Obituaries December 2012 through June 2014

Carroll A. Taylor

Carroll A. Taylor, 67, of Charles Town, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Willow Tree Manor, Charles Town.

Born Aug. 7, 1946, in Bradshaw, she was the daughter of Auburn Robertson and Sandra (Mullins) Robertson Rundle.

She was a homemaker.

She was a 1964 graduate of Big Creek High School in War.

She was a member of the VFW Memorial Post No. 3522 Ladies Auxiliary, Charles Town.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by a sister, Connie J. Rogers of Pasadena, Md.; a brother, Warren A. Robertson of Martinsburg; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Her son, Wayne S. Taylor Sr., is deceased.

Services will be held later.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Relay for Life, c/o Patricia Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town 25414.

 

Brian T. Johnson

Brian T. “Apple” Johnson, 49, of Charles Town, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home.

A graveside service was held Friday at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 119 S. Seminary St., Charles Town 25414 or Shepherd’s Chapel, Attn: Dennis Murray, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736.

 

Jimmy E. Kessel

Jimmy E. Kessel, 78, of Shepherdstown, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born Feb. 12, 1936, in Petersburg, he was the son of Otis Kessel and Katherine (Lewis) Kessel.

He taught biology and physical education in Jefferson County Schools for 33 years and spent decades as a football, basketball and baseball coach. In 1970, he led Shepherdstown High to its first-ever state baseball championship. He later coached at Jefferson and Washington high schools.

He was a member of the Petersburg High School Hall of Fame.

He was a veteran, having served in the Air Force.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 1169, Martinsburg.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown.

He was married to Ann (Piccola) Bracey Litt Kessel.

Surviving, along with his wife, at home, are two sons, Joseph V. Kessel of Harpers Ferry and A.E. Kessel of New York; a daughter, Therese A. Hall of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Emily L. Halla of Green Bay, Wis.; a stepson, Anthony F. Litt IV of Green Bay; a sister; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

His first wife, JoAnn R. Kessel, died June 5, 2000.

A funeral was held Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church with the Rev. T. Mathew Rowgh officiating.

Burial, with military honors, was at Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, handled arrangements.

 

Hilda L. Lam

Hilda L. Lam, 86, of Ranson, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born July 30, 1927, in Greensboro, Md., she was the daughter of John Metz and Lilly (Bowman) Metz.

She had worked in the bakery at the former Hardee’s restaurant, Charles Town.

She was a member of Charles Town Baptist Church.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter No. 1028 and the VFW Memorial Post No. 3522 Ladies Auxiliary, both in Charles Town.

She was married to Wilbert Lam.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandy Lam and Joyce Lam, both of Ranson; a son, Wayne Lam of Ranson; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

A sister and a brother are deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Brian Hotaling officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

 

Twila M. Carr

Twila Marie Carr, 57, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born Jan. 21, 1957, in Princeton, she was the daughter of James Stowers and Mildred Foster Stowers.

Twila devoted her life to the health and environmental profession in a lengthy career for the state of West Virginia, retiring in December of 2013.

She was a 1975 graduate of Princeton High School with degrees from West Virginia University, Shepherd University and Bluefield State College.

She taught water aerobics for 21 years.

She was married for 28 years to Jesse Carr.

Surviving along with her husband, at home, and her father, of Princeton, are two daughters, Amy Carr and Christa Carr, both at home; and a sister, Sandra Puckett.

A funeral was held Friday at Covenant with the Rev. Terry Crawford officiating and Monday in Princeton with Crawford and the Rev. Ray Stonestreet officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

 

Kathryn S. Widmeyer

Kathryn Stacy Widmeyer, 55, of Summit Point, died Friday, June 27, 2014, in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Nov. 4, 1958, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of James L. Bolyard and Myrtle Loar Bolyard.

She worked for 24 years as a registered nurse at Winchester Medical Center.

She married Jeffrey P. Widmeyer Feb. 16, 1984, in Martinsburg.

Surviving, along with her husband, at home, and her mother, of Summit Point, is a daughter, Leah Ann Widmeyer of Summit Point; two sisters, Joyce A. Blackmon of Knoxville, Tenn., and Janice M. Schaffer of Summit Point; and two brothers, David R. Bolyard of Inwood and Robert Bolyard of Oregon.

A sister, Karen Sue Kreh, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, Va. The family will receive friends starting at 7 p.m.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1742 E. Parham Road, Richmond VA 23228 or to South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church St., Summit Point 25446.

 

Kimberley K. Burriss

Kimberley Kathy Burriss, 46, of Bunker Hill, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born Feb. 19, 1968, in Bethesda, Md., she was the daughter of William Cheanult Jr. and Linda Chenault.

She was an avid crafter.

She was married to Clifton Burriss Jr.

Surviving, along with her husband, at home, and her father, of Annapolis, Md., are two sons, Cole Burriss, at home, and Travis Reyes of Annapolis; and a brother, Scott Chenault of Annapolis.

A funeral was held Saturday at Brown Funeral Homes’ South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood.

 

Robert Watson Jr.

Robert “Rob” Watson Jr., 49, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Willow Tree Manor, Charles Town.
Born Nov. 8, 1964, in Charles Town, he was the son of Bob and Sue Watson.
He worked many years as a server in restaurants in West Virginia and Maryland.
He graduated from Jefferson High School.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.
Surviving along with his parents, or Ranson, is a son Bradley of Palm Coast, Fla.; a daughter Brittany Watson of Ranson; two sisters, Kelly DeRonda of Inwood and Erin Watson of Ranson; and two grandsons.
A sister, Amy Watson Dillow, died in 2009.
A funeral will be held at 1 this afternoon at the Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church starting at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Amy Dillow Scholarship Fund, c/o Wee Disciples Christian Academy, 114 Poor House Farm Road, Kearneysville 25430.

Kimberley K. Burriss

Kimberley Kathy Burriss, 46, of Bunker Hill, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.
Born Feb. 19, 1968, in Bethesda, Md., she was the daughter of William Cheanult Jr. and Linda Chenault.
She was an avid crafter.
She was married to Clifton Burriss Jr.
In addition to her husband, at home, and her father, of Annapolis, Md., she is survived by two sons, Cole Burriss, at home, and Travis Reyes of Annapolis; and a brother, Scott Chenault of Annapolis.
A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brown Funeral Homes’ South Berkeley Chapel, 287 Arden Nollville Road, Inwood.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 2 p.m.

G.L. ‘Brownie’ Brown Sr.

Gaius L. “Brownie” Brown Sr., 91, of Charles Town, died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg.
Born Sept. 14, 1922, in Fairmont. He was the son of Homer Brown and Lena Pearle (Kendall) Brown.
He retired from Hann Electric Co. as a master electrician.
He was a graduate of Morgantown High School.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
He was an avid woodworker, quilter and jeweler.
His wife, Frances S. Brown, died Feb. 21, 2005.
He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn B. Harrison of Ona; five sisters, Edith Dyke of Toledo, June Davis of Fairmont, Ruth Mapel of Carmichaels, Pa., and Olive Kerns and Mary Blosser, both of Morgantown; two brothers, Ronald Brown of Harrisonburg, Va., and Delfred Brown of Marshallville, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A son, Gaius Lee Brown Jr., is deceased, as are three sisters, Nona Freeland, Jewel Brown and Lurie Nestor, and two brothers, Loy Brown and Wallace Brown.
A funeral was held Monday at Asbury United Methodist Church with Chaplain Christina Brooks and the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.
Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Council on Aging, 103 W. Fifth Ave., Ranson 25438.
Brian T. Johnson

Brian T. “Apple” Johnson, 49, of Charles Town, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home.
Born Aug. 18, 1964, in Charles Town, he was the son of Chuck Johnson and Sandra L. (Ennis) Johnson.
He worked at Charles Town Races as a groom and trainer.
He was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Charles Town.
He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1982.
He was married for 16 years to Dana Marchesani Johnson.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, and his parents, of Charles Town, are three stepdaughters; a stepson; a sister, Jennifer Tito Arroyo of Charles Town; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, with Pastor Lee Brumback officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

Louis H. Sparks

Louis H. Sparks, 76, of Charles Town, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at home.
Born Nov. 6, 1937, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Louis H. Sparks and Naomie Lee Sparks.
He worked as an air traffic controller in Leesburg, Va.
He was a veteran of the Navy, where he worked in air traffic control in Virginia, Kansas, Alaska and Nevada.
He owned Sparks and Sons, a car dealership in Tampa.
He was a founder of the Hermitage Ridge Skeet Shooting Club and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Charles Town.
He was a gardener and a woodworker.
He was married for 56 years to Marjorie G. Sparks.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, are two sons, Michael W. Sparks of Illinois and Matthew J. Sparks of Charles Town; two daughters, Laura Sparks Leary of Milton, Del., and Susan Sparks Myers of Kearneysville: a sister, Mary L. Makinen of Snow Hill, Md.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Two brothers, Ronald W. Sparks and Dennis L. Sparks, are deceased.
No service is planned.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

R.W. ‘Randy’ Lawhorn

Randolph William “Randy” Lawhorn, 83, of Kearneysville, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Canterbury Center, Shepherdstown.
Born June 17, 1930, in Waiteville, he was the son of Nellie Gray Kirk and William Roy Lawhorn and the stepson of Dorothy Lawhorn.
He worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
He was a member of the Moose in Rockville, Md.
He was a member of the New Destiny Church.
He was married for 58 years to Hazel Florine Atkins Lawhorn.
Surviving along with his wife two sons, Tim Lawhorn of Germantown, Md., and Rick Lawhorn of Salisbury, Md., two daughters, Bernice Marshall of Shepherdstown and Peggy Trudeau of Germantown, Md., four brothers; eight sisters; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Four sisters are deceased.
A funeral was held Saturday at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson.
Burial was private.

Joe D. Coakley

Joe Donald Coakley, 76, of Charles Town, died Friday, June 13, 2014, in Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.
Born Jan. 5, 1938 in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Edwin Russell Coakley and Gloria Fay Beasley Coakley.
He was an electronics engineer.
He was a veteran of the Air Force.
He is married for 56 years to Fay Coakley.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Cathy Scott of Harpers Ferry and Joan Wright of Spokane, Wash.; three sons, Donald of Stillwater, Minn., Steven Wright of San Diego and Matthew Coakley of Spokane; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A sister, Virginia Myers, is deceased, as is a brother, Frank Sword.
Private services are planned.
Memorials may be made to Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town 25414.
Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

Kenneth W. Novinger

Kenneth Wayne Novinger, 67, of Falling Waters, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, when the car he was a passenger in crashed in Summit Point.
Born Jan. 6, 1947, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of Edwin and Arlene Keister Novinger.
He worked as a truck driver for Roadway for 30 years and was an instructor at the Summit Point Raceway.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Navy.
He was a member of the Mason Dixon Corvette Club and the Cumberland Valley Corvette Club.
He was married for 41 years to Barbara Novinger.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Stacey Novinger and Kimberly Kulp, both of Millersburg, Pa.; two sons, Jarrett Novinger of Yorktown, Va., and Wesley Novinger of Martinsburg; two brothers, David Novinger of Pennsylvania and Lynn Novinger of Massachusetts; a sister, Elaine Novinger of Halifax, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A funeral was held Thursday at the American Legion in Williamsport, Md.
Memorials may be made to Cumberland Valley Corvette Club, P.O. Box 1008, Mechanicsburg PA 17055 or the Mason Dixon Corvette Club, P.O. Box 68, Pleasant Hall PA 17268.
Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

Charlotte H. Weller

Charlotte H. Weller, 88, of Shenandoah Junction, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.
Born Jan. 12, 1926, in Stanley, Va., she was the daughter of Millard S. Housden and Parthenia (Cubbage) Housden.
She was a homemaker and election poll worker.
She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God, Ranson, where she taught Sunday school and took part in the women’s ministry.
She was married for 72 years to Iley O. Weller, who died March 4, 2014.
She is survived by a son, Iley Oliver Weller Jr. of Rio; three daughters, Marie C. Hanly of West Orange, N.J., Elaine R. Reed of Ranson and Phyllis S. Harder of Shenandoah Junction; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Helen P. Mello, is deceased, as are three sisters, Mary Bishop, Fosteen Loudan and Sylvia Jones, and three brothers, Rufus Housden, Carlton Housden and Sylvester Housden.
A funeral was held Thursday at Bolivar Pentecostal Church with Pastor Bev Turner officiating.
Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Shenandoah Junction Community Club, c/o Terry Harder, P.O. Box 136, Shenandoah Junction 25442.

Richard Russell Robinson

Richard R. Robinson, “Capt. Robby”, a 34-year resident of Riva, died on Wednesday, June 11 at the Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood.

He was 76. He was born November 11, 1937 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to the late Clayton and Nora Robinson.

He served his country in the US Navy and worked for as a cabinet maker, PEPCO, Xerox, Cheshire, Videojet and Danaher. Capt. Robby could stand on his head until he was 72. He was a member of the American Legion. His hobbies included fishing, crabbing, boating, water skiing and helping his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Harold Robinson.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Katherine Robinson of Riva, his children David (Patricia) Robinson of St. Augustine, FL, and Cathy Lynn (Jim) Dumais of Hanover, PA, step son; Christopher Walter of Riva, one sister; Helen Anders of Charles Town, WV, three granddaughters; April Halverson, Vanessa Robinson and Cassie Lynn Walter and one great-granddaughter Camellia Green.

Also survived by his former spouse Nancy Dutton.

Friends are invited to Richard’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, June 17 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday June 18 at 11am. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens, Davidsonville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in his memory. An online guest book is available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com

 

Helen P. Mello

Helen P. Mello, 62, of Shepherdstown, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born Feb. 27, 1952, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Charlotte (Housden) Weller and Iley O. Weller.

She worked at the Clarion Hotel.

She was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was married to Lewis P. Mello.

Surviving along with her husband, at home, and her mother, of Shenandoah Junction, is a son, Christopher K. Bush of Cumberland, Md.; three sisters, Marie C. Hanly of West Orange, N.J., Elaine R. Reed of Ranson and Phyllis S. Harder of Shenandoah Junction; a brother, Iley Oliver Weller Jr. of Rio; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Millville Pentecostal Church with Pastor Mark Compton officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends starting at 10 this morning at the church.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Geraldine R. Robinson

Geraldine R. Robinson, 83, of Charles Town, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at her home.

Born Dec. 28, 1930, in Millville, she was the daughter of Oliver Rickard and I. Muriel (Mauck) Rickard.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Cross Point Church of God, Kearneysville.

She was married for 60 years to Donald E. Robinson.

Surviving along with her husband, at home, is a son, Kevin E. Robinson of Charles Town; two brothers, Elston Rickard of Charles Town and Jimmy Rickard of Ranson; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Five sisters, Thelma Rickard, Dorothy Mercer, Gladys Dunn, Kathleen Briggs and Willowdean Wood, are deceased, as are three brothers, Forrest Rickard, James Rickard and Kenneth Rickard.

A funeral was held Monday at Cross Point Church of God with Pastor Harold Newsome officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

Memorials may be made to Cross Point Youth Hall Building Fund, P.O. Box 640, Charles Town 25414.

 

Larry J. Slusher Sr.

Larry Jay Slusher Sr., 58, of Charles Town, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home.

Born Nov. 25, 1955 in Charles Town, he was the son of Herbert Miller Slusher and Elizabeth Dodson Slusher.

He was employed as an HVAC technician for the Loudoun County (Va.) Public School System.

He was a trustee and Sunday school teacher at Mission Tabernacle Church, Harpers Ferry.

He war married for 38 years to Zetta Slusher.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a son, Larry J. Slusher Jr. of Harpers Ferry; a daughter, Tabitha Ann Stillwell of Charles Town; three brothers, Herbert Slusher and Clifton Slusher, both of Virginia, and Stephen Slusher of Hedgesville; a sister, Kimberly Slusher of Inwood; and three grandchildren;

A funeral was held Friday at Mission Tabernacle Church with the Rev. Bobby Roadcap officiating.

Burial will be later.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Mission Tabernacle Church, P.O. Box 814, Ranson 25438.

 

 

‘Rik’ D. Butler

Richard Dennis “Rik” Butler, 64, of Ranson, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Aug. 5, 1949, in Cleveland, he was the son of Richard Daniel Butler and Mary Lou Harris Butler.

He was a former bus driver with Jefferson County Schools.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He was married to Amy Sue Reed Butler.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, are four sons: Richard Oldham of Tarawa, N.C., and Jerome Butler, Javan Butler and Jamar Butler, all of Cleveland; a daughter, Starlea Butler of Cleveland; a stepson, Cody Reed of Ranson; two stepdaughters, April Dibble and Linda Dibble, both of Ranson; two brothers: Queral Butler and Michael Butler, both of Charles Town; two sisters, Phyllis McCloud of Cleveland and Lisa Parker of Martinsburg; and a grandson.

A brother, Frank Butler, is deceased, as is a sister, Darlene Harris.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, handled arrangements, which were private.

 

Robert M. Schmidt

Robert Michael Schmidt, 42, of Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born Oct. 27, 1971, in Michigan, he was the son of Robert George Schmidt and Ann Louise Brink Ferguson.

He was a talented musician.

He was an Eagle Scout.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Harpers Ferry.

He was married for 10 years to Heather Pickering Schmidt.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, and his mother, of Ohio, are two daughters, Jordan Nicole Schmidt and Anna Marie Schmidt, both Harpers Ferry; stepfather, Jerry Ferguson of Ohio; two sisters, Deedra Bovard of Indiana and Tammy Coville of Nevada; and a brother, Glenn Ferguson of Ohio.

A funeral was held Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Gordon Harmon officiating.

Burial was in Uvilla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk CT 06851 or themmrf.org.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

John B. Bierly

John Benjamin Bierly, 94, of Ranson, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 24, 1919, in Tylersville, Pa., he was the son of Raymond Amdus Bierly and Sarah May Heckert Bierly.

He retired after 32 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service.

He served with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was married to Helen Bierly.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a daughter, Katherine Dunbar of Charles Town; a son, Dennis Bierly of Rutland, Vt.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Ruth Bierly, died in 2007. A brother, Raymond E. Bierly, is deceased, as is a sister, Violet Welshans.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.

Burial will be in Tylersville Community Cemetery.

 

Charlotte Weller

Charlotte Weller of Shenandoah Junction died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bolivar Pentecostal Church, 87 Old Taylor Lane, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Bev Turner officiating.

Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

 

Mary A. Jenkins

Mary Anna “Sis” Jenkins, 82, of Ranson, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 26, 1931, in Harpers Ferry, she was the daughter of Thomas Lee Dillow and Betsy (Oden) Dillow.

She was a homemaker.

She studied at Charles Town High School.

She was a member of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, Harpers Ferry.

She was a member of the VFW Memorial Post No. 3522 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, both of Charles Town.

Her hobbies included flower gardening.

Her husband, Lester W. Jenkins, died Aug. 23, 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Shelly D. Dodson of Ranson; a son, Kenneth S. Dillow of Ranson; three stepdaughters, Jeanne J.A. Viands and and Judy J Painter, both of Harpers Ferry, and Linda W. Carlise, of Kearneysville; a brother, William Dillow of Bunker Hill; 19 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

A grandchild is deceased, as is a brother, Eugene Dillow.

A funeral was held Saturday at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Dennis Crolley officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Caring Voice Coalition, 8249 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville VA 23116 or to Autism Awareness, c/o Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, Second Floor, Princeton NJ 08540.

 

Calvin L. Wright

Calvin L. Wright, 93, of Burtonsville, Md., formerly of Charles Town, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Sanctuary at Holy Cross in Burtonsville.

Born Aug. 7, 1920, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Abner Palmer and Elizabeth (Wright) Palmer.

He retired from Al Rogers Co. as an industrial equipment salesman.

He earned a master’s degree in English from West Virginia University.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

His wife of 39 years, Geraldine Abshire Wright, died Jan. 18, 1993.

He is survived by a daughter, Rosalyn Claus of Burtonsville and a granddaughter.

Two sisters, Edna Wright and Theresa Wright, are deceased, as are two brothers, Edward Wright and Charles Wright.

A funeral will be held at 2 this afternoon at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends starting at 1 this afternoon  at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 Secend Ave., Charleston 25387 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka,KS 66675.

 

Dorothy M. Baker

Dorothy Marie Baker, 90, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Shenandoah Nursing Home in Charles Town.

Born Jan. 26, 1924, in Powell County, Ky., she was the daughter of Jerome Buckheart and Rosa Branson Buckheart.

She was married to Glen Baker.

She was a member of Clarksburg (Md.) Church of God.

