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Obituaries for Saturday, November 18, 2000

David D. Casto

BUCKHANNON -- David D. Casto, 80, of Linden Way, Newark, N.J., died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Christiana Care, New Jersey.

He was born in Buckhannon.

His wife, Patricia "Lynn" Casto, survives at Newark. His first wife, Betty Rae Shumaker Casto, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are two sons, David D. Casto III, Dover, Del., and John Michael Casto, North East, Md.; one daughter, Carolyn Marie Pfotzer, Panama City, Fla.; one daughter, Kathleen Stewart, Durham, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Casto was a teacher at Webster Springs. He received his bachelor of arts degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, and his master of music education degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. He also studied at Sherwood Music School and VanderCook College Music in Chicago, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., and Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, Md.

Mr. Casto served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II with the Regimental bands of the Field and Coast Artillery. He started playing the trumpet professionally at the age of 13 and continued to do so until 1986, when poor health forced his retirement.

He started his teaching career in 1952 in Webster Springs, where he was in charge of the instrumental music program. The same was true for three years in Hancock, Md. He became the director of bands at the Henry C. High School in 1959 until 1978.

He was featured in an article written in "The School Musician Director and Teacher" professional magazine in 1968. He was honored as one of the top 10 music educators in the country. He retired from teaching in 1983 from the Wilmington High School.

Edward Harold Curry

JANE LEW -- Edward Harold Curry, 73, of Route 2, Jane Lew, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at his farm at Jackson Mills.

He was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Harrison County, a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Alta Waggoner Curry.

His wife, Mary Lou Paugh, whom he married Dec. 25, 1957, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Harold Michael Curry at home, and Jeffrey Scott Curry and wife, Glenna, one daughter, Barbara Jo Davis and husband, Michael, and five grandchildren, Amy Jo Davis, Kelly Ann Davis, Dakota Michael Davis, Christopher David Curry and Derrick Matthew Curry, all of Route 2, Jane Lew.

Mr. Curry was an avid farmer and an expert with cattle. He was a member of the National Cattleman Association and the Harrison County Farm Bureau.

He was a graduated from Unidis High School in 1946, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He retired from the Harrison County Board of Education transportation department with 22 years of service.

He was a member of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today where a funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Dennis Estes assisted by Pastor Michael Richards officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Joan Harris

BRIDGEPORT -- Joan Harris, 68, of 1332 Philippi Pike, Clarksburg, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, following an brief illness.

She was born April 2, 1932, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late William Homer and Biddie Gay Riffle Fisher.

Her husband, Robert G. Shuttleworth, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Harold J. Harris and Darry N. Harris, two daughters, Betty J. Hurst and Robin A. Jones, all of Clarksburg; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by one great-grandson, three sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Harris was a Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Frank Shipley officiating. Interment will follow in the Stonewall Park Cemetery, Stonewood.

Mr. James R. Todd Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. James R. Todd Sr., 79, of P.O. Box 21, Reynoldsville, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 7, 1920, in Nutter Fort, a son of the late Arch and Melissa D. Runion Todd.

His wife, Stella M. Givens Todd, whom he married Jan. 19, 1943, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, James H. and Renee Todd Jr., Reynoldsville, Donald R. and Marcella Todd, West Milford, and Ronald E. Todd, Salem; three daughters and sons-in-law, Helen R. and Ronald Brown, and Beverly L. and James Elder, all of Clarksburg, and Margaret D. and Harley Vincent, Mount Clare; one sister, Mrs. Joe (Juanita M.) Knight, Reynoldsville; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by six brothers, four sisters and one daughter, Marjorie Elaine Todd.

Mr. Todd was a member of the Full Gospel Chapel on Washington Avenue, Clarksburg. He was a glass worker for AFG Industries, retiring with 38 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, Quartermasters Corps.

He was a member of the Roy E. Parrish Post No. 13 of the American Legion and the Meuse Argonne Post No. 573 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clarksburg.

He was a retired member of the Reynoldsville Volunteer Fire Department, and for many years served as an assistant coach for several Harrison County minor and little league teams.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today, and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Robert Marino and the Rev. Hayward L. Minear conducting. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, with military graveside rites being accorded by the VFW Post No. 3081 of Grafton, the American Legion Post No. 12 and the Disabled American Veterans No. 24 of Taylor County.

Roy W. Valentine

RIVESVILLE -- Roy Wayne Valentine, 79, of Route 1, Rivesville, Valentine Road, Pleasant View community, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at his home.

He was born May 27, 1921, in his farm home, Route 1, Rivesville, Valentine Road, Marion County, a son of the late Clarence Luther and Fannie Geraldine Eddy Valentine.

His wife of 57 years, Edna Frances Crouser Valentine, whom he married June 16, 1943, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Nancy Valentine Harper and David W. Harper, Silver Springs, Md.; one son and daughter-in-law, Randal Wayne and Joyce Michael Valentine, Rivesville; three grandsons, Brandon Chaise, Shane Michael and Ryan William Valentine, all at home; one sister, Velma Jean Kerns, Fort Pierce, Fla.; two brothers, Donald James Valentine, Townsend, Del., and Glenn Keith Valentine, Baltimore, Md.; a close family friend, Reita J. Marks, Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Ray Valentine, Rivesville, and Delmar Lee Valentine, and one sister, Geraldine Ruby Kolick, both of Baltimore.

