Sharpsburg woman leaves money for Town Square clock

December 26, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - Pansy and Roy Ebersole have been giving gifts to their community for years.

They gave corn to neighbors, candy to bank tellers and pharmacy clerks, clothes to residents of nearby nursing homes and medical equipment to the Lions Club.

The family's tradition of giving will continue into the new year despite the death on Oct. 6 of Pansy Ebersole, 79, at the Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village in Boonsboro.

In his wife's memory, Roy Ebersole has given the town $15,000 to buy a clock for Town Square, said Mayor George Kesler.


"She just wanted it in memory of her," Ebersole, 80, said on Friday morning at his Sharpsburg Pike home just outside town.

Family and friends weren't sure why Pansy Ebersole asked her husband to give the town a clock.

Neighbor Jean Rohrer, 62, said it might have been because Pansy moved from Williamsport to Sharpsburg at a young age and stayed in the community.

Family friend Mary Anna Munch, 76, said Pansy Ebersole probably thought the clock would brighten up the square.

Kesler said the clock will be installed in the southeast corner of the intersection at Main and Mechanic streets where a bench now sits. The clock will stand 15 feet 6 inches and will have two faces so drivers will be able to read it from each direction on Main Street.

The forest green clock with Roman numerals is expected to be installed by the end of May, Kesler said. The money will cover the cost of the clock and installation.

The clock will automatically change for Daylight Savings Time, reset when power fails and doesn't require being reset for 100 years, he said.

A plaque in Pansy Ebersole's memory will be placed on the clock. Above the clock face will be the town's name and below the face will be the year the town was established, 1763, the mayor said.

"Everybody I've talked to is thrilled with the clock. No one could have come up with something nicer for the town," Kesler said.

Pansy Ebersole was a member of the Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren and a telephone operator for the Maryland Correctional Institution for 30 years before retiring.

"She and Roy both are always giving things to everybody," said neighbor Suzie Lushbaugh, 57.

"Roy goes up and down the road here on his tractor, giving away the best corn you'd ever eat - silver queen," Lushbaugh said.

Up until 1996, the couple held a picnic every August for 160 relatives and friends, she said. On the Fourth of July they would invite people to watch the fireworks at nearby Antietam National Battlefield from their home.

"She just liked to do for other people," said Nancy Ebersole, 62, a friend and relative.

Pansy Ebersole bought clothes at an auction, which she gave to Fahrney-Keedy and Reeders Memorial Home.

She gave wheelchairs and walkers to the Lions Club several years ago, according to neighbors and Jeff Saylor of the Lions Club.

"She was very community-oriented. She was very brash at times. She told it like it was," said Saylor, 42, of Sharpsburg.

Ebersole's first husband, Howard Ebersole, had been a Lions member, Saylor said. Howard Ebersole, Roy Ebersole's cousin, died in 1979.

Roy Ebersole said he had known Pansy since she was 15 years old and had been friends with her since then.

"He said Howard had the best wife around," Lushbaugh said.

Roy Ebersole married Pansy on Dec. 3, 1980. She was his first wife.

"She was a very good wife. I couldn't have gotten anybody to treat me any better," said Ebersole, a retired farmer.

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