December 19, 1997

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G. Roderick Cheeseman

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - G. Roderick Cheeseman, 87, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997, at Colton Villa Nursing Center, Hagerstown.

Born Aug. 29, 1910, in Elkins, W.Va., he was the son of the late George and Grace Dunham Cheeseman. He was raised by the late Charles and Mildred Thorton.

He was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy and Carnegie Tech.

In 1958, he purchased and restored "Boydville," which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 15, 1970.


He was manager of Berkeley Lumber Co. in 1941. In 1946, he started Cheeseman Construction Co., which he owned and operated.

He was a member of Christ Reformed Church.

He was former director of People's National Bank and a member of the Trust Committee; a former member of the City of Martinsburg Appeal Board; former member of Federal Housing Advisory Committee for West Virginia; and a member of Dealer-Advisory Committee, United States Steel Home and National Society of Professional Engineers, George Washington Chapter.

He was a member of the Berkeley County Planning Commission; chairman of the building committee of the Gen. Adam Stephen Memorial Association; charter member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, serving as president in 1945; and a member of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce.

He was a member of Kiwanis Club for 37 years; West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers; Martinsburg Golf and Country Club; Martinsburg Lodge 778, BPOE Elks; Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of Moose; United Commercial Travelers; Travelers Protective Association; Izaak Walton League; and Berkeley County Humane Society.

A 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, he was a member of Equality Lodge 44, AF&AM; Osiris Temple, Mystic Order of Shrine; member and past president of the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club; member of Royal Order of Jesters; Grand Tall in 1957, Shenandoah Forest 150, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Order of Demolay-Honorary Legion of Honor.

He was past president of Berkeley County Historical Society; member of Historical Societies in Jefferson County, Harpers Ferry, Winchester-Frederick County; West Virginia Historical Society and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

He is survived by his wife, of 65 years, Clara May Burns Cheeseman of Colton Villa Nursing Center, Hagerstown; one brother, Frederick Thorton of Hagerstown; one niece; and one nephew.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Christ Reformed Church. Dr. Thomas E. Hartshorn will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, with Masonic graveside services by Equality Lodge 44, AF&AM.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Reformed Church, 117 E. Burke St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401; or to Gen. Adam Stephen Memorial Association, 313 E. John St., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Iona G. Brewer

Iona G. Brewer, 98, of 1115 Woodland Way, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home.

Born July 21, 1899, in Mount Carroll, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Capitola D. Grimm George.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence L. Willey.

She was employed by the federal government as a statistician, retiring in 1961.

She was a member of First Christian Church.

She was a member of Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion Auxiliary and American Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She is survived by two cousins, Jane N. Crist of St. Thomas, Pa., and John J. Nozzi of Chambersburg, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross A. Brewer.

Graveside services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Fred M. Harris will officiate.

The family will receive friends Monday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown, prior to the services at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington County SPCA, 13011 Maugansville Road, Maugansville, Md. 21767; or to Union Rescue Mission, 125 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Elvia M. Crum

BOONSBORO - Elvia May Crum, 80, of 20917 Netz Road, who died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997, was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Leggett.

Timothy M. Shipley

NEWELLTON, La. - Timothy Michael "Mike" Shipley, 24, of Newellton, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997, at Newellton.

He was a native of Pell City, Ala.

He was the son of Phillip and Barbara Shipley of Baskin, La.

He was a survey crewman with a pipeline survey crew.

He was a member of Baskin Baptist Church.

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