|Kenneth E. Merica
Kenneth Edward Merica, 63, Great Cacapon, WV, formerly of Lancaster,
PA, died Monday, April 20, 1998 at his home.
Born February 7, 1935 in Morgan County, WV, he was the son of Alice
Frances Henry Merica, Berkeley Springs, and the late Ray Jackson Merica
who died on May 3, 1976.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He was a 1954 graduate from Berkeley Springs High School.
He served in the US Army from 1956-1958 and was released from his US
Army Reserve obligation in July, 1962.
He worked at Dupont Chemical from 1956 through 1958 in Martinsburg,
WV. He worked for Largent's Truck and Implement Center, Berkeley Springs,
WV as a parts manager and then for the Berkeley Club Bottling Company,
also in Berkeley Springs. He went on to work for Western Union as a lineman.
In 1963, he and his wife bought the Great Cacapon Service Station,
and then, Merica's Grocery, which they operated until 1973.
He was a bus driver for the Morgan County School System from 1967 through
In 1974 he and his family moved to Lancaster, PA where he joined Ladder
Towers, Inc. as the national sales manager. In 1983, he founded Structural
Fabrications, Inc., a builder of aerial fire trucks. He operated the company
as president and CEO until 1988, when he and his wife returned to their
native Great Cacapon home.
Remaining in the fire service industry, he went on to join Seagrave
of Clintonville, WI as regional sales manager.
He recently retired in January, 1998.
He was a member of the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company where he
served in many capacities, including fire chief. He was also president
of the Great Cacapon Ruritan Club. He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American
Legion Post #60, Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Rose Zeta "Judy" Spriggs Merica,
at home; one daughter, Delilah Kay Merica, Lancaster, PA; one sister, Patsy
Ann Spielman, Berkeley Springs; one brother, Richard Henry Merica, Unger,
WV; three nieces; one nephew; two great nephews and one great niece.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother,
Ray Jackson Merica, Jr.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the Helsley-Johnson
Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Dr. G.
Edward Grove and the Rev. Roger E. Burtner officiating. Interment with
full military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard was in Mt. Nebo
Cemetery, Great Cacapon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire
Company, P.O. Box 247, Great Cacapon, WV 25422.
Franklin D. Stiles
Franklin David Stiles, 71, Hedgesville, WV, formerly of Heath, OH,
died Saturday, April 25, 1998 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born August 24, 1926 in Dilltown, PA, he was the son of the late Merlin
Herman and Flora Sinclair Stiles.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He worked as an instructor with the U.S. Government, Department of
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He moved to Hedgesville in 1996.
Surviving are three sons, Dana F. Stiles, Hedgesville, Terrence Lee
Stiles, Baltimore, OH and James Wesley Stiles, Heath, OH; one daughter,
Janice Lenore Louie, Decatur, GA; one sister, Doris Carney, Seward, PA;
three brothers, Ira J. Stiles, York, PA, Wesley Stiles, Mesa, AZ and Leonard
Stiles, Ft. Wayne, IN; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and
many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janice
Virginia Martindale Stiles on July 30, 1994.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Joe Mullenix at 11 a.m.
today, Wednesday, April 29, at the Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985
N. 21st Street, Newark, OH. Interment will be in the New Lexington Cemetery,
New Lexington, OH.
Local arrangements were handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home,
306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
Dorothy S. Biggert
Dorothy Stone Biggert, 98, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Gore, VA,
died Sunday, April 26, 1998 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
She was the daughter of the late Walter H. Stone II and Sarah Ash Stone.
She was a retired teacher at Gore School.
She was a member of Fairview Lutheran Church in Gore.
She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy B. Lawyer, Great Cacapon;
two sons, Stanley T. Biggert Jr., Jacksonville, FL and James C. Biggert,
Cordele, GA; eight granddaughters; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Thornton Biggert,
in 1975; and one son, W. Thomas Biggert.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at Fairview Lutheran
Church, Gore, with Pastor R. Don Prange officiating.
Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Gore.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, April 29,
at the Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Lutheran Church, c/o
Karen Dellinger, 8962 Northwestern Pike, Gore, VA 22637, or Berkeley Springs
Volunteer Rescue Squad, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Mary S. Shirley
Mary Samantha Shirley, 71, Paw Paw, died Monday, May 4, 1998 at her
Born May 25, 1926 at Spring Gap, she was the daughter of the late George
and Maude Batson Brown.
