 in Middleport, OH, a son of the late, Perry Uriah and Lillie Ann (Shaver) Rood.

He was an ordained Freewill Baptist minister, a member of the Jackson County Ministerial Association, and a member of the Scioto Valley Christian Conference. He was an Evangelist and had pastored several churches in Ohio and West Virginia. He was a carpenter and welder by trade.

Survivors include a son, Robert Rood of Sidney, OH; daughter, Rebecca Joyce 'Becky' Stewart of Roseville, OH; brothers, Rev. Ferrell M. Rood of Zaleski, OH, John Rood of Springfield, TN; sisters, Helen Wetherholt of Winter Springs, FL, Naoma Hope Ratliff of Oak Hill, WV, Dorothy Rood of Wellston, OH, and Mary Jones of Madison Heights, MI; 4 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene (Wendel) Rood; daughter, Wilda Gaye Rood; brothers, Perry, Jr., Joseph, and James; sisters, Imogene, Augustine, Crystal Lee, Beatrice Fay, and Olive.

Service will be Wednesday, August 22, 2001--1 pm at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ferrell Rood and the Rev. Clyde Syner officiating. Graveside service will be 3:30 pm, in the Neal Cemetery, Milton, WV. Visitation 6 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Irene Lorella Wendell Rood

Irene Lorella Wendell Rood, 77 of Ripley, WV, departed this life, December 14, 2000 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born December 31, 1922 at Portsmouth, OH, the daughter of late, Harry and Jessie (Dillon) King.

She was a retired school teacher from the Jackson County Board of Education. She received her B.A. from Morris Harvey College, Masters of Arts from WV College of Graduate Studies. She was a member of the West Virginia Education Association, and attended Clay Lick Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. George Robert Rood; son, Charles Wendall of Adairsville, GA; daughter, Becky Bush of Ravenswood, WV; stepdaughter, Rebecca Joyce Stewart of Roseville, OH; stepson Robert Rood of Sidney, OH; brothers, Harry King of Minford, OH, Donald King of Xenia, OH, Bobby Joe King of Marion, OH, Herman King of South Shore, KY; sisters, Ruth King of Chillicothe, OH, and Shirley Sheppard of Xenia, OH; grandson, Joshua Bush of Lexington, KY; four step grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Wendall; sister, Louise Hike.

Service will be Sunday, December 17, 2000--2 pm at the Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Ferrell Rood officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairplain Cemetery, Fairplain, WV. Visitation 5-8 pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Dorothy Viola Roth

Dorothy Viola Roth, 83, of Ravenswood, departed this life, November 11, 2002, in Ravenswood Center, following an extended illness.

She was born December 11, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late George and Margaret Catherine (Buck) Witts.

She was a protestant and a homemaker.

Surviving are two sisters, Ethel Strobbe of Cottageville, and Margaret Hoopes of Ridley Park, PA.

There will be no visitation, and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV.

Grover Eudell "Bud" Roush

Grover Eudell "Bud" Roush, 83, of Millwood, WV, departed this life January 27, 2001 in Millwood, following a brief illness.

He was born April 25, 1917 in Millwood, a son of the late, Calvin Elmer and Goldie (Flesher) Roush.

He was a WWII Navy veteran, a retired riverboat captain and attended the Millwood United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Fred Roush of Cottageville; daughter, Sure Bricker of Newcomerstown, OH; brothers, Fred "Boo" Roush and Dwight "Pete" Roush both of Millwood, Charles Roush of Marietta, OH, and Donald Roush of Syracuse, OH; sisters, Maxine Scarberry and Betty Lathey both of Cottageville, and Linda Roseberry of Ravenswood; 5 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by his wife Mercy Roush; brothers, Kenneth, George and Calvin Elmer, II.

Service will be Wednesday, January 31, 2001 -- 11 am at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. C.R. "Dick" Tennant officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation 5 - 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Donald Elmer Roush

Donald Elmer Roush, 68, of Syracuse, OH, departed this life October 8, 2003, at his residence, as a result of a sudden illness.

