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Madeline A. Sands

Madeline Alberta Sands, 87, formerly of 1056 Brinker Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born April 12, 1909, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Albert Sands and Ann Brown Sands Ehlers.

She was employed with The Herald-Mail Co., retiring in 1971, after 41 years of service.

She was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, the Martha Circle Sunday school class, and taught Sunday school for many years.

She also was a member of The Herald-Mail 25-Year Club.

She is survived by one stepsister, Judith Kline of Hagerstown; one stepbrother, John F. Ehlers of Annapolis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. John W. Ailstock will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Rachel S. Butler

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Rachel Staubs Butler, 82, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at her home.

Born Feb. 29, 1914, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edward Gardner and Rosie Wilt Staubs.

Her husband, Robert Glenn Butler, preceded her in death.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 69 years, Philathea Sunday school class, United Methodist Women, and served on the administrative board.

She also was a member of Golden Rule Chapter 69 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as past matron, grand Esther and past grand representative; and Chapter 738 Women of the Moose. She was a member of Daughter of the Nile and Lioness Club, N.A.R.F., and Racket Club.

She was an active volunteer for Hospice of the Panhandle, Meals on Wheels, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Johnson of Martinsburg; one son, Edward Glenn Butler of Silver Spring, Md.; one sister, Jeanette Pitzer of Martinsburg; one brother, Lewis M. Staubs of Martinsburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Edna Bolton, Isabell Keiter, Rohda Lack and Elizabeth White; and four brothers, Harry J. Staubs, Charles E. Staubs, Clarence W. Staubs and Douglas Staubs.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. G. Edward Grove will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m., where Golden Rule Chapter 69 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Annie M. Petre

WILLIAMSPORT - Annie May Petre, 87, of 16505 Virginia Ave., and formerly of Broadfording Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born Oct. 21, 1909, in Broadfording, she was the daughter of the late David R. and Lizzie M. Showalter Petre.

She was a member of Maugansville Bible Brethren Church.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, D. Jean Petre of New Windsor, Md., who cared for her.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Irene E. Petre; and one brother, Joel L. Petre.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Maugansville Bible Brethren Church, 17904 Binkley Ave., Maugansville. The Rev. John C. Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in Broadfording Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Arrangements are being handled by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

Clyde W. Higgs

Clyde William Higgs, 72, of Manor Drive, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Jan. 14, 1924, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Vernon K. and Rose L. Unger Higgs.

He was employed by Brandt Cabinet Works in Hagerstown for 25 years, and Turner's Taxi for 13 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Western Enterprise Fire Co. and Antietam Fire Co., both in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife, Connie L. Bailey Higgs; three daughters, Donna K. Mundey, Sharon A. Clem and Linda L. Sines, all of Hagerstown; one son, Jeffrey L. Higgs of Hagerstown; one brother, Ralph F. Higgs of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Hose; and two brothers, Robert Higgs and Lloyd Higgs.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

C. Walter Hock Sr.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - C. Walter Hock Sr., 81, of 7109 Rice Road, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Menno Haven Nursing Home in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born March 22, 1915, in Culbertson, Pa., he was the son of the late Clark W. and Mary F. Wenger Hock.

He was a retired farmer. After retiring from farming, he worked for Orrstown Bank as a courier for 10 years, retiring in 1994.

He was a member of Mount Rock Brethren in Christ Church and its Servants of Christ Sunday school class.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Myers Hock; five daughters, Isabel Overcash, Julia Bowman and Rosalie Tarman, all of Chambersburg, Janet Ordway of Enterprise, Ala., and Brenda Kaufman of Shippensburg; two sons, the Rev. C. Walter Hock Jr. of Chambersburg, and Mervin D. Hock of Greencastle, Pa.; one sister, Cora Bert of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; one brother, Laban D. Hock of Mechanicsburg; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Thelma Hock and Verna L. Hock; one son, Raymond E. Hock; five sisters; and three brothers.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mount Rock Brethren in Christ Church. The Rev. Lloyd T. Zimmerman, the Rev. Robert Murr and the Rev. C. Walter Hock Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Air Hill Cemetery in Greene Township, Pa.

