Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

28 March 2007

Constance F. Clayton

Constance F. "Connie" Clayton, 53, of Brandywine died March 25, 2007, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA. 

she was born Nov. 21, 1953, and was the daughter of Harold L. and Marguerite Eye Miller of Oak Flat. 

Mrs. Clayton graduated from Franklin High School in 1971 and received a BA degree from Shepherd College in 1975.  She received a MA degree from WVU in 1982.  She taught in Pendleton County Schools for 28 years before retiring in 2003 due to health reasons.  She taught English at Brandywine Elementary School, Franklin, Junior High School and Pendleton County Middle School. 

She was a member of Brandywine Christian Church, WVEA, NEA, PCEA and Franklin WOTM. 

On March 28, 1986, she married Paul Clayton of Brandywine.  

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sisters and their husbands, Phyllis and Jim McCleaf of Hagerstown, MD, and Winifred and Richard Williams of Dayton, VA; her "Mom" and "Pop" who raised her, Juanita and Leo Slusher of Franklin; a "sister" and husband, Dr. Cathy Slusher and Don Flegel of Harrisonburg, VA; a "brother," Don Phares of Harrisonburg, VA; several nieces and nephews; and a host of supportive family and friends. 

Services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin by Pastors Tom Holden and Scott Meadows.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

 Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Cary Hevener, Treasurer, HC 74 Box 38F, Brandywine, WV  26802. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Lillian Whitecotton, 87

Lillian W. Whitecotton, 87, of Blue Grass, VA, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Augusta Medical Center. 

She was born Jan. 9, 1920, at Blue Grass, VA, a daughter of the late Joseph Brown and Mattie Ethel (Bowers) Wagner. 

Mrs. Whitecotton was a member of the Forks of the Water United Brethren Church.  She was a homemaker and an excellent country cook.  She had retired from Aileen, Inc. 

Her husband, Samuel A. Whitecotton, preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1993. 

She was the last member of her immediate family. 

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Larry W. and Jeannie Whitecotton of Blue Grass, VA; two grandchildren, Travis Whitecotton of Harrisonburg, VA, and Karen Whitecotton of Front Royal, VA; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Virgie Fleisher and Elva Propst, and a brother, Fred Wagner. 

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday at the Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell, VA, by the Rev. Andre Crummett.  Burial was at Blue Grass Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland County rescue Squad, PO Box 268, Monterey, VA  24465.  

Edmund E. Casto

Edmund Earl Casto, 66, of Brandywine died SAturday, March 24, 2007, at his home. 

Mr. Casto was born Jan. 31, 1941, in Philippi and was a son of the late Bovy Casto and Neva Malcolm Casto. 

He graduated from Philippi High School in 1959.  He was an Army veteran and retired in 2003 as a mechanic from Thermo King Truck Company.  He was a Methodist and enjoyed fishing, playing baseball and watching his grandchildren. 

In February 1968, he married Karen Golden, who survives. 

He is also survived by a daughter and husband, Lisa and Kenneth Morris of Brandywine; two sons, Jeffrey "Jeff" Casto and Richard Casto, both of Brandywine; five sisters, Deloris Sponaugle, Shirley Louk and Blanche McDaniels, all of Philippi, and Hope Thrasher and Linda Casto, both of Florida; four brothers, Jimmy Casto, Kenny Casto and Keith Casto, all of Virginia, and Charles Casto of Maryland; and six grandchildren, Zack, Chelsa, Chelsey, Lindsay, Cole and Joel. 

He also was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Casto, and one sister, Patty Haller. 

Pastor Scott Meadows will conduct the funeral at 2 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home in Philippi.  Burial will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery in Philippi with military honors by the Barbour County American Legion Post No. 44.  

James Bodkins Jr., 66

James Thomas "Jim" Bodkins Jr., 66, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in Savannah, GA, from injuries of a fall.

Born Aug. 19, 1940, in Greenfield, IN, he was the son of the late James Thomas and Mildred Eakin Bodkins. 

Mr. Bodkins was a heavy equipment operator for DJ Rail and Storm Service. He served in the US Marine Corps. He was a graduate of Maxwell High School and was a member of Petersburg American Legion Post #78.

On June 28, 2003, he married Donna Burgess on Key Colony Beach in the Florida Keys.  

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, James Fredrick Bodkins of Lakeland, FL, and Perry Grace of Pink Hill, NC; two daughters, Michelle Bodkins of Greenfield, IN, and Shelly Grace of Tennessee; a special mother and father-in-law, Betty and Eddie Coffman of Petersburg; and eight grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Larry.

Services were held Monday at Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel, Lakeland, FL. Interment was in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.

Memorial contributions may be made to W. V. VFW L.A. Veterans Hospital Fund, 129 Woodbridge Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 or to the Sammy Bodkins College Fund, P.O. Box 373, Kathleen, FL 33849. 

Kathleen Ferguson, 77

Kathleen Ruddle Ferguson, 77 of Livenston, TN, died in the hospital in Tennessee on Feb. 1, 2007. 

Born at Oak Flat, she was the daughter of the late Byrd and Vesta Anderson Ruddle. 

She was a member of the Christian Church. 

Surviving are one son, Dann Jarvis; one daughter, Mary Annas of Farmington Hills, MI; one brother, Arlie Ruddle of Fort Seybert; one sister, Mable Elyard of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. 

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, William and Weldon Ruddle; and one sister, Annie Whetzel. 

The body was cremated. 

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