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Morris M. Goldfarb
1917-1999
Morris Max Goldfarb, 82, of Pasadena, MD, died on Tuesday, September 7, 1999, at Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Born May 13, 1917 in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Nathan and Ethel Sirota Goldfarb.
He was a member of the Osiris Masonic Lodge in Silver Spring, MD.
He was in the delicatessen business until his retirement in 1982.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia H. Weiland of Leonard-town, MD and Sue Dawson of Pasadena, MD; one son, Robert Goldfarb of Silver Spring, MD; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline H. Spriggs Goldfarb in 1996.
A graveside service was conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, at Greenway Cem-etery in Berkeley Springs with the Rev. Kelly Scott officiating.
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, handled arrangements.

George l. McCarthy
1919-1999
George L. McCarthy, 79, of Davenport, IA, died Friday, September 3, 1999 at Genesis Medical Center-West Campus, Davenport.
He was born October 13, 1919 in McIntosh, SD, the son of the late James H. and Margaret (Sawyer) McCarthy.
He was employed as a logistic support director at the Rock Island Arsenal for 31 years.
Survivors include his wife, Eva V. Michael whom he married November 1, 1944; one daughter, Anita Kay Holtmann of Davenport; one son, Michael McCarthy of Davenport; four grandchildren, Chad and Megan McCarthy, and Ryan and Ashley Holtmann of Davenport; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Bellinger.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial was in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. A prayer service was held at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Military graveside services were conducted by the American Legion Post 246, Moline.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Ruth E. Cox
1906-1999
Ruth E. Cox, 93, formerly of Hancock, MD and more recently of Ravenwood Nursing Center, Hagerstown, MD, died Wednesday, September 1, 1999 at Ravenwood.
Born February 14, 1906, in Sperryville, VA, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Nolte Silver and widow of Joseph F. Cox who died July 16, 1997.
She was a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Hancock.
She was a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.
She is survived by one son, Joseph W. Cox of Eugene, OR; two grandsons, Matthew Cox and Andrew Cox and one granddaughter, Abigail Cox.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Clark and Ruby Allen; and one brother, Conrad Silver.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, September 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 2 W. High Street, Hancock, with the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends at St. Thomas' Parish Hall immediately following the services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Mountain View Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD.
Arrangements are by the Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.

Virgil J. Puffinberger
1937-1999
Virgil Jackson Puffinberger, 62, of Winchester, VA, died Thursday, September 9, 1999, at his home.
Born February 8, 1937, in Whitacre, VA, he was the son of the late Ward A. and Wavie Crouse Puffinberger.
He was a member of the Timber Ridge Pentecostal Church, Cross Junction, VA.
He was employed as a forklift operator for O'Sullivan Corporation, Winchester.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl Hook Puffinberger; four daughters, Peggy S. McKee of Gore, VA, Judy A. Holliday of Winchester, Linda G. Holliday of Bloomery and Bonnie J. Staub of Winchester; four brothers, Lindwood Puffinberger of Cross Junction, Gilbert Puffinberger of Augusta, William Puffinberger of Winchester and Kenneth Puffinberger of Hayfield, VA; five sisters, Hilda Spielman, Dorothy Brannon, Lorraine Miller, Ann Wheeler and Patricia Coen, all of Winchester; ten grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amanda Sue McKee; and one brother, Herbert Puffinberger.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Cross Junction, with the Rev. Cletus Palmer officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by the Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge.