In addition to her husband, also of Shenandoah Nursing Home, she is survived by two sons, Glen Baker Jr. of Walkersville, Md., and Frank Baker of Goodyear, Ariz.; two daughters, Mary Mitchem of Inwood and Sue Duvall of Frederick, Md.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 2 this afternoon at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Mark Compton officiating.

Burial will be in Manor Cemetery off Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Shenandoah Nursing Home, 50 Mulberry St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Perry S. Nicodemus

Perry “Sonny” “Nick” Strother Nicodemus, 76, of Mt. Jackson, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his home.

He was born September 28, 1937 on the Wheatland Farm in Rippon, son of the late Perry Stroth-er and Helen Drish Nicodemus. Mr. Nicodemus was a 1956 graduate of Charles Town High School.

He graduated with a BS degree in Biology and Sociology in 1961 from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, and also attended the University of Virginia. He worked for the Loudoun County School System as a teach-er at Lincoln Elementary in Lincoln, Virginia, and at Loudoun Valley High in Purcellville, Virginia. He worked as a Biological Lab Technician with the Dept. of the Army in Berryville, Vir-ginia and as a Training Administrator in Arlington, Virginia. He was employed for more than 30 years as a Foreign Military Ed-ucational Training Specialist with the Dept. of Defense at the Pentagon in Arlington. Since 1996, he was a substitute teach-er at Stonewall Jackson High School and also throughout the Shenandoah County Virginia school system. Mr. Nicodemus was a member of Flat Rock Church of the Brethren, where he served on the Board of Witness Commis-sion. He was also a member of Forestville-Quicksburg Ruritan Club.

He was a former member of Kabletown United Methodist Church, where he served in the Men’s Group. He loved being outside, enjoying the beauty of nature and tending to his cows.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Harshman) Nicodemus. Also surviving is a son, Perry “Buddy” Nicodemus, Jr. of At-lanta, Georgia; a daughter, Sherry Ann Welsh of Harpers Ferry; a brother, Roger Lee Nicodemus of Bunker Hill; a granddaughter; a grandson; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31 at Flat Rock Church of the Brethren in New Market, Virginia and also at Rosedale Funeral Home and Cemetery in Martinsburg followed by a private burial.

The Rev. Charles Comer officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to RMH Sentara Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Arrangements were by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jack-son, Virginia. Online condolences may be offered at www.dellingerfuneral-home.com.

 

Elizabeth McDonald Browse Davis

Elizabeth McDonald Browse Davis was born in her beloved Charles Town, West Virginia, on May 17, 1914.

She was raised, as she would always say, “in an apple or-chard.” Her parents, Mary and Robert Browse, lived on a farm and grew a variety of apples at a time when the Shenandoah Valley was the foremost apple-producing area in the United States. Though Betty was an only child, she often claimed 12 brothers and sisters (actually 12 aunts, uncles and cousins who grew up on the neigh-boring farm, “Media”). Her lifelong wonder at the beauty of all nature took root in that rich Valley land. Betty graduated from Charles Town Graded School (where she “loved playing ball at recess”); St. Hilda’s Hall in Ranson, West Virginia (where she was May Queen); and the College of William and Mary in 1936 (where she majored in Home Economics).

She honed her many domestic skills as a teacher and dietician at Fairfax Hall Junior College for Women in Virginia. It was there at a school dance that she met her Blackwell (Blackie), who, like she, was chaperoning the students. Romance blossomed, and Blackie soon popped the question with a diamond ring that had gobbled up his life savings. But Betty said “No.” A devastated Blackie drove his car up to the top of a Blue Ridge mountain and threw that ring as far as a football player (which he was) could. The next morning, a very humble Betty phoned him to ask if it would be OK to change her mind…. For three weekends, Blackie scoured the forest for the ring, to no avail. He finally traveled home to his grandmother and accepted her offer of a diamond from her own engagement pin. For 76 years Betty would hold tight to that ring. After the war, Betty and Blackie returned to Charles Town with their two children, Betsy and Blackwell, Jr. They moved into her mother’s home on Samuel Street, and Betty began raising her family and supporting the community she loved – as Scoutmother, Pink Lady at Jefferson Memorial Hospital (where she volunteered over 1,000 hours of service), board member of the Old Charles Town Library and Mu-seum, co-founder of both Pride in Action and the West Virginia Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, member of the Jefferson County Garden Club, the Shenandoah Garden Club, the Friday Book Club, the Friends of the Courthouse, the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Jefferson County Free Clinic, the Millbrook Orchestra Society, the Jefferson County Arts and Humanities, and a faithful member of Zion Episcopal Church.

When her children went away to school, she not only started her painting again but also man-aged a women’s clothing shop associated with Blackie’s men’s store. A fine seamstress, she designed and sold many dresses and sweaters that she embellished with her original crewelwork. Betty’s creative talents were many. Her floral arrange-ments graced many weddings and homes, and she had a loyal group of friends who would join her Saturday morning art classes. Her paintings were shown in the Old Opera House, the Charles Town Library and Museum, the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury, and many others.

She drew over 50 pen-and-ink drawings of homes and historical buildings and donated them to many orga-nizations. Her oils, watercolors, and pastels evoke the beauty of nature that was so central to her life. Her portraits capture the es-sence of each person’s character. The gardens at her home, “Woodford Lawn,” were de-signed and almost solely tended by Betty and Blackie. The box-woods were featured on 4 tours of Jefferson County Historical Homes. Betty raised countless boxwoods for both her own garden and for many private and public gardens throughout the area.

The Davises loved to host parties for family, friends and many worthy causes. Their home was open to all ages, all walks of life. In 2010 she moved to Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, Virginia, where her friends there called her “Little Miss Sun-shine,” a testament to her beautiful smile and gentle humor.

Betty was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J. Blackwell Davis, and her be-loved son, J. Blackwell Davis, Jr.

She leaves her daughters Betsy Davis Stafford and Eileen Taylor Davis; her grandchildren, Robert Maddock Stafford, Scot Blackwell Stafford and his wife Monica, Mary Browse Davis Blood, Thomas Black-well Davis and his fiancée Alexandra Baird; and her great grandchildren Octavio Black-well Stafford, Amelia Browse Stafford, and Liam Blackwell Blood. Betty Davis’ gracious ways, her love of family and friends, her dedication to her community, her never-ending generosity of spirit, and her beautiful smile were grounded in her deep love of all people and the natural world.

She strived to recreate that beauty and share the joy with everyone she met. May we all remember her for the 5 words she always exclaimed whenever she went outdoors: “Oh, What a Beautiful World!”

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Zion Episcopal Church, 300 E. Con-gress St., Charles Town, WV with the Very Reverend Melanie McCarley officiating. Interment was at Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charles Town, WV There was no visitation.

Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, WV. Memorial Contributions may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, 221 East Washington Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 or the Charity of One’s Choice. Please sign the online guest-book and view her obituary at www.mtstrider.com.

 

Frances C. Owens

Frances Jean Clendening Owens, 77, of Stephens City, Virginia, formerly of Charles Town, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 1, 2014, surrounded by family and friends under the loving and amazing care of Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Care Center, Winchester, Virginia.

Mrs. Owens was born in 1936, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Florence M. Clendening, Jr. She was a graduate of Charles Town High School and attended Shepherd College and Berkeley County School of Nurs-ing. Mrs. Owens was employed at Westminster-Canterbury as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), retiring in 2005. She continued her compassionate work as a private duty sitter until her long struggle with cancer ended. She was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a very faithful and active member of Zion Episcopal Church, lat-er becoming a member of St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church in Frederick County, Virginia.

Frances waged a courageous and determined 16 year struggle with the terrible and vicious killer known as cancer… and de-spite limitless courage, boundless faith and the very best care, eventually she could fight no more and joined family, friends and her beloved dogs in heaven. She married Floyd P. Owens, Jr. on August 10, 1959, in Win-chester, Virginia. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, Floyd P. Owens, III of Ranson, West Virginia, Mark F. Owens of Inwood, West Virginia; two grand-daughters, Ashley Gulina and husband, Mark, of Rancho Cu-camonga, California, Emily Owens of Inwood, West Virginia; and brother, Donald W. Clendening and wife, Alice, of Charles Town, West Virginia. Four brothers, Charles B. Clendening III, John A. Clendening, Paul B. Clendening, James R. Clendening and one sister, Helen E. Clendening, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Monday, June 16, 2014 at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, Frederick County, Virginia. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County, Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601 or Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, Virginia, 22603. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneral-home.com

 

Scott Ingles Morgan, M.D.

Dr. Scott Ingles Morgan, M.D., 62, of Kearneysville, WV, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014 in the Hospice Inpatient Fa-cility, Kearneysville, WV. Born September 10, 1951 in New Orleans, LA, he was the son of the late Aylmer Lee Morgan, III and Betty Berry Brumfield Morgan.

He completed undergraduate studies at Tulane University and graduated from Medical School at Louisiana State University. Dr. Morgan was an ER Physician at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Grant Memorial. He was Director of Jefferson County EMS, founding physician of Jefferson County Urgent Care and instructor for Jefferson Coun-ty homebound students.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sondra Jene Gross Morgan; two sons, Travis L. Gray of Martins-burg, WV and Derek N. Gray and wife Kristy of Summit Point, WV; three daughters, Brenna J. Haines and husband Charles of McPherson, KS, Jennifer M. Barnes and husband Brandon of Ponchatoula, LA and Lyndsey M. Fyffe and husband Brandon of Lexington, KY; stepmother, Linda Morgan of Danville, AR; two brothers, Aylmer L. Morgan, IV of Virginia Beach, VA and Ollie Morgan of Maumelle, AR; two sisters, Betty L. Morgan of Washington, D.C. and Frances B. Morgan of Summit Point, WV; grandchildren, Braydon Lee, Jordan, Layne and Hayden Gray, Tyler Bowman, Chloe Whittington, Nathaniel and Diana Haines, Aubree Barnes, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the “No Place Like Home Farm”, 395 Lake Louise Lane, Kearneysville, WV, 25430. Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneral- HomesWV.com.

 

Scott E. Moler

Scott E. Moler, 91, of New Castle went to be with the Lord May 3.

Scott was born in Charles Town, WV on October 16, 1922. He was the last of nine children.

He served during World War II in the United States Army. He retired from the Fish and Wildlife service after 30 years, where he then farmed on Mead-ow Creek for 40 years.

Scott loved Meadow Creek and Craig County; he was a friend to all and never met a stranger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Mary Moler; eight brothers and sisters; and special cousin, Robert Moler.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty Moler; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Shearer; son, Robert Moler; son and daughter-in-law, Frederick and Amy Moler; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Alden Starnes; grandchildren Daniel and Wade Shearer, Amanda, Olivia, Benjamin, Cody, Eli, and Noah Moler, Elizabeth and Enoch Starnes, nephews Robert Orndorff and Joseph Orndorff of Bunker Hill, WV; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and special friend, Sam Dillon.

Funeral services were held May 6 at Chestnut Grove Church with Dr. Ernie Johnston officiating. Interment was at Huffman Memorial Park. Paitsel Funeral Home handled arrangements. In lieu of flow-ers, donations may be made to New Castle Christian Church.

 

John O. Jackson

John Owen Jackson, 36, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson.

Born Oct. 18, 1977, in Ranson, he was the son of Willard N. Jackson Sr. and Ann Carol Fellers Jackson.

He worked at Budget Pest Control.

He was a 2004 graduate of Shepherd University.

He attended Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah Junction.

He was a two-time West Virginia high school champion wrestler.

In addition to his father, of Harpers Ferry, he is survived by three daughters, Kayla Nicole Jackson, Kyleigh Roseanna Jackson and Gabriella Elaina Jackson, all of Harpers Ferry; a sister, Rose Jackson of Harpers Ferry; and three brothers, Dwight Rick Jackson, Willard N. Jackson Jr. and Roy Lee Jackson, all of Harpers Ferry;

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Bruce Singhas officiating.

Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

 

Renice E. Baker Sr.

Renice Eugene Baker Sr., 71, of Kearneysville, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown.

Born May 31, 1942 in Taylorstown, Va., he was the son of Clark Baker Sr. and Mary Demory Baker.

He worked for 55 years as a master custom carpenter.

He was an amateur radio operator.

He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Taylorstown. As a young man, he helped construct the church.

He was married to Bessie Baker, who died in 2005.

He is survived by a daughter, Melanie Stewart of Kearneysville; a son, Eugene Baker of Ranson; a brother, Clark Baker Jr of Taylorstown; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Allen Baker and James Baker, are deceased.

A funeral was held May 19 at Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Elsie McKenzie officiating.

Burial was in Union Cemetery in Lovettsville, Va.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

Florence A. Vickers

Florence Ann Vickers, 57, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Canterbury Center, Shepherdstown.

Born Jan. 4, 1957, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of L. Elmer Vickers and Mary Catherine (Moler) Vickers.

She was her parents’ caregiver and worked at Locust Grove Farm, her family’s dairy farm.

She was a 1975 graduate of Jefferson High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from then-Shepherd College and a master’s from West Virginia University.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Community Education Outreach Service.

She was a 4-H teacher.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Shepherdstown.

In addition to her father, of Kearneysville, she is survived by a sister, Charlotte M. Vickers of Shenandoah Junction; and two brothers, Lawrence E. Vickers III and John L. Vickers, both of Kearneysville..

A funeral was held Tuesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Bruce Barth officiating.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County 4-H Foundation, c/o Dennis Barron, 1329 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown 25443 or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 2008, Shepherdstown 25443.

 

M. Joan Kershner

Mary Joan Siler Kershner, 79, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her home.

Born in Martins¬burg, she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary Siler.

S h e graduated from Shep¬herd College in 1957 with a de¬gree in elementary education.

She worked for 28 years as a teacher in Jefferson County.

She was a member of the Re¬tired Teachers Association and the Independent Fire Co.’s wom¬en’s auxiliary.

She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Uvilla.

She was married for 50 years to C. Robert Kershner, who died June 20, 2008.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Kershner of Martinsburg and Craig Kershner of Charles Town; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral was held Monday at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Bruce Barth and the Rev. Lee Brumback officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cem¬etery, Charles Town.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Independent Fire Co., P.O. Box 925, Charles Town 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Garland L. Anderson

Garland L. Anderson, 85, of Ranson, died Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home.

Born Feb. 4, 1929, in Paw Paw, he was the son of Joshua P. Anderson and Dorotha Whita¬cre Ander¬son.

He re¬tired from CSX as a r a i l r o a d s t a t i o n agent. He f o r m e r ¬ly owned Sycamore Inn in Largent.

He graduated from Cather¬man’s Business School in Cum¬berland, Md.

He volunteered for more than 20 years at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center in Ranson.

He served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948 and a member and past com¬mander of both the Jackson- Perks American Legion Post No. 71 and VFW Memorial Post No. 3522, all of Charles Town.

He is survived by his compan¬ion of 27 years, Carol Kisamore of Ranson; a daughter, Jennifer S. Anderson of Spring Mills; and a brother, Kenneth E. An¬derson of Paw Paw.

Two sisters, Loretta Nelson and Doris Toney, are deceased, as are three brothers, Charles Anderson, Lynwood Anderson and Roland Anderson.

A graveside service was held Friday at Mt. Union Cemetery, Slanesville.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675.

 

Esther B. Via

Esther Barfield Via, 102, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Shenandoah Center, Charles Town.

Born Feb. 29, 1912, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of William Thompson Barfield and Cora Alice (Hitt) Barfield.

She worked as a manager of Diamonds in downtown Charles Town and later for attorney Ken¬neth Metz.

She was a member of the East¬ern Star No. 128, Charles Town.

She was a member of Charles Town Baptist Church.

Her husband of 75 years, Hugh A. Via, died April 11, 2005.

She is survived by a daugh¬ter, Sarah F. Via of Martins¬burg; two sons, George W. Via of Charles Town and Clyde A. Via of Winchester, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great- grand¬children; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Robert L. Via and Charles H. Via, are deceased, as is a brother, William Barfield, and four sisters, Ruth James, Olive James, Mabel Hitt and Frances Barfield.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 at Charles Town Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Hotaling officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues¬day at Melvin T. Strider Colo¬nial Funeral Home, Ranson.

Memorials may be made to Charles Town Baptist Church, 211 E. Congress St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Lisa L. Webb

Lisa Leah Webb, 52, of Ran¬son died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, of injuries sustained in an accident in Ranson.

Born Nov. 2, 1961, in Ran¬son, she was the daughter of Dwight Elliott Stinson and Peg¬gy Stinson.

In addition to her mother, of Harpers Ferry, she is survived by a daughter, Jo Anna Stocks of Inwood; two sons, Jansen Carr of Ranson and Daniel Hill¬iard of Inwood; a brother, Scot¬ty Wetsell of Harpers Ferry; four sisters, Roxanne Brewer of Kennesaw, Ga., Patti Zarg¬er of Winchester, Va., and Ju¬lie Braugh and Danni Stinson, both of Hagerstown, Md.; and two grandchildren.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.

 

Harry L. Davis

Harry L. Davis, 94, Harp¬ers Ferry, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Cen¬ter in Ranson.

Born Feb. 25, 1920, in Sto¬tesbury, he was the son of John Jasper Davis and Julia King Davis.

He retired after 40 years as an engineer with National Security Agency.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was married for 71 years to E. Louise Clarke Davis.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a son, Harry L. Davis Jr. of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a sister; a grandson; and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 this morning at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, with Dr. Henry Christie offici¬ating.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu¬neral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made Macular Degeneration Founda¬tion, P.O. Box 531313, Hender¬son NV 89053.

 

Joseph Richard Staley

Joseph Richard Staley, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home.

Born Thursday, May 27, 1926 in Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Irving E. Staley and the late Emma Grace (Dorcus) Staley. He attended school in Freder-ick, Maryland and went on to at-tend Duke University and later graduated from Gettysburg Col-lege. Joe was employed with Po-tomac Edison for 38 years in vari-ous management jobs, retiring as Manager of Engineering Appli-cations & Research in 1984. While working for P.E. he lived in Martinsburg, W.V. he was active in the community, the Lutheran Church, and served as president of the Martinsburg Jaycees. He was transferred to Charlestown, W.V. as local manager, and was active there in the church and civic organizations including start-ing the Chamber of Commerce and serving as its President and was also President of the Retired Business Men’s Association, and was named Jefferson County’s Outstanding Man of the Year. He moved to Hagerstown in 1962 and has been active in the Suburban Kiwanis Club and in various board and committee ca-pacities. He served on the advisory board of the “Retired Seniors Volunteer Program” since its inception in 1973. He was a ac-tive member of Haven Lutheran Church and served as President of the Church Council. He was also a life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 378, Fountainhead Country Club, where he served on the board. Also was a life member of the Historical Society and also a Mason. He has devoted much time and financial sup-port to numerous charities. During his retirement years he en-joyed traveling and antiquing .

He is survived by his wife, Diana Rae Staley, son, Eric R. Sta-ley of Homosassa, FL, daughter, Marcia Croghan of Shepherd-stown, WV, granddaughter, Traci Lee Trenary of Winchester, VA, granddaughter, April Elaine Morris of Hagerstown, MD, nu-merous step children, grandchildren & great grandchildren, spe-cial friends, Jackie & Bruce Winter, he loved all of them. Services will be held privately Interment will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Haven Lutheran Church 1035 Haven Road Hagerstown, MD 21742. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery. com

James Howard Hall, Jr.

James Howard Hall, Jr., 67, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Born April 7, 1947 to James and Thelma Hall.

James was a Viet Nam veteran in the Army clas-sified as Special Forces, Army Ranger.

He spent many years in the drywall business before becom-ing a professional car technician at which he retired from in 2014.

Leaving to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years Nancy; daughter Rosanna; son-in-law Dale; grandchildren Andrew, Logan and Rebecca all of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He also leaves behind his mother, Thel-ma of Ashburn, Virginia; and brothers William of Gainesville, Virginia, Roger of Leesburg, Virginia, Rocky of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Thomas of Ashburn, Virginia.

Family will receive friends on Friday, May 9, 2014 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd, NE, Leesburg, VA 20175.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with burial to follow in Sterling Cemetery, Sterling, VA. Please leave con-dolences at www.colonialfuneralhome.com.
Harold Richard “Dick” Flaherty

FLAHERTY, Harold Richard “Dick”, 77, of Tappahannock, VA, formerly of Harpers Ferry, WV died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Dick served in the U.S.

Army and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was an educator for 35 years and a faithful community vol-unteer and also served as supervisor for “Operation Inasmuch”.

