Obituaries

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

 

 

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