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J. Sanford Keedy

BOONSBORO - John Sanford Keedy, 80, of 7 Ford Ave., died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Dec. 24, 1916, in Rohrersville, he was the son of the late John David and Nellie A. Clopper Keedy.

He was a 1935 graduate of Boonsboro High School, and a graduate of Columbia Business College in Hagerstown.

He was formerly employed with Hardesty Electrical Supplies in Hagerstown and Potomac Edison Co.; was former owner and operator of the Western Auto store in Purcellville, Va.; and retired as a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Purcellville. He received a 20-year safe-driving award from the National Safety Council of the U.S. Postal Service.

A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Army's 11th Armored Division of the Third Army under Gen. George Patton in the European Theater.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville and the Otterbein Men's Class. He also was a member of the choir, a former trustee and Sunday school superintendent.

He also was a member of Clopper-Michael Post 10 American Legion in Boonsboro; R.S. Tagg Jr. Chapter 14 Disabled American Veterans of Hagerstown; W.D. Byron Post 1936 VFW in Hagerstown; and Elks Lodge 378 in Hagerstown.

He was a volunteer for the Southeastern Washington County Food Closet and a member of the board for Fairview Cemetery in Keedysville.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Wyand Keedy, whom he married Aug. 20, 1941; one daughter, Sandra K. Townsend of Martinsburg; two grandchildren, Susan Amanda Townsend and Samuel Christian Townsend, both of Martinsburg; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Keedy Norris.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kenneth J. Fizer Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Keedysville.

There will be no viewing at the funeral home, however, the family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Keedysville, Md. 21756; or to Fairview Cemetery, c/o Howard Barkdoll, 19500 Mill Point Road, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

Arrangements are by Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro.

Joyce L. White

MAUGANSVILLE - Joyce L. White, 54, of 13817 Village Mill Drive, who died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at Williamsport Nursing Home, is survived by her mother, Goldie B. Stains Lorshbaugh of Hagerstown.

Alva L. Griffin

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alva L. Griffin, 63, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Aug. 18, 1933, in Marshville, N.C., he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Nora Dees Griffin.

He was a retired firefighter from the Washington, D.C., Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

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

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of American Legion in Wheaton, Md., and Firefighters Association Local 36 in Washington, D.C.; was a minor league baseball player; and was an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Irene Korintus Griffin; two daughters, Julie Griffin, at home, and Colleen Tubbs of Daytona Beach, Fla.; one son, John Thomas Griffin of Martinsburg; one brother, James Griffin of Ormond Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Earl Griffin, Emmett Griffin, Carroll Griffin, Glenn Griffin, Roy Griffin, Loren Griffin and Oren Griffin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19, at noon at Rosedale Funeral Chapel in Martinsburg. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

There will be no visitation.

H. Clarence Ramsburg

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - H. Clarence Ramsburg, 82, of Charles Town, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at his home.

Born Oct. 5, 1914, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Herbert O. and Mary Jane Furr Ramsburg.

He retired after 39 years of service with Supertane Gas Corp. in Ranson, W.Va., and previously worked for Myers Coal Co. in Charles Town.

A veteran of World War II, he served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, and the Builder Bible Class.

He volunteered at Melvin T. Strider Co. Inc. in Charles Town.

He also was a member of Volunteer Fire Co. in Charles Town since June 4, 1953, and served as trustee of the fire department for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy E. Roberts Ramsburg; one daughter, Jeanie Snow of Charles Town; four sisters, Hilda Guth of Clinton, Md., Pauline DeHaven of Summit Point, W.Va., Florence James and Eva Clark, both of Charles Town; two brothers, W. Glenn Ramsburg of Charles Town, and Lee B. Ramsburg of Ellicott City, Md.; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Jessie Boyd.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town. The Rev. James Chambly and the Rev. Marcus Earp 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, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Citizens Fire Co., P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Mildred L. Keller

BOONSBORO - Mildred L. "Mickey" Keller, 87, a resident of Reeders Memorial Home, and formerly of 613 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born Aug. 13, 1909, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lizzie Barkdoll Kline.

Her husband, Earl Saum Keller, died in 1994.

She was a member of First Christian Church. She was a member of Pythian Sisters and a bowling league.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha A. Massey and Carolyn M. McSherry, both of Hagerstown; four sons, Larry E. Keller and Stephen D. Keller, both of Hagerstown, Alan L. Keller of Inwood, W.Va., and Curtis B. Keller of State Line, Pa.; one brother, Ralph J. Kline of Illinois; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Nellie Baker, Edna Stottlemyer and Lizzie Flanagan; and three brothers, Paul Kline, Charles Kline and Sherman Kline.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

John B. Mowen

John B. Mowen, 71, of Hagerstown, died Friday, April 11, 1997, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village in Hagerstown.

