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GORDON L. BOWIE 
CUMBERLAND - Gordon L. Bowie, 93, of 706 Washington Street, Cumberland, died at his home on Thursday morning, August 7, 1997, after a brief illness. He had been blessed with a long life, a devoted family, and a productive career.
Mr. Bowie, born in 1903, graduated in 1920 from Allegany High School, where he was on the track team. After a year of postgraduate study at The Mercersburg Academy, he began studies at the University of Michigan. But during his first year there his father, the late Robert E. Lee Bowie, died, and soon he returned to Cumberland to join his brother, Douglas R. Bowie, in running their father's business, The Tri-State Paper Company. For 45 years, he served as secretary/treasurer of the company, building it into one of the most successful local wholesale paper distributors in the East. Mr. Bowie and his brother sold the business and retired in 1967.

Mr. Bowie served for 57 years on the Board of Directors of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. In 1940, after his first meeting, he had to excuse himself promptly so that he could attend the birth of his daughter, Beverley. In 1997, his last act as board member was to help oversee the merger of First Federal with American Trust Bank. He had also served as vice-president of the bank.

In addition, he was active in the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, as an elder, as president of the board of trustees, and as chair of a search committee to bring a new pastor to the church. He and his brother, Douglas, donated the Bowie Memorial Chapel to the church in memory of their parents.

At the time of his death, Mr. Bowie was the longest-standing member of Our Lodge of Masonry, and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, a charter member of Cumberland Lions Club, and was a member and past director of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Despite his many other accomplishments, Mr. Bowie will be remembered best for a tennis career that spanned nine successive decades. As a promoter of the game, he spearheaded an effort to install all-weather courts at the Cumberland Country Club in 1958, and served for many years as a member of the Tennis Committee there and as the principal organizer of tennis at the club.

During that time, the number of family tennis members rose from five to over 100.

As a player, he and his wife, the late Evelyn Claybrook Bowie, dominated the Allegany County mixed doubles tournament, winning 10 championships during the 1940s and 1950s. During that period they were also perennial champions at the county club, where in addition Mr. Bowie won a number of singles and men's doubles championships. When he suffered a heart attack in 1956, he was told by his doctor to give up tennis. But after a year he discovered that the stress of golf and other forms of inactivity were harder on his heart than the game he loved. He gradually returned, at first in secret, to the courts.

In 1975, a tennis ball ricocheted from his racquet into his left eye and, despite surgery at the Wilmer Clinic at Johns Hopkins, he lost the sight of his eye. Undaunted by that, and also by triple bypass surgery that he underwent in 1979, he returned again to the courts, continuing to play doubles regularly until his last game in February of this year. For four years, from 1990 to 1993, he competed with 31 other doubles teams in the United States Tennis Association National 85 and Over Championships on the grass courts at the Longwood Cricket Club, in Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts. In 1996, he competed in the National 90 and Over Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Bowie is survived by his two children, Beverley Bowie Awbrey of Westfield, New Jersey, and G. Lee Bowie, Jr., of Amherst, Massachusetts; and by six grandchildren, Kimberley Michelle Awbrey, 28, of Washington, D.C., Becky Michaels, 27, of New York City, Lee Bowie Awbrey, 24, of Burlington, Vermont, Jules Bowie, 21, Michael Bowie, 10, and Cassie Bowie, 8, all of Amherst, Massachusetts.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Cumberland, on Sunday, August 10, 1997, at 4 p.m.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mr. Bowie's memory to the Hospice Association of Western Maryland.

JOSSETTE M. BOWLING 
CUMBERLAND - Jossette Marie Bowling, 43, formerly of Cumberland, died Sunday, June 8, 1997, at Killeen, Texas.
Born Feb. 9, 1954 in Cumberland, she was the daughter of James and Mary C. Reed. She was preceded in death by a brother, James E. Reed II.

Mrs. Bowling served in the U.S. Army for six years in medical supply and worked as a manager for Texas Signs and Designs.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband, Jeffrey L. Bowling, Killeen; one son, Tommy Young of Elba, Ala.; one daughter, Sharon Young, Elba, Ala.; two brothers, Bernard J. Reed, Martinsburg, W.Va.; John C. Reed, Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Mary Dowling, Manchester, N.H.; Tracey A. McIntyre, Martinsburg, W.Va. and Charlene J. Poorbaugh, Glencoe, Pa.

The body was cremated.

Donations or memorials may be made to the Pediatrics Restorative Care Center at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

ERMA E. BOWLUS 
JEFFERSON - Erma Elizabeth Bowlus, 84, of 1807 Arnoldstown Road, Jefferson, died Friday, June 13, 1997, at the home of her niece, Carolyn and the Rev. James L. McMahan, Cumberland.
Born Oct. 14, 1912, in Keedysville, she was a daughter of the late Owen Edward and Bertha Jones Poffenberger. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Grayson Aubrey on March 28, 1981; and the following brothers and sisters, Margie I. Corder, Clarence Poffenberger, Isabell I. Watkins, Alice Poffenberger, Ira Poffenberger, and Igenes Poffenberger.

Surviving are one brother, Leonard Poffenberger, Shepardstown, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 East Main St., Middletown, on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Cook, pastor of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Hagerstown, and the Rev. James L. McMahan, pastor of Trinity and Potomac Park United Methodist Church, Cumberland, officiating.

Interment will be in Pleasant View Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Burkittsville.

The Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, handled the local arrangements.

GERALDINE L. BOWMAN 
CUMBERLAND - Geraldine L. Long Bowman, 81, of Fayette Street, Cumberland, died Monday, July 7, 1997, in Cuppett Weeks Nursing Home, Oakland.
Born April 14, 1916, in Ridgeley, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Stanley J. and Lula (Combs) Lease. She also was preceded in death by two husbands O. Carl Long, in 1961, and Carl B. Bowman, in 1970; one sister, Fannie B. Miller; and three brothers, Stanley D., Austin G. and Sam W. Lease.

Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Cresaptown United Methodist Church, Henry Hart Post 13, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 15, Ladies Auxiliary, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cumberland Eagles 245. She was retired in 1981 from the Springfield State Hospital, Sykesville.

Surviving are one daughter, Carla S. Cunningham, North Hutchison Island, Fla. and Deep Creek Lake; one sister, Grace Stoner, Hagerstown; one sister-in-law, Anna Lease, Russelville, Ohio; one brother, Carl L. Young and wife Marie, Byran, Texas; one brother-in-law, Francis Miller, Leesburg, Va., and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Harold R. McClay Jr. officiating.

