Jeanette McVay

Jeanette McVay, of Ripley, W.Va., passed away Feb. 5, 2013, at her winter home in Melbourne, Fla., following a brief illness, while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Evans, W.Va., a daughter of the late Stewart E. and Virginia Mae (Casto) Sayre. Her sister, Letitia Gayle ‘Tuts’ Parsons, also preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Ripley. Jeanette served the citizens of Jackson County for nearly 27 years, starting as a clerk in the tax department, rising to the Chief Deputy position of the tax department under two sheriffs. She was then elected for two terms as Sheriff of Jackson County from 1992 to 2000. She was the first female sheriff in Jackson County history, and the third female in West Virginia history to serve as a sheriff.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ray McVay; son, Randy and his wife Tammie McVay of Ocala, Fla., and her only grandchild, Breanna, also of Ocala, Fla., and attending the University of Florida; brothers and sisters, Stewart Reynolds (Judy) Sayre, Judith Ann (Charles) Bunner, all of Ripley, David (Caroline) Sayre of St. Paris, Ohio, Clara Jane (Dale) Carney of Kenna, and Stephen T. (Elizabeth) Sayre of Evans.

Ray and Randy would like to extend their appreciation to Jane, Dale and Tammie for all the love and care given to Jeanette over the last three months of her life.

Public visitation will be 1-4 p.m. today at Casto Funeral Home, Evans. The funeral service and the committal in Ravenswood Cemetery will be private, with the Rev. Charles Hicks officiating.

Donations are preferred to the Calvary United Methodist Church Building Fund, 205 Court Street, Ripley, WV 25271.

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