Born Jan. 6, 1926, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Alvey Willis Mowen and Elizabeth Viola Eakle Mowen Gallion. He was stepson of the late Marshall William Gallion Sr.

He was employed as a truck driver, retiring in 1986.

A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a member of Broadfording Church of God in Hagerstown.

He was a former member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting, boating and bowling.

He is survived by his wife of more than 37 years, Imogene H. Mowen; two sisters, Sarah "Sally" Farris of Hagerstown, and Doris Gallion Farris of Cumberland, Md.; and four brothers, Alvey R. Mowen, Robert "Bill" E. Mowen Sr. and Kenneth E. Mowen, all of Hagerstown, and Marshall "Sonny" W. Gallion of Clear Spring.

He was preceded in death by one son, Andrew Mowen; one sister, Betty Jane Bussard; and one brother, Roger W. Mowen.

Services will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. William C. Crowe will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Clarence H. Wolfrey Sr.

CROSS JUNCTION, Va. - Clarence Haywood Wolfrey Sr., 73, of Cross Junction, died Friday, April 11, 1997, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born May 18, 1923, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Fleet Ward and Anna Snyder Wolfrey.

His wife, Irene M. Wolfrey, died in 1992.

He attended public schools in Baltimore. He was a retired farmer and automobile mechanic.

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

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He is survived by one daughter, Anna M. Crouse of Cross Junction; three sons, Clarence H. Wolfrey Jr. of Cross Junction, John Wolfrey of Berkeley Springs, and Stanley I. Wolfrey of Winchester, Va.; one stepdaughter, Nancy Sharpe of Connecticut; two stepsons, John Gregor of Coatesville, Pa., and Donald Schell of Winchester; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire Co. and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 235, Cross Junction, Va. 22625.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs.

Cecelia E. Morgan

WILLIAMSPORT - Cecelia Elizabeth Morgan, 86, of 16505 Virginia Ave., died Friday, April 11, 1997, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born July 3, 1910, in Oakland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Bessie Littman Lawton Sr.

Her husband, Lee Williamson Morgan, died in 1962.

She was employed as a secretary for Washington County Board of Education until her retirement in 1976. She was previously employed with Potomac Edison.

She was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Williamsport.

She also was a member of Retired Teachers Association and was a volunteer with American Red Cross and Washington County Hospital.

She is survived by one sister, Virginia Lawton of Washington, D.C.; one brother, John Lawton of Annapolis, Md.; 14 nieces and nephews; and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Lewis Lawton, Arthur Lawton Jr., Kenneth Lawton and Robert Lawton.

There will be no public viewing.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport. The Rev. Mark A. Sandell will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport.

Elsie M.W. Rock

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Elsie Marie Wagaman Rock, 81, of 372 Laurel Lane, and formerly of Hagerstown and Waldorf, Md., died Thursday, April 10, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Dec. 27, 1915, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late Harry M. Sr. and Lucy Jane Rosenberger Wagaman.

Her husband, Victor E. Rock Sr., died in 1988. They were married in December 1934.

She lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 10 years.

She was employed as a machine operator for a number of years with Waynesboro Knitting Mill, and then worked at South Mountain Restoration Center. She was last employed as a waitress and cook for various restaurants in the area.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fairview Ward, Waynesboro, where she served in the primary organization for 25 years and 19 years as president. She also was a visiting teacher for the church for many years, and served as the church magazine representative.

She also was a member of National AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon L. Bennett of Waynesboro; two sons, Victor E. Rock Jr. of Waldorf, and Gary W. Rock of Lawrenceville, Ga.; six sisters, Alice Kreitz of Hagerstown, Margaret Land of Cleveland, Ohio, Ella Mae Hebb of Waynesboro, Delores Gee of Franklin, Ind., Betty Provard of Mont Alto, Pa., and Joyce Bingaman of Chambersburg, Pa.; three brothers, Harry Wagaman Jr. of Greencastle, Pa., Lester Eugene Wagaman of Odenton, Md., and Ralph Wagaman of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, William Wagaman.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11887 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro. Bishop R. Eugene Hurley will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery near Quincy, Pa.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Elizabeth H. Leppert

WILLIAMSPORT - Elizabeth Helena Leppert, 91, formerly of Ellen Street, New Brunswick, N.J., died Saturday, April 12, 1997, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born Aug. 9, 1905, in Easton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank Yeager and Catherine Weber Yeager Gates.

