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Thomas M. Dockeney Sr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Thomas M. Dockeney Sr., 78, of Route 2, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born May 22, 1918, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Luther M. and Nellie Ritenour Dockeney.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Harpine; and his second wife, Ann Fulk.

He retired from Martin Marietta.

A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, he served during World War II.

He was a member of Christ Reformed Church.

He also was a member of Berkeley Lodge 37 AF&AM in Hedgesville, W.Va., and Newton D. Baker Post 896, VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Montgomery Dockeney; three daughters, Bonnie G. Light of Martinsburg, Joanna L. Boarman and Hazel Renee Zimmerman, both of Hedgesville, W.Va.; three sons, Thomas M. Dockeney Jr. of Martinsburg, Patrick A. Dockeney of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Clayton R. Dockeney of Winchester; three stepdaughters, Mary Ann Hetzer of Germany, Roberta Shade and Margaret Ellen Fulk, both of Martinsburg; two stepsons, Paul Y. McDonald of New Jersey, and David Lawrence of Inwood, W.Va.; two sisters, Mabel Springer of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Dorothy Breeden of Rochester, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Louise Kerns, Thelma Breeden, Sarah Mullin and Betty Springer.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Christ Reformed Church. Thomas E. Hartshorn will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by Newton D. Baker Post 896 VFW, and Berkeley Post 14 American Legion.

The family will receive friends at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Reformed Church, 117 E. Burke St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Alyce H. Dagenais

Alyce Hitt Dagenais, 89, formerly of 505 Gordon Circle, Hagerstown, who died Monday, May 19, 1997, was the daughter of the late John Rainey and Isabelle Caroline Starnes Hitt.

Edgar L. Moats

Edgar Lee Moats, 69, of 743 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, is survived by three stepdaughters, Debra Boward of Williamsport, and Donna Lynn and Denise Minnick, both of Hagerstown.

Emily R. Bell

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Emily Rebecca Bell, 72, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Va.

Born April 24, 1925, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lee Allen and Cary Alice Bromley Marshall.

Her husband, David Lee Bell Sr., died in 1994.

She was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

She retired from AT&T in Leesburg, Va., in 1965. She previously was employed by Central Telephone Co., Charles Town.

She was a member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church in Charles Town.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Reed Bell, of Charles Town, and Ann Allen Demory, of Grafton, Va.; one son, David L. "Max" Bell Jr., of Kearneysville, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Brown; and one brother, Lee Allen Marshall Jr.

Graveside services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Pastor Richard E. Neal will officiate.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Arthur T. Brown

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Arthur Thomas Brown, 89, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at City Hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1907, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Samuel Ferguson and Mary Florence Roberts Brown.

He was a 1926 graduate of Martinsburg High School and attended Shepherd College for one year.

He was retired, and formerly employed as an accountant by Interwoven Mills for 30 years, and by Dailey Motors for five years.

He was a confirmed member of Christ Reformed Church since 1922, and was active in all work of the church. He was elected as a deacon, served as an elder, superintendent of the Sunday school, secretary of the Sunday school, and teacher of a boys' class. He was a member of Friendship Circle, Christian Endeavor, and Gluck Men's Bible Class, where he served as their pianist.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Frances Myers Brown, whom he married, Aug. 16, 1938; and three nephews.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Thomas E. Hartshorn will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Martinsburg.

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

Jon H. Baird Sr.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Jon Howard Baird Sr., 58, of Shepherdstown, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 26, 1938, in Higganum, Conn., he was the son of the late Curtis and Myrtle Spencer Baird.

He retired as a chef from Marriott Hotel in Syracuse, N.Y.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Vietnam War.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife, Fredora Knowlton Baird; one son, Jon Howard Baird Jr. of Kearneysville, W.Va.; two sisters, Shirley Chase of Syracuse and Carol Burt of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two brothers, Curtis Baird of Sennett, N.Y., and Donald Baird of Indiana; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Bonnie Oliver.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va. The Rev. Allen Cameron will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Evaline G. Timmons

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Evaline Grace Timmons, 76, of Route 5, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at City Hospital.

Born Nov. 5, 1920, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Helen Snyder Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lester Timmons.

She retired as a registered nurse at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church where she led the Sunday school class.

She is survived by one daughter, Michelle Ceravalo, of Martinsburg; two sons, Michael W. Timmons and David E. Timmons, both of Martinsburg; one sister, Gladys Torbert of Chambersburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Harvey M. Bane will officiate. Burial will be in Butler's Chapel Cemetery.