Interment will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Bowman's memory to the Cresaptown United Methodist Church, Route 220 S., Cresaptown, MD 21502 or to the Garrett County Hospice Unit, 2008 Maryland Highway, Oakland, MD 21550.

Pallbearers will be Lenny Bosse, Francis Cosgrove, Harold Hite, Jimmie Light, Robert Rephan and Ronald L. Rice.

OWEN D. BOWSER 
GRANTSVILLE - Owen Dale Bowser, 63, of 2408 Legeer Road, Grantsville, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, at his residence.
Born April 9, 1934, in Grantsville, he was a son of the late George and Agnes (Yaste) Bowser.

Mr. Bowser had been employed as a car repairman for Harbison-Walker Refractories prior to his retirement and was a member of Woodmen of the World Camp 41.

Surviving are his wife, Beatrice Elizabeth (Snyder) Bowser; a son, Thomas D. Bowser, Grantsville; a daughter, Julie K. Hardesty, Grantsville; a brother, Arthur Bowser, Clinton; four sisters, Gladys Meyers, Grantsville, Melva Barley, Silver Spring, Bernadine Watkins, Canton, Mich., and Fern Bowser, Washington, D.C.; and three grandchildren, Becky, Kimmy and J.D.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Keith Welch officiating.

Interment will be in Grantsville Cemetery.

WARD E. BOWSER
FROSTBURG - Ward E. Bowser, 75, of 70 Linden St., Frostburg, died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at his home.
Born Aug. 17, 1922, in Salisbury, Pa., he was the son of the late Alvin R. and Verna (Handwerk) Bowser.

Mr. Bowser was retired from the Celanese Corporation. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion Farrady Post No. 24, Frostburg, and the VFW Post No. 8825, Salisbury, Pa.

Surviving are one sister, Nellie Wright, Eckhart; one brother, John A. Bowser and wife Charlene, Alexandria, Va.; two nieces; and one nephew.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George M. Harpold officiating.

Interment will be in Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Pa.

Graveside military honors will be accorded by American Legion Farrady Post No. 24.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Diabetes Association, 407 Central Ave., Reisterstown, MD 21136.

LILLIAN M. BOYLAND 
CUMBERLAND - Lillian M. Boyland, 86, of Ridgeley, W.Va., died Thursday, March 20, 1997, at the Cumberland Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 30, 1910, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John L. Everett and the late Sallie M. (Weber) Everett. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Boyland Sr., on May 4, 1980.

Mrs. Boyland was a retired secretary for the United Textile Workers. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Surviving are two sons, James W. Boyland Jr., Cumberland, and John K. Boyland, Burbank, Calif.; two daughters, Joycelyn M. Sherman, Aurora, Ill., and Jeanne K. Amick and husband Chet, Cumberland; one sister, Mazelia Everett, Frostburg; seven grandchildren, Sharon Amick, Shelly Witt, Tina Young, April and Allison Sherman, Sean and Dawn Boyland; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Monday at 10 a.m. with Father Vance Pastorius as celebrant.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

A Christian Wake Service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday at 8:45 p.m.

MARGARET E. BOYLE
CUMBERLAND - Margaret Elizabeth Boyle, 75, of Wempe Drive, Cumberland, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born Oct. 31, 1922, in Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late George Walter Geatz and Emma (O'Neill) Geatz. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, James R. Geatz and George W. Geatz Jr.; and two sisters, Anna Lee Ambrose and Mary Virginia Poling.

Mrs. Boyle was retired from the Allegany County Board of Education, where she was employed as the cafeteria manager for Columbia Street Elementary School. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Cumberland.

Surviving are her husband, Richard F. Boyle; a son, Robert F. Boyle and wife Linda, Cumberland; a daughter, Patricia Stevens and husband Dennis, Cumberland; two brothers, Joseph Geatz, Laurel, and Thomas Geatz and wife Doris, Cumberland; a sister Clara Mae Clark, Cumberland; one grandson, Robert B. Boyle, Pittsburgh; three granddaughters, Jacqueline A. Reed and husband Bradley, Ashley K. Boyle and Laura D. Stevens, all of Cumberland; and one great-grandson, Brandon J. Reed.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Father Thomas Bevans as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.

LEONA R. BRADLEY 
LONACONING - Leona R. Bradley, 96, formerly of 67 Douglas Avenue, Lonaconing, died Saturday, June 28, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Born May 21, 1901, in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Margaret (Shea) Grimes. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Alger L. Bradley, on May 8, 1964; one son, William L. Grimes; one granddaughter; and three grandsons.

Mrs. Bradley was of the Catholic faith. She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Georges Creek, Lonaconing, and Senior Citizens of Barton and Martinsburg, W.Va., Lonaconing Republican Club, and the American Legion James P. Love Post No. 92 Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are one son Robert K. Bradley, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; two daughters, Helen Ann Redick, Coatesville, Pa., and Jean L. Taylor, Martinsburg, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, 8 East Main St., Lonaconing, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with Sister Marietta Culhane, O.S.F., Pastoral Life Director, officiating.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

A Christian wake service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

DOROTHY L. BRADSHAW 
CRESAPTOWN - Dorothy Louise Bradshaw, 63, formerly of Cresaptown, then a resident of Lions Manor Nursing Home, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born Jan. 6, 1934, in Prince Georges County, she was the daughter of the late George Collins.

Surviving are a daughter Anita Livengood, Grantsville; and two grandchildren.

At Ms. Bradshaw's request, her body will be cremated.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hafer Funeral Home, 1302 National Highway, LaVale.

ANNA P. BRADY 
CUMBERLAND - Anna Pearl Brady, 96, of Cumberland, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born July 19, 1900, in Slanesville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Margaret (Brelsford) Ginevan. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Brady; one brother, Oliver Ginevan; and one sister, Mae Klein.

Mrs. Brady was a homemaker. She was Baptist by faith.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Susan Horning, and Geraldine Virginia Ward and husband Philip, all of Cumberland; one grandson, Rodney Horning and wife Barbara, Cumberland; two great-grandchildren, Roan and Nolana Horning; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

ERIN L. BRADY 
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. - Erin L. Brady, 21, of Grayslake, formerly of Cumberland, died Sunday, March 30, 1997, in Waukegan, Ill., from injuries suffered in a car accident.
She was the daughter of Michael and Barbara (Curtis) Brady of Grayslake.