She was employed at National Fruit, Winchester, VA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory L. Shirley, who died
on February 26, 1995.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet Kerns and Irma Shirley, both
of Pin Oak; seven sons, Kenneth Shirley, Denver Shirley and Roger Shirley,
all of Pin Oak, Eddie "Hank" Shirley, Ray Shirley and Calvin Shirley all
of Paw Paw, and James Shirley of Augusta, WV; 25 grandchildren; and 11
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons,
Frankie and Russell Shirley.
Services will be Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m. in the McKee Funeral Home
Chapel, Augusta, with Pastor John Burleson. Interment will be in Mt. Union
Cemetery, Paw Paw.
The family will receive friends today, Wednesday, May 6, from 2-4 and
7-9 p.m. at the McKee Funeral Home, Augusta.
Earl W. Shelly
Earl Wilson Shelly, 80, of Inwood, died Thursday, April 30, 1998 at
He was the son of the late Wilson R. Shelly and Carrie Hunter Shelly.
He was a retired hospital administrator with the U.S. Government at
St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington with 42 years of service.
He was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church and a fourth degree
member of the Knights of Columbus Council 10756 at St. Leo.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II and two years
prior to the war.
He was a member of AARP, the American Legion and the Mended Hearts
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Catherine Crosby Shelly, at
home; thee sons, Dr. Richard W. Shelly, Roanoke, VA, James M. Shelly, Berkeley
Springs, and Michael S. Shelly, Petersburg, VA; one daughter, Patricia
A. Jencks, Alexandria, VA; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Herbert Shelly; and one sister,
Virginia Shelly Birkitt.
A mass of Christian Burial was said at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at St.
Leo Catholic Church in Inwood, with the Rev. Brian Shoda, Celebrant officiating.
Interment prayers were at the Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church, P.O.
Box 93, Inwood, WV 25428; or to the Berkeley Springs High School Band Boosters,
836 Concord Ave., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
William T. O'Neal
William Torrence O'Neal, 72, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Tuesday,
April 28, 1998 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born June 3, 1925 in Mann Township, Bedford County, PA, he was the
son of the late William Herbert and Zella Mae Wigfield O'Neal.
He was a member of Fairview Christian Church, Artemas, PA.
He attended the Silver Mills School, Bedford County, PA.
He worked as a machinist with the Western Maryland Railway Company
from 1950-1954. He and his family lived in Baltimore, MD from 1954-1956
and then moved to Westminster, MD. He also worked as a machinist with the
Thompson Wire Company, Baltimore, from 1954-1969. From 1972 until his retirement
in August, 1987, he was a machinist with Malco Plastics in Garrison, MD.
He moved to the Berkeley Springs area in September, 1987.
He served in the U.S. Army Corps from November 2, 1945 until his honorable
discharge with the rank of sergeant on December 10, 1946. He was awarded
the Philippine Independence Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.
During his military service, he was educated at the AM School, Chevrolet
Engine School and the Boeing Aircraft/Electrician School.
He was an outdoorsman whose hobbies and interests included hunting,
fishing, crabbing, gardening, golf and wine making.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Jeanette Earles O'Neal, at home; one daughter,
Donna Marie Reynolds, New Canaan, CT; one son, William Kelly O'Neal, Westminster;
one stepdaughter, Sherry Lynn Trail, Chaneysville, PA; one sister, Celeste
A. Crownover, Port Matilda, PA; two brothers, Arlie "Jack" Straub, Ludington,
MI and Cranston Thomas O'Neal, Knoxville, TN; seven grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister,
Marion A. Caldwell.
Memorial services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at
the Fairview Christian Church, Route 26, Mann Township, Artemas, PA with
the Rev. Milton Morris officiating. Military honors were provided by the
Tri-State Honor Guard. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015
Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or to Fairview Christian Church,
c/o Leo Jay, RR 1, Box 116, Artemas, PA 17211.
Arrangements were handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306
Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
Shawn E. Pentoney
Shawn Eric Pentoney, 35, of Ooltewah, TN, formerly of Berkeley Springs,
WV, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Bledsoe County, TN.
Born August 31, 1962 in Fairfax, VA, he was the son of Edgar E. and
Nancy Bosserman Pentoney of Berkeley Springs.
He was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN.
He graduated from Berkeley Springs High School, Class of 1980. He was
a graduate of West Virginia University, Morgantown.
He was CEO of Collegedale Casework, LLC, in Tennessee.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Jodi Possinger
Pentoney, at home; three children, Zachary, Sheree and Tara Pentoney, all
of Ooltewah, TN.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Page Pentoney on September
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8 at Berkeley
Baptist Church, Winchester Grade Road, Berkeley Springs, with Rev. John
O. Gilbert officiating. Private burial will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at
the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Journey of Faith at Silverdale
Baptist Church, 7236 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Ethel L. McGuire
Ethel L. McGuire, 79, of Augusta, GA, formerly of Berkeley Springs,
died Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at her home.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Silvercrest Baptist Church in Augusta. She was
also a member of the Golden Age Sunday school class.