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

Mathias P. Moller III

Mathias P. "Ted" Moller III, 70, of 7 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born April 20, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late M.P. and Hilda Mackenzie Moller Jr.

He attended St. James School. He graduated in 1945 from Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. He attended Princeton University and George Washington University.

He was vice president of M.P. Moller, retiring in 1989.

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

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn M. Moller of Sharpsburg; two sons, Thomas D. Noe and Michael R. Noe, both of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Kevin M. Moller of Hagerstown; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Washington County Commission on Aging, 9 Public Square, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Arrangements are by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown.

Loretta G. Bushey

Loretta G. Bushey, 66, of 13208 Briarcliff Drive, Hagerstown, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at her home.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Stella V. Grabiak.

She was employed at Ski Liberty as the head of the professional ski patrol for about 20 years. She received the national appointment to the National Ski Patrol System.

She also was an avid golfer.

She was a member of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, George W. Bushey; two daughters, Cheryl Patrick and Taryn Jones; one son, G. Kent Bushey; two brothers, Dr. Gregory Grabiak and Samuel L. Grabiak; and three grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends immediately after the Mass in the Parish Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

Charles W. Kitchen

BOONSBORO - Charles Wesley "Charlie" Kitchen, 74, of King Road, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at his home.

Born Aug. 19, 1922, in Hedgesville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Wesley Kimble and Janie Catherine Snyder Kitchen.

He was formerly employed at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, and retired from Roper Eastern in Hagerstown.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He served with the 40th Engineer Division in the European and African Theaters.

He was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Boonsboro.

He was a life member of Clopper-Michael Post 10 American Legion in Boonsboro and the 40th Engineer Division Association.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Irene Flook Kitchen, whom he married Dec. 26, 1954; one daughter, Celeste Kitchen of Boonsboro; five sisters, Josephine Golliday, Amanda Myers, Dorothy Stalvey and Lyda Crawford, all of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Leona Reeder of Boonsboro; four brothers, Leon Kitchen and Bruce Kitchen, both of Boonsboro, Paul Kitchen of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Raymond Kitchen of Clear Spring.

Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike in Boonsboro. The Rev. John W. Zsittnik will officiate. Burial will be in Boonsboro Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Nebo United Methodist Church Building Fund, 134 S. Main St., Boonsboro, Md. 21713; or to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Charles W. McIntire

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Charles W. "Jeep" "Mac" McIntire, 71, of 338 Fairmount Ave., died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born July 2, 1925, in Zullinger, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry and Helen Bryan McIntire.

He attended Waynesboro Area Schools.

Early in life, he was employed at Waynesboro Knitting Mill in Waynesboro, and then at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown. Since 1946, he was employed at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg in the surveillance department, retiring in 1982.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in the 814th Military Police Co. in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.

He also was a member and past master of Acacia Lodge 586 F&AM in Waynesboro, a life member of William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 in Waynesboro, and a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1526 in Gettysburg, Pa., Eagles Club Inc. in Waynesboro, Order of the Owls Nest 1073 in Waynesboro, South Chapter 2977 AARP in Waynesboro, and Total Life Center of Waynesboro Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Louise Wilhide McIntire, whom he married April 4, 1947; six daughters, Cheryl J. Rotz, Linda D. Rock, Sharon M. Byers, Jennifer K. Eyler and Theresa A. Eyler, all of Waynesboro, and Deborah S. Christophel of Greencastle, Pa.; one son, Charles W. McIntire II of Waynesboro; one sister, Dorothy J. Hahn of Waynesboro; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Shearer; and one brother, Francis D. McIntire.

Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Roger E. Keech, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, with military graveside services conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles M. Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 in Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m., where Masonic services will be conducted by his lodge at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Total Life Center, c/o Waynesboro Hospital, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268; or to Faith United Methodist Church, 104 N. Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Donald W. Burger

Donald William Burger, 71, of 309 Woodpoint Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, at his home.

Born Oct. 26, 1925, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Henry and Mary R. Mills Burger.

He was employed by Western Maryland Railway, retiring after 38 years of service.

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

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

He also was a member of Williamsport American Legion Post 202, Knights of Columbus, Catholic War Veterans, VFW Post 1936, and AARP.