A graduate of Grayslake High School, Miss Brady worked as an office manager in a dental office. She was engaged to be married in August of this year to Mark Sneyd. She was a very warm, caring young woman and was a good daughter and granddaughter.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her paternal grandparents, William P. Sr. and Mary E. Brady, Cumberland; one brother, Michael J. Brady and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

The Strang Funeral Home, Grayslake, is in charge of arangements.

HARVEY W. "JAKE" BRADLEY
CARPENDALE, W.Va. - Harvey Winfred "Jake" Bradley, 69, of Carpendale, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at his residence.
Born May 28, 1928, in Lonaconing, he was the son of the late Millard Fillmore Bradley and Barbara Ann (Beeman) Bradley.

He also was preceded in death by his step-mother, Marcella Donald Bradley; and one sister, Jennie Donaldson.

Mr. Bradley was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy.

He received his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University.

Mr. Bradley was retired from Potomac Farms Dairy, where he had been the Plant Manager.

Mr. Bradley was a member of Holy Cross United Methodist Church, where he also belonged to the Men's Bible Class. He was Past President of the Ridgeley Lions Club, where he had been a member for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Isabelle (Robinson) Bradley; one daughter, Terry R. Parsons and husband, Rich, Ridgeley, W.Va.; two sons, Kim M. Bradley and wife, Tammy, and Brian P. Bradley and wife Sandi, all of Ridgeley; one brother, Fillmore M. Bradley and wife, Doris, Conneaut, Ohio; two half-brothers, Donald Bradley and wife, Donna, Lonaconing, and William Raymond Bradley and wife, JoAnn, Bowling Green; two sisters, Beatrice Davis, Ridgeley, and Margaret Stafford and husband, Earl, Lonaconing; two half-sisters, Betty Lou Grogg, Lonaconing, and Norma Clark and husband Richard, Barton; and five grandchildren, Jamie Bradley, Travis Bradley, Trevor Bradley, Trent Bradley, and Jennifer Parsons.

Friends will be received at the George-Upchurch Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral will be conducted in the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Harry L. Burchell, Jr., and the Rev. Dr. Gary W. Trail, officiating.

Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Frye, Tom Riggleman, Lemuel Powers, Dick Dorsey, Joe Rice, and Harold Winstanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit, 600 Memorial Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502; or to the Memorial Fund at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 431, Ridgeley, W.Va. 26753.

WALTER ``LOPPY'' BRAITHWAITE 
KEYSER, W.Va. - Walter ``Loppy'' Braithwaite, 77, of Route 5, Box 89, Keyser, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 15, 1997, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Aug. 30, 1919, in Hampshire, he was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Viola (Powell) Braithwaite. He also was preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Howard, Jim, and Jesse Braithwaite; and two sisters, Sadie Wildman, and Pearl Cosner; and one granddaughter, Sally Ann Braithwaite.

Mr. Braithwaite was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was retired from Masteller Coal Co. He attended Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church of Keyser. He was a member of the United Mine Workers No. 1444, and a former member of the Keyser Rescue Squad.

Surviving are his wife, Martha (Maynard) Braithwaite; seven sons, Tom Braithwaite and wife Jean, Elk Garden, Richard Braithwaite and wife Donna, Cross, Paul Braithwaite and wife Norma, Keyser, Donnie Braithwaite and wife Betty, Keyser, Gary Braithwaite and wife Debbie, Cross, Dale Braithwaite and wife Tammie, Keyser, and Dave Braithwaite and wife Tammy, Keyser; and six daughters, Judy Roy and husband Jim, Keyser, Connie Hesse and husband Bud, Fort Ashby, Sandy Baker and husband Jerry, Keyser, Lena Warnick and husband Dwight, Keyser, Debbie Baker and husband Edward, Keyser, and Sharon Harvey and husband Tom, Cross; 42 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church, Keyser, on Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Funkhouser and the Rev. Steve Landis officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser.

Pallbearers will be Bill Braithwaite, Brian Braithwaite, Donnie Ashby, Richard Braithwaite Jr., Rick Roy, Jason Braithwaite, Kevin Warnick, and Tom Baker.

MARTHA E. BRAMBLE 
CUMBERLAND - Martha Evelyn Bramble, 82, of Cumberland, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born May 2, 1915, in Mount Savage, she was the daughter of the late Walter Allen and Mary Agnes (Collins) Crowe. She also was preceded in death by her husband Donald L. Bramble; two brothers, Lewis Crowe and Alfred Crowe; and one sister, Rose Mary Smith.

Mrs. Bramble was a member of the AARP.

Surviving are one daughter, Diana Booth and husband Donald, Frostburg; two sons, Donald E. Bramble, Bordentown, N.J., and Herbert Allen Bramble and wife Janet, Ridgeley, W.Va.; two brothers, Wilbert Crowe and Reford Crowe, both of Mount Savage; one sister, Gladys Crowe, Mount Savage; and six grandchildren, Laura Bramble, Daphne Bramble, Brian Bramble, Gregory Bramble, Trinity Booth and Donald Booth.

Friends will be received at the George-Upchurch Funeral Home, 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Edward Dickel officiating.

Interment will be in the Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Victor Merkel, Donald Booth, Gregory Bramble, Brian Bramble, Buc Frost and Charles Crowe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 701 E. First St., Cumberland, MD 21502.

MARIE B. BRANDT
ELLERSLIE - Marie Bridget Brandt, 70, of Ellerslie, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born May 6, 1927, in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late Patrick L. and Helen C. (Burns) Manley.

Mrs. Brandt was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Beall High School and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Cumberland.

Mrs. Brandt was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Donald H. Brandt; one son, Donald P. Brandt, Ellerslie; two daughters, Rosemarie Raymond and husband Rodney, Cumberland, and Michele Knotts and husband George, Ellerslie; one sister, Eileen Wilson and husband William, Medina, Ohio; three grandchildren, Megan M. Raymond, G. Lucas Knotts, and Kristin M. Knotts; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Christian Wake will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday at 9 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas R. Bevan as celebrant.

Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Ellerslie Ambulance service.