Her husband, Edward Leppert, died in 1969.

She was employed with Johnson and Johnson, retiring after 20 years of service.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, and a past member of Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick.

She is survived by three daughters, Doris deLumeau of Hagerstown, Ethel Sutton of Somerset, N.J., and Betty Brill of East Brunswick; two sons, Edward Leppert of Somerset, and William Leppert of Wayne, N.J.; one half-brother, Robert Gates of Nevada; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Benhardt and Isabella Arner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Edward J. Manalis as celebrant.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Peters Cemetery in New Brunswick.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Edith P.M. James

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Edith Pearl McDonald James, 97, of Martinsburg, died Friday, April 11, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born June 21, 1899, in Green Spring, Frederick County, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Edgar and Florence Emily Ashton McDonald.

Her husband, Russell Hoyt James, died in 1959.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Independent Bible Church.

She was a life-long Democrat, and represented the Arden District for 10 years on the Democratic Executive Committee.

During World War II, she worked with the Berkeley County Red Cross.

She was a member of Salvation Army Auxiliary, W.C.T.U., and Newton D. Baker Paraplegic Association.

She provided room and board for many business and professional people moving into Martinsburg and needing a temporary residence.

She is survived by one daughter, Frances Biedler of Martinsburg; two grandchildren, Russell A. Biedler of Gerrardstown, W.Va., and Beth Rotz of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; six great-grandsons; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Minnie A. Dorsey; and one brother, J. Wesley McDonald.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Mark D. Johnson, pastor, and Lester A. Kisner, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Independent Bible Church, Route 6, Box 403, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401; or to Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission, 602 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

James O. Taylor

INWOOD, W.Va. - James Oden Taylor, 75, of Tabler Station Road, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, at his home.

He was the son of the late Charles Monroe and Edna Katherine Rogers Taylor.

He was a 30-year employee of B&O/C&O Railroad, retiring from the local maintenance and way shops in 1982 as a crane operator.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany, Headquarters Battery, 1st Division Artillery, from 1945-46.

He was a member of Martinsburg (W.Va.) Planning and Zoning Commission for many years.

He was an ordained high priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in a number of leadership roles in the Martinsburg chapel, including high priest, leader and member of the bishoprie, elders president and Sunday school president, and was a member of the church's home teaching program.

He was an avid bowler, and won a National Singles Championship in Columbis, Ohio, in 1970. He continued bowling until January.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis M. Salyards Taylor; five children, William Douglas Taylor and Ronald T. Taylor, both of Inwood, Jeanne Taylor Alexander of Winchester, Va., Debi Taylor Hanlin of Hagerstown, and Robert C. Taylor of Martinsburg; one brother, John Monroe Taylor of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Marie and Laura Belle Taylor.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Martinsburg Chapel of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1050 Lovelace Way, Martinsburg. A brief burial service, including military honors will follow in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle.

Ethel M. Hohman

Ethel "Sissie" McCardell Hohman, of 1424 The Terrace, Hagerstown, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, at her home.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Ora Bess Middlekauff McCardell.

Her husband, Dr. Daniel Leonard Hohman, died in 1993.

She was a 1937 graduate of Hagerstown High School. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated from The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in February 1943. She was active in the Hopkins Nursing Alumni Association.

In 1946 she founded the first Girl Scout Troop in McConnellsburg, Pa. She continued to be active with Girl Scouts of Washington County for many years, and the Girl Scout Council.

She was a member of Zion Reformed Church, and served as deacon and as a member of the consistory.

She was a member of The American Field Service; P.T.A. of North Hagerstown High School from 1966 to 1977, where she served as president; Town and Country Garden Club, where she served as past president; and The Bridge Club.

She was historian of District 5 of the Maryland Foundation; a volunteer at Washington County Hospital; and was a member of the Women's Club and Fountain Head Country Club.

She is survived by four daughters, Catherine Hohman Johnston of Wilmington, N.C., Susan Hohman Clutz of Hagerstown, Patricia Adair Hohman of Atlanta, Ga., and Rebecca Mae Hohman of Ridgewood, N.J.; one brother, Thomas McCardell of Silver Spring, Md., and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Zion Reformed Church, 201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Jack Dale Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in McConnellsburg, Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and also will greet friends after the service at the church on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Reformed Church, 210 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.


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