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October 26, 1997

Obituaries

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Sunday, October 26, 1997 Edition

Frank L. Mills Sr.

VANVILLE, W.Va. - Frank Lee Mills Sr., 70, of Vanville, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at Winchester Medical Center, Va.

Born Nov. 17, 1926, he was the son of the late Harry Edwin and Ethel Buchanon Mills.

He served in the U.S. Navy, for six years, during World War II and the Korean War.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Newton D. Baker, Post 896 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Berkeley Post 14 American Legion. He also was a member of Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of Moose and achieved the honor of "Pilgrim." He also was employed there since 1955.

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He is survived by his wife, Virginia Mae Shifflett Mills; six sons, Frank L. Mills Jr., Harry A. Mills Sr., James W. Mills, Craig L. Mills Sr., Kirk D. Mills Sr. and Donald W. Albright, all of Vanville; one brother, Lewis R. Mills of Glengary, W.Va.; 24 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert A. Mills and Jack E. Mills.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens with military graveside services conducted by Newton D. Baker Post 896 VFW and Berkeley Post 14 American Legion.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, with Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of Moose holding a service at 7:30 p.m.

Mary R. Bradley

MONTEREY, Calif. - Mary Rita Bradley, 82, of Monterey, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997, at her home.

Born Nov. 13, 1914, in Flushing, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Maria Conway Bradley of Ireland and New York City.

She worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 42 years.

She was a supporter of foreign missions. She made donations to those organizations throughout her lifetime. Her friends knew her as "the Lion of 14th Street" for her loyalty and commitment in helping the defenseless.

She is survived by a niece, Elizabeth A. Atkinson of Monterey, Calif.; three nephews, John B. Atkinson, Robert E. Atkinson, and Thomas J. Atkinson, all of Alaska; and four grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Bradley of New York City and Helen Atkinson of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and her nephew and godchild, Peter William Atkinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Martinsburg. The Rev. John V. DiBacco Jr. will be celebrant. Entombment will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, before the service, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to any religious order.

John Handzo

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - John Handzo, 92, of Shepherdstown, died Friday, Oct. 24, 1997, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 16, 1905, in Ashley, Pa., he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Patsko Handzo, of Wilkes Barre, Pa.

After 35 years as proprietor of Southern 5&10 Variety Store in Shepherdstown, he retired in 1970. Prior to that he managed Woolworth stores in Pennsylvania and Martinsburg.

He was a member of Christ Reformed Church UCC, in Shepherdstown, for 60 years.

He was a founding member of both Shepherdstown Mens Club and Shepherdstown Kiwanis Club. He volunteered at the Newton D. Baker Veterans Administration Center. He was a member of Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department. He was an active member of Martinsburg Kiwanis Club for more than 58 years, where he served as past president and district governor and received the life member award in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Julia "Judy" Myers Handzo, to whom he was married for 61 years; two sons, John W. Handzo of West Fenwick Island, Del., and C. Stephen Handzo of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Christ Reformed Church UCC, East German St., Shepherdstown. The Rev. Bronson Staley will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box F, Shepherdstown, W.Va. 25443.

Charles J. V. Thomas

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles J. V. Thomas, 82, of Charles Town, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Charles Town, he was the son of the late Charles J. V. and Marguerite Wire Thomas.

He was formerly employed by Charles Town Races as a security guard and prior to that at Victor Products.

He was of the Episcopal faith.

He was a member of Charles Town Lodge 948, Loyal Order of Moose and Jackson-Perks Post 71 American Legion of Charles Town.

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