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Larry W. Brannon
Larry Wilson Brannon, 61, Cross Junction, VA, died on Thursday, February 26, 1998, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.
He was the son of Jessie Patterson Brannon, Winchester and the late James Brannon.
He was employed at Tool & Dye Maker O'Sullivan Corp. for 12 years. He was also employed at Crown Cork & Seal for 30 years.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ruella Michael Brannon, at home; one brother, James Allen Brannon, Berryville, VA; one sister, Ruth Ann Spencer, Manassas, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, at the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ, with Minister Ed Floyd officiating.
Interment was held in Timber Ridge Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Cross Junction.
Giffin Funeral Home, Inc. in Capon Bridge handled arrangements.

Josephine C. Geisler
Josephine C. Geisler, 80, Hancock, died Thursday, February 26, 1998, at her home.
Born October 20, 1917, in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Olive V. Mitchell Fling.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Geisler, in 1996.
She was formerly employed by Fairchild Industries, Hagerstown, as an assembler; and later was employed by Park-N-Dine Restaurant, Hancock.
She was a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock.
She was a member of Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Hancock; and AARP.
She is survived by one sister, Bess Slifer, Boonsboro; two brothers, John Fling and Ludwell Fling, both of Hancock. 
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Moore, Marge Smith, Roxabell Fling and Margaret Lynch.
Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.
 
George T. Hodges
George Thomas "Tom" Hodges, 79, a resident of Care Haven of Berkeley, formerly of Shepherdstown, died Wednesday, February 25, 1998, in City Hospital, Martinsburg.
He was the son of the late Samuel Jarboe Hodges and Elizabeth (Hall) Hodges.
He was a retired textile engineer and economist.
He was a former member of the Christ Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
He attended Mt. Saint Mary's College, Emmittsburg, MD, and was a graduate of Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA.
He is survived by two sons, George Thomas Hodges Jr., Scottsdale, AZ and Jonathan Briscoe Hodges, Miami, FL; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one half sister, Mary Jo Reaves; two sisters, Sarah Briscoe Hodges Ashton and Elizabeth H. Dehaven; and one brother, Samuel J. Hodges, Jr. 
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Grace Episcopal Church, Middleway, with the Revs. Edward Greene and Stephen Cuff officiating.
Interment was in Middleway Masonic Cemetery.
The Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church, c/o William Macoughtry, Rt. 1 Box 9, Summit Point, WV 25446.

Frances E. Shade
Frances E. Shade, 72, Millsboro,DE died Monday, February 16, 1998 at the Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE.
Born in Morgan County, she was the daughter of Pearl Rankin, Valley View Nursing Home, and the late J.F. "Bub" Rankin.
She was a member of the Redding, PA Legion Aux., Forty and eight and worked as a housekeeper at The Breakers, Rehobeth Beach, DE.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Clarence E. Shade, Millsboro, DE; her mother; one son, Frank Shade, Lewes, DE; one daughter, Marie Black, Laureldale, PA; three sisters, Marie Douglas, Iona Barker and Ilean Waugh all of Berkeley Springs; one grandson, two granddaughters, four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m. at the Longneck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, with Pastor Allan Miller officiating. Interment was in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro, DE. 

Pierre E. Dostert
Pierre Etienne Dostert, 64, Harpers Ferry, died Tuesday, February 24, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson. 
He was the son of the late Mildred Baker Dostert of Parsons and Leon Emile Dostert.
He was a former judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which included Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties.
He was an accomplished musician and author.
He was an officer of Stryker-Post Publications of Harpers Ferry, where he also served as editor of its "The World Today" series.
He was preceded in death by a sister and brother.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, at the Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, in Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. Vincent Campi officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Fire Company, P.O. Box 126, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Beverly J. Dickey
Beverly Jean Curry Dickey, 38, Greencastle, PA, died Wednesday, February 25, 1998, at Waynesboro, PA Hospital. 
Born March 16, 1959, in Hagerstown, MD, she was the daughter of the late James F. Curry and Martha E. Daugherty Burger.
She was employed by Staples Warehouse, Hagerstown.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Temple.
She is survived by two daughters, Alisha C. Dickey and Kimberly L. Dickey, both of Hagerstown; one son, William D. Curry, Greencastle; three sisters, Lois A. Hawbaker, Hagerstown, Shirley D. Billman, Williamsport, MD and Sharon K. Divel, Berkeley Springs; two brothers, Robert E. Curry, Hedgesville and Larry E. Curry Sr., Greencastle; two granddaughters; five nephews; and a companion, Donald Wright.
Services were held Saturday, February 28, at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Ed Hampton officiated. Burial was in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

