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Obituaries

August 12, 1997
(Page 3 of 5)

The family will meet at the funeral home Friday at 10:45 a.m. prior to services. The casket will be closed.

Merle F. Boward

SMITHSBURG - Merle Franklin Boward, 56, of Smithsburg, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Born Aug. 30, 1940, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Helen Elizabeth Eichelberger Boward of Williamsport, and the late Charles Boward.

He retired from the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

He was employed at Maryland Correctional Institution.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer, and retired as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era as a cartoonist and illustrator.

He was a member of Maryland Correctional Officers Association, Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter Seven in Funkstown; Washington County Abate of Maryland; and Improved Order of Redmen in Williamsport.

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He was an artist whose works were displayed at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mildred Joyce Lester Boward; one daughter, Renee Michaela Mong of Falling Waters, W.Va.; two sons, Galvin Keith Boward of Hagerstown and Michael Scott Boward of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one brother, Donald B. Boward of State Line, Pa.; seven granddaughters; and two grandsons.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Bishop Michael Lee will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Bernard S. Shepherd

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Bernard S. Shepherd, 84, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, in Valley View Nursing Home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Born Jan. 28, 1913, in Sistersville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Franklin J. and Armitta Holmes Shepherd.

He was a retired welder from Heiden Construction.

He is survived by his wife, Cora Kidder Shepherd at home; one daughter, Mary Lee Rogers of Moundsville, W.Va.; two sons, Charles E. Shepherd Sr. of Martinsburg and James Steven Shepherd of Utica, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jacqueline Ostrander; two sons, Bernard S. Shepherd Jr. and Franklin Shepherd; one sister; and three brothers.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are made by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Sylvester E. Cooper

MILLVILLE, W.Va. - Sylvester Eugene Cooper, 52, of Millville, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at his home.

Born Aug. 23, 1944, in Lovettsville, Va., he was the son of the late Sylvester Keller and Katherine Josephine Shumaker Cooper.

He formerly was employed by Halltown Paperboard Co.

He was a member of Mission Tabernacle Church.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Mae McDonald Cooper at home; four daughters, Tammy Kay Cooper of Hagerstown, Barbara Ann Cooper of Charles Town, W.Va., Mary Jane Cooper of Sutton, W.Va., and Stacy Lynn Cooper; four sons, Sylvester Keller Cooper Jr., Robert Eugene Cooper, Marshall David Cooper and Richard Wayne Cooper, all of Ranson, W.Va.; one sister, Patricia Ann Cooper; and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mission Tabernacle Church. The Rev. Lee R. Strickler will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson.

A. Patricia Grove

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A. Patricia "Patty" Grove, 65, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Sept. 27, 1931, in Topeka, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Dewey H. and Carrie Eddins Ambrose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy C. Grove, who died Jan. 16, 1997.

She was employed for many years by the West Virginia Racing Commission at Charles Town Races as a license clerk.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Nancy Carter Grove Warrenfeltz; one sister, Ellen Whitemore of Charles Town, W.Va.; one stepgranddaughter, Whitney Carter Warrenfeltz; three nieces; and two nephews.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. William E. Merki will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

William S. Seville

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - William S. "Bill" Seville, 65, of Lot 13, 13790 Molly Pitcher Highway, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born April 13, 1932, in Welsh Run, Pa., he was a son of the late Levi H. and Miriam Carbaugh Seville.

He was employed by Hicks Chevrolet-Buick-Volvo & Geo of Greencastle, retiring in 1981. He continued his association with the dealership on a part-time basis as a buyer representative.

He was a member of Montgomery Brethren in Christ Church, Mercersburg, Pa.

He was a lifetime member of Greencastle Sportsman's Association.

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