A viewing will be held at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., 112 W. King St., Shippensburg, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Eileen S. Chitambar

Eileen S. Chitambar, 90, of 32 S. Colonial Drive, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village.

Born Oct. 5, 1906, in Boston, she was the daughter of the late John and Charlotte Haines Sturgess.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore P. Chitambar, who died in 1988.

She lived and taught school in several schools in New Delhi, India. She also was involved in handicrafts and social work over a period of 47 years. She returned to New Orleans and taught school at the age of 71.

As a former resident of Potomac Towers, she served as secretary of the Potomac Towers Association, and was a member of the band.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by one daughter, Charlene C. Perry of Hagerstown; one son, Sheridan "Ted" Chitambar of Sunrise, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Visitation will be held at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Robert E. Shaffer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Robert E. Shaffer, 68, of 703 Forest Road, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at Chambersburg, after suffering an apparent stroke on Dec. 3, 1996.

Born March 9, 1928, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Merle E. and Ethel I. Barnhart Shaffer.

He was a 1947 graduate of Chambersburg High School, where he played drums for the Rhythm Kids. After high school graduation, he played drums with his band known as the Bob Shaffer Combo.

He was a contract order representative for Fort Ritchie in Cascade, retiring in 1990 after 29 years of service. Prior to working at Fort Ritchie, he worked for N.E. Diffenderfer Plumbing and Heating in Chambersburg, and after his retirement he worked part-time for Franklin County Transport.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He attended Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Chambersburg.

He was a life member and past exalted ruler of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 600 in Chambersburg; life member of Landis-McCleaf Detachment of Marine Corps League in Chambersburg; life member of Charles M. Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599 in Chambersburg; and a member of Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46 in Chambersburg; Hume, McNeal, Byers AMVETS Post 224 in Chambersburg; Fraternal Order of Moose 842 in Chambersburg; Eagles Club Inc. in Waynesboro: and Goodwill Fire Co. in Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Bowers Shaffer, whom he married Aug. 29, 1970; one daughter, Terri Oyler of Chambersburg; one stepdaughter, Pam Gearhart of Chambersburg; two brothers, Donald S. Shaffer and Richard C. Shaffer, both of Chambersburg; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory L. Shaffer; and an infant sister, Joyce Shaffer.

Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Frank O. Monroe will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg, with military graveside services conducted by members of Landis McCleaf Detachment of Marine Corps League.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., where members of BPO Elks Lodge 600 will conduct a service at 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Paul W. Jones

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Paul W. Jones, 65, of 606 Path Valley Road, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at his home.

Born Sept. 24, 1931, in Richmond Furnace, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul E. and Olive Wood Jones.

He was employed by Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., for seven years. He was employed for 31 years at Letterkenny Army Depot, where he served as supervisor in security for the last several years. He retired in 1986.

In 1962, he and his wife formed a logging business known as Paul and Sonja Jones Logging.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving with the U.S. Army.

He was a former member of the former Methodist Church of Metal, Pa.

He had been a licensed pilot since 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Sonja Mellott Jones, whom he married July 9, 1954; two sons, Douglas P. Jones of Mercersburg, Pa., and Michael C. Jones of Fort Loudon; two brothers, Benjamin A. Jones of Johnstown, Pa., and William E. Jones of Fort Loudon; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Michael K. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Stenger Hill Cemetery in Fort Loudon, with military graveside services conducted by Fulton Honor Guard.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Davis G. Hall Sr.

SHELBY, Ohio - Davis Garvin Hall Sr., 73, of 16 Vernon Road, and formerly of 8 Bradley Ave., died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at MedCentral/Shelby Hospital.

Born Dec. 31, 1922, in Morehead, Ky., he was the son of the late Dennis and Cornelia Fisher Hall.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dessie Stevens Hall, who died in 1994.

A former resident of West Virginia, he moved to Hagerstown in 1968, and returned to Shelby in 1993.