Lester L. Young
Lester "Lee" Young, 80, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Friday, March 6, 1998 at his home.
Born August 20, 1917 in the Olde Factory section of Morgan County, WV, he was the son of the late Arick and Lillian Wachter Young.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post #26, Hancock.
He retired in 1982 after 40 years of service as a heavy equipment and crusher operator with U.S. Silica in Berkeley Springs.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Marguerite A. Henry Hewett Young, at home; one son, David L. Young, Manassas, VA; one daughter, Karen J. Young, Berkeley Springs; two step-daughters, Gay Wooldridge, Warfordsburg, PA and Carolyn Healy, Chambersburg, PA; two sisters, Jane Webster, Berkeley Springs and Charlotte Hines, Fairmont, WV; one brother, Arick "Ray" Young, Berkeley Springs; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Madora Henry Young on June 10, 1973; and one sister, Mildred Geronimo.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 9 at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Henry L. Fisher officiating. Interment with full military graveside honors were provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan County Rescue Service Building Fund, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Vernon G. Close
Vernon Glenwood Close, 88, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Monday, March 9, 1998 at his home.
Born February 24, 1910 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Ira E. and Beulah Idessa Widmyer Close.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs where he served as Sunday School teacher, church trustee and lay leader.
He attended the Mount Wesley School and the Mount Cecil School, both in Morgan County.
At the age of 12, he started working for local orchardist Ercel Ruppenthal, farmed and was also a barrel maker. He built his first house in 1937 and continued working as a contractor, landlord and entrepreneur until he was 75 years of age. He built the sheriff's residence, renovated the Morgan County Courthouse and built an addition to the courthouse in the mid 1950s. During the early 1960's, he built the Warm Springs Restaurant for Becky Ruppenthal.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He served on the Morgan County Board of Education from 1964-1972 where he served several terms as president.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Close, Berkeley Springs, and Dawn Massey, Williamsport, MD; three sons, Leon Close, Martinsburg, WV, Thomas A. Close and Timothy B. Close, both of Berkeley Springs; one brother, Robert Close, Berkeley Springs; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elsie Pauline Frock Close on July 3, 1997.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at First United Methodist Church, 110 S. Green Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Owen B. Womack officiating. Interment will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs. The funeral home will be open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 110 S. Green Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to Cedar Grove Christian Church, c/o Beverly Bard, HCR 80, Warfordsburg, PA 17267.

Debra D. Puffinberger
Debra Diana Puffinberger, 41, Whitacre, VA, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at Liberty House, Clifton Forge, VA.
Born August 19, 1956 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Phillip A. and Ivy Whitacre Whitacre. 
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Mt. Union Christian Church, Slanesville.
She was a 1974 graduate of Hampshire High School, Romney. 
She is survived by her husband, Roy R. Puffinberger, whom she married August 28, 1976, Whitacre; two sisters, Dorleen Whitacre, Winchester, VA and Patty Landis, Front Royal, VA; three brothers, Roy A. Whitacre, Fayettesville, PA, Allen G. Whitacre, Winchester and Philip D. Whitacre, Bloomery.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ricky Lee Whitacre.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Fairview Lutheran Church, Gore, VA, with the Rev. Edward L. Bishop officiating. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery, Gore.
Giffin Funeral Home, Inc., Capon Bridge, handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Puffinberger family, c/o Giffin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 100, Capon Bridge, WV 26711.

Arthur L. Sullivan
Arthur L. Sullivan, 79, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, February 28, 1998.
He is survived by four daughters, Linda Joy Mueller-Kuehling, Mary Alice Lorton, Jane E. Bass and Elaine S. Clark; three brothers, Martin, William and Wesley Sullivan; one sister, Betty Vician; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and friend, Will Coons.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Alice Jane Sullivan.
Funeral services will be at the Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA on Thursday, March 12. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
Murphy Falls Church Funeral Home handled arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar Street, Annandale, VA 22003. 