VIRGINIA BRANSOM
TAMPA, Fla. - Virginia Lee Bransom, 67, of Tampa, formerly of Ridgeley, W.Va., died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at the Hawthorne Care Center in Brandon, Fla.
Born in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Bean) Shannon. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Ret. Staff Sgt. James Bransom.

Surviving are one son, James Roy Blauch, Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren, Luke, 5, and Nicholas, 3, both of Boston; a brother, James Shannon, Appola Beach, Fla.; and two sisters, Nellie Henry, Ridgeley, and Ruth Blauch, Tampa.

She was a retired employee of Hillsboro County, Fla.

The body will be cremated.

ROBERT A. BRANT
RAWLINGS - Robert Anthony "Bo" Brant, 53, of Bloomingfield Trailer Court, Rawlings, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born July 16, 1944, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Robert V. Brant and Evelyn (Downton) Brant.

Mr. Brant was a member of the Lighthouse Church of God of Prophecy and the Cresaptown Eagles Aerie No. 2883.

Surviving are his wife, Darlene (Scott) Brant; two sons, Robert James Brant Sr. and wife Crissy, Cumberland, and Scott Anthony Brant and wife Tonya, Cresaptown; one sister, Sandra K. Hall, Rawlings; two granddaughters, Rachel Brant, Upper Marlboro, and Kaylynn Brant, Cumberland; and one grandson, Robert James Brant Jr., Cumberland.

Friends will be received at the Leasure-Stein Funeral Home, 230 Baltimore Ave., Cumberland, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Harry R. Copen and the Rev. Melissa Jessen officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
 

THOMAS W. BRASHEARS, JR. 
ADELPHI - Thomas W. Brashears Jr., 89, of 10124 Riggs Road, Adelphi, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home.
Born Jan. 5, 1908, in Laurel, he was the son of the late Thomas Brashears, Sr., and the late Millie (Burdette) Brashears. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Hoffa) Brashears.

Mr. Brashears retired from the United States government. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Laurel Post 60, American Legion, and a 50-year member of Laurel Wreath Lodge 149, AF & AM. He was Methodist by faith.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Violet Malcolm, Barton, and Elaine Cooper, Burlington, W.Va.

Friends will be received at the Boal Memorial Chapel, Barton, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the Boal Chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Park officiating.

Interment will be in the Philos Cemetery, Westernport.

Barton American Legion 189 will hold a memorial service at the funeral home on Monday at 7 p.m.

Allegany Lodge 157 AF & AM, Barton, will hold a memorial service at the funeral home on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

BEATRICE L. BRATT 
CUMBERLAND - Beatrice LaVerne Bratt, 83, of 220 Sommerville Ave., Cumberland, died Saturday, March 22, 1997, at the Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit.
Born April 15, 1913, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Sweitzer and the late Sarah (Appel) Sweitzer. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur William Bratt Jr., in 1976.

Surviving are one son, Arthur W. ``Bill'' Bratt III, Carpendale, W.Va.; one daughter, Barbara Ann Merritt and husband Roy, Cumberland; four grandchildren, Clay E. Merritt, Florida, Debra Bratt, Carpendale, Tracey Bratt Andrews, Carpendale, Kelly Bratt Nedved and husband David, Pittsburgh; four great-grandchildren, William Andrews, Gordon Andrews, Bradley Nedved and Marissa Nedved; one sister-in-law, Easter Sweitzer, Midland; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumbreland, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Jewell officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.
 

THE REV. ANNA K. BRATTON
CUMBERLAND - The Rev. Anna Katherine Bratton, 73, formerly of Ore Street NW, Cumberland, died Monday, Nov. 3, 1997, at Devlin Manor Nursing Home, Cumberland, where she had been a patient since Nov. 24, 1995.
Born Sept. 21, 1924, in Trenton, Missouri, she was a daughter of the late Herman L. and Jewell (Carter) Bratton.

Rev. Bratton was a retired minister having served in Whiteford United Methodist Church Charge, Whiteford, Grace United Methodist Church Charge, Midland, Shaft United Methodist Church Charge, Woodland United Methodist Church Charge, Cambria United Methodist Church Charge, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Charge, and St. Paul United Methodist Church Charge.

She received a master's degree from Scarritt College, Nashville, Tenn., graduating in 1950. She was a member of the Fairview Avenue United Methodist Church, Cumberland, and the United Methodist Women. She was former director of Christian education with the general board of Global Ministries.

Surviving are one brother, Harry Walter Bratton and wife Alice J., Independence, Missouri; and a dear friend of many years, Eleanor Muir.

At Rev. Bratton's request, her body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at the Fairview Avenue United Methodist Church, Cumberland, on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Cynthia Frye officiating. Friends and relatives will be received one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary.

Interment will be in Edenburg I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Trenton, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Fairview Avenue United Methodist Church.

The Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, is in charge of the arrangements.

MARY E. BRAY 
SWANTON - Mary Ellen ``Gram'' Bray, 89, of Swanton, died Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at the Cuppett Weeks Nursing Home, Oakland.
Born Sept. 20, 1907, at North Glade, she was a daughter of the late Daniel T. O'Brien and Florence (Barnard) O'Brien. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Umber Wellington Bray, in 1976.

Mrs. Bray was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, and had been a member of the Deer Park Community Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for 45 years.

Surviving are three sons, Elwood Bray, Baltimore, Lonnie Bray, Kitzmiller, and Roger Bray, Oakland; three daughters, Leota Savage and Betty Wildesen, both of Swanton, and Helen Crummett, Fredericksburg, Va.; one half brother, Glen O'Brien, Swanton; two half sisters, Mona Dalgren, Santa Monica, Calif., and Myrtle Summerville, Dalgren, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Durst Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Hatcher and the Rev. Ellis Harvey officiating.

Interment will be in the Deer Park Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Deer Park Community Volunteer Fire Department.

EDGAR BREEDLOVE 
THOMAS, W.Va. - Edgar Breedlove, 96, formerly of Thomas, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at the home of his daughter in Frederick, Md.
Born March 21, 1901, in Breedlove, Preston County, the 10th of 13 children, he was the son of the late Robert E. Lee Breedlove and Alma Jane Sell.

Mr. Breedlove was twice married, first to Edith Kelley Garner for 39 years, and then to Ruth Unger for 28 years. Six brothers and five sisters also preceded him in death.