He was formerly employed with Wilkins Air Force Depot, and had also worked at Shelby Equity, Shelby AMF Co., and farmed with Lowell Strauch, and was employed with Price Farms in Hagerstown for 22 years, retiring in 1989.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in the Normandy Beach invasion.

He was a member of Shelby American Legion O'Brien Post 326.

He is survived by three daughters, Patsy Hicks of Shelby, Betty Jo Benton of Hagerstown, and Patty Simmons of Wisconsin; five sons, Dennis Lee Hall, James C. Hall of Shelby, Davis Hall Jr. and Lowell Hall, all of Hagerstown, and Dennis Robert Hall, of Texas City, Texas; two sisters, Mary Ann Takos and Faye Walton Phillips, both of Shelby; two brothers, Cleo Hall of Mansfield, and Charles Hall of Shelby; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Chester Hall, Wilbur Hall and George Avery Hall.

Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Barkdull Funeral Home, 33 N. Gamble St., Shelby. The Rev. June M. Fryman will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Shelby Help Line, c/o Barkdull Funeral Home, 33 N. Gamble St., Box 644, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

Lewis O. Alewine

INWOOD, W.Va. - Lewis O. Alewine III, of Inwood, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Born Dec. 2, 1996, in Martinsburg, he was the infant son of Lewis Alewine Jr. and Rachel Cummins of Inwood.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his twin brother, Matthew Ernest Alewine, at home; paternal grandparents, Lewis O. and Betty Alewine of Lexington, S.C., and Gene and Elsie Allen of Kearneysville, W.Va.; maternal grandparents, Roger and Jennifer Moreland of Paw Paw, W.Va.; and paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Blackwelder of Martinsburg.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg. The Rev. Edward E. Rogers will officiate.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

Herbert D. Coss Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Herbert D. Coss Sr., 87, formerly of Leitersburg Pike, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Penn Hall Nursing Home in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born May 2, 1909, near Leitersburg, he was the son of the late William S. and Emma K. Justice Coss.

He was employed at Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, retiring in 1971.

He was a member of St. Peters Beard Lutheran Church, Old Forge Road, Leitersburg.

He also was a member of M.C.E.A.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor M. Unger Coss; one daughter, Gloria Jean Cunningham of Hagerstown; one son, Herbert D. Coss Jr. of West Friendship, Md.; one sister, Mildred P. Bostetter of Hagerstown; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and seven brothers.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Peters Beard Lutheran Church, Old Forge Road, Leitersburg. The Rev. Carroll L. Boyer will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Olive C. Palmer

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Olive C. Palmer, 87, of Scravel Road, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Born Oct. 18, 1909, in Wolfsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Calvin E. and Ada Alice Lizer Kline.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert M. Palmer, who died in 1975.

She was a member of Pleasant Walk United Methodist Church in Myersville.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by two daughters, Alice Swope and Evelyn Lewis, both of Boonsboro; two sons, Glenn A. Palmer and Melvin Palmer, both of Myersville; two sisters, Ruth Flehing of Missouri and Hazel Watson of Hagerstown; one brother, Charles "Lindy" Kline of Smithsburg; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Cecil Gerald Palmer; two sisters; five brothers; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Walk United Methodist Church in Myersville. The Rev. Nancy Green will officiate. Burial will be in Salem United Methodist Church in Wolfsville.

The family will receive friends at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Myersville, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Walk United Methodist Church, c/o Sharon Schroyer, 11749 Pleasant Walk Road, Myersville, Md. 21773.

Amelia C. Wasson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Amelia C. Wasson, 67, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at her home.

Born March 19, 1929, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Nelson H. and Pauline Byers Grove.

Her husband, George W. "Buddy" Wasson Jr., died in 1989.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Doris Wasson, at home, Cynthia Wasson and Paula LeHew, both of Martinsburg; one son, George W. "Bill" Wasson IV of Martinsburg; one sister, Carrie Copenhaver of Martinsburg; two brothers, Clifford N. Grove of Florence, S.C., and Paul E. Grove of Darkesville, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, George W. Wasson III.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel in Martinsburg. The Rev. Al Clipp and Earl Harriston, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Dale R. Winders

Dale Rodney Winders, 71, of 10817 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 8, 1925, in Beaver Creek, he was the son of the late Hubert B. and Elsie M. Martz Winders.

