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“May you continue to Rest In Peace my good friend. ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: Don Red Dog Collier - Orlando, FL

“Prayers for all of Red Bird's family... May God give you peace at this time. Kudo's to Jimmy Lott's...such a fine man. God Bless you all. ”
2 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Kerns Hager - Palm Bay, FL

“I knew Red Bird many years ago when we were young and fun times. He was always a great guy and never forgot you. Thank you, Red Bird for your...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Judy Calvert Russell - Charleston, WV

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Red Bird. He was a very special person, and always greater you with a smile and a hug! May Gid Bless and keep...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Karen Pritt

“Our loss and heavens gain. Meet you again at our eternal home in heavens. Love and prayers for all. ”
5 of 34 | Posted by: Celesta - WV

“I had not see him since a birthday party at his motnbers a few years back. He was singing and l!aging a guitar with his cousin Ruth. He was sure...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Celesta - WV - Family

“Prayer to Red Bird's family. Red Bird always a super young man that I went to school with. I would see you sometimes when I came in for leave from...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Richard Wickline - PA - Classmate

“It was sad to hear of the loss of a great buddy of 50 years...not only was Wes a great friend of mine, he was a wonderful,kind and loyal friend to my...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Dick Whittington - FL - Friend

“You are and will always be loved. We remember the laughter, joy, and kindness, you emulated for the time God shared you with us... You will be...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Ronnie and Becky Haynes - Friend

“Brings back lots of old times , Drag racing, all the trips to the 20s, all those stairs,, then we get wise give our hearts to god after all those...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Bill Byers - Elkview, WV - Friend

“Red Bird, you will be missed among your Vietman Buddies. God Bless you Brotherand God Speed. Always remembered. ”
11 of 34 | Posted by: Don "Red" Collier - Orlando, FL

“I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to AnnaMae and her family. I remember Wesley as a young boy, Did not get to know the man he became. Will hold...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Carol-Peaches Reedy Newby - OR

“I was happy to see Redbird this summer at our 50th year class reunion. The evening before my wife and I saw the Esquires perform at the levee and...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Ellis Fullerton - Punta Gorda, FL

“He was a wonderful person! Thoughts and prayers are sent to his family. ”
14 of 34 | Posted by: Cathie Whittington Adams - Aiken, SC

“Had lots of good times with red bird and his black 67 Chevelle which he loved dearly, he was a good friend. ”
15 of 34 | Posted by: Greg young - Klamath Falls, OR

“Red was a special kind of person. Always kind and respectful to myself and other mutual friends. ”
16 of 34 | Posted by: Rodney Martin - South Charleston, WV

“I used to hang out with Red Bird at the Patrick St SHONEY'S in the 60's. I didn't have a car, but if I needed a ride home he would say come on I'll...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Bob Osborne - Asheville, NC

“Prayers for the family. R.I.P. Red Bird ”
18 of 34 | Posted by: Eddie and Jane Miller - Given,, WV

“so many that stands out is how my parents enjoyed when he would come by for a visit...they thought very highly of him...once when he...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Tim Chapman - Charleston, WV

“You were sure loved and will be missed by many. ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Judy BLAKER - Charleston

“Knew Red Bird for years when I lived in Charleston. I am saddened by the news of his death. My prayers are going up for the family. ”
21 of 34 | Posted by: Rick Osborne - Asj, NC - Friend

“My heart is with the family. Red Bird was greatly lived by many. ”
22 of 34 | Posted by: Kathy Byrd - Scott Depit, WV

“I remember listening to him sing and dancing with him on the weekends. He was a big teddy bear! He will b deeply missed. RIP Redbird. ”
23 of 34 | Posted by: Linda Lee - Saint Albans, WV

“Bless your family! ”
24 of 34 | Posted by: Martha Moore Law and Walter ( Sonny) Moore - WV

“I'm so sorry but the last time I spoke with you you were ready to go to heaven RIP cousin ”
25 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Herbert - Charleston, WV

“Although I had not seen Emery since high school, it's always sad to hear of a classmate's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his family,...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Susan Anderson Borror (Ramkey) - FL

“I enjoyed playing music with Red Bird with The Esquires and at various other open mic nights. He was a regular when we did the jam at the old Joey's...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Randy Crouser - Cross Lanes, WV

28 of 34 | Posted by: RICKIE SAUNDERS - CROSS LANES, WV

“Grew up with his family he came to our house many time when we was young. I still think of him being young and dating my cousin. ”
29 of 34 | Posted by: Richard Reedy - Altoona, FL

“Red Bird will be missed by his church family. We so enjoyed hearing him sing "I'm Feeling Fine". I can imagine that he and my husband are talking...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Julia Doran - Sod, WV - Friend

“Red Burd was always the nicest person to me when u was younger. I I'll always remember him with a smile on ,y face. Rest in Peace my friend. God...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Lisa Wolfe - Fredericksburg, VA

“He was a great friend from the first day I moved in across the street from him 10 years ago. He will be missed but he is with God and his earthly...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Anita May - Charleston, WV

“I will be missed, I will see u again ”
33 of 34 | Posted by: Cindy - Chas, WV - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Red Bird when he was 17. I was Diana Fore then. His name is one of the names I still remember from that...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Diana Wiseman - Parkersburg, WV

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Emery Wesley "Red Bird" Casdorph, 68, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 7, 2016 after a long illness.
He was the son of Anna Mae Taylor of Racine, OH, where she makes her home with her daughter, Cathy Thaxton.
Mr. Casdorph was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the Army from May 8, 1968 to January 9, 1970. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.
Wes sang with the "Esquires" for several years and got to experience traveling to Russia to sing with them. He loved to sing and perform.
Survivors include his loving mother, Anna Mae Taylor; sisters, Cathy Thaxton, Roberta Coffman and husband, Sheldon, Delores Haynes and husband, Willis, and Loretta Marcum; brothers, Donald Casdorph, Rick Taylor and wife, Brenda, Pat Bumgardner, David Taylor and wife, Carol, and Harrison Taylor and wife, Delores; special uncle, Junior Casdorph; and special aunt, Olive Lucille Whittington.
Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Reverend Jody Pauley officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin, will follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.
Special thanks to good friends Joyce Harding, Jimmy Lotts, Tom Harrison and Butch Gibson.
The family also wishes to thank Jimmy Lotts for the wonderful care he selfless gave to Wes every day.
The family will accept online condolences at:
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Casdorph Family.