Dick was a devout member of St. Timothy Catholic Church and played bass at nursing homes and churches with a special group of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marcella Flaherty; and his brother, Michael Flaherty. Dick was a faithful and loving husband, who is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Virginia “Ginny” Flaherty; sister, Maureen Bergin; niece, Donna Raziano; nephews, Stephen Bergin and David Fla-herty; sister-in-law, Martha Flaherty; and special friend, Robbie Brown.

He was loved by the community and will be missed by all.

A Funeral mass was held Monday, April 21 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Tappahannock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 289 Hos-pital Rd., Tappahannock, VA 22560
Frank Youngs

Frank Youngs, 74, of Cleburne, Texas, passed away on Wednes-day, April 16, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

Frank was born on June 13, 1939, in Hawkins, the son of Floyd H. a nd Gertrude (Shay) Youngs. He attended Reed City High School. Frank was a self-employed horse trainer.

He traveled all over the United States to train horses, mostly in Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Michigan. Frank was a member of Emmaus Church in Berryville, Va.

He loved his horses and gardening, and especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren, attending all of their sports a nd activities. Frank was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, L ynn Youngs; and a brother, Ed Youngs.

Survivors include son, Danny Youngs and his wife Mindy, of Kennedale; daughters, Lori Youngs Santmyer, and Darla Singh and her husband, Rohan, each of West; sisters, Skeet Youngs and Helen Youngs Locke; six grandchildren, Natalie Shay Singh, Amy Marie Singh, Megan Taylor Santmyer, Brittnay Leigh Singh, Katelynn Michelle Singh and Cody Lyn Santmyer; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

To share thoughts and memories of Frank, please go to the memorial guest book at aderholdfuneralhome.com.

 

Charles E. Hough

Charles E. Hough, 94, of Kabletown, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.
Born Dec. 26, 1919, in Jefferson County, he was the son of George W. Hough and Mae Elizabeth (Shreck) Hough.
He owned and operated Oakwood Farm, now run by his sons and known for its beef cattle and sugar-cured country hams.
He was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and had been honored as the county’s Conservation Farmer of the Year and with the 50-year membership award from the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association.
He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town.
He was a member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church, Charles Town.
He was married for 69 years to Marie S. Hough.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a daughter, Bobbi Roper of Kearneysville; two sons, Eddie Hough and Todd Hough, both of Kabletown; a brother, Calvin Hough of Ranson; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Three sisters, Nellie Sipe, Edna Schooley and Katherine Stikles, are deceased, as are five brothers, Raymond Hough, Lester Hough, Paul Hough, Marshall Hough and Howard Hough.
A funeral was held Wednesday at St. James the Greater Catholic Church with Father George Pucciarelli officiating.
Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the St. James Building Fund, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town 25414.

 

James C. Whirley

James Clarence Whirley, 70, of Ranson, formerly of Montgomery County, Md., died Friday, April 25, 2014, in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born March 6, 1944, in Laytonsville, Md., he was the son of Charles Louis Whirley Sr. and Mary Jane Divel Whirley.

He worked as a tire salesman for Rice Tire Co. and for Sears.

He served in the Army.

He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by two sons, Chris Whirley and Michael Whirley, both of Mt. Airy, Md.; a brother, Charles Whirley Jr. of New Market, Md.; two sisters, Debbie Henley of Frederick, Md., and Juanita Culberston of Pee Wee Valley, Ky.; and three grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson.
Burial was private.

Bryan H. Payne

Bryan Halsey Payne, 68, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Born Nov. 29, 1945, in D.C., he was the son of Preston Payne and Catherine Spengler Payne.
He worked as a technical representative for Canon and then operated his own photography business.
He was a Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

He was married for 15 years to Kathryn Elizabeth Payne.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a daughter, Lara Elizabeth Phaelan of Brentwood, Md.; two sons, Neil Payne of D.C. and Halsey Payne of Crofton, Md.; two brothers, John Payne of New Jersey and Alan Payne of Baltimore; and three granddaughters.

A funeral was held Thursday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.
Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Cecil E. Lease

Cecil Eugene Lease, 69, of Harpers Ferry, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Born Nov. 18, 1944 in Temple, Texas, he was the son of Royal Lease and Jessie Mallory Lease.
He retired as a math teacher in Lee County, Florida.

He was of the Episcopal faith.

He was married for 46 years to Mary Lease.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a daughter, Amber Ford of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Chuck Lease of Zelienople, Pa.; a sister; two brothers; and six grandchildren, Another daughter, Lisa Lease, died as an infant.

A graveside service was held Friday at Uvilla United Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

Lyle E. Wilt

Lyle Estal Wilt, 75, of Charles Town, died Friday, May 9, 2014, at his home.

Born May 24, 1938, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Howard Lee Wilt and Myrtle Virginia Garrett Wilt.

He retired as a masonry teacher in Loudoun County, Va., after 30 years of service. Later he worked as a substitute bus driver for Jefferson County schools.
He coached midget league basketball and Little League baseball. He served as a fast-pitch softball league umpire and manager.

He was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was married for 56 years to Ruby Dolores Wilt.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Pamela Shipe of Charles Town and Lori Oden of Deltona, Fla.; three sons, Todd Wilt of Charles Town, Kevin Scott Wilt of Purcellville, Va., and Bradley Wilt of Harpers Ferry; a brother, William G. Wilt of Kearneysville; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, Edna L. Dunn and Wanda E. Jackson, are deceased.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Harold Newsome officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430 or American Cancer Society, c/o Patty Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town 25414.

Mark D. Swann

Mark David Swann, 51, of Harpers Ferry, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 12, 1962, in Havre De Grace, Md., he was the son of Frederick Arthur Swann and Betty Seiler Plummer.

He was a full-time student and an accomplished woodworker, landscaper and chef.
He was married to Regina Swann.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, and his father, of Wildwood, N.J., and his mother, of Beverly Hills, Fla., is a son, Cody Ryan Dailey of Martinsburg; a sister, Shelby Carlesimo of Ft. Collins, Co; and a brother, Brad Swann of Edgewater, Md.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, is handling services, which will be held later.

Gerald A. Rutherford

Gerald Albert Rutherford, 76, of Gerrardstown, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at his home.
Born Feb. 7, 1938, in Fostoria, Ohio, he was the son of William Francis Rutherford and Alverta Folk Rutherford.

He retired after 17 years with the IRS.

He is survived by his companion of eight years, Karen Creighton, at home; two sons, Daniel Kester of Tucson, Ariz., and William Garrett Rutherford of Harpers Ferry; a daughter, Catherine Durst of Harpers Ferry; a brother, Thomas P. Rutherford of Fosteria; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements, which were private

Georgie W. Whitmer

Georgie W. Whitmer, 97, Shepherdstown, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Shenandoah Center, Charles Town.

Born June 6, 1916, in Shepherdstown, she was the daughter of Charles Wesley Whitmer and Julia B. Ruse Whitmer.

She retired after 27 years as a teller with Peoples Trust Bank.

She graduated from Shepherdstown High School and attended Shepherd College.

She was a member of Elk Branch Presbyterian Church, Duffields.

Surviving are nieces and nephews. Five brothers, Wesley C. Whitmer, Randolph Whitmer, Jack R. Whitmer, Charles Julian Whitmer and Horace Abner Whitmer, are deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elk Branch Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Beeson officiating. No visitation is planned.

Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Memorials may be made to Elk Branch Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 110, Shenandoah Junction 25442.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

L.W. ‘Sonny’ Fisher Jr.

Lewis W. “Sonny” Fisher Jr., 80, of Charles Town, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born Jan. 21, 1934, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Lewis W. Fisher and Edith (Frick) Fisher.
He retired after 28 years with Badger Powhattan and worked for 30 years as a Charles Town Races security guard.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town.

He had served as president of Jefferson County Little League and as a basketball coach.
He was of the Baptist faith.

He was married for 58 years to Wanda C. (Rotruck) Fisher.
Surviving along with his wife, at home, is a son, Lewis “Eddie” Fisher of Apopka, Fla.; a daughter, Debbie Fisher of Ranson; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A son, Ricky N. Fisher, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Eddie Householder officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Joseph Allen Siler
Joseph Allen Siler, 81, of Shepherdstown, WV passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

Born June 28, 1932 in Martinsburg, WV, he was the son of the late Howard Nicholas Siler and A. Pearl Lynch Siler. Col. Siler was a retired US Marine with 30 years of service, serving in Mt. Fugi, Japan, Vietnam and Okinawa. He was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1950 and a graduate of VMI, class of 1954. He was in the Athletic Hall of Fame at both schools. He was an avid golfer and a founding member of MEG golf group.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Norma Morris Siler, at home; one son, Joseph Siler, Jr. and wife, Julie of Shepherdstown, WV; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Kate and Scott Siler of the Denver, CO area; three sisters, Aldena Bender of Martinsburg WV, Doris Anderson of Winchester, VA and Edna Unger of Inwood, WV; and his loving dog, Pixel.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Morris Siler in 2003.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Good Shepherd Caregivers, P.O. Box 1882, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com
Myra W. Bush

Myra Frances Willingham Bush, 86, of Cattail Road, Charles Town, died Monday, April 28, 2014, in Elkins.
Born Oct. 30, 1926, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Gilbert J. Willingham Sr. and Mabel Dale (Jenkins) Willingham.
She was an award-winning baker particularly known for her delicious cakes.
She was a member of Shenandoah Memorial United Methodist Church, Millville.
She was a member of the Citizens Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary and the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County.
She volunteered for decades with food banks and other community organizations that provide help to people in need.
Her husband, Louis Nelson Bush, died May 17, 2002.
She is survived by five nieces, Joyce Cooper of East Ridge, Tenn., Sandra Hunt of Carson, Va., Tanna Grandel of Winchester, Va., Brenda Eisenhart of Kearneysville and Anna Mary Walsh of Shepherdstown; a nephew, Dale Willingham of Winchester; and a great-niece.
Two sisters, Sylvia L. Clonts and Bernice Myers, are deceased, along with two brothers, Gilbert J. Willingham Jr. and Boyd Willingham.
A graveside service was held Thursday at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, with Pastor Jason Weaver officiating.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414.

 

Bobby G. Breeden

Bobby Gene Breeden, 72, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Shenandoah Center in Charles Town.
Born Sept. 26, 1941, in Charles Town, he was the son of Clarence Soley Breeden and Carrie Lee Painter Breeden.
He worked as a horseman for more than 50 years at Charles Town Races and other tracks.
He was of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by two sisters, Alma A. Mock of Winchester, Va., and Mary F. Tucker of Pilot Mountain, N.C.; and two brothers, Ernest L. Breeden and Morris P. Breeden, both of Inwood.
Three brothers, Thomas T. Breeden, Clarence S. Breeden Jr. and Donald W. Breeden, are deceased.
Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements, which are private.

 

Ellen M. Moore

Ellen M. Moore, 94, of Middleway, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Shenandoah Center in Charles Town.
Born May 28, 1919, in Shepherdstown, she was the daughter of Joseph T. Morrow and Anna V. (Licklider) Morrow.
She was a homemaker.
She was of the Pentecostal faith.
Her husband, Charles Cleveland Moore, died April 24, 1988.
She is survived by a son, Charles R. Moore of Bunker Hill; two sisters, Denise Harden of Baltimore and Betty Wiltshire of Shepherdstown; a brother, Robert Morrow of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A son, David Moore, is deceased, as is a brother, Joe Morrow.
A funeral was held Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.
Burial was in Middleway Masonic Cemetery.

 

Ronald L. Puller

Ronald Lee Puller, 65, of Ranson, died Monday, April 28, 2014, in Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Born Aug. 16, 1948, in Charles Town, he was the son of Clarence E. “Blondie” Puller and Mary V. Jackson Puller.
He retired in 2012 from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg. He also had worked as a tailor, chef, groomsman, landscaper and surveyor.
He graduated from Charles Town High School in 1967. Before integration, he attended Page Jackson High School, where he took part in track and field, basketball and football.
He served in the Army from 1968 to 1970.
He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he’d been baptized in 1992. He served as a trustee and had served as chairman of the trustee board. He was a member of the Gospel Travelers.
He was a member of the Prince Hall Star Lodge No. 1 Freemasons in Charles Town. He rose to the level of a 32nd Degree Mason and had served as worship master.
He was married to Anna Puller.
Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by six daughters, Jeannine Robinson of Stafford, Va., Courtney Downing of Martinsburg, Amy Barger of Inwood, Abby Landry of Spring Mills, and Tonya Terrell and Sandra Terrell, both of Maryland; five sons, Ronald M. Puller of Stephen City, Va., Shawn Downing of Martinsburg, Lamont Williams of Ranson, and Marcus Lane and Donte Lane, both of Martinsburg; six sisters, Diane Williams of Martinsburg, Margo Bruce of Fort Washington, Md., Carolyn J. Puller of Ranson, Victoria Curry of Rippon, and Joann Richardson and Doreen Holmes, both of New Jersey; 30 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Arnold “Buddy” Puller and Joseph Cross, are deceased, as is a daughter, Keisha Lane.
A funeral was held Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martinsburg.
Burial with full military honors and a Mason service was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville, Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church, 615 W. Martin St., Martinsburg 25401.
Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

 

Ethel S. Blackford

Ethel S. Blackford, 78, of Tuscawilla Hills, Charles Town, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at her home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

She was born in Death Valley, Calif.

She was a homemaker and worked at Sears in Martinsburg, retiring in 1995.

She was a volunteer with Eastern Panhandle Mental Health for 16 years.

She attended Shepherd College.

She was an avid bowler who loved playing cards and visiting flea markets and yard sales.
She was married for 61 years to Harry “Bo” Blackford.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Susan Frye of Charles Town; four sons, Harry B. Blackford of Ardmore, Ala., Edmund A. Blackford of Christiansburg, Va., and Steven F. Blackford and Gregory S. Blackford, both of Charles Town; a sister, Marilyn Gibbons of Reno, Nev.; and two brothers, Dan Shoshone of Pahrump, Calif., and Louis Shoshone of Death Valley.

No public service is planned.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Nancy M. Crane

Nancy McWhorter Crane, 68, of Willow Tree Manor, Charles Town, died Friday, April 18, 2014, in Charles Town.

Born June 21, 1945, she was the daughter of Joseph T. and Betty Crane.

She was formerly a resident of Northside Group Home, Martinsburg.

She is survived by a brother, Joseph T. Crane III of Richmond, Va., and a sister, Elizabeth Sprouse of Shepherdstown.

A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, with the Rev. G.T. Schramm officiating.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 308, Shepherdstown, 25443.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

Patsy G. Wilt

Patsy Gail Wilt, 62, Kearneysville, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at her son’s home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born Feb. 8, 1952, in Williamson, she was the daughter of Walter Curry and Shelia Mahon Curry.

She retired as a secretary with the Communication Workers of America union.

She was a member of Cedar Grove Christian Church.

Her husband of 42 years, Larry D. Wilt, died April 18, 2012.

She is survived by two sons, W. Patrick Wilt of Ranson and Bradley D. Wilt of Kearneysville; two sisters, Norma Napier of Inwood and Argina Layne of Martinsburg; a brother, Rick Curry of Charles Town; and six grandchildren.

A sister, Christine Curry, is deceased, as is a brother, Wallace Keith Curry.

A funeral was held Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town, with J.R. Barnes officiating.
Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to H.E.R.O.E.S. Inc., P.O. Box 1860, Washington 20013 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Helen A. Kohlhepp

Helen A. Kohlhepp, 91, of Charles Town, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Hospice of the Panhandle, Kearneysville.

Born June 1, 1922, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Vincent Genco and Anna (Montalto) Genco.
She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Charles Town.

Her husband of 38 years, Raymond Charles Kohlhepp Sr., died in 1980.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Kohlhepp Rudnick and Anne Marie Kohlhepp, both of Charles Town; a son, Raymond C. Kohlhepp Jr. of Charles Town; a sister, Delia Zappacosta of Owings Mills, Md.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral was held Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Reisterstown, Md., with Father Lloyd E. Aiken officiating.

Burial was in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Md.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, c/o renovation project, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

H. ‘Huston’ Harper III

Howard “Huston” Harper III, 23, of Ranson, died Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Born Aug. 21, 1990, in Morgantown, he was the son of Howard Houston Harper II and Pamela June Nichols Harper.

He was a member of Tri-State Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, of Parkersburg, and his mother, of Ranson, he is survived by a brother, N. Matthew Harper of Radcliff, Ky.
A funeral was held Saturday at Tri-State Baptist Church with Pastor Ray Love officiating.
Burial will be private.

Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Douglas W. Lamp

Douglas W. Lamp, 70, of Charles Town, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 17, 1944, in Martinsburg, he was the son of James W. Lamp and Audria (Smith) Lamp Messore.
He retired from Charles Town Races as a racing secretary.

He was a 1961 graduate of Martinsburg High School and attended Shepherd College.

He attended Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town.

He was married for 43 years to Sharon J. (Funk) Lamp.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by ason, Charlie Lamp of Charles Town; a daughter, Whitney Smith of Winchester, Va.; two sisters, Susan E. Viering of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Vicky Failing of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Tim Lamp of Baltimore and Mark Messore, of Vineland, N.J.; and nieces and nephews and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Episcopal Church, 300 E. Congress St., Charles Town, with the Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 this afternoon and from 7 to 9 tonight at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

JoAnn V. Hicks

JoAnn V. Hicks, 77, of Shannondale, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.
Born June 27, 1936, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Clyde Vernon Hicks and Margaret (Mehalic) Hicks.

She retired from C&P Telephone Co. as a supervising operator.

She graduated from Catholic High School and secretarial school, both in Washington, D.C., and played championship-winning women’s minor league softball in D.C.

She was a member of the Shannondale Women’s Club and the Shannondale Garden Club.

She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church, Charles Town.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at St. James Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Panhandle Home Health Inc., 208 Old Mill Road, Martinsburg 25401.
John Carl Smith

John Carl Smith, age 74, of Dacula, GA, passed away at Gwin-nett Medical Center on Friday, April 18, 2014. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He grew up in Rocky Hill, CT.

There he attended grade school 1 to 9 then grade 10-12 at Hart-ford Regional Tech., Hartford, CT. He was a member of the local 4H, served in the Marine Reserve, member of the Hartford, CT fire department, worked Colt firearms Research Division.

He was also a painter, wood & ceramic craftsmen & landscaper; retired machinist. He lived in CT, WV, VA, FL, Andros Island, Bahamas, NC and GA.

He is survived by his daughter Laura Smith of WV, daughter Jill & Kevin Jones of Newnan, GA, son Troy & Kimberly Wilkas of Dacula, GA. Grandchildren Joshua Smith, Christina Holmes, Jor-dyn Wilkas and Hunter Bullock. Two great-grandchildren John and Traver, WV. Sisters, Lorraine (Smith) Smith, IL, Kay Snow, FL, Darleen (Will) Drouin, ME and Brother Kenneth R. Smith Jr., CT and half brother Carl K. Smith, CT. An Uncle Leonard Eurto Syra-cuse, NY, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years Candace Boudrieau Smith, GA, parents Kenneth R. and Eleanor (Eurto) Smith, CT, and a brother Terry R. Smith, FL.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to or viewed at www.wagesfuneral-home.com Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, A Family Compa-ny 120 Scenic Hwy Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411.
Susan (Sally) M. Darr

Susan (Sally) M. Darr , formerly of Charles Town, WV, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014 in Fairfax, VA. Born Masontown, PA, July 4th, 1927, she is preceded in death by her husband William H Darr, her parents, 4 siblings & 1 nephew. She is survived by her 3 children: Nancy A (R. Bruce) Donaldson, Kathy L Darr, William R. (Leslie) Darr, all of Ash-burn, VA & sister, Jean Mullen, Cumberland, MD, by 7 grand-children, 1 Gr-grandchild, & many beloved nieces & nephews.

Visitation: Fri, May 2, 2014, 2-4 & 6-8 at Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, VA. Services will be held at Loudoun Funeral Chapel at 11am on Sat, May 3, 2014. Interment will immediately follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Hamilton, VA.

The family requests the omission of flow-ers; memorial donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Founda-tion of America. Please share condolences with the family at www.LoudounFuneralChapel.com

 

William Richard Planiczka

William Richard Planiczka, 70, of Charles Town, WV passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center.

Born September 3, 1943 in Collier, PA, he was the son of the late Walter Joseph Planiczka and Rose Marie Pulig Planiczka. He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, WV.

William was a veteran of the US Army during the Viet-nam War. He retired from the CIA with 30 years of service. He was an avid supporter of his grandchildren’s athletics.