She is survived by five sons, Daniel McGuire, Crete, Greece, George
McGuire, Homestead, FL, Russell McGuire, North Augusta, GA, Gary McGuire,
Augusta, and John McGuire, Hephzibah, GA; six daughters, Mary Redlund,
Hephzibah, Janet Phillips, Walnut, MS, Geraldine Milligan and Tammy Kelley,
both of Augusta, Kathleen Morgan, Canton, TX, and Patricia Winkler, Coloma,
WI; two brothers, Rodwell Spielman, Berkeley Springs and Avery Spielman,
Winchester, VA; three sisters, Carrie McHaney, Baltimore, MD, Wavy Payne,
Berkeley Springs and Lorraine Poter, Cumberland, MD; 34 grandchildren;
31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Elliott
Sons Lumpkin Rd. Funeral Home Chapel in Augusta, with the Rev. Richard
Phillips and Rev. James Bland officiating.
Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medical College of Georgia,
1120 15th Street, Augusta GA 30912 or Silvercrest Baptist Church, 3431
Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906.
Joseph C. Smallwood
Joseph C. Smallwood, 69, Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, April 28,
1998 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born October 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Claud A. Swanson
Smallwood and Sallie Hazel Osborne Smallwood.
He was a retired truck driver.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4019.
Surviving are one son, John Smallwood, Bergen, NJ; and one brother,
Richard Smallwood, Elk Creek, VA.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Florence Wagner and one brother,
Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at
Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, VA with the Rev. Gordon George
Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 South Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs,
was in charge of local arrangements.
Chester S. Hessler
Chester Scott "Chet" Hessler, 76, Williamsport, MD, died Thursday,
April 30, 1998 at Washington County Hospital.
Born September 13, 1921, in Cherry Run, he was the son of the late
Herbert R. and Carrie B. Riser Hessler.
He was employed as a salesman for Massey Ford for 31 years, retiring
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church and the United
Methodist Men's Chorus. He also was a former trustee of the church.
He was a past member of Williamsport Lions Club; a life member of Volunteer
Fire Co. of Halfway, MD and a volunteer of Halfway fund-raiser bingo; and
a member of American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport, I.O.R.M. Tribe 84
in Williamsport, Williamsport Democratic Club and AARP.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Jane Martin Hessler;
one son, Douglas Scott Hessler, Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Evelyn Rhoe
and Dorothy Mock, both of Martinsburg; and two brothers, Hanson Hessler,
Berkeley Springs and Junior R. Hessler, Hagerstown, MD.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ward Hessler, Cecil Hessler
and Ray Hessler.
Services were held Monday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. in Albert F. Leaf Memorial
Chapel of Osborne Funeral Home, 425 Conococheague St., Williamsport. The
Rev. Richard Kroll officiated. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park in
Williamsport, with military services provided by Morris Frock Post 42 American
Memorial donations may be made to Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, 11114
Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to Williamsport United Methodist
Church, 25 E. Church St., Williamsport, MD 21795.
Eldon L. Day
Eldon Lee "Buster" Day, 77, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, April
29, 1998 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born December 31, 1920 in Edmond, he was the son of the late Finice
Little and Mamie Cutlip Day.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He attended public schools in Edmond.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.
He served in the U.S. Army from January 22, 1942 until September 8,
1945 and was honorably discharged at the rank of private first class. He
was awarded the EAME Ribbon with four Bronze Stars.
Prior to moving to Palmer Park, MD, he worked as a coal miner. He worked
with May's Brake Service and Air Brake & Control, both in Bladensburg,
MD, until his retirement in 1977.
He and his family moved from Palmer Park to Berkeley Springs in 1977.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Pearl Barker Day, at home; two daughters,
Carol Davis, Winona, and Linda Ellen Odell, Berkeley Springs; three sons,
Herbert Lee Day and Donald Wayne Day, both of Berkeley Springs, and Robert
Allen Day, Front Royal, VA; three sisters, Mary Hess, Clendenin, Dema Sewell,
Victor, and Elizabeth Null, St. Petersburg, FL; one brother, Ervin Day,
Brookes, KY; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister,
Gladys Bragg and four brothers, Herman Day, Frank Day, Robert Day and William
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, at the
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with
Pastors Jack & Shirley Hiles officiating. Interment with military graveside
honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard was in Greenway Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of South Morgan
Volunteer Fire Department, Route 3, Box 159, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Bruce M. Clipp
Bruce M. Clipp, 73, of Hancock, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at his
Born November 11, 1924, in Sharpsburg, he was the son of the late Jesse
B. And Gertrude Drenner Clipp.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, W. Jean Long Clipp, in
1983 and his second wife, H. Vicki Vecchitto Day Clipp, in 1988.