Delmer L. Norman
Delmer L. Norman, 69, of Normantown, died Thursday, February 26, 1998, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, after a long illness.
Born January 11, 1929, in Shock, he was the son of the late Foster Norman and Autie Groves Norman.
He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Eureka Lodge No. 24, AM & FM of Granstville, the Gilmer County Republican Association and of the Friends of the Gilmer Public Library. 
He was valedictorian of Normantown High School Class of 1948 and attended Glenville State College.
He retired from Koppers Corp in January, 1990.
Surviving are his wife, Doris Gerwig Norman, whom he married July 29, 1989; a daughter, Lori Frame, Troy; seven stepdaughters, Tonya Newman, Madison Heights, VA, Jane Howard and Beverly White both of Langrange, OH, Margaret Maurer, Grafton, OH, Ruth Ann Miller, Gassaway, Debi Jenkins, Glenville, and Marlene Reisinger, Media, OH; two stepsons, James Wilmoth, Wellington, OH and Brian Wilmoth, Spencer, OH; three granddaughters; 35 stepgrandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Randolph Norman, Rayland, OH; three sisters, Mavis Miller, Shock, Hazel Griffin, Alta Loma, TX and Etta Miller, Ravenswood.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. 
Services were Sunday, March 1, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville with Elder Larry Fisher and Reverend Ron George officiating. Interment was in Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pauleman J. Castle
Pauleman J. Castle, 78, Hancock,, MD, died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.
Born June 30, 1919, in Cherry Run, WV, he was the son of the late Edgar Randolph and Blanche M. Smith Harvey Castle. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona June Castle, in 1976.
He attended Red Hill one-room school in Cherry Run.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He was an agricultural equipment operator for Fairview Orchards, Hancock. Earlier, he was employed by coal mines in Western Maryland, and Webster Maryland Railroad.
He attended Hancock Assembly of God Church, Hancock.
He was a member of VFW Post 10502, and Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion, both in Hancock.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet Y. Blankley, Warfordsburg, PA and Glenda Nickleson, Hancock; three sons, David Castle and Michael Castle, both of Little Orleans, MD, and Danny Castle, Lakeland, FL; one half sister, Mary Golden, Berkeley Springs, WV; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandson.
Services were held Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. Charles W. Helms officiated. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Swanton, MD, where military graveside rites were conducted by Oakland American Legion.

Angela M. Bryner
Angela Maria Bryner, 45, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Monday, March 9, 1998 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born September 30, 1952 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of Arthella J. Michael Ganoe, Hancock, MD and the late Vernon E. Ganoe.
She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs.
She was a 1970 graduate of Hancock High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
She was a music teacher for 22 years and was head of the music department with Morgan County Public Schools.
She was a member of the Morgan County Community Choir and performed with the Gospel Lamplighters.
Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Terry A. Bryner, at home; one daughter, Shannon Barch, Berkeley Springs; one son, Sean L. Bryner, at home; one sister, Kelly Ganoe, Ellicott City, MD; one granddaughter; five nieces; one nephew and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Spohrs Crossroads, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Henry L. Fisher officiating. Interment will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 11, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. The funeral home will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Angela Bryner Scholarship Fund for Music Education, c/o Melanie Files, Berkeley Springs Junior High School, 836 Concord Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Benjamin L. DeShong Jr.
Benjamin Lee DeShong Jr., 34, of Boyds, MD, died Saturday, March 7, 1998 at his home.
Born August 7, 1963, in Berkeley Springs, WV, he was the son of Benjamin Lee DeShong Sr., Hancock, MD and Judith Appel Kinney, Gaithersburg, MD.
He was a 1982 graduate of Gaithersburg High School.
He had been employed as a carpenter for Reese Construction of Montgomery County, MD.
He was of the Protestant faith.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Joyce Embery, Boyds, Tammy Poates, Union Bridge, MD and Laura Mainhart, Gaithersburg; his grandmother, Susan Agnes Imes, Hagerstown, MD; three nieces and one nephew.
Services were held Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. Frank Teeter officiated. Burial was in Martin Cemetery, Little Orleans, MD.
Memorial donations may be made to Osteogenicsarcoma Cancer Research, 1-800-ACS-2345.
 