He is survived by two daughters, Christy Robinson and husband, Matthew of Gerrardstown, WV; and Wendy A.P. DeLawder and husband, Randy of Charles Town, WV; compan-ion, Linda Raye Myers of Harpers Ferry, WV; two granddaugh-ters, Stephanie Rose of Charles Town and Allison Faith of Ger-rardstown and two grandsons, Spencer Casey of Charles Town and Tyler Matthew of Gerrardstown; one sister, Barbara Asbury of Tazwell, VA; four brothers, Walter Planiczka of San Francis-co, CA; Carl Planiczka, Tom Planiczka and Jerry Planiczka, all of Fairchance, PA; godmother, Anne Kmetz of Akron, OH and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Zion Episcopal Church with The Very Rev. Melanie Mc- Carley officiating. The family will receive friends at the Eackles-Spencer & Nor-ton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chandler N. Upson Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by his granddaugh-ter, c/o MVB Bank, 88 Somerset Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Rulon S. Gibb
Rulon Stewart Gibb, 67, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home.

Born June 22, 1946, in Arlington, Va., he was the son of Rulon and Verda Stewart Gibb.

He retired as an engineer with the FAA.

He served in the Air Force in the Vietnam War and remained in the Reserves until 1998, when he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seaford, Del., and before that was a member of the Harpers Ferry ward.

He loved aviation and vintage cars.

He was married for 16 years to Carolyn Gibb.
Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by two daughters, Claudia Sudweeks of Highland, Utah, and Marchel Pitcher of Charles Town; four sons, Colin Gibb of Falls Church, Va., Peter Gibb of Martinsburg, Marc McLaughlin of Riverton, Wyo., and Matthew Mclaughlin of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Deborah Hyatt of Leesburg, Va., and Janice Kelly of Denver; two brothers, Mark Gibb of Herndon, Va., and Bruce Gibb of Milwaukee; and 15 grandchildren.

A son, Michael McLaughlin, is deceased, as is an infant sister, Linda Gibb.

A funeral was held Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Harpers Ferry, with Bishop Gordon Harmon officiating.

Burial will be later in Arlington National Cemetery.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

Charles Alvin “Uppy” Upwright

Charles Alvin “Uppy” Upwright, 87, died on April 16, 2014 at his residence in Leetown, WV.

He was born on August 11, 1926 in Bolivar, WV to the late Louis Leon and Vallie May Dunn Upwright. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Uvilla, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Jo Rice Upwright, at home; daughter, Karen Fitzpatrick and husband, Edwin of Shepherdstown, sons, Scott Upwright and wife, Tressa, of Inwood, and Eric Collison and wife, Sharon of Portland, OR. Additionally, he leaves two granddaughters, Brandy Sharritt and husband, Mitch and their son, Marshall of Martinsburg, Rachel Robinson and husband, Michael of Kearneysville, and grandsons Leaf and Brook Collison, of Portland, OR and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings; Louis Upwright, Leon Upweight, Ruby Bodkins, and Ethel Cox along with one infant son, Alvin Eugene Upwright. He attended school in Bolivar and spent some years in Baltimore, MD as a teen.
He spent time outdoors and enjoyed fishing. Having built his own home, he had a passion for maintaining his house and yard. He also enjoyed time with his great grandson, Marshall. He worked for over 60 years at the stone quarry in Millville and retired from US Steel there. He was also employed at Dixie Narco. He continued his career as watchman at the quarry after retirement.

Services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Pastor Bruce Barth officiating. Entombment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, Uvilla, WV or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Margaret Louise “Dukey” Boyd
Margaret Louise “Dukey” Boyd, 72, of Ranson, WV passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

Born December 9, 1941 in Ranson, she was the daughter of the late Charles Stottlemyer and Margaret Ford Stottlemyer. She was of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. “Dukey” was known and loved by many. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ray, at home; three daughters, Brenda Whittington and husband, Kevin of Ranson, WV; Sherry Smith and husband, Brian of Williamsport, MD and Misty Kidwell and husband, Clarence of Ranson; seven sons, Ray Lynwood Boyd, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Smithsburg, MD; Ronald L. Boyd and wife, Crystal of Kearneysville; Robert Boyd and wife, Tammy of Harpers Ferry; Jeff Boyd and wife, Elisa of Purcellville, VA; Kevin Boyd and wife, Amy of Leetown, WV; Michael Boyd and wife, Debi of Ranson, WV; and Mark Boyd and wife, Dawn of Ranson, WV; six sisters, three brothers, 19 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and special friends, Mary Carson and Faye Lanham.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Theresa Ann Boyd in 1965.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Rev. John Unger officiating.

Interment will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bolivar United Methodist Church, c/o Ann Rinaldi, 94 Root Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Margaret S. Rose

Margaret Pugh Saville Rose, 67, of Fredericksburg, VA formerly of Charles Town, WV died in her home on April 15, 2014.

Margaret is survived by two sons, Eric Rose and his wife Meredith of Columbia, South Carolina, and Nick Rose and his wife Mandy of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Louise de Sarran and Elizabeth Burns of Bowie, MD, and a brother, James Saville and his wife Janis of Denton, TX.

She was predeceased by her parents, James Edward and Louise Pugh Saville, and her brother-in-law Larry Burns.

The family invites Margaret’s friends to attend a memorial visitation at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg from 6 to 8p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. A funeral service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday May 3, at 11 A.M. A full obituary will follow.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com

 

Betty Jean Rickard

Betty Jean Rickard, 84 of Harpers Ferry, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at her home under the care of Hospice.

Born January 4, 1930 in Bakerton, WV, she was the daughter of the late Harry Howard Martin and Hattie Virginia Mansfield Martin. She was a member of the Millville United Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker, she had a lot of children she called her Millville and Bakerton kids.
She is survived by son, Roger Rickard and wife Karin of Gulf Shores, Alabama, brother, Melvin Martin of Inwood and sister, Mary Fowler of Kearneysville, two grandsons, Zachary and Chris Rickard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lee Rickard, Sr., son Kenneth Rickard, Jr., brothers, Joe, Charles, Jiggs, Tom and Jim Martin, sisters, Dorothy Johnson, Blanche Writt, Anna Parrell and Ruth Martin.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 PM Thursday April 24, 2014 at the Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home with the Pastor Jennifer Duncan Cauley officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant View Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Ronald Lee Mills

Ronald Lee Mills, 73, of Ranson, WV passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

Born September 25, 1940 in Charles Town, WV, he was the son of the late Wallace Edgar Mills and Jeannette Rinaldi Mills Duncan. He was of the Methodist faith. Ronald was retired from the Halltown (OX) Paperboard and was a member of the Charles Town Moose Lodge # 948.

He was an avid hunter and loved to garden.

He is survived by two sons, David Mills, Sr. and wife, Shari of Ranson, WV and Robert Mills of Martinsburg, WV; two daughters, Brenda Grove and husband, Dennis of Harpers Ferry and Tammy Boyd and husband, Robert of Harpers Ferry; four sisters, Gale Hill of Ranson; Nancy Gray of Charles Town; Mary Diane Morrow of Inwood; and Patricia Mauck of Harpers Ferry; two brothers, Michael Duncan and Mickey Duncan, both of Shenandoah Junction; seven grandchildren, Brandy, David, Jr., Tiffany, Ronnie II, Kristen, Chelsey and Andrew; three step-grandchildren, Jessica, Emily and Amelia, four great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Austyn, Emily and Connor, two former wives, Wanda Lemon and Margaret Mills and his faithful dog, Spot and cat, Tom.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Jane Mills and step-father, Francis Dale Duncan.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Pastor John Unger officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Bolivar United Methodist Church, c/o Ann Rinaldi, 94 Root Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Barbara Hunter Kemp

Barbara “Bobbie” Hunter Kemp, age 90 of Shepherdstown, WV (formerly of Tucson, Ari-zona) passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

She was born No-vember 27, 1923 in Hornick, Iowa and grew up in Sioux City, Iowa.

She was the youngest of seven children. Her parents were the late Matthew Bernard McGarr and Palmier Mary McGarr.

In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her husbands, William C. Hunter and Emmerson Kemp. She is survived by one daugh-ter, Cindy Webster (Roger) of Shepherdstown, WV; two sons, Craig Hunter (Becky) of Deep Creek, MD, and Tim Hunter (Kathy) of Marble, CO.

She leaves seven grandchildren, Mat-thew Webster (Rene) of Williamsburg, VA, Adam Webster (Ken-dra) of Morgantown, WV, Amanda Webster of Morgantown, WV, Megan Hunter of Pittsburgh, PA, Molly Hanna (Andrew) of Atlanta, GA, Alicia Hunter of Denver, CO, Eric Allison (Isaac) of New Castle, CO, and David Sargus of Aventura, FL. In addition are her great-grandchildren, Harlan and Finley Webster, Evelyn Webster, and Lolarose and Keegan Hunter. Bobbie was an active member and past president of the Tuc-son Lions Club. She also participated in several hiking clubs in Tucson, Arizona.

She was an avid outdoor enthusiast and nature lover. One of her proudest moments was hiking the Grand Canyon to Mooney Falls when she was 70 years old. Bobbie was kind, gentle, “young at heart” woman who pas-sionately loved her family and friends and will be sadly missed by all. Burial will be private.

The family plans a memorial celebra-tion at a later date. In lieu of flowers, take a child for a walk. Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneral- HomesWV.com

  

Elizabeth I. Myers

Elizabeth I. “Libby” Myers, 94, of Laytonsville, Md., formerly of Charles Town, died Friday, April 11, 2014.

Born in Rippon, she daughter of Charles Edgar and Hattie Mae Hill.

She was married to Charles F. Myers.

She is survived by a daughter, Kay M. Walker of Laytonsville; a son, Donald L. Myers of Brookeville, Md.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, and from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral home, Ranson.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Beulah V. Fritts

 Beulah Virginia Fritts, 95, of Charles Town, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born April 16, 1918, in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of John William Cline and Mary E. (Painter) Cline.

She retired from Powhathan Brass Works as a line worker and worked at Fritts Grocery in Mechanicstown.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

Her husband, George Melvin Fritts, died April 7, 1987.

She is survived by a foster daughter, Katherine Shutts of Myerstown; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Doris Fritts Brown, is deceased, as are a sister, Violet Pulse, and a brother, Melvin W. Cline Sr.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor Mike Withem officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Knott service

A memorial service for Susan G. Knott, who died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 26 at Willow Well Farm, 601 Knott Road, Shepherdstown. In case of rain, the service will move to Bethesda United Methodist Church, 22 Knott Road, Shepherdstown.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

John P. Blanc

John Patrick Blanc, 33, of Morgantown, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Morgantown.

Born March 24, 1981, in Ranson, he was the son of Patrick and Linda Blanc.

An attorney, he worked in both the Charleston and Morgantown offices of the law firm Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer. Before earning his law degree, he worked in banking and customer service.

He was a 1999 graduate of Jefferson High School where he played baseball, basketball and football.

He earned a degree in paralegal studies from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College before obtaining his Regents Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Shepherd University in 2008.

He was a 2012 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as an editor for the West Virginia Law Review and as a constitutional law dean’s fellow.

He was an avid Mountaineer and Steelers fan.

He was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Charles Town.

Along with his parents, of Charles Town, he is survived by a brother, Deacon Justin Blanc of Rome; two sisters, Jillian Wilt of Kailua, Hawaii, and Jaclyn Blanc of Frederick, Md.; and grandparents, Ethel Lipniskas of Florida, and Daniel and Mary Catherine Blanc of Berryville, Va.

A funeral was held Monday at St. James with the Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, officiating and Mr. Blanc’s brother assisting along with Father John Ledford and Deacon David Galvin.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Faith Overseas (Catholic Relief Services), c/o St. James Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town 25414.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Sarah E. Murphy

Sarah Ellen Murphy, 44, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Harpers Ferry, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Mobile.

She was the daughter of Agatha “Pete” Murphy and Charles William Murphy.

Surviving along with her mother, of Harpers Ferry, is a son, Logan Duckett of Concord, Calif.

Services will be private.

 

Evelyn J. Adams

Evelyn Joyce Adams, 53, of Charles Town, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at her home while in hospice care.

Born Aug. 22, 1960, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Cecil Sappington Bowers and Emily Post Bowers.

She was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was engaged to Barry Wilhelm.

Along with her fiancé, of Charles Town, she is survived by three sons, Mark Adams of Martinsburg, Larry Bowers of Charles Town and Timothy Adams of Inwood; a daughter, Crystal Adams of Inwood, two brothers, Terry Bowers of Gerrardstown and Steve Bowers of Florida; four sisters, Victoria Trades, Gloria Hoover and Bonnie Adams, all of Florida, and Tammy Edwards of Inwood; and three grandchildren.

Four brothers, Larry Bowers, Ralph Bowers, Rodger Bowers and Thomas Bowers, are deceased, as are four sisters, Tina Bowers, Elise Mason, Mary Catlett and Edith Mason.

Services and burial were private.

Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Osper L. Wagner

Osper Lee Wagner, 80, of Berryville, Va., died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 14, 1933, in Belington, he was the son of Ova Wagner and Essie Browning Wagner.

He spent 20 years in the Air Force, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He won combat awards including the Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Berryville American Legion Post No 41.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was married for 58 years to Peggy Hackley Wagner.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Tracy Jean Wagner of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Mark Wagner of Arlington, Va., and Eric Wagner of Berryville; and a sister, Bessie Reynolds of Charles Town.

A brother, Junior Ray Wagner, is deceased.

A graveside service will be held later.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, is handling arrangements.

 

Patricia J. Spiess

Patricia J. Spiess, 69, of Ranson, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at her home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born Aug. 2, 1944, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Austin Butts and Neva Jean (DeHaven) Rollison.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

She was married for 43 years to Russell W. Spiess.

Along with her husband, at home, she is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Groom of Madison, Ala.; two sisters, Janice Kay Nicholson of Brunswick, Md., and Sherry Ebbert of Martinsburg; and three grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.

Burial was private.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 W. North St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Gary ‘G.C.’ Seltzer Jr.

Gary Craig “G.C.” Seltzer Jr., 35, of Charles Town, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

Born June 7, 1978, in Fairfax, he was the son of Gary Craig Seltzer Sr. and Donna Brown Miller.

He attended Shepherd University, where he studied accounting.

He attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Charles Town.

Along with his father, of Charles Town, and his mother, also of Charles Town, he is survived by a daughter, Alexus Marie Johnson of Cape May, N.J.; a son, Austin Craig Johnson of Cape May; two sisters, Misty Hosby of Charles Town and Angela Moore of Berryville, Va.; a brother, Christopher Mansfield of Waynesboro, Pa.; stepfather John Miller of Charles Town; stepmother Janet Seltzer of Charles Town; and grandmothers, Patricia Kiser of Charles Town and Lois Lovelace of Lockhaven, Pa.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Lee Brumback officiating.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Community Ministries, 238 W. Washington St., Charles Town 25414.

 

R. Terry Kerns

Robert Terry Kerns, 56, of Charles Town, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his home.

Born May 29, 1957, in Ranson, he was the son of James Kerns and Virginia Penwell Kerns.

He retired from the CIA in 2012 after 37 years of service.

He was a 1975 graduate of Jefferson High School.

He was an avid bowler, bingo player and Redskins fan.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was married for 36 years to Bonnie Kerns.

In addition to his wife, at home, and his parents, of Charles Town, he is survived by two sons, Adam Robert Kerns and Ryan Blake Kerns, both of Charles Town; and a brother, Gary L. Kerns of Ranson.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Terry Crawford officiating.

Memorials may be made to Independent Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 925, Charles Town 25414.

 

Judy Kelican

Judy Diane Snyder Kelican, 56, of Kearneysville, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at her home while in hospice care.

Born March 10, 1958, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of Vernon Lee Snyder and Genevieve Audry Bond Snyder.

She attended services at the Leetown Southern Baptist Church, where she loved helping the church youth group.

She enjoyed knitting and working in her flower garden.

She was married for 37 years to Douglas Richard “Dickie” Kelican Jr.

In addition to her husband, at home, and her parents, of Millville, she is survived by a son, Troy Kelican of Martinsburg; a daughter, Carla Kelican of Shenandoah Junction; a brother, V.L. “Little Lee” Snyder Jr. of Harpers Ferry; a sister, Christine Gerolimos of Hedgesville; and four grandchildren.

A funeral was held Friday at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor Floyd “Bucky” Chapman officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

 

J.D. ‘Dan’ Hill

Joseph Daniel “Dan” Hill, 81, of Ithaca, N.Y., formerly of West Virginia, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Ithaca.

Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Millville, he was the son of George Dewey Hill and Florence Glover Hill.

He worked as a teacher and then as an extension farm agent and administrator.

He attended school in Millville, Charles Town, Luray, Va., and Nunda, N.Y., and was a 1958 graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

He enjoyed woodworking, wine making, golf and hosting barbecues.

He was married to Bonnie Hill.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, are three sons, Dan Hill of Binghamton, N.Y., Terry Hill of Susquehanna, Pa., and Randy Hill of Melbourne, Fla.; two stepsons, Curt Bartlett and Will Bartlett, both of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Betty Jane Kisner of Charles Town; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, Dewey Hill, is deceased, as are two sisters, Nellie Fleming and Ida Mary Noland.

A funeral was held Saturday at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton, with the Rev. David A. Drebert officiating.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

Memorials may be made to Etna Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 300, Etna NY 13062.

 

E.T. ‘Gene’ Kidwell

Eugene T. “Gene” Kidwell, 71, Charles Town, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born July 9, 1942, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Clarence Kidwell and Margaret Buzzard Kidwell.

He retired after 40 years as a carpentry foreman in the D.C. metro area.

He attended Mannings Assembly of God, Harpers Ferry.

He was married for 49 years to Daral “Darla” Dunn Kidwell.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Shade of Charles Town; a brother, Clarence Kidwell of Martinsburg; and two grandchildren.

A sister, Rose Carroll, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor James Boyce officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Judy Kelican

Judy Diane Snyder Kelican, 56, of Kearneysville, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at her home while in hospice care.

Born March 10, 1958, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of Vernon Lee Snyder and Genevieve Audry Bond Snyder.

She attended services at the Leetown Southern Baptist Church, where she loved helping the church youth group.

She enjoyed knitting and working in her flower garden.

She was married for 37 years to Douglas Richard “Dickie” Kelican Jr.

In addition to her husband, at home, and her parents, of Millville, she is survived by a son, Troy Kelican of Martinsburg; a daughter, Carla Kelican of Shenandoah Junction; a brother, V.L. “Little Lee” Snyder Jr. of Harpers Ferry; a sister, Christine Gerolimos of Hedgesville; and four grandchildren.

A funeral was held Friday at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor Floyd “Bucky” Chapman officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

 

J.D. ‘Dan’ Hill

Joseph Daniel “Dan” Hill, 81, of Ithaca, N.Y., formerly of West Virginia, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Ithaca.

Born Aug. 13, 1932, in Millville, he was the son of George Dewey Hill and Florence Glover Hill.

He worked as a teacher and then as an extension farm agent and administrator.

He attended school in Millville, Charles Town, Luray, Va., and Nunda, N.Y., and was a 1958 graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

He enjoyed woodworking, wine making, golf and hosting barbecues.

He was married to Bonnie Hill.

Surviving along with his wife, at home, are three sons, Dan Hill of Binghamton, N.Y., Terry Hill of Susquehanna, Pa., and Randy Hill of Melbourne, Fla.; two stepsons, Curt Bartlett and Will Bartlett, both of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Betty Jane Kisner of Charles Town; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, Dewey Hill, is deceased, as are two sisters, Nellie Fleming and Ida Mary Noland.

A funeral was held Saturday at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main St., Binghamton, with the Rev. David A. Drebert officiating.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

Memorials may be made to Etna Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 300, Etna NY 13062.

 

E.T. ‘Gene’ Kidwell

Eugene T. “Gene” Kidwell, 71, Charles Town, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born July 9, 1942, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Clarence Kidwell and Margaret Buzzard Kidwell.

He retired after 40 years as a carpentry foreman in the D.C. metro area.

He attended Mannings Assembly of God, Harpers Ferry.

He was married for 49 years to Daral “Darla” Dunn Kidwell.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Shade of Charles Town; a brother, Clarence Kidwell of Martinsburg; and two grandchildren.

A sister, Rose Carroll, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor James Boyce officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Millicent E. Nelson

Millicent E. Nelson, 84, of Charles Town, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born June 25, 1929 in New Castle, Pa., she was the daughter of Burke A. Cumbie and Mildred (Myers) Cumbie.

She retired as office manager after 23 years with Citizens Bank (Sun Trust).

She attended Youngstown University.

She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was an avid bridge player.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

She was married for 61 years to Bill A. Nelson.