John G. Myers
1945-1999
John Grove Myers, 54, of Fairfield, PA, died Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at the V.A. Medical Center, Martinsburg.
Born February 9, 1945 in Charles Town, he was the son of the late Daniel F. and Leta May (Grove) Myers.
He was a member of the Calvary Episcopal Chapel, Beartown.
He was a graduate of Shenandoah Academy, Virginia.
He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC.
He was employed in the trucking industry. He owned and operated his own truck contracting with Evan's Delivery, Pottstown, PA.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean (Monroe) Myers; two daughters, Lorie R. Myers of Blue Ridge Summit, PA and Jaime L. Myers of Fairfield; one grandson; three sisters, Pauline Winland of Berkeley Springs, Mary Luttrell of Kearneysville and Sarah Atkins of New Market, VA; one brother, Arthur Myers of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Myers.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 11, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Waynesboro, PA, with the Rev. Daphne S. Killhour officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery, Beartown. Military graveside services were conducted by the Charles M. Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, PA.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 452 E. King Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Arrangements were by the Grove Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Barbara M. Kelley
Barbara M. Kelley, 62, of Spotsylvania, VA, died Wednesday, September 8, 1999, at the home of her daughter in Stafford County.
She was born in Munich, Germany and had worked as a meat cutter for the Briggs Meat Company in Landover, MD and then had her own residential cleaning business.
She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and Spotsylvania County Senior Citizen Center.
She is survived by four daughters, Angie Tapp, Dorie McKendree and Jennifer Keating, all of Spotsylvania and Peggy Cook of Stafford; one brother, Sebastian Zellner of Germany; two sisters, Francis Ben of Aberdeen, MD and Annemarie Weber of Germany; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, September 11 at 10 a.m. at Found & Sons Funeral Home of Fredericksburg with Rev. Michael Reid officiating. Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Mary Washington Hospice, 2217 Princess Anne Street, Suite 002-1, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.

Kenneth W. Spence
Kenneth Wesley Spence, 50, of Buckhannon, died September 9, 1999 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Robin Spence; two daughters, Rebecca and Sadie; his mother, Kathleen Cleavenger of Buckhannon; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
He was Director of Information for the West Virginia Farm Bureau and former editor of the Record Delta newspaper.
A memorial service will be held at his residence September 18 at 4 p.m. in Buckhannon.
Donations may be made in his memory to the West Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation for a college fund that has been set up for his daughters. Make checks payable to: West Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc., c/o Kenneth Spence Memorial Fund, 1 Red Rock Road, Buckhannon, WV 26201. 

James R. Iden
1932-1999
James R. Iden, 67, of Hancock, MD, died Wednesday, September 8, 1999 at his home.
Born in Buck Valley, PA on August 14, 1932 he was the son of the late Ernest and Ethel Stotler Iden.
He was a retired maintenance employee for the Town of Hancock;
He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife, Leona Gantt Iden, whom he married August 15, 1954 in Hancock, MD; four daughters, Linda Faith, Virginia Fowler and Mary Spriggs, all of Hancock, and Gloria Snider of Greencastle, PA; one son, Robert Iden of Greencastle, PA; two sisters, Shirley Mills of Hancock and Patsy Morris of Town Hill, PA; three brothers, Paul Iden and Junior Iden both of Hancock and Melvin Iden of Needmore, PA; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister Catherine Getson, four brothers, Harry Iden, Kenneth Iden, Fred Iden and Clyde Iden.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, September 11, at Damascus Cemetery, Big Cove Tannery, PA. The Rev. Bill L. Clark officiated. Interment followed.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.

Rose E. Beck
1936-1999
Rose Elizabeth Beck, 63, of Berkeley Springs, died on Sunday, September 12, 1999 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.
Born June 10, 1936 in Bensalem, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Catherine Patricia Clark Gray.
She was a member of St. Mark's Church in Berkeley Springs.
She was a 1954 graduate of Germantown High School, Philadelphia, PA and attended Felt & Tarrantton Comptometer School in Philadelphia.
She worked as a bookkeeper with Good Brothers Food Distributors, Winn Dixie Food Distributors, Vernelson Bakery, Bond Bread Company and Penn Fruit Distributors, all in the Philadelphia area. She then worked as the office manager of Regency Apartments in Bensalem. She last worked as an internal auditor with the State of New Jersey, Department of Motor Vehicles, retiring in 1991.
At her retirement, she moved from Doylestown, PA to Berkeley Springs. She was associated with Potomac Highlands Support Services, Senior Life Services and worked as an administrative aide at the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, all in Berkeley Springs. She has been a homemaker in recent years.
Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Gilbert LeRoy Beck, at home; two daughters, Antoinette M. Juno of Levittown, PA and Theresa A. Crossland of Ottsville, PA; four step-daughters, Sharon Jean Schneider of Milford, NJ, Janice Beck and Brenda Lee Wagner, both of Quakertown, PA and Lisa Ubel of Upper Black Eddy, PA; two brothers, Harold Lee Gray of Philadelphia and John William Gray of Green Lane, PA; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded by one sister, Margie J. Andress.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 15, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Jr. celebrating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Arrangements are being handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.
 