His earliest employment was as a delivery driver for Coca-Cola, Hagerstown.
He was a sales representative for Three Springs Fisheries in Buckeystown,
MD, then for Schwab Clothing, Cumberland, MD. He owned and operated the
National Restaurant in Hancock from 1963 until his retirement in 1992.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as an aircraft radioman and gunner during
World War II.
He was a member of Hancock United Methodist Church.
He was mayor of Hancock from 1975 to 1976, a member of Hancock Town
Council from 1969 to 1972 and of Tri-county Council. He was a former member
and past president of Hancock Rotary Club; past commander and life member
of Webster B. Harrison Post 26, American Legion, Hancock; a member of Loyal
Order of Moose 1483, Berkeley Springs, WV; Antietam Lodge 197 AF&AM,
Keedysville; and Ali Ghan Temple AAONMS, Cumberland. He was a member of
Down River Golf Club, Everett, PA, and Cacapon Golf Club, Berkeley Springs.
He is survived by his companion, Barbara Bowers of Hancock; one son,
Gary D. Clipp, Montgomery Village, MD; two brothers, Richard Clipp, Frederick,
MD and Willis Clipp, Hagerstown; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Lake, Hester Wright,
Delores Butts, Marguerite Rayski and Freda Canfield; and three brothers,
Silas Clipp, Jesse Clipp and Fred Clipp.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Hancock
United Methodist Church, 168 West Main St., Hancock. The Rev. Robert G.
Brennan Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park,
Hagerstown. Graveside services will be conducted by Tri-State Honor Guard.
Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock. The
funeral home will be open Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Hancock Rescue Squad, 14734 Warfordsburg
Road, Hancock, MD 21750; or to Hancock United Methodist Church, 168 W.
Main St., Hancock, MD 21750.
William B. Gladden
William B. Gladden, 65, of Inwood, died Sunday, May 10, 1998 at the
VA Medical Center.
He was the son of the late John B. and Elsie May Orndorff Gladden.
He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.
He was a retired nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a member of the V.F.W. Post
896 in Martinsburg.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Veronica H. Gladden, at home;
seven sons, William Gladden Jr., Inwood, Cecil Gladden, Uniontown, PA,
Timmy Gladden, Hagerstown, David Gladden and Paul Gladden, both of Berkeley
County, Matthew Gladden, Norfolk, VA, and Steve Gladden, Williamsburg,
VA; four daughters, Teresa Queen and Diane Bohrer, both of Berkeley County,
Sandra Hopwood, Berkeley Springs, Cindy O'Connor, Winchester, VA; six brothers,
John F. Gladden, Harry L. Gladden, Joseph E. Gladden, Earl E. Gladden,
Richard L. Gladden, all of Berkeley County, and Oscar W. Gladden, Williamsport,
MD; six sisters, Margaret V. Saylor, Dorothy Corbin, Veronica LaRosa and
Deborah Chan, all of Berkeley County, Fern A. Quick, CA, and Mary R. Knight,
Virginia; 20 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
six stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan E. Gladden, and one
brother, Henry Max Gladden.
Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at St. Leo Catholic
Church in Inwood, with the Rev. Brian Shoda officiating.
Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Rosedale
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the funeral
Nelson R. Spencer
Nelson R. "Fuzz" Spencer, 64, Paw Paw, died Monday, May 4, 1998 at
Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.
Born December 5, 1933 at Paw Paw he was a son of the late Clifton and
Ada "Washington" Spencer.
He was a lifelong resident of Paw Paw.
He was a Army veteran.
He was a retired employee of Cooper Industries of Winchester, with
28 years service and a member of UAW #149 of Winchester.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby "Gales" Spencer; two sons, Nelson R. Spencer,
Jr., Paw Paw, Robert E. Spencer, Harpers Ferry; two daughters, Sandra Johnson,
Martinsburg and Patricia Spencer, Winchester; a sister-in-law whom he raised,
Cynthia Y. Summers, Winchester; one brother, Clifton S. "Bean" Spencer,
Jr., Cleveland, OH; one sister, Mildred "Millie" Harris, Pittsburgh, PA;
four grandsons and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at the Paw
Paw United Methodist Church with Rev. Nancy Ward officiating. Burial was
in Camp Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley-Kimble Funeral
Home, Paw Paw.