Jennings Vanorsdale, Sr.
Jennings "Leon" Vanorsdale, Sr., 57, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Monday, March 9, 1998 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.
Born April 5, 1940 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret Elizabeth Sybold Vanorsdale. 
He was a member of the Hancock Church of God.
He attended Hancock High School.
He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves from June 22, 1957 to April 23, 1965.
He had served with the Morgan County Deputy Reserves, Berkeley Springs.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He worked as a carpenter in commercial construction.
Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Rosa Lea Hovermale Vanorsdale, at home; four sons, Jennings L. Vanorsdale, Jr., Hedgesville, WV, Brock L. Vanorsdale, Tony L. Vanorsdale, and Rusty L. Vanorsdale all of Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Candy L. Vanorsdale, Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Betty Roach, Berkeley Springs, Roberta Iden, Hancock; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Charlene Hobday and two brothers, Clarence Vanorsdale and Charles Vanorsdale.
Memorial services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Hancock Church of God, 163 E. Main Street, Hancock, with Pastor Eugene Harne officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jennings Leon Vanorsdale, Sr. Memorial Fund, Hancock Church of God, c/o Remona Weller, Treasurer, Route 2, Box 146, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Arrangements are being handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.

Donald F. DeLorme Sr.
Donald Francis DeLorme, Sr., 46, Palm Harbor, FL, died Sunday, March 1, 1998, at home.
He was the son of Lydia Ann DeLorme, Morehead City, NC and the late Donald Albert DeLorme.
He was a summa cum laude graduate of Shepherd College class of 1973.
He was active in the West Virginia Jaycees, an active member of the Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Berkeley Springs chapters. He received numerous awards for his Jaycee activities. He was a volunteer paramedic with the Shepherdstown Fire Department.
He was a scoutmaster for Troop 4 in Palm Harbor, and was an assistant with the Boy Scouts in Shepherdstown.
He worked as a computer analyst for Time Magazine in Tampa, FL.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 23 years, Anna Marie DeLorme at home; one son, Donald Francis DeLorme Jr. at home; one daughter, Jennifer Kristen DeLorme at home; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral mass was held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Shepherdstown. Arrangements by Sylvian Abbey Funeral Homes, Clearwater, FL and Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

Estalene M. Dyer
Estalene M. Dyer, 65, Greencastle, PA, and formerly of Mercersburg, PA, died Monday, March 2, 1998, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
Born July 11, 1932, in Little Cove, PA, she was the daughter of Mary Frances Younker Moats, Little Cove, PA and the late Ira M. Moats Sr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin I. Dyer, in 1996.
She was a homemaker and a retired farmer.
She was a member of Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren, Hancock, MD.
She was a member of Eastern Milk Association.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by one daughter, Judy K. Stotler, Hancock; three sisters, Shelby Hovermale, Hancock, Doris Barker, Berkeley Springs, WV and Patsy Barnhart, Clear Spring, MD; three brothers, Ira Moats Jr., Hancock, Kenneth Moats, Greencastle and Rick Moats, McConnellsburg, PA; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Services were held Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren, Hollow Road, Hancock. The Rev. Harry Strite and the Rev. Paul Martin officiated. Burial was in Little Cove United Methodist Cemetery, Little Cove.
Memorial donations may be made to Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren, c/o Wayne Winters, 318 Town Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225.