He also volunteered with American Red Cross and Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

He is survived by his wife, Cora G. Burger of Hagerstown; one daughter, Linda Marie Petro of Mount Airy, Md.; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. George A. Limmer as celebrant. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown on Tuesday.

Visitation will be held at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Red Cross, Washington County Chapter, 113 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Angelina M.S. Becker

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Angelina Margaret "Angie" Scalone Becker, 68, of Pembroke Grove, Charles Town, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

Born May 14, 1929, in Seat Pleasant, Md., she was the daughter of the late Pietro and Marie Filiponi DiGennaro.

She was a retired bank teller with NationsBank in Maryland.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, where she was a eucharistic minister.

She was a member of Shannondale Club Ltd., Shannondale Women's Club and Shannondale Garden Club, all in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

She is survived by her husband of six years, Charles E. "Ernie" Becker; one daughter, Margaret Anne Berry of Takoma Park, Md.; one son, Anthony Joseph Scalone of Edgewater, Md.; three stepdaughters, Carol Lynn Becker of Baltimore, Catherine Jeanne Kirby of Glen Rock, Pa., and Sandra Ann Hollins of Freeland, Md.; one stepson, Dr. Stephen Ernest Becker of Towanda, Pa.; two brothers, Ernest DiGennaro of Charles Town, Gabriel L. DiGennaro of Clinton, Md.; and 16 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Catherine Kitterman; one sister, Grace DiGennaro; and two brothers, Dominic DiGennaro and Anthony DiGennaro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, South George Street, Charles Town, with the Rev. Bert Valdes as celebrant. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 301 Happy Retreat, Pembroke Grove, Charles Town, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.; and at Cedar Hill Cemetery Chapel on Monday from 2 to 2:30 p.m., prior to the commital service.

Memorial donations may be made to St. James Catholic Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 370, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Edith B. Cameron

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Edith Belle Cameron, 86, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at Valley View Nursing Home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Born March 14, 1911, in Everson, Wash., she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary Edith Campbell McGregor.

She is survived by her husband, Oliver J. Cameron; two sons, James M. Cameron of Silver Spring, Md., and Thomas A. Cameron of Natick, Mass.; one grandson; two stepgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth McGregor, Gordon McGregor and Wallace McGregor.

Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home in Berkeley Springs.

Chester M. Rock

LINTHICUM, Md. - Chester M. "Chet" Rock, 93, of 590 Forest View Drive, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, at Genesis Eldercare in Severna Park, Md.

Born March 6, 1904, in Quincy Township, Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Katherine Utz Rock.

Early in life, he was employed as a pipefitter at Frick Co. in Waynesboro. He later worked as a fireman for the B&O Railroad. In 1977 he retired from Steamfitters Local 438 in Baltimore, as a steamfitter.

He was a member of Lutheran Resurrection Church in Baltimore.

He also was a member of Eagles Club Inc. in Waynesboro and Boosters Club of Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah M. Fahrney Rock, whom he married Aug. 10, 1929, and five grandchildren, Kathryn M. Rock of Raleigh, N.C., Victoria L. Stone of Annapolis, Gwendolyn A. Rock of Ownings Mills, Md., Aaron von Rock of New York City and Jason von Rock of Pensacola, Fla.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Marion L. Rock and Larry B. Rock; three sisters, Cora Kauffman, Ruth Smith, and Irene Sharrah; and two brothers, Charles Rock and Harry Rock.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Wilbur F. Besecker will officiate. Burial will be in Price's Church Cemetery in Rouzerville, Pa.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchey Highway, Baltimore, and one hour prior to the services Tuesday afternoon at Grove Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Mary E.B. Benshoff

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Mary E. Bonebrake Benshoff, 73, of 305 Greenwood Ave., died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at her home.

Born Sept. 1, 1923, in Quincy Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Preston H. and Carrie Ethel Small Bonebrake.

She was a 1942 graduate of Quincy High School.

Early in life, she was employed as a switchboard operator at Waynesboro Knitting Mill for nine years.

She was a member of Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd W. Benshoff, whom she married Jan. 23, 1943; two sisters, Rhoda F. Forney of Greencastle, and Lois Jean Gonder of Chambersburg, Pa.; two stepsisters, Esther Fleagle of Waynesboro, and Naomi Nagy of Lancaster, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Anna Gift Myers Bonebrake; and one brother, Theodore Bonebrake.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Wilber L. Sites will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, 801 Park St., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Eleanor J. Poet

SMITHSBURG - Eleanor Janet Poet, 58, of Comanche Drive, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born Jan. 20, 1939, in Lowell, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Pearly and Eva Sweeney Toothaker.

