Evelyn Geraldine (Hite) Hevener Sallie, 88, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Jackson County, West Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of January 29, 2020. Following a short illness, she left this world with her loving family by her side.
She was born on February 23, 1931 to the late Leland and Loretta (Barnhart) Hite of Gilmer County, West Virginia. One of eight children, Geraldine grew up in Valley Head, West Virginia and graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Geraldine married the love of her life Howard Isom Hevener and the Lord blessed their marriage with two daughters, Susan and Debi. Howard and Geraldine were happily married for 25 years until his untimely passing.
Geraldine was a full-time mother and homemaker. She was resourceful and artistic, learning loom weaving, latch hook, crochet, and furniture upholstery. She was also a skilled seamstress and quilter, creating beautiful handmade garments and quilts for her daughters and family throughout the years.
Geraldine called Cottageville, West Virginia her home from 1958 through 2016, where she was a member of Cottageville United Methodist Church for many years. She was a woman of great faith. She loved the Lord, her Savior, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love, and the beauty and peace that awaited her.
In 1974, she was widowed at the young age of 43, and she and her younger daughter were left on their own. With only a high school diploma and the strength and determination to provide for her and her family she found employment outside the home. She began this second career in the accounting department at Dalley Chevrolet in Ripley, West Virginia, where she was subsequently promoted to Business Manager. She was responsible for supervising financial staff and reporting financial performance to General Motors Corporation. After the dealership changed hands, she continued her work at Tom Peden Chevrolet. Her drive for excellence won her numerous awards and recognition for the accuracy of her work. She retired at age 65 after 21 devoted years of work.
Never idle even in retirement, Geraldine enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling the world. She took cruises to the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska. She travelled abroad, by herself, to Wales, to welcome the birth of her twin grandchildren. She also visited family in England, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.
In 2016, she left friends in Jackson County for the milder weather of southwest Florida, and to be closer to her younger daughter, but not without regret. She often spoke affectionately of her life, her family and friends, and a wish to return... and so she now has.
Geraldine was known for her big country breakfasts: biscuits made from scratch, hot cornstarch, and a side of sausage gravy, along with the usual fixins. She also enjoyed canning, and her green beans were as good out of season as they were in season. Golf was a sport she very much enjoyed over the years, and she shared that passion by teaching both of her grandsons. She was an avid card player and loved spending time with her girlfriends playing games in evenings filled with laughter. She was active in her community, being a member of the Cottageville Chapter #16 Order of the Eastern Star for over 60 years and serving on the board of the Jackson County Commission on Aging.
Geraldine was affectionately known as “Nannie” or “Nana” by her five grandchildren, and as “Great-Grandnan” by her two great-granddaughters. She was devoted to her family, spending time with them as often as she could. With God as the foundation and love at the center, Geraldine was the true Matriarch of her family.
Geraldine is survived by her two loving daughters: Susan (Hevener) Mullins (Mason) of Granville, Ohio; Debi (Hevener) Romeo (Sam) of Miromar Lakes, Florida; her five grandchildren: Michelle Mullins (Andrés) and great-granddaughter Lilia Grace of New York City; Megan Mullins of Charlotte, North Carolina; Mason Mullins IV of Lake Norman, North Carolina; Jon Romeo (Katie) and great-granddaughter
Margaret Grace (Gracie) of Richmond, Virginia; Allison (Romeo) Kramer (Alex) of Atlanta, Georgia; and two sisters; Peggy (Hite) Runner, and Beverly (Hite) Marouse.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved first husband Howard Isom Hevener, second husband Les Sallie, brothers Shirley, Gilbert, and Randall Hite, and sisters Lucille (Hite) Sullivan and Wilma Jean (Hite) Lee.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Casto Funeral Home in Evans, WV with an Eastern Star Service during visitation by Cottageville Chapter #16 Order of Eastern Star. The Funeral Service will be at 11 am on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Cottageville United Methodist Church in Cottageville, WV with Pastor Vera Archer as celebrant. Burial service will follow at Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Memorial donations may be made to Cottageville United Methodist Church, Cottageville, WV or charity of choice. Arrangements for final care have been entrusted to Casto Funeral Home of Evans, WV. Condolences may be shared with the family at: castofuneralhome.com