Karry A. Mummert
Karry A. Mummert, 70, Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at home.
Born January 25, 1928, he was the son of the late John Henry and Bessie Blanche Carbaugh Mummert.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He retired from Allegheny Power.
He was a World War II veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine Perry Mummert; one daughter, Sherry Hermanowski, East Troy, WI; three sons, Jeff Mummert and Rodney Mummert, both of Berkeley Springs, and Kenneth Mummert, Hagerstown, MD; five sisters, Olive Shoemaker and Helen Lerch, both of Hagerstown, Dorothy Shoemaker and Madeline Hutson, both of Clear Spring, MD, and Virginia Flanagan, Westminster, MD; two grandsons; three granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Zello and Norine Carbaugh; and three brothers, John, Loren and Rolen Mummert.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 South Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Owen Womack officiating. 
Interment was in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Charles R. Yost 
Charles Raymond Yost, 71, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Monday, March 23, 1998 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born August 1, 1926 in Goshen, VA, he was the son of the late Peter E. and Bertie Sweetie Zembro Yost.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He attended the Timber Ridge, West Branch, Greenwood and Grape Hill Schools.
In 1957, he founded Yost Lumber Company/Yost Building Supply in Berkeley Springs and operated the business until December 10, 1992.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.
He served in the 16th Infantry Service Company, U.S. Army, during World War II, from February 25, 1944 until April 26, 1946 and was awarded a Purple Heart, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Ribbon and the Army German Occupation Medal. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60 in Berkeley Springs.
He was past president of the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and had served as president of the Fairview Drive Water Association.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Frances Rachel Dawson Yost, at home; one son, Arlie Raymond "Butch" Yost, Berkeley Springs; two daughters, Cherie Lynn Lawyer, Berkeley Springs and Lisa Jane Yost, Martinsburg, WV; one sister, Pauline Shackelford, Berkeley Springs; five brothers, Edward Yost, Cross Junction, VA, Marvin Yost, Unger, WV, Earl Yost and Leroy Yost, both of Berkeley Springs, and George "Dick" Yost, Cleveland, OH; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Charles William "Chick" Yost on October 7, 1965 and one brother, Harry Yost.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Henry L. Fisher officiating. Burial with graveside military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be in Greenway Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 today, Wednesday, March 25, at the funeral home, which will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401. 
 
Mary E. Buskirk
Mary Ellen Buskirk, 73, Hancock, MD, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.
Born February 19, 1925, in Shaft, MD, she was the daughter of the late Robert Francis and Edith Viola Winebrenner Legeer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Buskirk, in 1952.
She was a retired cook from Park-N-Dine in Hancock.
She was of the Methodist faith.
She is survived by one daughter, Janice L. Coffman, Berkeley Springs, WV; one son, Samuel W. Buskirk, Hancock; two sisters, Edna M. Hess, Hancock and Betty E. Legeer, Belleville, IL; one brother, Leroy Legeer, Richmond, VA; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, William Legeer. 
Services were held Tuesday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. officiated. Burial was in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hancock Rescue Squad Inc., 14734 Warfordsburg Road, Hancock, MD 21750; or the Morgan County Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Lillian Z. Smith
Lillian Zeilor Smith, Akron, OH, died on January 29, 1998.
She was born at Oakland, WV, the daughter of Moses and Emma Spielman Zeilor and was one of ten children.
She is survived by her husband, Edward B. Smith whom she married in 1987; one son, Kober W. (Bob) Sands, Hatboro, PA; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eleanor Yost, Berkeley Springs.
A memorial service was held February 5 at Billow Fairlawn Chapel with private inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Myrtle B. Nelson
Myrtle Belle Nelson, 72, Glen Burnie, MD, died Sunday, March 29, 1998 at her residence.
She was born August 26, 1925 at Dry Fork near Harman, a daughter of the late Charles D. and Laura "Imes" Judy.
She was a homemaker.
She was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Lossee J. Nelson; three daughters, Diane M. Nelson, Donna J. Nelson and Judy L. Nelson, all of Glen Burnie; two sisters, Nora Grace Judy, Paw Paw and Anna Marie Shrout, Winchester, VA; and one grandson.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, April 1, at the Fraley-Kimble Funeral Home, Paw Paw, with Rev. Nancy Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Woodrow Cemetery. 

Judge John Hamilton
Judge John M. Hamilton, 76, Moorefield, died Saturday, March 21, 1998 at his residence.
Born December 12, 1921 in Grantsville, he was the son of the late George and Losie (Knotts) Hamilton.
He was also preceded in death by one son and two brothers.
He received his Law Degree from the WV University College of Law in 1950. Before being elected as Judge in 1976 he practiced law for several years as partner of the late Ralph J. Bean of Moorefield.
In recent years, he was assigned by the West Virginia Supreme Court to hear occasional cases in Morgan County. 
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy (Porter) Hamilton; one son, John Mark Hamilton, Petersburg; one daughter, Susan Hamilton Rogers, Cabins; one brother, George Hamilton, Charleston; four sisters, Eileen Whitman, Big Chimney, Naida Ellison, Norwood, PA, Johanne Carpenter, Circleville, OH and Jeanette Bearden, Waynesboro, VA; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Duffey Methodist Church in Moorefield with the Rev. Ted Osgood officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Rites accorded by the Moorefield Veterans' Honor Guard & Masonic Graveside Rites by Moorefield Lodge #29 A.F.&A.M.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Company or Fraley Ambulance Service.