Along with her husband, at home, she is survived by two daughters, Joy E. Nelson of Burke, Va., and Billie Sue Greene of Mechanicsville, Md.; and a brother, Burke A. Cumbie Jr. of Marion, Ohio.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 W. North St., Charles Town, with the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends at the church starting at noon Thursday.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Henry Clint Peden, Sr.

On March 29th, 2014 Henry Clint Peden, Sr. beloved husband of Mary Catherine Peden (nee Frank) of 72 years, caring father of Linda Noll and husband Richard, Carol Anne Michael, Henry Peden Jr. and wife Veronica, proud grandfather of Becky, Cindy, Clint, Danielle, Michelle, Lynnelle, William, loving great-grandfather of Ronnie, Bobby, Bryan, Kyle, Aidan, Colin, Elea-nor, Hazel, Greta, proud great-great-grandfather of Braydin, and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call Tuesday from 3 pm-5 pm and 7 pm-9 pm funeral service will take place at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home on Wednesday at 11: 00 a.m. with services conducted by his nephew, Rev. Scott Peden of Glasgow, KY. Interment with military honors will follow at Bel Air Memorial.

 

Rolfe G. Hayes

Rolfe G. Hayes, 85, of Charles Town, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home.

Born Nov. 23, 1928, in West Newton, Mass., he was the son of Roscoe A. Hayes and Alice Earle Hayes.

He was the owner of Vinton Farm and the co-owner of Clendening Motors.

He was a veteran of the Air Force, where he served as a B-25 crew chief from 1948 to 1952.

He was a graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts.

He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, where he served as a senior warden and member of the vestry.

He was a charter member and former president of the Kiwanis Shenandoah Breakfast Club.

He loved golf and was an avid Red Sox fan.

His wife, Harriet Ann Langdon Hayes, died Nov. 23, 2002.

He is survived by two daughters, Martha H. Gallo of Emerson, N.J., and Alice M. Spickler of Medina, Ohio; a son, Roscoe A. Hayes II of Charles Town; a brother, Randolph J. Hayes of Jensen Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

A sister, Adelia M. Bowman, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 10 this morning at Zion Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating.

Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414 or Zion Episcopal Church, 221 E. Washington St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Edna Rice Lutman

Edna Rice Lutman, 59, of Charles Town, WV passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at INOVA Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne, VA.

Born August 13, 1954 in Richmond, VA, she was the daughter of Edward Russell Rice, Sr. of Mechanicsville, VA and the late Atje Jackson Rice.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, WV. Edna was a graduate of Longwood College and WV University, where she earned a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling. She taught Biology for 16 years at Clarke County High School in Berryville, VA and 6 years at Jefferson High School. She was a guidance counselor for 9 years at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling, VA. Edna was a member of the Women of the Moose in Charles Town.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Charles, at home; one son, Jason Lutman and fiance’, Katherine Crawford of Charles Town; step daughter, Karla Miller and husband, Bobby of Charles Town; stepson, Keith Lutman of Alexandria, VA; sister, Phyllis Rice of Mechanicsville, VA; one brother, E. Russell Rice, Jr. and wife, Cathy of Mechanicsville, VA; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Kylie Miller of Charles Town; two nieces, Lisa Jen-kins of Charles Town and Stacy Whipple of Mechanicsville, VA and three nephews, Todd Lutman of Charles Town, Ben Whipple of Mechanicsville, and Carter Rice of Mechanicsville, VA.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, WV with Pastor Duane Jenson officiating. Interment will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles town, WV. The family will receive friends at the Eackles-Spencer & Nor-ton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV on Tuesday evening from 6-9 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 or American Cancer Society, Jefferson County Chap-ter, C/O Patty Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414. Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Shirley Ann Perkins

Shirley Ann (Freed) Per-kins; (Miss Perkins to many) a beloved mother, sister, aunt and adopted grandmother to many, passed away on March 25, 2014 in Charles Town, WV.

She departed this world leaving a lasting legacy to her children and countless others of honesty, kindness, charity, compassion and hope.

Shirley was born in South Bend, Indiana on November 26, 1930; the first born of Daniel I. and Martha (Petry) Freed. At an early age her family moved permanently to Norwich NY. Hearing disabilities and a severe stutter that followed her into middle age never deterred her desire in making new friends, nor cloud her love of all people. She married Carl D. Perkins in 1955, a Staff Sergeant in the USAF. During their 20 year marriage Shirley was a military spouse; residing in Japan twice, Texas, Maryland and New York. Her love of people, cultures and conversation ensured her family enjoyed the friendship of many wherever they lived. Three of her children, Rebecca, Philip and Bryan were born and raised into a military life. Her fourth child Gwendolyn passed away two days after birth. Shirley avidly sewed until her 80th year, making her own clothes for many years. One of her greatest joys and lasting lega-cies was making Barbie doll dresses. These gifts were not only given to family and friends; they were also gifted to many hospi-tals around the world and to orphanages in South Korea. Many of these dresses have now been passed down to a third generation.

Shirley is survived by her children; Rebecca Burns and be-loved son-in-law Randy Burns, Bryan Perkins and longtime irl-friend Beckie Tomlin all of Charles Town WV, and Philip Per-kins and beloved daughter-in-law Lynn Perkins of Westport OR, although not her son by birth in her heart David W. Briggs of Ronceverte WV was her third son . Brothers Daniel Freed of Cortland NY and Bob Freed of Taylorsville NC; numerous niec-es, nephews, and adopted grandchildren. Preceding Shirley in death were a sister; Carolyn Drake and brothers; Donald Freed, Richard Freed and Russell Freed. At Shirley’s request there will be no services. Her ashes will be scattered in Norwich NY at a place that held special memories of her childhood and Fort Spring WV which she dearly loved.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Panhandle es-pecially the Jefferson Team for the months of outstanding and compassionate care provided to our mother. Also to the clergy, social workers and entertainers of Hospice who enriched our mothers life. We would also to thank Lisa Danner who cared for and loved our mom like she was her own which allowed us to care for her at home almost till the end. We also would like to thank Dr. Allen and the staff at Wil-low Tree Manor in Charles Town. Their excellent staff provided thoughtful and expert guidance when asked while providing a consistent high level of care and compassion. We request that donations be made in our mothers name to Hos-pice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Shirley’s obit-uary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

“Miss Me but Let Me Go” Author Unknown When I come to the end of the day and the sun has set for me; I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low Remember the love we once shared -miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take and each must go alone. It’s all part of the maker’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds – miss me, but let me go.

 

Winfred L. Sammons

Winfred “Tink” Lawrence Sammons, 82, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Virginia.

Mr. Sammons was born in 1931, in Louisa, Kentucky, the son of the late William L. and Rae Sammons. He was a graduate of Louisa High School in Louisa, Kentucky. Mr. Sammons was a Veteran having served in the United States Army during the Ko-rean War. In addition, he played baseball for the US Army. Mr. Sammons was a Facilities Engineer for the United States Gov-ernment at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. retir-ing in 1986. Mr. Sammons loved the Lord and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, as well as Woodmen of the World. He was a guitar picker, dubious singer who knew the first verse of every song ever written, and was known to his family as “Tink”, friends as “Tex” and “Sam” at work. He married Betty Jane Boyd on November 22, 1953 in Wash-ington, D.C. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2007.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Jane Sammons-Reilly and husband, Timothy, of Bluemont, Virginia; Sharon Sammons of Kearneysville, West Virginia; sons, Timothy Sammons of Kear-neysville, Jamie Sammons and wife, Candace, of Charles Town, West Virginia; three grandchildren, Hannah Reilly, Emily Sam-mons, Jed Sammons; and sister, Mary Alice Sammons Collins and husband, Harry of Bonifay, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Elinor Jane Ridenour; three brothers, Charles, Carl and James Sam-mons.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Community Ministries, 238 West Washington Street, Charles Town, West Virginia, 25414 or Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 68, Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, 25442. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneral-home.com

 

Delores A. Reid

Delores Ann Reid, 68, of Harpers Ferry, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born July 21, 1945, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Wilbert Elmer Ott and Martha Ellen Wood Ott.

She was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

Her husband of 50 years, Henry Turner Reid, died June 29, 2012.

She is survived by a son, Brian Reid of Inwood; three daughters, Patricia Penwell and Angela Stottlemyer, both of Ranson, and Crystal Reid of Harpers Ferry; two brothers, Tommy Ott, and Johnny Ott, both of Harpers Ferry; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Donald Ott and William Ott, are deceased, as is a sister, Velma Penwell.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. April 6 at Oakland United Methodist Church with Pastor Kent H. Tice and the Rev. Joanne Alexander officiating.

Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

Fred E. Kennel

Fred E. Kennel, 94, formerly of Harpers Ferry, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Hilltop House Assisted Living in Winchester, Va.

Born Dec. 26, 1919, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of John J. Kennel and Barbara (Barth) Kennel.

He retired in 1972 from the National Security Agency at Ft. Meade, Md.

He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon.

He was a graduate of Leland High School in Bethesda, Md.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948 in Charles Town, the Shannondale Club and the 146th Truck Company Association in Washington, D.C.

He was of the Episcopal faith.

His wife, June Alice Kennel, died Nov. 24, 1995.

Four brothers, Carl A. Kennel, Albert W. Kennel, John J. Kennel and Paul Kennel, are deceased.

A funeral was held Saturday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Dwight Brown officiating.

Burial was in Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Md.

Memorials may be made to Panhandle Home Health Inc., 208 Old Mill Road, Martinsburg 25401 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester VA 22601.

 

R.A. ‘Jean’ Coomler

Regina Amanda “Jean” Coomler, 90, of Charles Town, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Sept. 20, 1923, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of John and Julia Rogers Haley.

She was a veteran of the Army, where she served as a registered nurse.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.

Her husband, Paul David Coomler, died in 2011.

She is survived by four daughters, Sheila Vitiello of Reston, Va., Carla Dazzi of Martinsburg, and Paula Markstrom and Mary Werner, both of Charles Town; a son, Kevin Coomler of Charles Town; a sister, Anna Kennedy of Detroit; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A sister, Mildred Wyckoff, is deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. James, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town, with the Rev. John Ledford officiating.

Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Memorials may be made to Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro MD 21713 or online at fkhv.org.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

Marcus Cole

Marcus Donald Freeman Cole, 57, of Shenandoah Junction, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born March 13, 1957, in Dallas, he was the son of Wesley Varner Cole and Joan Nellie Knotts Cole.

He was a loyal, 27-year employee of Snyder Environmental, where he was a foreman and had never missed a day of work until he became ill.

He was a member of the Shenandoah Junction Ruritan Club.

He was married for 38 years to Diane Carol Grant Cole.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by four sons, Shawn Cole, Shane Cole and Shaye Cole, all of Shenandoah Junction, and Sheldon Cole of Inwood; three daughters, Shera Fisher of Inwood, and Shannon Silver and Sheena Gregory, both of Hedgesville; a brother, Wesley Cole of Berkeley Springs; a half-sister, Louise Whetzel of Morgantown; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Shad Cole, died as an infant. A half-sister, Joy Crider, also is deceased.

A funeral was held Monday at the Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, with his friends and colleagues, Lee Snyder and Lee Samsell, officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

 

Ronald Blair Golden

Ronald Blair Golden liked to tell the story of how he slept in the top drawer of a dresser as a baby because there was no room for a crib in his grandparents’ house.

Born in Weston on Friday, Nov. 16, 1934, he was the only child of Lawrence Blair and Hazel Heath Golden. He grew up in Weston and in Baltimore.

After high school, he completed basic training and was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division just as the war in Korea came to an end. A disabled veteran, he endured numerous surgeries stemming from his service.

On the day he met Carol Wilson Grimes Golden, he gave her a kiss and promised she’d be his bride someday. They were married on Sept. 1, 1978, in Baltimore. Every year on their anniversary, they listened together to the Don McLean song, “If We Try.”

He was a caring, generous and attentive father and also a doting Pop-Pop to his grandchildren: Isaac, Victoria, Claire-Elizabeth, Gwyneth, Megan, Jacob, Marissa, J.R., and Laura-Elyse.

He loved trying his luck at casinos, studying classic cars, collecting coins and following golf coverage on TV. He was known for his comic timing and was seldom without a joke (or joke after joke) to brighten any interaction.

He was among the first buyers of lots at Sleepy Hollow in Hedgesville in the late 1960s. A talented builder, he took on projects that included constructing his home, then adding on a deck, garage and gazebo, installing a fish pond in his yard, and other improvements.

After working nearly 20 years as a salesman with Wagner Brake and Lighting in Maryland, he retired to the Eastern Panhandle in 1998.

After a long battle with lung cancer, he died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle, at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. He was 79.

Cherishing his memory along with his loving wife of 35 happy years are his children, James Golden and his wife, Denise of Glen Burnie, Md., Patricia Balanga and her husband R.J. of Dale City, Va., Robert Snyder and his wife Christine of Ranson, and Christina Renee Snyder of San Francisco; his nine grandchildren; his maternal aunt, Betty Eidman of Baltimore; and many cousins.

The Rev. Jack Vineyard officiated at a funeral Friday at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with members of Hedges Chapel providing a luncheon reception following the service.

He was buried Monday at Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors at a ceremony with the Rev. John Unger officiating.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Panhandle (330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville WV 25430) or the American Lung Association (2102 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston WV 25311).

Alfred E. Spitzer

Alfred E. Spitzer, 78, of Ranson, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born April 4, 1935, in Columbia Furnace, Va., he was the son of Homer Spitzer and Lillie (Barb) Spitzer Bowers.

He retired after 50 years as a driver and maintenance for Supertane/AmeriGas.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town.

He was a member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church, where he’d served as a deacon and was part of the Yoke Fellows Sunday school class.

He was married for 58 years to Louise (Brown) Spitzer.

In addition to his wife, at home, he is survived by three daughters, Linda S. Hough and Judy A. Taylor, both of Ranson, and Patty E. Bohrer of Inwood; a sister, Janet Harding of Middleway; two brothers, Clifford Spitzer of Ranson and Ray Spitzer of Winchester, Va.; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Three sisters, Claire DeLauder, Alice Wynkoop and Radie Dunn, are deceased, as is a half-brother, Clarence Sine.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. John Bethard officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Yoke Fellows Sunday School Class, c/o Charles Town Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 89, Charles Town 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

A. ‘Scotty’ Cook

Anthony Scott “Scotty” Cook, 43, of Charles Town, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Sept. 20, 1970, in Winchester, he was the son of Mary Elizabeth Underwood Cook and Thomas Randolph Cook Sr.

He was a member of Sylvannah Praise, Worship and Healing Center.

He was married to Lisa Cook.

In addition to his mother, of Charles Town, and his wife, at home, he is survived by three sons, Donovan Slaughter of Charles Town, Damitri Cook of Winchester and Cameron Cook of Summit Point; a daughter, Brianna Cook of Winchester; three stepchildren; two brothers, Thomas R. Cook Jr. of Ranson and Tyrone Cook of Charles Town; a sister, Karen Cook of Charles Town; and a number of half-siblings.

A brother is deceased.

A funeral was held Friday at New Destiny Ministry Center, Kearneysville, with Pastor Lawrence E. Wilson Jr. officiating.

Burial was in Jamestown Cemetery.

Jefferson Chapel handled arrangements.

 

John M. Phipps Sr.

John Melvin Phipps Sr., 90, of Kearneysville, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Shenandoah Center in Charles Town.

Born Jan. 19, 1924, in Tracy’s Landing, Md., he was the son of William Ernest Phipps and Hazel Lucille Wade Phipps.

He served in Navy Seabees in World War II.

He was of the Christian faith.

His wife, Mildred Phipps, died in 2012.

He is survived by a son, John M. Phipps Jr. of Kearneysville; a brother, Bernard L. Phipps of Jarrettsville, Md.; and two grandsons.

A funeral was held Monday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Joanna Marceron officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Meals On Wheels, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Dixie Lemon

Dixie Kay Houser Lemon, 66, of Ranson, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Richard Lee Houser and Kathryn Virginia Morrison Houser.

She taught at Page Jackson Elementary School in Charles Town for 32 years, retiring in 2000.

She graduated from Shepherd College.

She was a member of the National Education Association, the West Virginia Education Association and the Alpha Zeta Tau sorority.

She was a member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church.

She was married for 44 years to Donald Lemon.

In addition to her husband, at home, she is survived by a son, Donald Lemon II of Uvilla; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

A brother, Daniel Houser, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 2 this afternoon at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. John Bethard officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

 

Nancy D. Longerbeam

Nancy Darline Longerbeam, 78, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 24, 1935, in Loudoun County, Va., she was the daughter of Blair Campbell and Charlotte Riley Juerff.

She was a retired sign designer with the federal government.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Howard Longerbeam, at home.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements, which were private.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Linda K. Smith

Linda Kay Smith, 63, of Harpers Ferry, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at her home.

Born April 30, 1950, in Frederick, Md., she was the daughter of Maurice Austin Taylor and Marybelle Pierce Taylor.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Harpers Ferry.

Her husband, Robert Smith, died in 2006.

She is survived by a son, Michael A. Smith of Purcellville, Va., and four grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 343 Carriage Drive, Harpers Ferry, with Bishop Gordon Harmon officiating.

Burial will be later in Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, Md.

The family will receive friends at the church starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville 25430.

 

Sharon L. Bagent

Sharon Louisa Bagent, 72, of Ranson, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 13, 1941, in Winchester, she was the daughter of George Theodore Penwell Sr. and Mabel Magdelena O’Brien Penwell.

She was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon L. Bagent of Martinsburg; two sons, Paul V. Bagent Jr. and David T. Bagent Sr., both of Ranson; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A son, Edward A. Bagent, is deceased, as are two brothers, Brian A. Penwell and George T. Penwell Jr.

A funeral was held Saturday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Bucky Chapman officiating.

Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

 

J.M. ‘Marty’ Blackford Sr.

John M. “Marty” Blackford Sr., 93, of Charles Town, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Nov. 9, 1920, in Bardane, he was the son of Benton R. Blackford and Alice (Zombro) Blackford.

He retired after 35 years as a purchasing agent with Halltown Paperboard.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948 in Charles Town and Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club.

He was a volunteer driver for Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.

He was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church in Shepherdstown.

His wife of 63 years, Doris M. Blackford, died Feb. 17, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Blackford Amlin of Harpers Ferry; a son, John M. Blackford Jr. of Kearneysville; five granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

A sister, Dorothy Griffith, is deceased, as are three brothers, Roy Blackford, Ernest Blackford and Harry Blackford.

A funeral was held Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Terry Crawford officiating.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.

Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 1020 19th St. NW, Suite 475, Washington DC 20036.

 

J.T. ‘Chili Dog’ Penwell

James Todd “Chili Dog” Penwell, 53, of Ranson, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa.

Born Sept. 17, 1960, in Ranson, he was the son of John Paul Penwell and Bessie Virginia Newlin Nester.

He worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by a daughter, Jessica Penwell of Mt. Airy, Md., and a brother, Paul R. Penwell of Chantilly, Va.

A funeral was held Saturday at Leetown Baptist Church with Pastor Bucky Chapman officiating.

Burial was private.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

S.P. ‘Pat’ O’Brien

Stephen Patrick “Pat” O’Brien, 67, Charles Town, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born April 23, 1946, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Maurice Edward O’Brien and Linda M. (Brown) O’Brien.

He worked as manager at the Back Room Lounge in Winchester and Wendy’s in Charles Town before retiring as manager of the Towne House Motor Lodge and Restaurant, Charles Town.

He served as president of the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau and as a city magistrate.

He graduated from Charles Town High School in1965 and attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va.

He was a member of Citizens Fire Co., the Malta Masonic Lodge No. 80 A.F.& A.M. and

the Jefferson County chapter of the American Red Cross.

He was of the Baptist faith.

His wife of 33 years, Carolyn Natalie Miller O’Brien, died June 24, 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Kelly M. Todd and Tracy L. O’Brien, both of Charles Town; a son, Michael Patrick O’Brien of Charles Town; a brother, James Edward O’Brien of Berryville, Va.; and three grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Wyman Hall officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Independent Fire Co., P.O. Box 925, Charles Town 25414 or Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town 25414.

 

Grover A. Wilson

Grover A. Wilson, 80, of Leetown, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Nov. 19, 1933, in Berkeley County, he was the son of Bruce E. Wilson and Angeline (Tarico) Wilson.

He retired as equipment designer at Leetown National Fish Hatchery and also worked for the Fresh Water Institute.

He served in the Army during Korea, where he earned the rank of sergeant.

He was a graduate of Musselman High School.