He was a 1943 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

He was a farmer.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Verda K. Pryor Winders, whom he married July 23, 1954; one daughter, Linda Wagner of Hagerstown; two sons, Mark A. Winders and Randy Mathew Winders, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Virginia Martin of Hagerstown; one brother, Norwood Winders of Hagerstown and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. David Eberly will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21742; or to the American Heart Association, 92 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Ronald O. Ehrhart

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Ronald O. "Cris" Ehrhart, 81, of 36 S. Allison St., died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born Sept. 30, 1915, in St. Thomas, Pa., he was the son of the late Crissey O. and Mary Ester Shatzer Ehrhart.

He was a 1934 graduate of St. Thomas High School. He then graduated from Naval Air Technical Training School in Norman, Okla., in 1944.

He was employed as a supervisor at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing in Hagerstown from 1942 until retiring in 1978.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Greencastle.

He also was a member of Detrich Brechbill American Legion Post 612 in St. Thomas, Fairchild Retirees Club, and Last Man's Club of Detrich Brechbill American Legion Post 612 in St. Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Katherine "Kay" Morter Ehrhart, whom he married June 30, 1939; one daughter, Sandra McCulloh of Greencastle; one son, Cris Ronald Ehrhart of Greencastle; two sisters, Mary Ester Witmer of Greencastle, and Mildred Statler, a resident of Shook Home in Chambersburg; two brothers, Orrin Ehrhart of St. Thomas, Oscar Ehrhart of Edenville, Pa.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ortha Brant; and four brothers, Crissey O. Ehrhart, Forest Ehrhart, Winfield Ehrhart and Clayton Merie Ehrhart.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle. The Rev. David J. Armstrong will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg, Pa., with military graveside services conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles M. Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599 in Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 45 N. Washington St., Greencastle, Pa. 17225.
 

Thomas W. Ingram Sr.

ROHRERSVILLE - Thomas William Ingram Sr., 72, of 20222 Rohrersville School Road, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 24, 1924, in Dargan, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Viola Virginia Burgan Ingram.

He retired from State Use Industries with Maryland state government in Hagerstown in 1989 after 28 years of service.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville.

He also was a member of Antietam Lodge 197 A.F.&A. Masons in Keedysville, and a former member of Rohrersville Ruritan Club.

He was former coach of Rohrersville Little League.

He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Sandy Ingram, whom he married June 14, 1945; one daughter, Debra K. "Debbie" Knight of Hagerstown; three sons, Thomas W. Ingram Jr. of Maugansville, Ronald L. Ingram of Sharpsburg and Chuck E. Ingram of Keedysville; one sister, Martha Wilkerson of Hagerstown; seven brothers, Herbert Ingram of Smithsburg, Bobby Ingram and Larry Ingram, both of Hagerstown, Eyerly Ingram and Donald Ingram, both of Sharpsburg, Roland Ingram of Keedysville, and Willis Ingram of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eileen Giffin and Virginia Ingram; and one brother, Buddy Ingram.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Carolyn Boyce will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rohrersville.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Rohrersville, Md. 21779.

Mary E. Beans

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Mary E. Beans, 96, formerly of Myersville, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

Born March 3, 1900, in Wolfsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Theophilis and Rosa Mae Kline Pryor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond C. Beans, in 1938.

She was a member of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by two daughters, Rosa Michael of Hagerstown, and Ruth Smith of Boonsboro; one sister, Ruth Kline of Smithsburg; two brothers, Albert Pryor and Maurice Pryor, both of Fahrney-Keedy Village in Boonsboro; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by six sisters, Lily Delauter, May Kline, Ina Baumbaugh, Vera Willard, Susan Early and Nettie Woodring; and three brothers, Calvin Pryor, Edgar Pryor and Harry Pryor.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren in Myersville. The Rev. Ronald A. Beverlin will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Myersville, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, 11318 Meeting House Road, Myersville, Md. 21773.