Shirley L. Vazquez
Shirley Lee Clark Vazquez, 77, Great Cacapon, formerly of Oxon Hill, MD, died on Monday, March 30, 1998 at the Bon Air Home for the Elderly in Stephens City, VA.
Born January 26, 1921 in Cumberland, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Marian Elizabeth Mullens Collins.
She was of the Methodist faith and attended church in Oxon Hill. She moved to this area in April, 1996.
She was a retired secretary with the U.S. Government, Department of Defense and also with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.
Surviving are one son, Ronald E. Clark, Great Cacapon; two grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rafael Vazquez and two sisters, Phyllis Calub and Nancy Brauner.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, April 1, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Orleans Crossroads with the Rev. Roger E. Burtner officiating. Family and friends are to assemble at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m. today, Wednesday.
Arrangements are being handled by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs. 
 
Marguerite R. Roman
Marguerite R. Roman, 71, a resident of Colton Villa Nursing Center, Hagerstown, and formerly of Hancock, MD, died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at the center.
Born October 24, 1926, in Fulton County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Rentha B. Smith Yonker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd L. "Bub" Roman, in 1981.
She attended Antioch Christian Church, Big Cove Tannery, PA.
She is survived by her stepmother, Cleo Keefer, Big Cove Tannery; four daughters, Hilda L. Buskirk, Linda J. Bishop, Barbara C. Bivens and Debbie L. Reed, all of Hancock; three sons, Lloyd W. Roman and Larry L. Roman, both of Hancock and Steve E. Roman, Warfordsburg, PA; three sisters, Lorraine R. Sciese, Hancock, Mary Esta Peck, Big Cove Tannery and Wanda Pickett, North Carolina; one brother, Junior Starliper, Hancock; several half-sisters and half-brothers; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mildred Yonker; and two brothers, Lee Yonker and Freddie Starliper. 
Services will be held today, Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Christian Cemetery, Big Cove Tannery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hancock Rescue Squad Inc., 14734 Warfordsburg Road, Hancock, MD 21750; or Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., Hancock, MD 21750.

Ulysses J. Everett
Ulysses John Everett, 59, Clear Spring, MD, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
Born February 8, 1939, in Great Cacapon, WV, he was the son of the late Willard Reed Everett and Lola May Smith Everett.
He was a retired driver for Turner Taxi Service in Hagerstown, MD and previously was employed by Ward Zeller Saw Mill, Brandt Cabinet Works, New York Iron Works Co., R.D. McKee Co., Grove Manufacturing Co., Nolands, Charlton Elevator Co., Krumpe Donuts, Jefferson Cheese Manu-facturing, and Hahn's Construction Co.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army. 
He attended St. John's United Church of Christ in Clear Spring.
He was a member of Clear Spring Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife, H. ZoeAnna Strite Everett; one daughter, Debbie Rickett, Hagerstown; two sons, Ulysses John Everett Jr., Great Cacapon and Timothy Scott Everett, Greencastle, PA; one stepson, Wayne E. Strite, Clear Spring; four sisters, Vilma Mills, Hobe Sound, FL, Julia Camery, Chattanooga, TN, Barbara Thompson, Williamsport, MD and Margaret Knight, Stuart, VA; three brothers, Charles Everett, Hagerstown; Thomas Everett, Great Cacapon and Donald Gene Everett, Mau-gansville; grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and two step-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Everett; and one brother, Ernest Everett.
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, corner of U.S. 40 and Md. 68, Clear Spring. The Rev. Terry Foor officiated. His remains were donated for anatomical research.
Arrangements are by Donald F. Thompson Funeral Home, Clear Spring.


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