He had served as president of the Potomac & Shenandoah Antique Tractor and Engine Club.

He was a member of Leetown United Methodist Church.

His wife of 54 years, Josephine E. Wilson, died Nov. 2, 2009.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen A. Lemley of Clear Brook, Va.; a brother, F. Richard Wilson of Bunker Hill; a grandson; and two great-grandsons.

A sister, Beatrice Moreland, is deceased.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville, with the Rev. Sharon Bourgeois officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

G.D. ‘Buddy’ Holler Jr.

Gerald David “Buddy” Holler Jr., 60, of Harpers Ferry, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson.

Born Dec. 8, 1953, he was the son of Gerald David Holler Sr. and Florence Ketterman Holler.

He was mechanically inclined and an accomplished bass player.

He is survived by a daughter, Alyssa Holler of North East, Md.; three sons, Gerald David Holler of Frederick, Md., and Samuel Joseph Holler and William Peter Holler, both of Bakerton; a sister, Mary Ellen Burns of Inwood; and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with James William McDonald officiating.

 

Iley O. Weller

Iley O. Weller, 95, of Shenandoah Junction, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born Oct. 15, 1918, in Shenandoah Junction, he was the son of John Luther Weller and Lillie (Keefer) Weller.

He retired as a clerk from the B&O Railroad.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a 1939 graduate of Charles Town High School.

He was a charter member of the Shenandoah Junction Ruritan Club.

He was a member of the Assembly of God faith.

He was married for 72 years to Charlotte (Housden) Weller.

In addition to his wife, at home, he is survived by a son, Iley Oliver Weller Jr. of Rio; four daughters, Elaine R. Reed of Ranson, Helen P. Mello of Shepherdstown, Phyllis S. Harder of Shenandoah Junction and Marie C. Hanly of West Orange, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Six brothers, Wilbert Weller, John Weller, Lloyd Weller, Marshall Weller, Oscar Weller and Harold Weller, are deceased.

A funeral was held Monday at Bolivar Pentecostal Church, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Bev Turner officiating.

Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

Memorials may be made to the Shenandoah Junction Community Club, c/o Terry Harder, P.O. Box 136, Shenandoah Junction 25442.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Shirley A. Sharpe

Shirley Ann Sharpe, 74, of Ranson, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at home under the care of hospice.

Born July 2, 1939, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Clarence Stanton and Fannie Pendleton Stanton.

She retired from Shenandoah Nursing Home after more than 20 years of service.

She was a 1957 graduate of Paige Jackson High School.

She was a member of Wainwright Baptist Church.

She was married for 45 years to John Jasper Sharpe Sr.

She is survived by three daughters, Roxanne Sharpe of Inwood, Rosalind Sharpe of Charles Town and Kami Sharpe of Ranson; four sons, Keenan Sharpe of Inwood, Darren Sharpe of Houston, Graland Sharpe of Columbus, Ohio, and John Sharpe Jr. of Landover, Md.; three sisters, Anna Stephenson and Sylvia Gregory, both of Charles Town, and Cornelia Evans of Hagerstown, Md.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at Wainwright Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter A. Jackson officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

The family will receive friends at the church starting at 11 a.m.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

B.E. ‘Sissy’ Ott

Bertha Ellen “Sissy” Ott, 55, of Charles Town, died Friday, March 7, 2014, in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Aug. 21, 1958, in Ranson, she was the daughter of George William Ott and Vesta Lee Bagent.

She is survived by a son, Stephen Ott Sr. of Hedgesville; a daughter, April Rickard of Charles Town; three brothers, Terry Ott Sr. of Charles Town and Tommy and Johnny Ott, both of Harpers Ferrry; two sisters, Linda Bagent of Ranson and Delores Reid of Harpers Ferry; and four grandchildren.

A son, Timothy Scott Ott, is deceased, as are two brothers, William Ott Jr. and Donald Ott, and a sister, Thelma Penwell.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, with Pastor Johnny Faircloth officiating.

Burial was private.

 

Joan A. Dinterman

Joan Anita Dinterman, 73, of Harpers Ferry, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Aug. 7, 1940 in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Clell Piper and Harriett “Ellie” Longerbeam Piper.

She retired as a cook from the Hilltop House Hotel after more than 20 years of service.

She was a member of the Church of the Firstborn, Harpers Ferry.

She was married to Harry Dinterman Sr.

Along with her husband, at home, she is survived by a daughter, Vivian Barnhouse of Harpers Ferry; five sons, Clint Dinterman of Falling Waters, Martin Dinterman Sr. of Gore, Va., and Melvin Dinterman Sr., Nathan Dinterman Sr. and Harry Dinterman Jr., all of Harpers Ferry; a brother, Buck Piper, of Harpers Ferry; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Virginia Piper and Margaret Cogle, are deceased, as is a brother, Charles Piper.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Pete Wilson officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

 

Edwin L. Higdon

Edwin Lee Higdon, 72, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Aug. 11, 1941, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of Edward William Higdon and Annie Pearl Coleman Higdon.

He served in the Marine Corps.

He was married to Geraldine Yvonne Higdon.

In addition to his wife, at home, he is survived by three sons, Joshua Higdon of Charles Town, Christopher Higdon of Harpers Ferry and Jason Higdon of Cary, N.C.; two daughters, Ashley Higdon of Kearneysville and Amy Conner of Charles Town; three brothers, Patrick Higdon of Baltimore, Gary Higdon of Pennsylvania and Billy Higdon of New York City; a sister, Helen Street of Ocean City, Md.; and nine grandchildren.

His grandmother who raised him, Mary Irene Minnick, is deceased, as is a sister, Gail Hardester.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Bridge church in Ranson with Pastor Tim May officiating.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

E. ‘Bunk’ Jackson

Ellard Milton Keith “Bunk” Jackson, 57, of Harpers Ferry, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his home.

Born March 16, 1956, in Ranson, he was the son of Thomas Franklin Jackson and Marguerite Rodgers Jackson.

He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was married to Robin Jackson.

In addition to his wife, at home, he is survived by two sons, Thomas Jackson and Ryan Jackson, both of Harpers Ferry; two daughters, Casey Jackson of Harpers Ferry and Jessica Langford of Augusta, Ga.; three sisters; three brothers; and five grandchildren.

A sister, Lorella Penwell, is deceased, as is a brother, Wayne Jackson.

A funeral will be held at 4 this afternoon at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 2 p.m.

 

Robert Lee Abshire

Robert Lee Abshire, 75, of Cameron, N.C. died Sunday, Jan. 26,, 2014, at Central Carolina Hospital.

Mr. Abshire was born in Bunker Hill, West Virginia, on Dec. 19, 1938, to the late Boyd Abshire and Mae Frances Tharp Abshire.

Surviving relatives include his son, Bret Thatcher and wife Karen of NY; two daughters, Kym Perrella and husband Gary of WV and Sheryl Lynne Smith of WV; brother, Hal Abshire and wife Lynn of Cameron; sister, Susie Maghan and husband Dan of Cameron; five grandchildren, Ashley Thatcher, Garrett Perrella, Kyle Perella, Brittany French, and Derek Smith; an aunt, Marie Abshire White of Charles Town, West Virginia and an uncle, Cletus Abshire of Washington State.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Oakwood Methodist Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Warriors On The Water, 509 Rabbit Run Lane, Cameron, N.C. 28326.

Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.

 

Alvin Waple Brown, Jr.

Alvin Waple Brown, Jr., 87, long time resident of Charles Town, WV passed away peacefully Monday, March 3, 2014 in his Annapolis, MD home with his wife at his side.

Born September 25, 1926 at Sibly Hospital in Washington DC, he was the son of the late Alvin Waple Brown, Sr. and Gladys Feagan Brown.

He was of Presbyterian Faith, having been a member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church.

Alvin attended Charles Town High School before he entered into the United States Army. He served his country from November 27, 1945 through April 10, 1947 when he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant.

December 24, 1948, Alvin wed his sweetheart Elizabeth Wall Brown. They recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, and Local 400. Alvin worked for Giant Food as a grocery manager for 35 years before retiring.

Alvin had a passion for trains and tinkered with model sets throughout his adult life. He loved fishing, billiards, and his family. Alvin and Elizabeth belonged to travel clubs and enjoyed trips they took. He especially took pleasure in spending summers at the beach with family. He was an animal lover and leaves behind his “buddy” Teddie.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Wall Brown previously of Charles Town, WV, brother Donald C. Brown of Stephenson, VA and daughters Brenda Kaye Seal of Annapolis, MD and Cherie Elizabeth Reynolds of King George, VA, sons Rodney Kyle Brown of Arnold, MD and Aaron Wall Brown of Asheboro, NC, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral home on Thursday March 6, 2014 from 5-7pm. The funeral will be Friday at 2pm at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral home, interment to follow at Edge Hill Cemetery.

David A. Cook

David Andrew Cook, 56, of Charles Town, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Sept. 18, 1957, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Peggy and William Cook.

He worked for more than 13 years at CarMax as a master auto technician.

He was an avid fisherman and a Redskins fan.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He was married for 30 years to Debbie Cook.

In addition to his wife, at home, and his mother, of Rockville, Md., he is survived by two sons, Matthew Cook and Jeffrey Cook, both of Charles Town; three brothers, Lynn Cook of Brookville, Md., and Jim Cook and Tom Cook, both of Gaithersburg, Md.; and a grandson.

A funeral was held Saturday at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with Pastor Joey Pasquez officiating.

 

Willa M. Roberts

Willa Mae Roberts, 85, of Berryville, Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at her home.

Born May 18, 1928, in Shawmont, Pa., she was the daughter of James Henry Doleman and Mary Elizabeth Green Doleman.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, Summit Point.

She married Isaac Roberts Dec. 5, 1959, in Maryland. He died Aug. 9, 1971.

She is survived by six sisters, Helen Robinson of Berryville, Lucille Freeman of White Post, Va., Mildred Gales and Pauline Creamer, both of Winchester, Va., and June Underwood and Charlotte Underwood, both of Summit Point; and a brother, Robert Doleman of Berkeley Springs.

A sister, Mary Virginia Lockley, is deceased, as are two brothers, James Henry Doleman and Clarence Doleman.

A funeral will be held at noon today at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, with the Rev. Robert Jackson officiating.

Burial will be in Milton Valley Cemetery, Berryville.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester VA 22601 Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, handled arrangements.

 

Wilmer B. Bell

Wilmer Barnet Bell, 77, of Harpers Ferry, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center.

Born Sept. 11, 1936, in Ranson, he was the son of Frank William Bell Jr. and Eva May Painter Bell.

He worked as a meat cutter at local supermarkets for more than 35 years before retiring from Super Fresh.

His wife of 59 years, Jessie “Lujean” Hardy Bell, died Dec. 25, 2013,

He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Bell-Jackson of Charles Town; and three sisters, Martha Brackett of Ranson, and Libby Wilt and Adline Oden, both of Harpers Ferry.

Three sons, W.M. “Mike” Bell, Richard E. Bell and Carlin L. Bell, are deceased, as are two sisters, Nancy Harding and Mary Louise Wiley.

A private service and interment are planned.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

 Mary Sue Eldridge

Mary Sue Eldridge of Greenville, NC passed away at her home, surrounded by family, on Sunday February 23rd.

Born in Utica, OH in 1939, she spent the majority of her life in Shepherdstown, WV. She graduated from Utica High School and proceeded to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Muskingham University, a Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University, and PhD in Elementary Guidance and Counseling from Ohio University.

While studying at Ohio University, Mary Sue met another student at a picnic, David, who she married shortly after in July of 1969. In 1974 they moved to Shepherdstown, WV. There they raised their two sons, David and Jonathan, and continued her passion as an educator in elementary education at Shepherd University.

Later, she went on to establisher her career with over 20 years as an elementary school guidance counselor in the Montgomery County School System in Maryland.

Mary Sue was a dedicated member of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church for 35 years where served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. She was also an active member and served in the leadership of the local chapters of the American Association of University Women and the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, live music, plays, and movies. After the death of her husband, Mary Sue moved to Greenville to be close to her family.

Mary Sue is survived by her son Jonathan of Brooklyn, NY, her son David and his wife Anne of Greenville, NC, as well as her granddaughter Hannah who is almost 3 years old.

Memorial services will be held at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W Washington Street, on Saturday, March 8th at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mary Sue Eldridge Scholarship by mail to the Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or through www.shepherd.edu.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville.

Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com

Maryann Bast

Maryann Bast, 77, of Ranson, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1936, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Robert Gheen and Mary McDaniel Gheen.

She worked as a horse trainer for 50 years.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post No. 3522 in Charles Town.

She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town.

She was married for 60 years to Gerald Bast.

Surviving, along with her husband, at home, is a daughter, Katherine “Kathy” Titus of Ranson; a son, Matthew Bast of Ridgeway; two grandchildren; and a great- granddaughter.

A sister, Ruby Ball, is deceased, as are two brothers, Shirley Ball and Roy Ball.

A funeral was held Monday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Cause for Paws, P.O. Box 271, Harpers Ferry 25425.

 

Barbara King

Barbara Roberta “Smith” King, 87, of Harpers Ferry, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at home under the care of Hospice.

Born Sept. 21, 1926, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter George Smith and Lillie Belle Tompkins Young.

She retired from Jefferson County Schools as a teacher’s aide. She was a member of the West Virginia Teachers Association.

She was a member of Wainwright Baptist Church, Charles Town, where she served as a deaconess.

She was married to George Victor King Sr.

She is survived by a son, George V. King II of Lynchburg, Va.; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday at Wainwright Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Jackson officiating.

Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Harpers Ferry.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

Jose M. Villeda

Jose Magdaleno “Lenny” Villeda, 44, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born Aug. 13, 1969, in Queretaro, Mexico, he was the son of Angel and Nieve Villeda.

He was employed in horse racing in Charles Town, first as a groom and then as an exercise rider for Victor Espinosa. He had a gift for working with hard-to-gallop horses.

He was married to Elizabeth Rogers Villeda.

Along with his father, of Queretaro, and his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Michelle Rodriguez of Ranson; a son, Christopher Villeda of Charles Town; four brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

A brother, Manuel Villeda, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 1 this afternoon on the third floor at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Ranson.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

Leona V. Gambino

Leona “Lee” Gambino, 72, of Shannondale, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1914, in Charles Town.

Born July 27, 1941, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Raymond and Louise Trumbo.

She retired from the National Education Association in 1999 after 25 years of service. She moved to Jefferson County in 1981.

She is survived by a daughter, Bernadette Gambino of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Joel Gambino of Baltimore; four grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

A funeral will be at 11 this morning at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg 25403.

 

Harlan J. Van Camp

Harlan Joseph Van Camp, 58, of Bakerton, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.

Born June 3, 1955, in Glenville, he was the son of E. Desdemona Staubs and Harlan M. Van Camp.

He worked as a custodian for the public school system in Loudoun County, Va., for more than 13 years.

A graduate of Jefferson High School, he earned an associate degree from Shepherd University.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Bakerton.

In addition to his mother, of Shepherdstown, he is survived by a son, John J. Van Camp of Bakerton; two daughters, Katelynn L. Van Camp of Centerville, Va., and Lindsey A. Van Camp of Inwood; his stepmother, Gretchen Van Camp of Bakerton; his stepfather, Raymond Staubs of Shepherdstown; three sisters, Dianna Bailey of Ridgeway, and Elizabeth J. Van Camp and Mona Kay Spanos, both of Bakerton; a brother, Kenneth L. Van Camp of Martinsburg; and a grandchild.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Sassaman officiating.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 340, Bakerton 25410.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, is handling arrangements.

 

S. Leroy Longerbeam

Sylvester Leroy Longerbeam, 66, of Conway, S.C., formerly of Harpers Ferry, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Born June 4, 1947, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Lester W. Longerbeam and Frances and Robert Price.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Beverly Longerbeam.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a son, Darin Longerbeam of Sharpsburg, Md.; two daughters, Tonia Justice of Fairplay, Md., and Tammy Longerbeam Webber of Red Lion, Pa.; a sister, Edith Kidwiler of West Ridge Hill; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A brother, Marshall Longerbeam, is deceased.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. Paul Wilson officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

 

Homer G. Mood

Homer George Mood, 91, of Charles Town, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.

Born April 13, 1922, in Green County, Ind., he was the son of Troy E. Mood and Lula R. (Hawkins) Mood.

He worked at the White House for 24 years with the Secret Service’s uniform division.

He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post No. 71, Charles Town, and a life member and past commander of the Police and Fire VFW Post No. 2979, Washington, D.C.

He was of the Protestant faith.

His first wife, Frances L. Hendrick Mood, died in 1981. His second wife, Pearl L. Writt Mood, died in 2008.

He is survived by a stepson, Kenneth E. Kain of Ranson; a brother, Grover E. Mood of Florida; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A sister, Ethel B. Cassity, is deceased, as are his sons, Martin J. Mood, who died in 1993, and Michael P. Mood, who died in 1997.

A funeral will be held at noon Friday at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md., with Dr. Henry Christie officiating.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414.

 

Susan G. Knott

Susan Grove Knott, 74, of Shepherdstown, died Thursday, Feb. 13, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born March 22, 1939, in Winchester, Va., she was the daughter of Alice James Knott and Samuel Strother Knott.

She was a teacher and college professor for 45 years.

She spent nearly 15 years with the National Park Service’s Youth Conservation Corps in Harpers Ferry, North Carolina, Utah and Hawaii.

She co-owned with Martin Conway the Mecklenburg Inn on German Street in Shepherdstown. The two also founded the Carabelle Book Co., where they wrote and published histories and guidebooks about Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

She was active in politics and humanitarian causes.

A graduate of Shepherdstown High School, she earned degrees from then-Shepherd College and West Virginia University.

She is survived by a son, Andrew T. Knott of Shepherdstown; two sisters, Alice K. Mills of Portsmouth, Va., and Martha K. Putz of Shepherdstown; and three granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Knott Scholarship Fund, c/o Samuel Mills, 4995 Engle Moler Road, Shepherdstown 25443.

A celebration of her life is planned for this spring.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

Horace M. Brown III

Horace Marshall Brown III, 90, of Charles Town, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Willow Tree Manor, Charles Town.

Born Oct. 17, 1923, in Keyser, he was the son of the Rev. Horace Marshall Brown II, and Matilda Wickline Brown Strider.

He was a 1941 graduate of Charles Town High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Methodist University.

He worked for Cullum & Boren in Dallas before attending mortuary school in Philadelphia. He spent 55 years as a funeral director at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.

He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the 63rd Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

A lifelong athlete and sports enthusiast, he often could be found at Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club.

He was married to Lucille Miller Brown.

Along with his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Diana Wilt of Stephens City, Va., and Marsha Wassel of Martinsburg; a stepdaughter, Sharon Gray of Berryville; a sister, Geraldine Zook of Frederick, Md.; a granddaughter; and several step-grandsons.

His first wife, Dorothy Barr Brown, is deceased, as is a sister, Margaret Brown Hazen.

A funeral was held Monday at Zion Episcopal Church with the Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Jo A. Johnston

Jo Ann Johnston, 75, of Berkeley County, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at her residence under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born March 12, 1938, in Halltown, she was the daughter of Freddie A. Harsh and Elsie E. (Stephens) Hough.

She was a teacher’s aide for Jefferson County Schools.

She was a member of Baker Heights Baptist Church.

She was a 1956 graduate of Charles Town High School.

She was a member of Women of the Moose No. 1028, Charles Town.

She is survived by a daughter, Deana A. Reeder of Baker Heights; two sons, Charles E. Barker of Baker Heights and Michael A. Barker of Charles Town; a sister, Jean Spurling of Leetown; and three grandchildren.

A sister, June D. Bowling, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor Raymond Bouchoc officiating.

Burial will be at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society-Jefferson County Relay For Life, c/o Patricia Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town 25414.

 

Gary L. Sager Jr.

Gary L. Sager Jr., 60, of Ranson, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.

Born Feb. 17, 1953, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Gary Lee Sager Sr. and Jean (Rogers) Sager.

He retired from Frontier Communications as a central office technician. He also worked for the Jefferson County Board of Education as a bus operator.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

He was a 1971 graduate of Shepherdstown High School, where he played on the 1970 state championship baseball team.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town, and served as president of the Local IBEW No. 2035.

He was married for 42 years to Joyce (Jenkins) Sager.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Chrissy Cogan, of Shepherdstown; a son, Greg L. Sager of Shepherdstown; three sisters, Mary Wilson Stum of Severn, Md., Barbara L. Kendig of Hedgesville and Joy L. Weller of Shepherdstown; and four grandchildren.

A son, Gary Lee Sager III, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church, Shenandoah Junction, with Pastor Jason Powell officiating.

