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Obituaries

November 19, 1997

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J. Edward Davis

BERLIN, Md. - J. Edward Davis, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, in Berlin.

He was born June 26, 1932, in Baltimore.

He was a 1950 graduate of Loyola High School and a 1954 graduate of Loyola College. He graduated from University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1959.

As an attorney, among others things, he was general counsel to the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Joel Engh Davis of Towson, Md., whom he married in 1955; two daughters, Mary Michele Davis of Ocean City, Md., and Mary Denise Davis of Towson; three sons, Bradley Davis of Ocean City, Christopher Davis of Baltimore and Joseph E.T. Davis of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Dolores Kelly of Baltimore and Lee Moher of Red Lion, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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A memorial Mass was held Nov. 6 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ware Avenue, Towson. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Long Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alternative Directions, 2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

Kathryn E. Jones

BOONSBORO - Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, 93, a resident of Reeders Memorial Home, and formerly of Yarrowsburg, Md., died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 1, 1904, in Yarrowsburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Rosa Younkins Davidson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Samuel Jones, in 1977.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during World War II.

She was a life member of Brownsville Church of the Brethren, where she was a member of the Golden Rule and adult Sunday school class.

She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club Auxiliary.

She is survived by one aunt, nieces and cousins.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Brownsville Church of the Brethren. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Old Brownsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville, Md. 21715.

Arrangements are by Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro.

John H. Willis

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - John Henry Willis, 102, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, at Shenandoah Nursing Home, Ranson, W.Va.

Born Aug. 31, 1895, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late John William and Bessie Willis.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Goldie M. Heflin Willis, in 1980.

He was a commercial painter and paper hanger for more than 70 years in Charles Town.

He was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, and was a member of the church choir for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Kerns Willis, a resident of Shenandoah Nursing Home; four daughters, Katherine Edwards, Nancy Bush, Mildred Brady and Evelyn Dennison, all of Charles Town; one son, Ronald M. Willis of Charles Town; one stepson, Jerry Writt of Florida; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Herman Willis and John C. Willis; and one half-sister.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town. The Rev. John Bower will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, 221 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Virginia I. Hoover

Virginia Inez Hoover, 81, of 1131 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown, who died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, is survived by one niece, one nephew and two great-nieces.

Orphia V. Ebersole

CLEAR SPRING - Orphia Virginia Ebersole, 69, of 11513 Charles Mill Road, and formerly of Potomac Towers, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, at Avalon Manor, Hagerstown.

Born March 30, 1928, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Craft and Minervia Virginia Robinson Durboraw.

She was employed as a cook in the cafeteria with Interstate Vending at Mack Trucks Inc., Hagerstown.

She was a member of Trinity Christian Church of God, Clear Spring.

She attended activities at Ravenwood Lutheran Village Day Care.

She was a past den mother of Boy Scout Troop 57, West End, Hagerstown.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy L. Beauford of Sharpsburg; three sons, Melvin E. Ebersole of Vienza, Italy, Paul R. Ebersole of Hagerstown and Rodney R. Yost of Clear Spring; one brother, Marshall Durboraw of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Audrey Monninger; three brothers, Ellsworth Durboraw, William Durboraw and Raymond Durboraw; and one granddaughter.

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