Shurley B. True
1923-1999
Shurley B. True, 76, of Needmore, PA, died Saturday, September 18, 1999, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, MD.
Born January 1, 1923, in Hancock, MD, he was the son of the late Oliver Martin and Birdie Alice Smith True.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna M. Bishop True, who died in 1993.
He was employed by Watson Skutt Company, North Rose, NY, for over 19 years. He worked for Penn Central Railroad for three years and retired in 1979 from H.B. Mellott Estate, Inc., Warfordsburg, PA, as a truck driver.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II.
He was of Protestant faith.
He was a life member of VFW Post 655, McConnellsburg, PA.
He is survived by five daughters, Frances Sebring of Sodus, NY, Judy Russell and Melinda Shaw, both of Needmore, Alice Smith of Berkeley Springs, WV and Cheryl Grossnickle of Smithsburg, MD; five sons, Carl True of Sodus, Donnie True and Charles True, both of Warfordsburg, John True of Hancock and Hollis True of Big Cove Tannery, PA; one sister, Cora Culp of Hancock; three brothers, Hubert True of Baltimore, MD, Herman True of Big Cove and Kelly True of Cumberland, MD; 34 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Helen DeLancey and three brothers, Charles True, Hollis True and Floyd True.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, September 22, at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. Delmas Bard will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Warfordsburg. Graveside military rites will be conducted at Fulton Honor Guard.

Beverly M. Exline
1937-1999
Beverly M. Exline, 62, of Hancock, MD, died Saturday, September 18, 1999 at her home.
Born April 29, 1937 in Berkeley Springs, WV, she was the daughter of H. Jane Blenard Powers of Hancock and the late Harry L. Powers, Jr.
She was a former employee of the Washington County Board of Education working as a secretary at the Hancock Elementary School and later as office manager for Johnson Controls in Hagerstown, MD. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Hancock United Methodist Church.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Pamela Ziler of Maugansville, MD; one son, King Exline of Hancock; two sisters, Bonnie Brannon of Hagerstown, MD and Krista Conway of Berlin, MD; one brother, Harry L. Powers, III, of Hancock; two grandchildren, Sydni Exline and Marie Exline; and one step-grandson, Jacoby McMahon.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, September 21 art 2 p.m. at the Hancock United Methodist Church. Rev. Robert G. Brennan officiated. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadow Dialysis Center, 12931 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD or the Hancock Rescue Squad, Inc., 14734 Warfordsburg Road, Hancock, MD 21750.

Elsie I. Christian
1919-1999
Elsie Irene Christian, 89, of Winchester, VA, died Tuesday, September 14, 1999 at Winchester Medical Center.
Born September 1, 1919, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Amy Lawyer Hovermale.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 137, Capon Bridge.
She is survived by four daughters, Joyce Miller and Kay Tucker, both of High View, Bobbie Peacemaker of Frederick County, VA and Brenda Reynolds of Winchester; three sons, James P. Christian Jr. and Daniel L. Christian, both of Frederick County and William H. Christian of High View; one sister, Betty Lou Lewis of Winchester; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Preston Christian Sr.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 17 at the Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, Frederick County, with the Rev. Isaac Lutrell and Pastor Bobby Bashman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge.

Alfred C. Dawson, Sr.
1914-1999
Alfred "Bussie" Cedric Dawson, Sr., 84, of Baltimore, MD, died Thursday, September 16, 1999 at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.
Born December 5, 1914 in Great Cacapon, he was the son of the late Horatio Rhine and Clara Virginia Youngblood Dawson.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He attended public schools in Great Cacapon.
He retired in 1977 from Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, where he worked as a crane operator's assistant in the 56" hot strip mill at Sparrows Point.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Sadie Loukonen Dawson of Baltimore; three sons, Alfred C. Dawson, Jr., Glenn Dawson and Larry Dawson, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Linda Fillmore and Brenda Fenloch, both of Baltimore; two stepsons, Robert Dawson and Gordon Brooks, both of Baltimore; one sister, Mabel Whisner, of Great Cacapon; two brothers, George Dawson of Baltimore and Lee Dawson of Harrisburg, PA; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Yvonne C. Starks; one son, Ronald Wayne Dawson; one sister, Martha Dawson Farris; and two brothers, Medford Dawson and Edgar Dawson.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Rev. Hennis H. Fox and Rev. Steven R. Dawson officiating. Interment was in Great Cacapon Cemetery.