Burial will be private.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, c/o Janice Myers, P.O. Box 68, Shenandoah Junction 25442.

 

Dorothy V. McDonald

Dorothy V. McDonald, 88, of Kearneysville, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Shenandoah Center, Charles Town.

Born March 6, 1925, in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of William Jackson Chamblin and Myrtle Jane (West) Chamblin.

She retired from the housekeeping department of Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, Before that, she worked at Perfection Garment Co., Martinsburg.

She was a member of Middleway United Methodist Church.

She was a charter member of the Sunshinettes in 1982.

Her husband, Clifton John McDonald, died March 23, 1992.

She is survived by a son, Clifton W. McDonald of Kearneysville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Three sisters, Eleanor Russell, Velma Frye and Elizabeth Hough, are deceased, as are two brothers, Forrest Chamblin and Sublett Chamblin.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Revs. Carol Strickler and Charlie Henry officiating.

Burial was in Middleway Masonic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Middleway Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 1, Summit Point 25446.

 

Thomas F. Mercer

Thomas Finley Mercer, 65, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson.

Born Dec. 17, 1948, in Appalachia, Va., he was the son of Earl Samuel Mercer and Flo Jane Jervis Mercer.

He loved horses from an early age and was a lifelong horseman and trainer for the racetrack in Charles Town.

He is survived by a sister, Linda Hickman of New Market, Md.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, with the Dr. Henry Christie officiating.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to Canter USA at 13709 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853.

 

Virginia Whitehair

Virginia “Ginny” Ann Wiles Whitehair went to be with the Lord on February 13, 2014, surrounded by her family. Ginny was born on September 10, 1930 in Loudoun Heights, VA to the late Harry Franklin and Daisy Russell Wiles. Ginny was a lifelong member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and volunteered many years with both the Between the Hills Community Association and the Neersville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. Auxillary. Ginny retired from Safeway in Purcellville, VA in September 1992. She then worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as a cafeteria hostess.

Ginny is survived by her sons, Charles “Pete” Whitehair and wife Rhonda of Summerfield, FL and Timothy “Tim” Whitehair and his wife Julie of Neersville, VA. Ginny was a beloved Grandmother to Regan and Jared Whitehair of Neerville, VA, Jason Whitehair of Charles Town, WV and Shannan Johnson of Frederick, MD., and Great-Grandmother to Specialist 4th Class William Dorsey serving the US Army and Cody Whitehair of New York, NY.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jean Stephenson, Harry Wiles, Jr., and Ronald Wiles, as well as a niece, April Sue Wiles and great-nephew Kevin Edwards.

Ginny loved the Lord, her family, and the community she served. She will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Loudoun Heights, VA with Pastor Phil Brumback officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Church, P.O. Box 103, Purcellville, VA 20132 or Neersville Fire and Rescue, 11762 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville, VA 20132.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

 

Charles Alfred Rocheleau

Commander Charles A. Rocheleau (U.S.N. Retired) passed away on January 2, 2014 at his home, Straithmore Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia, at the age of 100.

Born April 2, 1913 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Charlie was the sixth of eight children born to the late H. Oscar and Alma V. (Granger) Rocheleau. A graduate of Assumption Preparatory School and Assumption College in Worcester, he received a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Charlie began his career in Washington, D.C., working at the National Archives. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 where, fluent in French, he was assigned to Naval Forces France, working with the U.S Army to free three ports from German occupation.

He was next assigned to U.S. headquarters in Paris, and was appointed Assistant Naval Attache in 1944. With colleagues he reopened the U.S. Embassy in Paris at the end of the war.

In 1946, Charlie was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assigned to the staff of the Commander of Naval Forces-Western Pacific in China. Subsequent assignments were in Vienna, Austria and Salzburg, Germany. Following the establishment of diplomatic relations with West Germany, in 1956 Charlie was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn as Assistant Naval Attache.

In 1958 he went to Saigon, Vietnam to work with the South Vietnamese commanders. His final posting before retiring from the Navy in 1962 was at the Pentagon.

In 1960, Charlie purchased Straithmore Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia, where he settled after his retirement. Here he raised White-Faced Herefords until he was 90 years old, still planting trees on the farm in his last years.

Charlie loved people, art, and books, maintaining an active interest in politics and a close involvement in the lives of his family and friends. He was known for his sharp intellect, inquisitive mind, optimism, self-reliance, generosity, and love of history, genealogy, and learning. When asked for his advice on how to live to 100 at his birthday celebration in April, Charlie said, “Read a lot, eat dairy and drink good wine!”

Charlie was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by thirteen nieces and nephews as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. They will all miss his keen interest and strong presence in their lives. His family especially wishes to thank Richard Buracker and Kevin Wiester, and the other special individuals in the Charles Town area who helped Charlie live independently throughout his final years.

In accordance with Charlie’s wishes, his body has been donated to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences after which his final remains will be interred alongside his parents and siblings at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester. Expressions of sympathy or personal remembrances may be conveyed to the family at: charlesalfredrocheleau@gmail.com

Darren Wade McNutt

Darren Wade McNutt, 32, of Kilgore, TX, formerly of Charles Town, departed this life on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Kilgore.

Mr. McNutt was born on June 30, 1981 in Charles Town, the son of Peggy McNutt and the late Michael C. McNutt. He was a member of County Line Holiness Church in DeKalb, Texas. Darren built and sold new homes and was a licensed contractor in West Virginia and Texas.

Darren was great family man who enjoyed preaching and singing and spending his time with his wife and children. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Darren was a very devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Left to cherish Darren’s memory are his loving wife and children, Dottie McNutt of Kilgore; daughter, Alexia McNutt; son, Bryson McNutt; mother, Peggy McNutt of Charles Town; brother, M. Scott McNutt and wife, Wendy of Harpers Ferry; sister, Christy Slusher and husband J.R. of Harpers Ferry; ten brothersin- law; nine sisters-in-law; nieces, Abigail McNutt, Andrea Mc-Nutt and Caitlin Doss; nephews, Austin McNutt and Quenton Slusher, as well as other numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives he has touched.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael C. McNutt and his grandparents.

A memorial service, weather permitting, is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mission Tabernacle Church, 446 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry. Any rescheduling will be immediately available on the funeral home web site.

Services in Texas were held on Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Kilgore, with interment at Roberts Cemetery in DeKalb, TX.

Condolences to Darren’s family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

John R. McKim

John R. McKim, 66, died Saturday February 1, 2014.

He was of the Freewill Methodist faith.

John was a US Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War and receiving the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; sister-in-law, Diane Keffer of Willow Branch, Indiana; eight nieces and three nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hubert & Virginia Heater McKim; and two brothers, Steve Keffer and Louis Totaro.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV, with Pastor Porky Jones officiating.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

Lloyd William Hough

Lloyd William Hough, 79, of Harpers Ferry, WV passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Willow Tree Manor in Charles Town, WV.

Born January 3, 1935 at Federal Hill Farms, Charles Town, WV, he was the son of the late Lloyd S. Hough and Mary Virginia Andes Hough.

He was of the Episcopal faith, having attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry.

Lloyd graduated from Harpers Ferry High School and attended Shepherd College and worked along side his father in the operation of Hough’s Dairy, helping to bottle milk and distribute it throughout Jefferson County. Lloyd was retired from the Federal Government. He served in the US Army.

“Little” Lloyd as he was called by those who knew him well, enjoyed fishing the Shenandoah River, creating artworks, playing golf and working with wood. He was a devoted animal lover and sport enthusiast.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary Josephine Hough Robertson and husband, Bill of Coral Springs, FL and nephews, Scot, Keith and Kent Robertson and families; Shirley Hough Caniford and husband, James of Harpers Ferry and nephew William Joshua and niece Elizabeth Jayne Mumaw and grand-nephew, Keenan and family; and one brother-in-law, Harold L. Shaffer and nieces Lynn Pogue and Anne Wood and grand-niece Kristen and families of Port Charlotte, FL.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Phoebe Anne Hough Shaffer and one brother, Eugene Samuel Hough.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 7, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harpers Ferry with the Reverend Georgia C. DuBose officiating.

Following the service the family will welcome friends at the old home place, “Charmadoah”, 675 Cliff Street, Harpers Ferry.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com


Daniel L. Weaver

Daniel Lee “Dan” Weaver, 76, of Ranson, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at his home.

Born July 21, 1937, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Harry and Thelma Weaver.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown.

He served in the Air Force.

He was a member of the Martinsburg Jaycees and The Brothers of Harmony, Shepherdstown.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Weaver of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Pamela Weaver-Crook of Richmond; two sisters, Fanny Jean Urkums of White Plains, Md., and Sherry Weaver of Silver Spring, Md.; and two grandchildren.

A brother, Gerald Weaver, is deceased, as is a sister, Patsy Pointer.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown with Pastor Ginger Medley officiating.

Burial will be in the Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G St. NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20005.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, is handling arrangements.

 

Martha C. Wilson

Martha C. Wilson, 95, of Kearneysville, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at her home.

Born Feb. 28, 1918, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Gus and Maryanne Pieczynski.

She was of the Catholic faith.

Her husband, Stanley Wilson, died in 1970.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Wright of Kearneysville; two sons, Wayne Wilson of Baltimore and Gary Wilson of North Carolina; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Thirteen siblings are deceased.

A service will be held later at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Baltimore.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg 25403 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

 

Virginia L. Jenkins

Virginia L. Jenkins, 85, of Summit Point, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Sept. 4, 1928, in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Henry W. Grim and Susan Rebecca Nicely Grim.

She retired from Boise Cascade in Berryville, Va., where she worked on the production line.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Her husband, Huster Elliott Jenkins, died Jan. 29, 1983.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Harris of Summit Point and Joann Vance and Kathy Marie Wright, both of Middleway; three sons, Alvin Jenkins of North Carolina, and James Jenkins and Steve Jenkins, both of Summit Point; two brothers, James Grim of Harpers Ferry and David Grim, of Bunker Hill; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Leon Jenkins and Pete Jenkins, are deceased, as is a daughter, Bonnie Sue Jenkins; a sister, Kathleen Breeden; and two brothers, George Grim and Thomas Grim.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Dr. Henry Christie officiating.

Burial will be at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting an hour before the service.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414.

 

Ralph Stephens Thomas

Ralph Stephens Thomas, age 90, died on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. A former resident of Richmond,VA, Mr. Thomas has lived in Henderson, Nevada, since 2003. He was born on July 30, 1923, to Joseph N. and Florence (Stephens) Thomas in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Mr. Thomas was a veteran of the second World War, serving in the Pacific with the US Naval Reserve 1943-1946. During his career, he worked for Walworth Valve Co., and Robertshaw Controls Company, where he achieved the position of President and CEO. He also served as president of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, on the boards of Reynolds Metals Co., Bank of Virginia, Bank of Virginia Trust Co., Richmond YMCA, and as a trustee of Richmond Memorial Hospital. After his retirement, he established Longfield Farms in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, where he was the owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his brother, Alan; first wife, Bertha M. (Farenzena)(d. 1993); and his second wife, Mary Ellen (Potts Osland)(d. 2014).

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Roman Catholic Parrish of St. James the Greater, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town, WV, with the Rev. Fr. George Pucciarelli as the celebrant. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, followed by a fellowship luncheon at St. James.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Saint Bernadette Building Fund, P.O. Box 11, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

Larry E. Swope

Larry E. Swope, 75, of Ranson, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1938, in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of Kenneth Swope and Anna Mary (Ingram) Swope.

He worked in sales at Thomassen Ford and Atlantic Food Co. in Frederick, Md., and as a shuttle driver for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He graduated from Brunswick (Md.) High School in 1956.

He was a member of Moose in Brunswick.

He served in the Air Force.

His wife, Ruth E. Swope, died April 17, 2006.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne Barron of Summit Point and Glenn Barron of Ranson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Jan. 27 at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, with Dr. Wyman Hall officiating.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town 25414.

 

Mary F. Sowers

Mary Frances Collyer Sowers, 61, of Harpers Ferry died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at home under the care of hospice.

Born Aug. 19, 1952, she was the daughter of James Swiss Collyer and Annie Frances Woodward Collyer.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a son, Steven Sowers, of Harpers Ferry; a daughter Melissa Jackson, of Harpers Ferry, two brothers, Roy Cameron of Alexandria, Va., and James Collyer of Harpers Ferry; six sisters, Susie Embrey and Shirley Williams, both of Ranson, Linda Locke and Brenda Delawder, both of Winchester, Va., Martha Haun of Flint Hill, Va., and Joyce Embrey of Shenandoah Junction; and four grandchildren.

A brother, Billy Cameron, is deceased, as is a sister, Betty Sowers.

A funeral is planned at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Grace Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, Pikeside, with Pastor Jimmy Williams officiating.

Burial will be in Hillsboro Cemetery.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, is handling arrangements, which are incomplete.

 

Clara L. Levi

Clara Lee Levi, 78, of Easley, S.C., formerly of Berryville, Va., died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at her home.

Born Nov. 7, 1935, in Myerstown, she was the daughter of Addison “Pete” Sowers Sr., and Frances Elizabeth Painter Sowers.

After her retirement from Berryville Pharmacy in 2007, she volunteered at the Clarke County (Va.) Senior Center.

She was a member of Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church, Berryville, where she sang in the choir.

She married Francis Ray Levi Sept. 9, 1961, in Brunswick, Md. He died April 18, 2000.

She is survived by two daughters, Doris Plumley of Easley and Frances Frick of Kearneysville; a sister, Frances “Dottie” Kidwell of Martinsburg; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

A brother, Garvin Addison Sowers Jr., is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ken Patrick officiating.

Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at noon.

 

Elizabeth W. Rissler

Elizabeth White Rissler, 91, of Kabletown, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at her home under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

Born March 11, 1922, in Myerstown, she was the daughter of Willard Newton White and Alma Virginia (Clipp) White.

During World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown, Md., and later worked making toys in Ranson.

She was a member of Kabletown United Methodist Church.

She was known for her fine country cooking.

Her husband of 47 years, Melvin Shirley Rissler, died July 22, 1989.

She is survived by a daughter, Dianne Rissler Alvarez of Kabletown; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Marie W. Rouss and Juanita W. Seal, are deceased, as are three brothers, Robert L. White, Nelson R. White and Willard W. White.

A funeral was held Friday at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Joanne Alexander officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg 25403.

 

R.F. ‘Frank’ Cooper Sr.

Roy F. “Frank” Cooper Sr., 86, of Harpers Ferry, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born April 4, 1927, in Loudoun County, Va., he was the son of Charles E. Cooper and Dorothy (Simpson) Cooper.

He retired after 45 years as a self-employed barber.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

His wife, Guilda Dillow Cooper, died Dec. 17, 1977.

He is survived by a son, Frank Cooper Jr. of Harpers Ferry; two sisters; a brother; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A son, Thomas Alan Cooper, is deceased, as is a brother, Charles Cooper, and a grandson.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with Pastor Dennis Crolley officiating.

Burial was in St. Andrews on the Mount, Harpers Ferry.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society – Jefferson County Relay For Life, c/o Patricia Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town 25414.

 

Evan R. Kable

Evan Ryan Kable, 5 months old, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Born Sept. 4, 2013, in Berkeley Medical Center, he was the son of Travis D. Kable and Kelly (Cosentini) Kable.

He was of the Lutheran faith.

In addition to his parents, of Martinsburg, he is survived by grandparents and step-grandparents.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 W. North St., Charles Town, with the Rev. Lee Brumback officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

The family will receive friends at the church starting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to Children’s National Medical Center, 801 Roeder Road, Silver Spring MD 20910 or to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 119 S. Seminary St., Charles Town 25414.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

 

James T. White

James T. White, 70, Kearneysville, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at his home.

Born April 14, 1943, in Loudoun County, Va., he was the son of Harry T. White and Thelma Green White.

He retired as a carpenter in the D.C. metro area.

He was of the Methodist Faith.

He served in the Army

He was married for 50 years Elaine V. Snoots White.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by two sons, Stanley White and James White, both of Ranson; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements, which are private.

 

Anna, Henry and Cohen McDermitt

Anna McDermitt, Henry McDermitt and Cohen McDermitt, infant children of Scott W. McDermitt and Emily R. Terrell of Bunker Hill, died shortly after birth on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

They are survived, along with their parents, by a brother, Scott William McDermitt, at home; grandparents, Thomas and Maureen (Cohen) McDermitt of Harpers Ferry and Garland “Gib” and Grace Ann (Tasker) Terrell of Keyser.

Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, is handling arrangements, which are private.

Burial will be in Queen’s Point Cemetery, Keyser.

Genevieve Theresa Beamer

Genevieve “Ginny” Theresa Beamer, 91, of Bolivar, WV passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, WV.

Born November 6, 1922 in Bolivar, WV, she was the daughter of the late Frank P. Noland and Viola Barnhouse Noland.

She was a member of Camp Hill –Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry, WV for approximately 70 years, where she was active in her Sunday school.

Ginny was an avid seamstress and crocheter. As a young woman she worked at the dime store in Brunswick. The years that followed saw her raising her family in Harpers Ferry. She was her family’s favorite cook and everyone’s favorite baker.

Ginny was also a dedicated fan of the late Elvis Presley.

She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Zollner and husband, Ray of Charles Town, WV and Viola Perez and Kevin Thomas of Mason, Ohio; one son, Martin Beamer of Bolivar, WV; three grandchildren, Ashley Skalkeas of Martinsburg, WV; Darcy Woodford of Martinsburg, WV and Alexandra Perez of Mason, Ohio; two great grandchildren, Riley and Jackson Lupis and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Luther Martin Beamer in 2001, three brothers, William Noland, Harold Noland and Frank Noland, Jr. and three infant brothers.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Pastor Luther Osment and Pastor Brian Hotaling officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery in Bolivar, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6-8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Fire Company, P.O. Box 126, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

James Robert Logan

James Robert Logan, 83, of Harpers Ferry, WV, departed this life on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at his residence.

Born on July 31, 1930, in Winston-Salem, NC, he was the son of the late James Robert, Sr. and Willela Boroughs Logan.

He was of the Christian faith.

He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Mary, at home; six children, Vicki Logan, Keith Logan, Theresa Logan Brewer, Howard L. Moore, Jr. and Robert W. Moore, all of Virginia Beach, and Rebecca Moore of Charles Town; and two grandchildren, Logan Lee Moore and Mary Alice Moore.

Jim was the retired pressroom manager for the Washington Post with fourteen years of service, and prior, was a pressman for the Virginia Pilot. He was the owner of the local tax accounting firm, Jim Logan & Associates. The retirement years found Jim and Mary farming, raising registered Limousine breeding stock and numerous special pets and canine companions.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at Jim’s obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

Brian Scott Hagedorn

Brian Scott Hagedorn, beloved father, son, brother, nephew, and family member, 25, of Morgantown, WV died January 24, 2014 in Morgantown.
He was born June 25, 1988 in Morgantown, WV.
He is survived by his daughter, Riley Ann Hagedorn, stepfather and mother, David and Lisette Gravelle Popish, Harpers Ferry, WV, father and stepmother, Mark Eldon and Robin Hagedorn, Bruceton Mills, WV, 2 brothers, Larry Eldon Hagedorn, Bruceton Mills, WV and Patrick Shane Popish, Harpers Ferry, WV, 2 sisters, Rebecca Hagedorn, Morgantown, WV and Madison Leigh Popish, Harpers Ferry, WV, grandparents, Roland (Frenchie) and Sandy Gravelle, David and Carol Popish, and Eldon and Carolyn Hagedorn, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and many other loved ones.
From a very young age he always wanted to be a firefighter.
He was a lieutenant with Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Department.
For the last six months he was with the Cheat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He loved riding his four-wheeler, hunting, spending time with family, friends, and his daughter. Brian graduated from Jefferson County High School in 2006. He was employed with Appalachian Directional Company (ADC) as a diesel mechanic.
Friends will be received Monday, January 27, from 5-8 PM at Hinkle Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 28, at Hinkle Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Callaway officiating. Interment will follow in the Davis Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.hinklefuneralhome.com

 

Judy A. Weatherholtz

Judy Ann Weatherholtz, 68, of Summit Point, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Nov. 25, 1945, in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Joseph James Armstrong and Josephine Belle (Palmer) Armstrong.

She retired from Jefferson Cold Storage as a clerical secretary.

She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Charles Town.

She graduated from Charles Town High School in 1964.

Her husband, Edwin Eugene “Manns” Weatherholtz died Dec. 5, 2000.