Ted Yates

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ted Yates, 80, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

He was born March 14, 1916, in Middleburg, Va.

He was employed as a truck driver.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one son, Ted Yates Jr.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Pleasant View Memory Gardens. The Rev. Tom Tennis will officiate.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

Paul R. Coffman

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Paul R. Coffman, 88, of 81 W. Main St., died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Sept. 16, 1908, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Fannie Beard Coffman.

His wife, Janet Sarbaugh Coffman, died in 1967. They were married July 3, 1937.

He was a 1926 graduate of Waynesboro High School, and a 1932 graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a mechanical engineering degree.

He worked at Landis Tool Co. and Landis Machine Co. in Waynesboro for a number of years. He was employed by Pangborn Corp. in Hagerstown from 1959 until his retirement in 1974.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Waynesboro, where he served on the church consistory for eight years. He also served as the church's representative to the Waynesboro Council of Churches and was a church usher for 10 years.

He was a life member of A.T.H.&L. Volunteer Fire Co., serving as chaplain from 1982 until his death. He also was a member of American Legion Joe Steckle Post 15, Eagles Club Inc., and Owls Club. He was past president of Order of the Owls Nest 1075 in Waynesboro, and was active in the Senior Citizens Center in Waynesboro.

He is survived by one son, Allen B. Coffman of Chambersburg; one sister, Mildred Coffman of Waynesboro; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Snyder-Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc., corner of South Church and West Second streets, Waynesboro. The Rev. Frank Monroe will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Waynesboro Fire Department, Capital Replacement Committee, marked for Engine Replacement Fund, 29 S. Potomac St. Station, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

John D. Weller

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - John David Weller, 79, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at his home.

Born Dec. 8, 1917, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles E. and Susan VanMetre Weller.

Early in life, he was a farmer, and was later a self-employed plasterer.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Ashton Weller; three sisters, Elizabeth Jane Tabler of Garner, N.C., Bessie Pearl Porter of Hagerstown, and Ella Louise Richards of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William E. Weller and Charles E. Weller Jr.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Rosedale Funeral Chapel in Martinsburg. The Rev. James D. Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401; or to Meals on Wheels, 116 E. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Chester F. Reecher

ANNANDALE, Va. - Chester Freeland Reecher, 90, of Annandale, died Monday, Oct. 21, 1996, at Woodbine Health and Rehabilitation Center in Alexandria, Va.

Born April 11, 1906, he was the son of the late Aaron E. and Nettie McCoy Reecher. He was the stepson of the late Alice Alberta Jones Reecher.

He is survived by two half-brothers, Marvin Reecher of Tulsa, Okla., and Kenneth Reecher of Portland, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rose Reecher; a brother, Frank Reecher, and an infant brother.

A memorial service was held Nov. 13, at Evergreen House in Annandale. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. 

George R. Rock

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - George R. Rock, 60, of 190 Chamberlin Road, and formerly of 1515 Highland Terrace, Wayne Heights, Waynesboro, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa.

Born Jan. 25, 1936, in Waynesboro, he was the son of Catherine W. Wink Rock of Waynesboro, and the late Cletus L. Rock.

He graduated from Washington Township High School in 1954. He also graduated from Norton Grinding School in Connecticut, and Dale Carnegie Speaking Course.

He learned the machinist trade at Landis Tool Co. in Waynesboro. He then was employed by Cavatron Corp. in Long Island, N.Y., as a salesperson and service manager, and then for Mack Trucks in Hagerstown as a foreman. He later owned and operated Rock's Atlantic Station and U-Haul on Main Street in Waynesboro.

After moving to Shippensburg, he and his wife owned and operated Rock's Arco and Rock's Exxon Stations, both in Shippensburg. He retired in October 1993 after suffering a heart attack.

He was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Waynesboro, and attended Prince Street United Brethren Church in Shippensburg.

He also was a member of Pennsylvania Auto Mechanics Association, American Diabetes Association, and National AARP.