Mr. Valentine attended elementary school on Pharaoh's Run and graduated from Fairview High School in 1940. He was a Protestant by faith and a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Pharaoh's Run, which he helped build. His hobbies included hunting squirrel, deer and bear, going to horse shows with his daughter, spending time with his grandsons, woodworking, assisting friends and family with projects, and working on community projects such as development of the Paw Paw Park located at the Paw Paw Fairgrounds north of Rivesville.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946, and was a corporal in the 581st Signal Depot Co. in France. He was a teletype mechanic and technical instructor. He received medals for Expert Rifle, Expert TSMG and SS Carbine. He received ribbons for Good Conduct, American Theater, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater and World War II Victory.

He was a member of the Fairmont Local Union No. 28 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1940-1982. During this time, he and his wife owned and operated a building construction company. He built custom homes and buildings and remodeled many houses in the Fairmont area. He constructed precut and prefab houses throughout West Virginia and Maryland.

He was superintendent for H & B, Inc. to install 16 miles of water line for the city of Rivesville. He was assistant superintendent for Bank Builders of America, a subdivision of Bank Building and Equipment, for construction of the former Standard Federal Savings and Loan building on Merchant Street. He remodeled Walden Book Store and worked for E.F. Earp Construction on the bridge over Booth's Creek, Monongah, and the demolition of a major section of the PPG Glass Factory, Clarksburg.

He held lifetime membership in the AFL-CIO Local Union No. 132 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 1975, he, his wife and son established R.W. Valentine Construction, an excavating company. The company has completed many jobs in North Central West Virginia. Of particular note was excavation work for the current Fairmont Post Office; J. Harper Meredith City-County Complex; West Virginia State Office Complex, formerly Hartley's Department Store; Morgantown and Fairmont sewage treatment plants; former Dupont Plant, Morgantown; Van Voorhis and Chestnut Ridge road construction, Morgantown; Holly Hills community behind the Fairmont Field Club; and the new East Fairmont High School.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Roy and Frances Valentine Family Scholarship Fund. This fund, established through the Marion County Foundation, Inc., will provide a post-secondary scholarship(s) to the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of an active member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 132. The scholarship can be used in any accredited, licensed or certified trade or technical school, junior college, or four-year undergraduate college or university. The principal from all contributions will be invested. Only the interest will provide scholarship assistance.

Make checks payable and send to Marion County Foundation, Inc., 110 Adams St., P.O. Box 208, Fairmont, WV 26554. Indicate the contribution is for Roy and Frances Valentine Family Scholarship Fund.

Contributions to this fund are tax deductible. However, consultations with personal accountants are advised. For more information contact Randal Valentine at (304) 278-7963; Lillian Devison, Marion County Foundation at (304) 363-0442 or 1-800-296-3379; or Bud Parsons, IUOE, (304) 623-0791.

John T. Wadsworth

FAIRMONT -- John Thomas Wadsworth, 41, of Smithtown Road, Morgantown, Smithtown community, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Jan. 21, 1959, in Morgantown, a son of Mary Jane Repep Wadsworth Raschella of Catawba, and the late Glenn Russell Wadsworth.

His wife, Beth Ann Norberg Wadsworth, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Jared Russell Wadsworth and wife, Christy, St. Albans, Michael Lee Wadsworth, Fairmont, and Jeremy Lee Berkshire, and one daughter, Lori Blosser and husband, Eric Blosser, all of Morgantown; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Patricia Wadsworth, Fairmont; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and William Kirby, North Carolina, and Carol and Eugene Freeland, two half brothers, Dale Wadsworth and wife, JoAnn, all of Fairmont, and David Wadsworth and wife, Glenda, Florida; one stepsister, Cindy Raschella, and his grandmother, Mary McRobie, both of Fairmont; one granddaughter, Bethanie Marie Blosser; his stepfather, Santo Raschella, Catawba; his mother-in-law, Helen Taylor, Morgantown; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wadsworth was presently employed for Consolidation Coal Company at the Blacksville No. 2 Mine, where he had worked for 19 years. He was a staff mediator with the L.L.M.P.C. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1702 and the Painters Union Local 804.

He had worked at Mountaineer Glass and Mirror, Morgantown. He graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1977. He was an avid hunter and trout fisherman. He also enjoyed bowling. He loved spending time with his children.

Emery N. White

JEFFERSON, Ohio -- Emery N. White, 95, of State Route 46 North, Jefferson, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2000, at the Jefferson Geriatric Center.

He was born Nov. 17, 1905, in Ireland, W.Va., a son of the late Grafton and Cora Berry White.

His wife, Mary P. Chidester, whom he married Aug. 3, 1929, in Flatwoods, W.Va., preceded him in death in March.

Surviving are three children, Norma Leibrock, Jefferson, Emery Nealon White Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., and Jimmy Vincent White, Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cora L., 3-years-old; three brothers, Hubert, Harry and Arthur White; five sisters, Ina W. Brown, Hermaine W. Bird, Avis W. Mouse, Ruth W. Barrett and Gertrude W. Bowyers.

Mr. White had been a resident of Jefferson since 1951, coming from Sutton.

He worked for 20 years with Union Carbide Co., retiring in 1970. He was also a teacher in his earlier years, teaching in Ireland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Rescue Squad.

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