Mr. Breedlove was an express agent for the Western Maryland Railroad, then worked as a truck driver and retired from the B&L Furniture Store in Thomas. He was a member and 30-year treasurer of the Thomas United Methodist Church; and a member of the Thomas Volunteer Fire Department and the IOOF Davis Lodge 103.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Harry David (Guinevere B.) Winpigler, Frederick; one brother, Parker Warden Breedlove, Cresaptown, Md.; and one grandchild, Zane Kelley Winpigler and wife Wendy M. Winpigler, Frederick; and a lot of nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, on Monday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J.J. Johnson officiating.

Interment will be in the Texas Cemetery, Eglon.

LURA E. BREESE
MORRISON, Colo. - Lura E. Breese, 97, of Morrison, formerly of Cumberland, died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997, at Bearcreek Nursing Center, Morrison.
Born May 13, 1900, in Ellerslie, she was the daughter of the late Harry I. and Lucinda (Lowery) Lowery. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank W. Burkett; her second husband, E. Floyd Breese; one sister, Sara V. Lowery; and one step-daughter, Wilovene Griffith.

Mrs. Breese was a homemaker. She was a member of Redeemer United Church of Christ, Ellerslie; McKinley Chapter #12 Order of the Eastern Star; Ladies Auxiliary of Brotherhood of Trainmen; Ladies Auxiliary of Brotherhood of Engineers.

Surviving are one daughter, Jean Patton, Littleton, Colo.; one son, Robert F. Burkett, Altoona, Pa.; one stepson, Gerald Breese, Boynton Beach, Fla.; four stepdaughters, Ruth Wentling, Bedford, Pa., Cartha Lowery, Bedford, Pa.; Audrey Blubaugh and Marketta Ryan, both of Cumberland; one brother, John C. Lowery, Englewood, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ruth S. Kershner officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

JOHN D. BREHANY
RIDGELEY, W.Va. - John Darnley Brehany, 89, of Ridgeley, W.Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997, at his residence.
Born July 3, 1908, in Pekin, Md., he was the son of the late James P. Brehany and Jeannette (Darnley) Brehany. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Brehany; one son, William L. "Bill" Brehany; and one sister, Anona Brehany.

Mr. Brehany served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He was a graduate of Catherman's Business School. Mr. Brehany had worked as an accountant, and had been employed by Grant Lumber Supply from 1929 to 1937, Cessna Lumber from 1937 to 1951, South Cumberland Planing Mill from 1951 to 1964, and the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company from 1964 until his retirement in 1973.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Ridgeley, Fort Cumberland Post No. 13 American Legion, Aerie No. 245 FOE, and Council No. 586 Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are one sister, Kathleen Sullivan, Vero Beach, Fla., three grandchildren, Scott Brehany, Pensacola, Fla., Kelly Meharg and John Franklin, both of Montgomery, Ala.; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the George-Upchurch Funeral Home, 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Kent Durig as celebrant.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

A Christian wake service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 8:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, 815 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201-9990.

BAKER D. BRELSFORD 
SHORT GAP, W.Va. - Baker Davis Brelsford, 79, of Short Gap, died Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at the Hospice Unit at Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 20, 1917, in Levels, he was the son of the late John B. and Hattie (Saville) Brelsford.

Mr. Brelsford was a retired laborer with Local 616, having worked with the Walter N. Yoder and Sons Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Short Gap; a 50 year charter member of Short Gap Fire Department; a 30 year charter member of the Short Gap Lions Club. He was a member of Short Gap Senior Citizens, and Woodmen of the World Lodge 6, Cumberland.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances (Haines) Brelsford; one son, Rodney Brelsford and wife Diane, Short Gap; two daughters, Donna J. Pyles and husband Glen, and Vicki Dawson and husband Jim, all of Short Gap; one brother, John Brelsford Jr. and wife Louise, Short Gap; one sister, Nellie Carder and husband Alvin, Short Gap; six grandchildren, Tami Dennis and husband Michael, Todd Pyles and wife Doniele, Mark Dawson, Chad Dawson, Troy Brelsford and Holly Brelsford; and four great-grandchildren, Justin Dennis, Cameron Dennis, Brennan Pyles and Ellison Pyles.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Short Gap, on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sumner Sawyer and the Rev. John Glessner officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Ashby Cemetery.

The Short Gap Fire Department will hold a memorial service on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Woodmen of the World memorial service at 7:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Short Gap Fire Department.

Serving as pallbearers are Douglas Brelsford, Terry Brelsford, Marshall Carder, Robert Everett, David Haines and Tom Pyles. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Short Gap Fire Department and the Short Gap Lions Club. 
 

MARIE S. BREWER 
LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. - Marie S. Brewer, 77, of 102 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Waccamaw, formerly of Lonaconing, Md., died Sunday, August 3, 1997, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Born in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Kelly) Stewart. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Anne Formy-Duval; and a son, Larry Brewer.

Mrs. Brewer was a retired school teacher's assistant. She was a 1938 graduate of Central High School, Lonaconing, and was salutatorian of her class. She was editor in chief of the school newspaper.

Surviving are her husband, Walter L. Brewer; one sister, Colleen S. Garrett, North Charleston; four grandchldren, Wally Brewer, Kelley Lambert, Beth Formy- Duval and Anna Formy-Duval; and one aunt, Nettie Kelly, Lonaconing.

Services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, in North Carolina.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1310 South 16th St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the American Heart Association, 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC 28403.

JAMES E. BRIDGES
CUMBERLAND - James E. Bridges, 68, of 11821 Messick Road, Cumberland, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at his home.
Born Nov. 25, 1929, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Howard E. Adams and the late Amanda (Bridges) McCarty.

Mr. Bridges was the retired owner and operator of the 220 North Lounge and Jolly Jim's Tavern. He was a member of American Legion Fort Cumberland Post #13. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Surviving are a daughter, Anna Hoyman and husband, James, Cumberland; two special people, Carol Davies and Kitty VanHouten; two brothers, Royce Adams, Rockville, and Leon Adams, Newville, Pa.; four sisters, Phoebe Day, Osterburg, Pa., Ruth Smith, Needmore, Pa., Lurain Cornell, Everett, Pa., and Phyllis Price, Bedford, Pa.; two grandsons, Rick Malcolm and Brian Malcolm; a step-grandson, James Hoyman, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Malcolm, Renee Malcolm, and Raquel "Button" Malcolm; and one step-grandchild, Courtney Hoyman.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Wilson officiating.

Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap. Full military rites will be accorded at graveside by combined veterans honor guard.

Pallbearers will be Rick Malcolm, Brian Malcolm, Thomas E. Davis, Jr., Timmy VanHouten, Jim Hoyman, Sr., and Randy Lambert.

RONALD V. BRIDGES, SR.
MOUNT SAVAGE - Ronald V. Bridges Sr., 70, of Mount Savage, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland.
Born July 1, 1927, in Mount Savage, he was the son of the late Daniel O. and Anna Frances (Bennett) Bridges. He also was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Mr. Bridges was retired from the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, Cumberland, and was a former president of the Midnite Bowling League for Kelly-Springfield. He was a member of Mount Savage United Methodist Church and was a veteran of World War II serving in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Myrtle A. Bridges; five daughters, Barbara Taylor and husband Ronald, Bowie, Sharon Blank and husband Carl Sr., Frostburg, Gloria Jean Brick and husband Freeman, Donna Jenkins and husband Cliff, all of Hyndman, Pa., and Brenda Bloss and husband Dave, Mount Savage; one son, Ronald V. Bridges Jr. and wife Cindy, Mount Savage; two sisters, Helena Robinette, Mount Savage, and Audrey Arnold, Grantsville; one brother, Orville Bridges, Frostburg; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, Cresaptown, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Broome Jr. officiating.

Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Taylor, Carl Blank Sr., Cliff Jenkins, Dave Bloss, Carl Blank Jr., and Eric Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Jenkins, Frank Barker, and Fred Murphy.

Military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans Honor Guard.

ROBERT L. BRILL
NEW CREEK, W.Va. - Robert L. Brill, 81, of New Creek, departed this life to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, W.Va.
Born Dec. 26, 1915, at Zepp, Va., he was a son of the late James N. and Rosa (Miller) Brill. He also was preceded in death by his foster parents, Henry and Verdie Ritchie of Needmore, W.Va.; one brother; four sisters; one foster brother; and five foster sisters.

Mr. Brill retired in 1974 after 30 years' service as a general mechanic at the Westvaco Luke Mill. Prior to his employment with Westvaco, he was associated with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Aleutian Islands. He was a faithful and longstanding member of the Church of the Brethren and the Nancy Hanks Post #3518, VFW, Keyser.

Mr. Brill was the loving and dedicated husband of 52 years to Sadie L. (Combs) Brill. He is also survived by a niece, Louise Kirk, Keyser; nephews, Hoyt Whetzel, Baker, W.Va., and Eugene Brill, Keyser; one sister, Ollie Yates, Warrenton, Va.; foster relatives, Edith Ritchie and Bessie Ritchie, both of Westernport, Roy Ritchie, Ridgeley, W.Va., and Frank Walker, Keyser. Along with a large number of other loving nieces and nephews, is a special niece, Christine Funkhouser and family of Short Gap, W. Va.; and special nephews from the Louis and Vivian Combs family.

Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the New Dale Church of the Brethren, Baker, on Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ward Halterman, the Rev. Herman Baliles, and the Rev. Lloyd Heatwole officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in the New Dale Cemetery.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, New Creek, WV 26743.

CLYDE W. BRINKMAN
WILEY FORD, W.Va. - Clyde W. Brinkman, 87, of Wiley Ford, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at the Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit, Cumberland, Md.
Born Oct. 24, 1909, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late J. Howard and Mary Emylie (Gracey) Brinkman. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie C. (Files) Brinkman, in 1986.

Mr. Brinkman was retired from the B & O Railroad. He was a member of the Old Furnace Church of the Brethren, where he served as church deacon. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving are one son, William H. Brinkman and wife Mary Jo, Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Betty J. Hatter and husband Charles, and Joan Self and husband William, all of Ridgeley; one sister, Leona Miller, Cumberland; one brother, Howard Brinkman and wife Frances, Cumberland; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Don Mathews and the Rev. Calvin Roop officiating.

Interment will be in Davis Memorial Cemetery, Cumberland.

Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

LESLIE I. BRINKMAN 
CUMBERLAND - Leslie Irvin Brinkman, 71, of Country Club Road, Cumberland, went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 7, 1997, at Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Born March 5, 1926, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Leslie Helmer and Eva Pauline (Earsom) Brinkman.

Mr. Brinkman graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1944. He was in the Air Force Cadets and Reserves. He was employed at the Streett's Body Shop for 23 years. He was a former employee of the Celanese Corp. He was a Clerical Supervisor at Memorial Hospital and then he became the Director of Safety and Security at the hospital. He also was the owner and operator of Brinkman Home Improvement. He graduated from Allegany College Magna Cum Laude. He was a member of the church council, and Men of St. Luke's past president and treasurer. He was a member of Masonic Fort Cumberland Lodge 211 A.F. and A.M. He was past Venerable Master of the Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree Masons and Knight Commander Court of Honor of the Scottish Rite. He was a member of the retirement club of the Scottish Rite and he was on the picnic and oyster committees. He also did 7th, 9th and 10th degree work. He was a past member of the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Shirley (Nichols) Brinkman; one daughter, Leslie Ann Thomas and husband Lowell, Cumberland; two sons, Timothy A. Brinkman, Keyser, W.Va.; Brian Brinkman and friend Tina Skidmore and children, Brandon and Rachelle, Cumberland; three grandchildren, Michael Joseph Thomas, Jentiel Thomas and Justin Thomas; two sisters, Doris V. Burley and husband Paul, DeLand, Fla., and their daughters, Susan McGregor and husband George and Linda Gilpin and husband Jeff; and Patricia Twigg, Cumberland, and her son Gregory Twigg and wife Kim; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday at 7 p.m. by the Fort Cumberland Lodge 211 A.F. and A.M.

Services will be conducted at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Pastor Lee A. McDaniel officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans Honor Guard.

The family requests contributions be made to the St. Luke's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Ali Ghan Shrine Burn Center.

Pallbearers will be George Smith, Michael Thomas, Justin Thomas, Gregory Twigg, Stanley Zollner, Howard Brode, Jack Clauson, Irvin Johnson and Eugene Streett.