She is survived by a daughter, Deanna Jenkins of Summit Point; two sons, Joseph Weatherholtz of Paducah, Ky., and Craig Weatherholtz of Ranson; two brothers, Daniel Armstrong of Chandler, Ariz., and James David Armstrong of Marion, Ky.; and eight grandchildren.

A sister, Jean Longerbeam, is deceased.

A funeral will be held at 2:30 this afternoon at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Charles Town, with Jim Vollmerhausen officiating.

Burial will be private.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1793 Augustine Ave., Charles Town 25414.

 

Nellie L. Forejt

Nellie Louise Forejt, 80, of Hedgesville, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Heartland of Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 26, 1933, in Vanderbilt, Pa., she was the daughter of Jennings Bryant Strickler and Ruby Irene Lloyd Strickler.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

She was known as a great cook. She enjoyed ceramics.

She was married for 57 years to Charles V. Forejt.

In addition to her husband, at home, she is survived by a son, Charles Forejt Jr. of Harpers Ferry; a daughter, Cindi Hertelendy of Charles Town; and a brother, Donald Strickler of Ducannon, Pa.

A brother, Jacob Strickler, is deceased, as is a sister, Anna Corteal.

A funeral was held Saturday at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry with Chaplain Bill Ball officiating.

 

Timothy R. Honeycutt

Timothy Robert Honeycutt, 58, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

Born Aug. 18, 1955, in Baltimore, he was the son of Minnie and Robert Leonard Honeycutt.

He served in the Army.

In addition to his mother, of Kearneysville, he is survived by a daughter, Valerie Marie Honeycutt of Parkville, Md.

A funeral was held Saturday at Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, with Pastor Jim Freeman officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

 

Herbert H. Woodward Jr.

Herbert H. “Herbie” Woodward Jr., 48, of Ranson, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Feb. 24, 1965, in Alexandria, Va., he was the son of Herbert H. Woodward Sr. and Jeannie C. (Weller) Gutridge.

For 16 years he owned H.W. Enterprise, distributing The Daily Racing Form and other newspapers in D.C., Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

He was known to befriend homeless people and others he met along his newspaper routes.

Michelle L. Seal was his partner for 25 years.

Along with his partner, at home, and his mother, of Colonial Beach, Va., he is survived by his stepmother, Judith Woodward of Ranson; two brothers, Edward M. Woodward of Ranson and Curtis Mullins of Colonial Beach; and three sisters, Susan M. Keene of Ranson, Jamie C. Mullins of Colonial Beach and Melissa A. Murphy of Fredericksburg, Va.

A service is planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at Independent Fire Hall in Ranson with the Rev. Frederick Carroll of Gaithersburg, Md., officiating. Following the memorial will be a covered-dish dinner, with a money tree to defray final expenses.

 

Albert W. Rudacille

Albert William Rudacille, 86, of Ranson, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Canterbury Center, Shepherdstown.

Born Sept. 23, 1927, in Limeton, Va., he was the son of William Frederick Rudacille and Mary Neville (Jones) Rudacille.

He retired after 12 years as a mechanic with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

He also worked for Halltown Paperboard Co., Spiker Motor Co. and for 30 years at Clendening Motors Inc.

He was a member of the Charles Town Baptist Church, where he enjoyed building things for the Vacation Bible School. He brought a perfectionist’s eye to his work as a carpenter and mechanic.

He married Roberta A. Rudacille on April 15, 1949. She died Feb. 5, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter, S.V. “Vicki” Rudacille of Ranson and a sister, Anna Jean Rudacille Sirles.

Another sister, Hilda Rudacille Pickeral, is deceased.

A funeral was held Friday at Charles Town Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Hotaling and Dr. Wyman Hall officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Charles Town Baptist Church Building Fund, 211 E. Congress St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Charles W. Custer

Charles William Custer, 67, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Aug. 21, 1946, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of William Lee Custer and Fannie E. Custer.

He retired after 39 years as a shipping analyst with Ashworth Brothers of Winchester.

He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, acolyte father and member of the vestry. He also taught Sunday school.

He graduated from Charles Town High School in 1964 and attended Shepherd College.

He was a member of the Jefferson County Jaycees and Charles Town Jaycees. He served as a JCI Senator.

He was married for 41 years to Rebecca Vickers Custer.

Along with his wife, at home, he is survived by two sons, Christopher A. Custer of Shenandoah Junction and John W. Vickers Custer of Charles Town; and a grandson.

His stepmother, Mary R. Custer, is deceased, as is a stepsister, Ginger Bordier.

A funeral was held Saturday at Zion Episcopal Church, 300 E. Congress St., Charles Town, with the Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating.

Burial was private.

Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Zion Memorial Fund, 221 E. Washington St., Charles Town 25414.

 

Iris Chrisman

Iris Lee (Potter) Chrisman, 89, of Leetown, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at home.

Born Jan. 14, 1925, in Romney, she was the daughter of Mordecai and Ethel (McDonald) Potter.

She graduated in 1943 from Charles Town High School.

She worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and retired from Badger-Powhatan.

She joined Leetown Southern Baptist Church in January 1944 and served for many years as its treasurer. She was a member of the Shenandoah Southern Baptist Association.

She served for more than 50 years as a poll worker in the Middleway District.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, Pythian Sisters No 131.

She volunteered at blood drives and donated blood.

She volunteered 18,307 hours with the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She was married 40 years to Edward L. Chrisman, who died June 1, 1985.

She is survived by two sons, William L. Chrisman of Inwood and Gary W. Chrisman of Leetown; a brother, Harley Potter of Kearneysville; a sister, Thelma J. May of Martinsburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Monday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Revs. Joseph R. Stanley and Charles Henry officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson Medical Center Auxiliary, 300 S. Preston St., Ranson 25438.

 

Garnet E. Payne

Garnet E. Payne, 97, of Kearneysville, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at his home.

Born Sept. 27, 1916, in Bluemont, Va., he was the son of Robert E. Payne and Mary Fleming Payne.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a lifelong Jefferson County farmer and a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau for more than 50 years.

His wife of 60 years, Mary E. Payne, died in 2000.

He is survived by three daughters, Janice Weller of Bakerton, and Janet Barker and Mary Kim Seal, both of Charles Town; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Three sisters, Elfreda Trussell, Louise Willingham and Helen Wiltshire, are deceased, as are a brother, Roscoe Payne, and a granddaughter.

A funeral will be held at 11 this morning at Oakland United Methodist Church, 70 Oakland Terrace, Charles Town, with Pastors Kent Tice, JoAnn Alexander Tice and Richard Godfrey officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

Ella C. Hardy

Ella Corretta Hardy, 69, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in the Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown.

Born Oct. 17, 1944, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of Henry Hardy and Eleanor Virginia Cooper Hardy.

She worked as a nursing assistant at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by three sons, Curtis Hardy of Orlando, Fla., Anthony Hardy of Inwood and Andre Hardy of Martinsburg; a daughter, Lucy Hardy of Florida; a brother, Joseph Hardy of Gerrardstown; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Lucy Heath and Eleanor Johnson, are deceased, as is her companion of many years, Henry “Legs” Dean.

A funeral was held Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with the Rev. James Brown officiating.

Burial was private.

 

Gerald R. Quigley

Gerald R. Quigley, 73, of Shannondale, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 31, 1940, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Robert F. and Dorothy M. (Brown) Quigley.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.

He was a member of the Charles Town Moose Lodge No. 948 in Ranson and served as president of the board of directors of the Shannondale Club from 1979 to 1981. He was active in Boy Scouts and Shannondale soccer.

He retired in 1994 as chief information officer from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center after 35 years of service.

He was married for 52 years to Natalie A. Quigley.

In addition to his wife, at home, he is survived by a daughter, Denise Rexroad of Moorefield; three sons, David Quigley and Daniel Quigley, both of Harpers Ferry, and Douglas Quigley of Charles Town; two sisters, Judith Keeler of Annapolis, Md., and Mary Ann Hunt of Dothan, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A funeral was held Saturday at St. James, with Father Jose Manuel Escalante officiating.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

 

R. ‘Richie’ McDowell

Richard “Richie” McDowell, 67, of Ranson, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa.

Born July 13, 1946 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Richard McDowell and Graciela Rodriquez.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.

He was a member of the Charles Town Moose Lodge No. 948.

He was a jockey in the horseracing industry from 1967 to 1973, winning his last race locally in Charles Town. He continued as a jockeys’valet until 2003.

He was married for 44 years to Alma Lee McDowell.

Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Terri White of Charles Town and Carisa Figgins of Charles Town; a son, Brian McDowell of Durham, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral was held Tuesday at St. James with Father Jose Manuel Escalante officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, handled arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852-3914.

 

Frances Louise Knode Christman

Frances Louise Knode Christman died Saturday, January 11, at age 97. She was born February 10, 1916 in Shepherdstown, North

Princess Street, the residence of her family. She was the daughter of the late Howard Shirley Knode and Ida Matilda Show Knode Tennant.

Mrs. Christman was a graduate of Shepherd College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Social Studies and Business Education. She was a member of

Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Education Society. She also did graduate study at West Virginia University. She was a Business Education

teacher at Hedgesville High School until her marriage in 1942. Mrs. Christman was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal

Church, Shepherdstown, where she was confirmed at age 13, in 1929. She was a member of the Altar Guild and a volunteer at

the Trinity Thrift Shop. Mrs. Christman was also on the Shepherdstown Housing Authority, a member of the Shepherdstown Historic Commission,

and a docent at the Entler Hotel Museum. She was a member of the Shepherdstown United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter

128, and a member of The Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John H.K. Christman and wife Patricia, and Stephen S. Christman and wife, Carol Anne; five grandchildren, Claire C. Hemming

and husband Major Lee W. Hemming USMC, Rev. K. Virginia Christman and husband Allen S. Brown, Sara E. Hammond and husband Gregory W. Hammond, Stephen B. Christman,

and Adam L.S. Christman; two great grandchildren, Liza Claire Hemming and Jackson William Hammond.

Frances was the widow of the late Adolphus V. “Chris” Christman, who for 30 years was a Sr Technical Sales Rep for Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY. They lived in New Orleans,

LA, Memphis, TN, Pittsburgh, PA and Bethesda, MD having moved back to Shepherdstown in 1971 at Mr. Christman’s retirement.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown with Dr. G.T. Schramm

and Rev. Frank Coe officiating.

Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, WV. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may

be made to Trinity Episcopal Church Altar Guild, PO Box 308, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or Shepherdstown Day Care Center, PO Box 388, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Please sign the online guestbook and view her obituary at www.mtstrider.com

 

Agnes Whittington Heck

Agnes Whittington Heck, 71, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She will be truly missed by everyone who knew her.

She was born on November 28, 1942 to the late Albert “Shubby” Whittington and Hattie Smallwood Whittington. She grew up in Little Egypt.

Agnes was a retired Learning Support Aid in the East Pennsboro School District and most of all was an avid horse lover. She was a member of the West Fairview United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of West Fairview, Bicentennial Club and Busy Bee Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph D. Heck, Sr. and a daughter, Katie Heck. Agnes is survived by daughter Karen Sholly (Glenn); sons George, Chip Heck and John Dunston, all of PA and Major Joseph D. Heck, Jr. (Lisa) of Alabama; sister Margaret Harrison (Bobby) of Sandy Hook, Md.; nieces Robyn Taft and Beth Ripka; great nieces, nephews and cousins.

She loved spending time with her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Viewing and services were held January 4, 2014 at Musselman Funeral home with burial in Rolling Green Cemetery.

 

Stephen Keith Bower

The relatives and friends of Stephen Keith Bower are invited to attend his Remembrance Services.

Stephen, 30, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Donna E. Carothers, step- father, Paul Carothers, both of Louisa, VA. His father, William H. Bower, his step-mother Kelly Bower, both of Haymarket, VA. On Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Prince William Ben Lomond Community Center 10501 Copeland Drive Manassas, VA.

Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa, is handling the arrangement. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.ddwatsonmortician.com.

 

Agnes Painter

Agnes Painter, 90, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born Agnes Lorraine Mauck, August 25, 1923 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, she was preceded in death by her parents Samuel J. Mauck, Sr. and Carrie Loreta Mitchell and her brothers James, Samuel Jr., Arch, Russell, Jesse and Robert Mauck. She was also preceded in death by sisters Mabel Gantt, Gladys Wilt and Eugenia Greenwalt.

Widow of the late Charles Russell Painter, Sr. of Charles Town, she is survived by three children, Janice Myers of Martinsburg, Ron Painter of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Roger Painter.

Agnes lived 82 years in Jefferson County then moved to Tulsa, OK so her son Ron could assist in her care. She enjoyed shopping, eating out, bible study, walking her two dogs Daisy and Minnie and attending Fellowship Congregational Church.

Before retirement she worked in the food service industry as a cook. She was an excellent baker and made many delicious things for her family and friends. Agnes loved life and her independence.

She lived in her own home until her time of death.

She was an outspoken character and was loved and adored by all who knew her.

 

Charles Edward “Joe” Bowens

Charles Edward “Joe” Bowens, 85, of Charles Town, WV, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Joe was born December 26, 1928 to the late Charles and Edna Bowens.

He attended Frederick County Public Schools and was employed by Waste Management prior to retirement.

Joe enjoyed Country music, western movies and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Bernadette Spears and Laverne Wainwright, three grandchildren, James Spears, Maria

Spears and Aaron Edwards, five great grandchildren, Elexis Taylor, Keira Lyle, Christopher Rodriguez, Layla Edwards and

Aaron Edwards, Jr., seven sisters, Frances Allen “Bernie”, Adeline Diggs “Eotti”, Peggy Diggs, Genevieve Bowens, Joyce Mc-

Donald, who he raised as his own, Cindy Bowens and Darlene Williams, eight brothers, Sherman Bowens “Buddy”, Roger Bowens “Gumps”, James Bowens “Jimmy”, Michael Bowens, Carlton Scott, David Bowens, Randy Bowens and Charles Bowens

“Butch”, special nieces, Carla Spears, who he raised as his granddaughter, and special great-niece, Latavia Smith and greatnephew, Marcus Smith, both of whom he raised as his greatgrandchildren.

He is also survived by two devoted friends, Lloyd Butler and Robert Hart.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carlmelita Bowens in 2001, one son, Leonard Bowens, grandson, Brandon Spears, four brothers, Maynard Bowens “Tom”, Frank Bowens, Milton Bowens and Clifton Bowens, and three sisters, Jane Dorsey, Frances Rollins “Sissy” and Erma Thompson.

Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Dr. Alex Lambert, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours prior to services on Thursday.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com

Margaret H. Hench

Margaret H. Cepelka Hench, 88, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her home.

Born June 12, 1925, in Rippon, she was the daughter of H. Garland Heflebower and Stella (West) Heflebower.

She graduated from Charles Town High School in 1942 and Shepherd College in 1947. She attended James Madison College.

She began her teaching career in 1947 at Berryville (Va.) High School and retired in 1970 from Clarke County (Va.) High School. She also worked as a Tupperware dealer and manager for 24 years and had served as the bookkeeper for Jay’s Automotive since 1982.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town.

She was a member of Clarke County Retired Teachers and a life member of the Virginia Education Association.

She had been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society since 1964 and had served as its president.

She had served as president of the Jackson-Perks American Legion Post No. 71 Auxiliary and Citizens Fire Co. Auxiliary.

She was a member of the Lawson Botts United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Her husband Joseph Cepelka died June 7, 1964.

Her husband Don Hench died April 1, 1977.

She is survived by a son, Jay Cepelka of Rippon; a stepdaughter, Janie Hartzell of New Cumberland, Pa.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Garland Heflebower and Dan Heflebower, are deceased, as are four sisters, Virginia Andrews, Pauline Heskett, Lucille Heflebower and Frances Heflebower.

A funeral was held Monday at Melvin T. Strider Funeral Home, Ranson, with the Rev. Duane Jensen officiating.

Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

Memorials may be made to Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town 25414.

 

M.J. ‘Jean’ Albert

Mary Jeanette “Jean” Albert, 50, of Summit Point, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, after an accident at her home.

Born April 27, 1963, in Marion, Va., she was the daughter of Mary and Edward Brown.

She was married for 31 years to Jeffrey Albert.

In addition to her husband, at home, and her parents, of Leesburg, Va., she is survived by a daughter, Jessica Albert of Martinsburg; a brother, Robert S. Combs of Richmond, Va., five sisters, Josephine Lanham of Purcellville, Va., Teresa Lanham of Leesburg, Debbie Shorts of Martinsburg, Melissa Combs of Shannondale and Wanda Flack, both of Stumptown, Va.; and a granddaughter.

A brother, Robert A. Combs, is deceased.

Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, is handling arrangements, which are private.

Sterling S. Walker

Sterling Scott Walker, 60, of Ranson, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Feb. 14, 1953, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Ford Sterrette Walker and Lucy Mildred Payton Walker.

He is survived by a son, Jerome Scott of Charles Town; two brothers, Clifford Walker of Winchester and Michael Walker of Hagerstown, Md.; two sisters, Gloria Twyman and Velda Jones, both of Ranson; and his fiancé, Annie Proctor, of Ranson.

A sister, Naomi Jackson, is deceased.

A funeral was held Saturday at Zion Baptist Church, Charles Town, with Bishop Charles Cummings Sr. officiating.

Interment was private.

Jefferson Chapel, Ranson, handled arrangements.

 

W.A. ‘Bill’ Knighten, Sr.

William Andrew “Bill” Knighten, Sr., 79, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born Oct. 11, 1934, in Falling Waters, he was the son of Walter Knighten and Elsie Beavers Knighten.

He owned Knighten Farms in Shepherdstown.

He was married for 47 years to Dixie Carter Knighten. She died Dec. 20, 2010

He is survived by a son, William A. “Billy” Knighten Jr. of Shepherdstown; a brother, Bud Knighten of Martinsburg; five sisters, Martha Hopkins of Morristown, Tenn., Helen Snyder of Shenandoah Junction, Elsie Disert of Hagerstown, Md., and Pat Potter and Dott DeHaven, both of Inwood.

A brother, Daniel Knighten, is deceased, as is a sister, Betty DeVore.

A funeral was held Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home with Pastors Parker Hinzman and Jimmy Williams officiating.

Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda United Methodist Church, c/o Martha K. Putz, 4995 Engle Moler Road, Shepherdstown 25433.

Lawrence F. Burns

LAWRENCE BURNS, Lawrence F., 71, a resident of Bowie, MD since 1979, died December 31 at Anne Arunde Medical Center, Annapolis MD.

He was born July 28, 1942 in Cumberland, MD to Virgil P. and Caroline Trozzo Burns. Upon his family’s move to West Virginia in 1956, he attended Charles Town High School in Jefferson County, where he was quarterback on the school’s only undefeated football team. He received a full tuition athletic scholarship to Miami University, Miami, FL. Upon graduation in 1964 he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army, Field Artillery, thru the ROTC program. For the next eleven years he served multiple stateside assignments at Ft. Hood, TX; Ft. Meade, MD;

Ft. Sill, OK; Ft. Bragg, NC. He also served two tours of duty in South Vietnam in 1965 as a forward observer and in 1969 as a senior advisor to the ARVN 46th Artillery Battalion. During the latter, he received the Bronze Star with valor device, the Air Medal with valor device, and the Army Commendation Medal.

Stateside in 1970, he joined the faculty at the University of Richmond, VA as a professor of military science and completed his M.A. in education in 1973. His last military assignment was a two year tour of duty as a battery commander, 2nd Bn 83rd FA, 41st Field Artillery Group in Babenhausen, West Germany.

While still in country, he accepted a civil service position as Education Specialist with the Department of Army Europe. From 1975-1979 he was assigned to Hanau and Frankfurt Army Education Centers respectively. Happily situated in non-government quarters, he enrolled his daughter in a German kindergarten while his wife went to work in the library on the Kaserne. Fully immersed in civilian life, he found time to be an assistant coach to the Hanau High School football team which coincidently just happened to be having an undefeated year.

Returning to the states in 1979, he continued his career as Education Specialist with the Department of the Navy reporting

directly to the Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District Washington, and later to the Commander, Navy Recruiting

Command.

A full and active life followed retirement in 2000. Larry was an excellent cook, an avid sports enthusiast and competitive

golfer. He enjoyed his role as man around the house and spent much of his retirement years collecting trains, Toby mugs and art to decorate the home place.

Larry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth Saville Burns, formerly of Charles Town, WV, one daughter Mary Alison Burns and her husband Steve Crimaudo of Riva, MD, and two grandsons, James Crimaudo, 7, and Leo Crimaudo, 4. Also surviving are his brother, Kenneth Eugene Burns and his wife, Tina of Ranson, WV and h