She was employed by Hagerstown Trust, Books 'n Things and High's Dairy.

She was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Poet; one daughter, Karen Snyder of Smithsburg; three sons, Ronald W. Poet of Clear Spring, Mark D. Poet of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Michael W. Poet of Hagerstown; one sister, Dorothy Hause of Branson, Mo.; two brothers, Ralph Toothaker of Lowell and Ernie Toothaker of Helfer Springs, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; and one niece.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. George A. Limmer will officiate. Burial will be in Smithsburg Cemetery, Smithsburg.

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

Catharine M. Hawbaker

MAUGANSVILLE - Catharine Myers Hawbaker, 89, a resident of Mennonite Old People's Home, and formerly of 12477 Mercersburg Road, Greencastle, Pa., died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at the home.

Born Dec. 19, 1907, in Letterkenny Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Ernest H. and Mary Elizabeth Meyers Myers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Hawbaker, in 1996.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Old Order River Brethren.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Mellinger of Shippensburg, Pa., and Louise Wenger of Greencastle; four sons, Rodger J. Hawbaker of Waynesboro, Pa., E. Harmon Hawbaker of Chambersburg, Pa., Dwight M. Hawbaker and Wayne L. Hawbaker, both of Greencastle; three sisters, Mary Bricker and Verda Bricker, both of Chambersburg, and Elva Burkholder of Pleasant Hill, Pa.; one brother, Christian Myers of South Mountain, Pa.; 28 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Elaine Horst; one sister; one brother; and one granddaughter.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Upton Church of the Brethren, near Upton, Pa. Minister Howard Meyers, Minister Carl Meyers and Minister Kenneth Meyers will officiate. Burial will be in Meyers Cemetery near Welsh Run, Pa.

The family will receive friends at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, today from 6 to 9 p.m. and at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Laura H. Forsythe

Laura H. Forsythe, 90, of 130 Broadway, Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 22, 1907, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Maurice N. and Laura L. Hammond Arnsparger.

Her husband, Henry E. Forsythe, died in 1972.

She retired from Washington County Hospital as a nursing assistant with 28 years of service.

She was a member of First Christian Church.

She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by three sons, Lauren N. Forsythe and Charles H. Forsythe, both of Hagerstown, and Henry E. Forsythe of Frederick, Md.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held Saturday at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred M. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Elmer L. Fry

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Elmer Lee Fry, 59, of Route 6, Butler's Chapel Road, died Wednesday, May 21, 1997, at his home.

Born April 16, 1938, in Strasburg, Va., he was the son of the late James Milton and Lillian Bowser Fry.

He was a salesman at Sears in Martinsburg.

He was a member of the Army National Guard of Virginia.

He also was a member of Independent Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dora Sager Fry; two daughters, Lisa M. Southard and Kimberly D. Starner, both of Martinsburg; one son, David L. Fry of Hedgesville, W.Va.; six sisters, Jean Snow, Jeannette Pangle, Thelma Shiflett, Ellen Barrick, Martha Stonis and Dorothy Henry; five brothers, James Fry, Marshall Fry, Clarence Fry, Jerry Fry and Ray Fry; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia A. Fry; and one brother, Bobby Fry.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Independent Bible Church. The Rev. Dan Dugan, the Rev. Mark Johnson and the Rev. Van Marsceau will officiate. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Bible Church, P.O. Box 1148, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 25425.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.

J. Richard Keckler

J. Richard "Dick" Keckler, 79, of 18333 College Road, Hagerstown, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born near Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late John A. and E. Grace Crider Keckler.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Niad A. Tarsus Keckler, in 1995.

He was a retired guard from the Penal Farm. He had been an officer with the Hagerstown Police Department and a driver for Blue Ridge Bus Lines in Hagerstown.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of Hagerstown Lodge 217 AF&AM; Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest 95, Hagerstown; Funkstown American Legion Post 211; and FOE Aerie 694.

He is survived by one daughter, Jo Ellen Knight of Hagerstown; one son, Thomas D. Keckler of Williamsport; one stepdaughter, Dian E. Dingle of Dillsburg, Pa.; one stepson, Ron E. Linder of Temple, Texas; one sister, Jean E. "Pat" Trott of Hagerstown; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. James C. Brinkley Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where a Masonic memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m.


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