He enjoyed restoring Ford Mustangs, auto racing, attending his grandchildren's sporting activities and helped to coach the Civitian Pony League in Chambersburg.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sarah L. Gehr Rock, whom he married July 6, 1956; two daughters, Rose R. Martin of Waynesboro, and Georgia R. Adams of Willow Hill, Pa.; one son, Samuel E. Rock of Orrstown, Pa.; one sister, Leona Monn of Waynesboro; one brother, David Rock of Nokesville, Va.; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Jaye M. Bartle will officiate. Burial will be in Price's Church Cemetery near Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Brethren Church, 250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

James W. Prather Sr.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - James W. Prather Sr., 62, of Route 5, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Sept. 12, 1934, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Earl and Virginia Lemaster Prather.

He was owner and operator of Poor Boys Recycling.

He was a member of Bethany Community Church.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Wise Prather; three daughters, Robin Lynn Norris of Kirby, W.Va., Wendy Marie Roy and Winnie F. Sine, both of Hedgesville; one son, James W. Prather Jr. of Virginia; two sisters, Virginia Chambers of Inwood, W.Va., and Agnes Warren of Chambersburg, Pa.; one brother, Lewis William Prather of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Paul L. Flick will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

William E. Newbill

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - William Edward Newbill, 84, of 120 Pickering Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at his home.

He was born in Clover, Va., and moved to the Central Florida area in 1974 from Hagerstown.

He was a retired mechanic with American Oil Co. in Washington, D.C.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by one daughter, Billie Louise Ferguson of Dayton, Ohio; one son, William Edward Newbill Jr. of Bunker Hill, Ind.; one sister, Hazel Gosney of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee.

Frances E. Plogger

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Frances Eileen Plogger, 65, of Route 2, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Aug. 2, 1931, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Turner and Frances Iota Hoover Noll.

Her first husband, George C. Siler, preceded her in death.

She retired from General Motors after 26 years of service.

She was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Jones Spring, W.Va.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin T. Plogger; one daughter, Joyce C. Pitzer of Hedgesville; seven stepchildren, Lanny Plogger, Brenda Hulvey, Linda Whetzel and Julia Wean, all of Broadway, Va., Denny Plogger and Elaina Tinnell, both of Timberville, Va., and Janet Spitler of Mount Jackson, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Ashton of Shanghai, W.Va., Lucille Michael of Martinsburg, and Carolyn Towner of Indianapolis; four brothers, Turner Noll Jr. of Hedgesville, Roy Noll of Pittsburgh, Paul Noll of Portland, Ore., and George Noll of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bruce H. Noll.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg. The Rev. Lester A. Kisner and the Rev. Jerry Holdman will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Linda E. Angle

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Linda E. Angle, 48, of 3521 Social Island Circle, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at her home.

Born July 13, 1948, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Shetler of Chambersburg.

She was employed as a care giver for Family Care Services in Chambersburg.

She was a member of Christian Life Assembly of God Church in Chambersburg.

She was a member of Deatrich Brechbill Post 612 American Legion in St. Thomas, Pa.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 17 years, Jack R. Angle; two daughters, Cheryl Spoonhour of Greencastle, Pa., and Melissa Angle, at home; two sons, Troy M. Long of Chambersburg and Kevin W. Long, at home; two sisters, Darlene McKelvey of Chambersburg and Susan Linstead of Saudi Arabia; one half-sister, Vonnie Guyer of Greencastle; two brothers, David A. Shetler of Roxbury, Pa., and James W. Shetler of Chambersburg; maternal grandmother, Bertha Weber of Chambersburg; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jerry A. Long.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Inc., 6492 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas. The Rev. Howard Beaver will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open today from 2 to 9 p.m.

Gladys V. Stinebaugh

Gladys V. "Peg" Stinebaugh, 88, of 62 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Colton Villa Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 7, 1908, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Raymond G. and May F. Kline.

Her husband, Charles L. Stinebaugh, died in 1967.

She was employed with Porter Chemical Co. for 37 1/2 years.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Dolores J. Stinebaugh of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Albert Kline.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 118 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Hazel M. Smith

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hazel Marshall Smith, 78, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 22, 1918, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Miller Butts.

Her first husband, Frank B. Marshall, and her second husband, Clarence R. Smith, preceded her in death.