Robert G. Yost
1933-1999
Robert Greely Yost, 66, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, died August 31, 1999 at his home.
Born January 25, 1933, he was the son of the late Greely and Lola Yost.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Doloros Baker at home; one daughter, Deborah Thompson, Ft. Lauderdale; two granddaughters; one grandson; one sister, Rosalie Graham, Berkeley Springs; one half-brother, Mark Yost, Berkeley Springs.
He was a 1950 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School
He retired as Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he had spent 21 years. For 18 years he worked with the postal service.
He was president of the villa group where he resided.
Services were held at the Forrest Lawn Funeral Home, Pompano Beach, FL, on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Peter S. Wendell.
Interment was in Pompano Beach.
 
Warren F. Peck
1935-1999
Warren F. Peck, 64, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Friday, September 24, 1999, at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, MD.
Born August 31, 1935, in Fulton County, PA, he was the son of the late Frank M. Peck and Maxine Hill Peck and the husband of the late Shirley Weller Peck.
He worked for his father at Frank M. Peck and Sons, Needmore, PA, until his father's death in 1964, at which time he purchased the company and changed the name to Peck Equipment Co., which is what it was called until 1985. He then worked for Hancock Block True Value until retiring.
He was a member, superintendent, a Sunday school teacher and a deacon of the Cedar Grove Christian Church in Dott, PA.
He was a master in the James W. Bowers Lodge 173 AF & AM, Hancock, grand inspector of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, a member of the Harrisburg Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon 95, Hagerstown.
He was a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Temple, a member of the Railroad Unit; Past Master's Unit, and the Shepherd's Unit, and a hospital driver for the Temple and the Hillbilly Degree, Cumberland, MD.
He was past noble grand of the Needmore Lodge 458 I.O.O.F., past patron of Berkeley Chapter 77 O.E.S., past chief of the Needmore Volunteer Fire Company and fire warden for Fulton County Bureau of Forestry.
Surviving are his second wife, Iris J. Shade Peck of Berkeley Springs; two daughters, Cynthia L. Bishop and Lori J. Blair, both of Warfordsburg, Pa; two sons, Brian W. Peck of Warfordsburg and Terrance F. Peck of McConnellsburg, PA; one stepdaughter, Doreen K. Tritle of Warfordsburg; one stepson, Danny L. Peck of Stevenson, VA; one sister, Barbera B. Benchoff of Waynesboro, PA; one brother, Daniel W. Peck of Warfordsburg; six grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 27, at the Cedar Grove Christian Church, Dott, with the Rev. Timothy B. Close officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Warfordsburg, where Masonic graveside services were conducted by the James W. Bowers Lodge 173 AF&AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 635 Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 or to the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 1416, Cumberland, MD 21502.

Linda S. Fox
1953-1999
Linda S. Fox, 46, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, September 26, 1999, at Winchester, VA Medical Center.
Born January 20, 1953, in Alexandria, VA, she was the daughter of Rachel Collier Lawson of Martinsburg and the late Alton Lawson.
She is survived by her husband, Jay M. Fox at home; two daughters, Tina Watson of Berkeley Springs and Melissa Fox of Needmore, PA; eight grandchildren, Samantha Travis, Joey Jackson, Brittany Jackson, Heather Watson, Shawn Watson, Christy Watson, Mikey Watson and Kelsey Lee Watson; three brothers, Harold Lawson, Lucky Lawson and Larry Lawson; and one sister, Gail Henry.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30, at the Johnsontown Bible Church.
Interment will be private.
Arrangements are by the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Fred E. Unger
1919-1999
Fred Edward Unger, 80, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, September 25, 1999, at the VA Hospital, Martinsburg.
Born August 17, 1919, in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Newton Unger and Tillie Yost Unger.
He attended the Highland United Methodist Church.
He served in the Army during World War II.
He was retired from the state roads department, was a truck driver and construction worker and was employed at the riding stables for Cacapon State Park.
He was a past commander for the VFW Post 4019.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Golden Unger; three daughters, Sue Ellen (Susie) Dowler of Lowon, OH, Tina Hall of Charleston and Janet Moats of Hagerstown, MD; four sons, Ragan (Butch) Haupt of Hagerstown, Ryan Unger of Warfordsburg, PA, Billy Hovermale of Texas and Paul A. (Junior) Unger of Berkeley Springs; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Cloris Widmyer; and two brothers, Paul Unger and Charles Unger.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 30, at the Highland United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Mary Stevens officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland United Methodist Church Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion Post 60.
Arrangements are by the Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 S. Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs.