He was born September 3, 1935, in Millwood, WV, a son of the late Calvin Elmer and Goldie (Flesher) Roush.

He was a veteran of the US Army and was a career river man, having worked as an engineer on many boats.

Survivors include sons, Donald E. Roush, Jr. of Weston, Deron Matthew Roush of Weston, Donald Jeffrey Roush of Ohio and Billy Joe Roush of Ohio; daughters, Dee Ann Roush of Weston and Loretta Lynn Roush of Ohio; brothers, Fred "Boo" Roush of Millwood, Edwin Dwight "Pete" Roush of Millwood, and Charles Roush of Marietta; sisters, Maxine Scarberry of Cottageville, Betty Lathey of Cottageville, and Linda Roseberry of Ravenswood; five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Calvin Elmer Roush, II, Kenneth Wayne Roush, Arthur George Roush and Grover Eudell Roush.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, October 16, 2003-2:00 p.m. at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Gerald Sayre officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto, WV, with military services provided by Ravenswood VFW Post No. 6669. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Florence Izetta Rollins Roush

Florence Izetta Rollins Roush, 97, of Leon, WV, departed this life October 22, 2004 in the Scenic Hills Nursing Home, Bidwell, OH, following an extended illness.

She was born September 1, 1907 in Leon, a daughter of the late Otis and Sarah (Greenlee) Mattox.

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Eunice Rollins, and Joseph Roush; sons, Oshel Rollins, and Okey Rollins; daughter, Frances Jean Durst; 4 brothers; 2 sisters.

She was a homemaker and attended the Harvey Chapel Church, Leon.

Survivors include sons, James Harvey Rollins of Columbus, OH, Melvin Rollins, Henry Rollins, and Eunice Rollins, Jr. all of Leon; daughter, Dottie Weaver of Mount Alto; 35 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren.

Service was 2 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Jordan and the Rev. Verlin Hart officiating. Burial followed in the Bethel Cemetery, Leon. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Joseph Howard Roush

Joseph Howard Roush, 94 of Leon, WV, departed this life July 8, 2004 in Holzer Medical Center, Jackson, OH, following an extended illness.

He was born April 7, 1910 in Leon, a son of the late George and Laura (Wolfingbarger) Roush. He was also preceded in death by his wives, Iva (Matheny) Roush, and Louise Roush; brother, John, Eldin, Austin, Earl and Gerald; sisters, Emma Rollins, Madeline Gibeaut, and Gladys Roush.

He was a retired construction worker, a WWII Army veteran, and he attended the Harvey Chapel Church.

Survivors include his wife, Florence (Greenlee) Rollins Roush; sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert and Judy Roush of Manassas, VA, Dean and Nita Roush of Unionville, VA, and Gene and Rosa Roush of Midland, VA; daughters and son-in-law, Cora Stephens and Epa Rollins of Letart, Valerie Hunter of Ravenswood, and Rebecca Maull of Parkersburg; sisters, Lydia Barnette of Charleston, Irene Duncan and Carrie Vansicle both of Paden City; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Frances Roush of Gallipolis, OH, and Mary Roush of Alabama; several stepchildren, and step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Bub Herdman and the Rev. Verlin Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, Leon. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Effie Lorena Rowan

Effie Lorena Rowan, 102, of Viera, FL, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, departed this life December 19, 2004 in the Wuestoff Progressive Care Center, in Viera, following an extended illness.

She was born May 3, 1902 in Flatwoods, near Ravenswood, a daughter of the late Joseph William and Minnie M. (Hamilton) Stone.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Clyde Rowan; brother, William Arlan Stone; sisters, Ruby Click and Marie Dickerson.

She attended the Flatwoods United Methodist Church and was a member of the Flatwoods Church Ladies Aid.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Spencer A. and Mary Lou Rowan of Indian Harbour Beach, Fl; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

Service were held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004 at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Gerald B. Sayre officiating. Burial followed in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions are preferred to Wuestoff Brevard County Hospice, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, FL 32940.


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