She retired from Shawnee Springs Nursing Home in Winchester, Va., and was previously employed by C.H. Musselman Co.

She was a member of Full Gospel Pentecostal Church at Four Mile Woods.

She is survived by two daughters, Hazel Marie Jenkins of Martinsburg, and Sadie M. Blanchfield of Stephenson, Va.; one son, Harold L. Butts of Azel, Texas; three sisters, Georgie Miller of Martinsburg, Lucille Brown of Charles Town, W.Va., and Geraldine Haines of Winchester; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Snyder, Dorothy James and Edith McDaniel; and two brothers, Arlie Butts and Harry Mason.

Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Full Gospel Pentecostal Church. The Rev. Raymond E. Jones and the Rev. Oscar Motilal will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville, Va.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, c/o the Rev. Raymond E. Jones, Four Mile Woods, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Virginia E. Knicely

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Virginia Elizabeth Ash Boyd Knicely, 85, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, in Kernersville, N.C.

Born Feb. 27, 1911, in Mountain Fall, Va., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boyd Ash. She was raised by an aunt, the late Nellie S. Boyd.

Her husband, Lewis H. Knicely, died in 1977.

She attended local schools.

She retired from Perfection Garment Co.

She was a 50-year member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Judith Knicely Powell, with whom she resided; one granddaughter, Gale L. Huyett of Kernersville; one grandson, Russell W. Powell with the American Embassy in Great Britain; one great-granddaughter; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Householder; and two brothers, Floyd Ash and David Ash.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Al Clipp will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society, 1531 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Jack L. Burker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jack Leon Burker, 42, of 7703 Jasper St., died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996, at Del Ray Community Hospital in Del Ray, Fla., as the result of a truck accident in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Born Aug. 1, 1954, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Charles L. Burker of Elizabethton, Tenn., and the late Helen J. Stoner. He was the stepson of the late Lester K. "Chub" Stoner.

He was a 1972 graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

He was employed with GPC Inc. Trucking in Jacksonville.

He served in the U.S. Army for eight years.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two daughters, Buffy Bradley and Jacqueline Burker, both of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Mickey L. Taylor of Hagerstown; two brothers, Dennis L. Burker and Phillip L. Burker, both of Hagerstown; and his fiance, Vicki Dawson of Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry L. Burker.

Private services were held in Jacksonville.

Memorial donations may be made to any Lifeline or rescue service in his memory.

Donald L. Fink

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Donald Leon Fink, 71, of Charles Town, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at his home.

Born April 28, 1925, in Charles Town, he was the son of the late William L. and Lena Elizabeth Stoneburner Fink.

He was a 1946 graduate of Charles Town High School.

He retired from Ranson Post Office in Ranson, W.Va., in 1981, after 34 years of service.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon.

He was a member of Charles Town Baptist Church, where he had been a deacon.

He also was a member of National Association of Retired Postal Employees, and enjoyed barbershop singing for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Eleanore T. Thompson Fink; and three sisters, Louise V. Brand of Martinsburg, W.Va., Mae Bernardelli of Hagerstown, and Marjorie Fortman of Frederick, Md.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Charles Town Baptist Church. Wyman Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town.

Friends will be received at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Charles Town Baptist Church, 211 E. Congress St., Charles Town, W.Va. 25414; or to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Dave L. Martz Sr.

MICCO, Fla. - Dave L. Martz Sr., 71, of 5303 Bannock St., died Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, at Sebastian River Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Keedysville.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor P. Martz; one daughter, Maria Martz of Hagerstown; two sons, David Martz Jr. of Maryland, and Dana Martz of Rohrersville; one brother, James Mertz of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and three grandchildren.

There will be no service.

Arrangements are by Fountainhead Funeral Home in Palm Bay, Fla.

Eileen S. Chitambar

Eileen S. Chitambar, 90, of 32 S. Colonial Drive, Hagerstown, who died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, lived and taught school in several schools in New Delhi, India, for 47 years. She also was involved in handicrafts and social work. She returned to New Orleans and taught school at the age of 71.


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