Troy M. Cinnamon
1930-1999
Troy McKinley Cinnamon, 68, of Hedgesville, formerly of Kearneys-ville, died on Sunday, September 26, 1999 at his home.
Born December 28, 1930 in Clayburn County, TN, he was the son of Lassie B. Brumett Cinnamon, Oak Ridge, TN and the late William Arnold Cinnamon.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He attended public schools in Tennessee and also completed additional training with the U.S. Government.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He worked as an inspector with the U.S. Government, Environ-mental Protection Agency in Washington, DC until his retirement in 1991.
He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
He and his family moved to Hedgesville in 1996.
In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife of 33 years, Billie June Smith Cinnamon, at home; two daughters, Barbara Ann Sanders of Philippi and Tammie Lynn Morine of Hedgesville; one brother, Paul Cinnamon of Oak Ridge; one sister, Lucille Barnett of Oak Ridge; three grandchildren, Zachariah McKinley Morine and Tabitha Rose Morine, both of Hedgesville and Shannon Burkhard of New York; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Hennis H. Fox officiating. Interment with military graveside honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be private.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 29 at the funeral home, which will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday for the convenience of friends.

John E. Keefer
1927-1999
John Edward "John Ed" Keefer, 71, of Hancock, MD, died Friday, September 24, 1999 at his home.
Born October 26, 1927 in Romney, WV, he was the son of the late John Howard and Geneva Dolita "Becky" Newhouse Keefer and the husband of the late Merle Lurena Younker Keefer who died December 16, 1993 and whom he had married August 3, 1958.
He was retired from Suburban Bank in Hancock and he had previously worked for the People's National Bank and earlier had worked for the A&P as a clerk.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Webster B. Harrison Post #26 American Legion, Hancock.
He was a member of the James W. Bowers Lodge #173 AF&AM in Hancock, the Ali Ghan Shrine and the Scottish Rite Consistory, Valley of Cumberland.
He was a member of the Hancock Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter September 24, 1965.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at the Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Thomas' Episcopal Cemetery, Hancock, where military gravesite services will be held by the Tri State Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 2 East High Street, Hancock, MD 21750.

Durane D. Smith
1932-1999
Durane Daffin Smith, 67, of Paw Paw, died Friday, September 24, 1999, at his home.
Born September 13, 1932, in Slanesville, he was the son of Marshall Smith and Velma Alkire Smith.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was employed as a construction worker.
Surviving are his wife, Fannie Marie Flanagan; four sons, Larry D. Smith and James D. Smith, both of Paw Paw, Denny L. Smith of Points and Danny L. Smith of Oldtown, MD; three brothers, Voyne Smith of Paw Paw and Wallace Smith and Jerry Smith, both of Slanesville; two sisters, Mavis Potter of Romney and Eva Collis of Slanesville; and four grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 27, at the McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, with the Rev. Wayne Stotler officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Union Cemetery, Paw Paw.

Robert J. Close
1912-1999
Robert James Close, 87, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Monday, September 27, 1999 at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
Born September 1, 1912 in Morgan County, WV, he was the son of the late Ira E. and Beulah Idessa Widmyer Close.
He attended the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ.
He attended Highland School and Mt. Wesley School, both in Morgan County.
He was a self-employed truck driver from 1936 until 1969.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist's Mate Third Class from March 7, 1944 until his honorable discharge on November 27, 1945.
Surviving are his wife, Cleda Virginia Swaim Close, at home; three sons, Louis O. Close of Hancock, MD, Donald S. Close of Falls Church, VA and Lynn C. Close of Stephens City, VA; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son and one brother, Vernon Glenwood Close on March 9, 1998.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs with Evangelist Clarence McDowell officiating. Interment will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from noon-3 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.


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