Nick R. Albanese
Nick Richard Albanese, 69, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Friday, May
8, 1998 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.
Born December 2, 1928 in Morgan County, WV, he was the son of the late
Nicola and Rosie Lee Keller Albanese.
He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Berkeley Springs.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.
He attended Berkeley Springs High School.
He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from December 14, 1950 until
September 14, 1952.
He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Risinger-Stotler
V.F.W. Post #4019, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1483 and the Morgan County
Saddle Club, all in Berkeley Springs.
He retired in 1987 as a screen tower operator from U.S. Silica, Berkeley
Surviving are his wife, Marie Martha Clem Albanese, at home; one son,
Mark Richard Clem, Warrenton, VA; two grandchildren; three sisters, Marie
E. Albanese, Arlington, VA, Virginia Luttrell, Winchester, VA, Delores
Reed, Clear Spring, MD; one brother, Fred Albanese, Galion, OH and many
nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers,
Harry Albanese and Frank Albanese.
Funeral liturgy was conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at St.
Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 116 S. Washington Street, Berkeley Springs,
with Deacon John W. Locke officiating. Interment with military graveside
honors proved by the Tri-State Honor Guard were in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, was
in charge of arrangements. Harvey P. Weller, Jr.
Harvey Preston Weller, Jr., 66, of Richmond, VA, formerly of Paw Paw,
died Wednesday, May 6, 1998 at his home.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Jan Rose Weller and their five
daughters, Katherine Rose Leme of Ashburn, VA, Barbara Jean Weller of Maidens,
VA, Laura Jo Weller, Carla Elizabeth Haller and Judith Ann Weller, all
of Richmond. He also is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Weller
of Paw Paw, two sisters, Barbara Hanlin, Paw Paw and Donna Robey, Martinsburg
and eight grandchildren.
He graduated from Randolph Macon Military Academy in Front Royal in
Virginia and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He served in the U.S.
Army Medical Corps from 1953 to 1956. In 1957, he was employed by Winthrop
Laboratories in Nashville as a pharmaceutical sale representative. He was
transferred to Richmond in 1959 as sales manager for Winthrop where in
1994 he retired after 37 years of service.
Graveside services and interment were Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at
the Camp Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw.
The Bliley Funeral Home, Staples Mill Chapel, Richmond was in charge
Joseph A. True
Joseph Allen True, 33, of Hancock died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at Washington
Born June 10, 1964, in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of Betty A.
Boden Courtney and the stepson of Marion L. Courtney, both of Warfordsburg,
He was a machine operator for Rayloc of Hancock.
He was a member of Catalpa United Methodist Church, Hancock.
He was a member of Hancock Sportsmans Club.
In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by one son,
Joseph Allen True II, at home; a twin brother, Jeffrey L. True of Hancock;
maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Snow, Hancock; and a number
of aunts and uncles.
Services were held Tuesday, May 12, at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church,
Warfordsburg. The Rev. Robert G. Brennan, Jr. officiated. Burial was in
the adjoining church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.
Memorial donations may be made to Trust for Joseph A. True II, in care
of F & M Bank, 6 E. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750.
Ray R. Rice, 77, a retired divisional auditor of the Chevrolet division
at General Motors Corp., died Monday, May 4, 1998 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
in Pontiac, MI.
A longtime Bloomfield Hills, MI, resident, he helped unearth warranty
fraud at several auto dealerships in the 1970s.
He started as an accountant with Chevrolet at the Kansas City assembly
plant in 1946. He left in 1954 to work in the General Motors Building in
In 1972, he became the Chevrolet divisional auditor until his retirement
in 1984. He most recently worked in Warren.
Born in Berkeley Springs, he graduated from high school when he was
15 and graduated from Strayer College in Washington, D.C., with a degree
During World War II, he served in the Army as a military intelligence
officer, specializing in the translation of Portuguese with the Brazilian
expeditionary force in Italy.
His wife, the late Nellie Lu Rice, died last year on May 4, exactly
one year before his death.
He is survived by three daughters, Diane Rice Tihansky, Kathleen Rice
Bowers and Rita Rice Ruby; five sisters, Corinne Delawder, Wanita Stephenson,
Relda White, Barbara Morgan and Sandra Norman; three brothers, Frank, Glenn
and Keith Rice; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks, Troy was in charge
of arrangements. The funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, at St.
Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke, Bloomfield Hills. Burial followed
in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.