ALTA L. BROADWATER
GRANTSVILLE - Alta Lucretia Broadwater, 91, of 2262 Jennings Road, Grantsville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at the home of Dan and Anna Yoder, Accident.
Born May 26, 1906, at Bittinger, she was a daughter of the late Christian and Annie (Beitzel) Orendorf. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Broadwater.

Mrs. Broadwater was a member of Glade Mennonite Church, the Choir, and the Ladies Group.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Lena Broadwater, Bloomington; a sister, Mary Miller, Grantsville; one step-grandchild; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Earl Yoder officiating. Interment will be in the Glade Cemetery.

CLIFTON J. BROADWATER 
LONACONING - Clifton Jerome "Nary" Broadwater, 86, formerly of 3 Dudley St., Lonaconing, died Sunday, June 29, 1997, at the Egle Nursing Home, where he had been a patient for two years.
Born May 26, 1911, in Bond, he was the son of the late J. Nelson Broadwater and the late Virginia (Broadwater) Broadwater. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Reiber) Dillon Broadwater, on March 10, 1993; and three sisters, Flossie L. Durst, Gertrude Broadwater and Ethel Stark; and two brothers, Elmer and Reuben.

Mr. Broadwater was employed in the spinning department of the Celanese Corp. for 44 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a 1929 graduate of Barton High School. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lonaconing, and the Methodist Adult Fellowship; Barton American Legion Post 189; and Barton and Lonaconing senior citizens. 

Surviving are his stepdaughter, Sandra D. Grandstaff and husband Richard W., Lonaconing; granddaughter, Amy Sue Welch and husband Michael, Delaware, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Audrey and Anna Welch; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home, Lonaconing, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Mortimore officiating.

Interment will be in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Moscow Mills.

Barton American Legion Post 189 will hold a memorial service at the funeral home on Monday at 7:15 p.m.

The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 14 Church St., Lonaconing, MD 21539; Georges Creek Ambulance Service, 19 Union St., Lonaconing, MD 21539; or Georges Creek Regional Library, P.O. Box 93, Lonaconing, MD 21539. Memorial cards will be available at the funeral home.

DON L. BROADWATER 
FROSTBURG - Don Luke Broadwater Sr., 67, of Frostburg, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born Sept. 14, 1929, at Cumberland, he was the son of the late Raymond and Laura (Stephens) Broadwater.

Mr. Broadwater was a heavy equipment operator with Operating Engineers Local 37. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean conflict. He was also a 34 year member of American Legion Farrady Post 24, Frostburg, and the Mount Savage Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Virginia (Richards) Broadwater; two sons, Don Luke Broadwater Jr. and wife Judy, Frostburg, Robert Raymond Broadwater and wife Marlene, Mount Savage; two daughters, Carol Ann Wratchford and husband Richard, Cumberland, Alana Jean Hamilton and fiancee, John Michael, Frostburg; a brother, Wayne Broadwater and wife Lois, Manassas, Va.; four sisters, Melva Isella and husband, Carmen, Street, Rella Albright and daughter Ellen, Cumberland, Evelyn Ringler, Salisbury, Pa., and Norma Petenbrink and husband Ronald, Salisbury, Pa.; four grandchildren, Lori Zufall and husband Wes, Brenda Cannon and husband George, Robert Broadwater Jr., and Eric Broadwater; one step-granddaughter, Pamela Miller, one great-grandson, Brett Cannon and one step-great-grandson, Logan Wiland.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Garry Kipe officiating.

Interment will be in the New Germany Methodist Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

JOSEPHINE BRODE 
ECKHART - Josephine Brode, 90, of 10216 Parkersburg Road NW, Eckhart, died Saturday, June 14, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Born April 14, 1907 in Towanda, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Helen (Young) Laurie. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Brode Sr.; and five children, Mildred, Betty, Helen, William, and Raymond Jr.

Mrs. Brode was a retired seamstress for the Michael Berkowitz Shirt Factory.

Surviving are one son, Robert L. Brode and wife Mary; one daughter, Norma Baer and husband Harold (Grizz), all of Eckhart; two sisters, Elizabeth Festerman, Frostburg, and Margaret Villa, Eckhart; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, Frostburg, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at 11 a.m. officiated by R. William Brode, grandson, and Bishop Steve Whited.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Robert S. Brode, R. William Brode, Jack E. Brode, Wayne Brode, Raymond Brode III, and Dean Wiland.

MARTHA M. BROOKHART
OAKLAND - Martha M. ``Pat'' Brookhart, 93, of Oakland, died on Tuesday at her home. Born Oct. 23, 1903, in Grantsville, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Engle and Etta (Layman) Engle.
Mrs. Brookhart was a retired schoolteacher and social worker. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, a past member of the Oakland Civic Club, former Cub Scout den mother, and a former girl scout leader.

Surviving are her husband, Maurice S. Brookhart; one son, Maurice S. Brookhart III, Chapel Hill, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Durst Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Roger Harrison officiating.

Interment will be in Garrett County Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad.

CHARLES E. BROOKLEY
FROSTBURG - Charles Edward Brookley, 65, of Frostburg, died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland.
Born on March 31, 1931, in LaVale, he was the son of the late Conrad E. and Ethel D. (Timbrook) Brookley. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Reb.

Mr. Brookley was a graduate of a very close Fort Hill High School class of 1949, a graduate of the University of Maryland in 1953, and an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean conflict. He was an active member of the Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He retired as owner of Thermogage, Inc.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou (Sanner) Brookley; a son, Craig L. Brookley, Frostburg; and a sister, Patricia J. Richards, Carlos.

Friends will be received in the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Daren L. Ritchey officiating.

Interment will follow in Hillcrest Burial Park.

CHARLES M. BROOKS SR.
CUMBERLAND- Charles Mower Brooks Sr., 61, of 12822 Bedford Road NE, Cumberland, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh. Born July 7, 1935, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Clifton H. and Irene O. (Mower) Brooks. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Brooks.
Mr. Brooks retired from Local 1024, Carpenters Union. He was a member of Potomac Lodge 100 AF&AM; Cumberland Scottish Rite Bodies; Ali Ghan Temple; Hagerstown Shrine; Ali Ghan Motor Corps, of which he was past president; Tall Cedars; Member of Directors Staff; Cumberland Elks Lodge 63; Frostburg Moose Lodge 348; Westernport American Legion Victory Post 155; and Melvin United Methodist Church, where he was instrumental in the building fund. He built the concession stands at Greenway Stadium. He was past president of the Fort Hill Band Parents, and the Parents Association, Inc.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia ``Ginny'' (Shapley) Brooks; one daughter, Tamela ``Tammy'' Chucci, Cresaptown; two sons, Charles M. Brooks Jr. and wife Jill, Cumberland Valley, Pa., and Glenn A. Brooks and wife Monica, Cumberland; stepmother, Annie Brooks, Baltimore; six grandchildren, Chad and Logan Brooks, Corey, Michael and Kristin Chucci, and Shelai ``Nikki'' Clark; three brothers, Clifton, William and Michael Brooks, all of Baltimore; two stepsisters, Janice Burhaus, Baltimore, and Barbara Lawer, Bel Air; a very special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ralph and Marilyn Wratchford, Cumberland; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be at the Melvin United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. F. Richard Leslie officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of the Shrine Motor Corps, Edward Nave, Gary Pyles, Raymond Long, William Bowden, Gilbert Rice, William ``Jim'' Nave, Ronald Grabenstein, and Richard Walls.

A service will be held by Potomac Lodge 100 AF&AM at the funeral home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Charles Brooks Family Fund.

CHARLOTTE F. BROOKS 
LUKE - Charlotte F. Brooks, 83, formerly of Luke, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997, at Moran Manor Nursing Home, Westernport.
Born Jan. 16, 1914, in Lonaconing, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Worgan and Isabella (Nelson) Worgan. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers.

She was a former member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Piedmont, W.Va.

She had worked for Westvaco and the U.S. Postal Service, Luke.

Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Isabella N. Villano, Piedmont; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Fredlock Funeral Home, Piedmont, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. S.D. Sawyers officiating.

Interment will be in Philos Cemetery, Westernport.

EVELYN P. BROOKS 
CUMBERLAND - Evelyn P. Brooks, 89, of Henderson Avenue, Cumberland, died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 27, 1907, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna E. (Wagoner) Glantzer. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Brooks, in 1972; two sons, William Brooks and Elmer L. Brooks Jr.; four brothers; and one sister.

Mrs. Brooks was retired from the Tri-State Discount Center and was a former employee of the Blue White Tower Restaurant and the Queen City Station Restaurant. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Evelyn Boghosian and husband Herant, Anthony, N.M.; one daughter-in-law, Pearline Brooks, Hyndman, Pa.; two sisters, Anna McCrorie, Gaithersburg, and Bertha Clark, Los Angeles, Calif.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home Friday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Stephen F. Yelovich officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

ALLEN L. BROTEMARKLE 
CUMBERLAND - Allen Lee Brotemarkle, 73, of 326 Pear St., Cumberland, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born in Cumberland, Sept. 1, 1923, he was the son of the late Ralph R. and Nora Margaret (Hendrickson) Brotemarkle.

Mr. Brotemarkle was the retired manager of RPS Auto Parts, a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II, a member of the Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, and the Frostburg Bobcat Club.

Surviving are his wife, Jean A. (Moore) Brotemarkle; one daughter, Lynne Winner and husband Robert L., Langhorne, Pa.; and one nephew.

Friends will be received at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, on Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rosemary Baumgardner officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

JAMES H. BROTEMARKLE
CUMBERLAND - James Henry Brotemarkle, 95, of Cumberland, formerly of Bowmans Addition, died at the Allegany County Nursing Home.
Born July 18, 1902, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Harry W. Brotemarkle and Mary K. Hinkle. He also was preceded in death by his wife, the Rev. Elva C. (Weller) Johnson Brotemarkle; one brother; two sisters; and two sons, James Brotemarkle and William R. Brotemarkle Sr. Mr. Brotemarkle was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Brotemarkle was the retired owner and operator of Brotemarkle Wall Papering Service. He was a member and co-founder, along with his wife, of the Grace Community Church, Valley Road. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving are three daughters, Ruth Johnson Eck and husband Donald, Newark, Del., the Rev. Florence Shewbridge, Rawlings, and Sharon F. Keefer and husband James, Cumberland; one daughter-in-law, Phyllis Brotemarkle, Rawlings; five grandchildren, William R. Brotemarkle, James H. Brotemarkle, Nancy Shirey, Donald B. Eck Jr., and Lois Drell; and several great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney L. Casteel Sr. officiating.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.

PAUL B. BROTEMARKLE
WILEY FORD, W.Va. - Paul Bryan Brotemarkle, 30, of Wiley Ford, died Friday, Dec. 12, 1997, at Memorial Hospital. 
Born July 14, 1967, in Cumberland, he was the son of Charles A. Brotemarkle, Pinto, and Betty (Shreve) Brotemarkle, Carpendale. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Goldie Brotemarkle; maternal grandmother, Minnie Shreve; and two aunts, Margaret Brooks and Jenny Shreve.

Mr. Brotemarkle was employed at the Cumberland Pasta Company. He was an avid pool and shuffleboard player.

In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Lisa (Hall) Brotemarkle; one daughter, Tonya Brotemarkle; two sons, Charles and Scott Brotemarkle, all at home; two sisters, Denise Payne and husband, Zak, Annette Brotemarkle and friend, Richard Dorsey, all of Carpendale; grandfather, Daniel Shreve, Keyser, W.Va.; three nieces, Nicki, Chrissy, Ashli; one nephew, Colten; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margurite and Walter Hall; three brothers-in-law, Mitchell, Roger and Greg Hall, all of Wiley Ford; and an aunt; several uncles; and cousins.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Paul E. Dietz officiating.

Interment will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

REBECCA I. BROTEMARKLE
CUMBERLAND - Rebecca Irene Long Brotemarkle, 83, of Cumberland, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 17, 1914, in Saltillo, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George F. and Clara (Snyder) Long. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James Leslie Brotemarkle Sr., in 1958. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Brotemarkle was a retired nurse's aide from the Cumberland Nursing Home. She was a former employee of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, and was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Ellen G. Brotemarkle, Edna I. Brotemarkle, and Diana E. (Brotemarkle) Kifer, all of Cumberland; one son, James L. Brotemarkle Jr. and wife Paulette, Cumberland; one stepdaughter, Marlene (Brotemarkle) Glaze, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

At Mrs. Brotemarkle's request, there will be no visitation. 

A graveside service will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Richard H. Jewell officiating.

The Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, is in charge of the arrangements.


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