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Obituaries

April 11, 1998

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Saturday, April 11, 1998 Edition

 

Irvin W. Gearhart

Irvin W. Gearhart, 86, formerly of 12614 McDade Road, Hagerstown, died Friday, April 10, 1998, at Charlotte's Home II, Maugansville.

Born June 16, 1911, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Amos J. and Grace V. Lefever Gearhart.

He was employed by Western Maryland Railroad for 25 years and retired from J.B. Ferguson & Co. in 1974. He also was a farmer.

He was a member of Christ's Reformed Church U.C.C. for 66 years. He served as an elder on the consistory and was a member of Clever-Smith Bible Class.

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He was a member of Wacohu Grange for more than 50 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He bowled in the Senior Citizens League.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret I. Durbin Gearhart; a daughter, Dorothy Jane Nigh of Hagerstown; two sons, Robert M. Gearhart of Maugansville and Carl D. Gearhart of Hagerstown; a sister, Mary G. Thompson of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, James L. Gearhart of Greencastle and Earl M. Gearhart of St. Thomas, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harold W. Gearhart.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Donald Moul will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ's Reformed Church U.C.C., 130 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or to the charity of one's choice.

Marshall L. Crockett

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Marshall L. Crockett, 45, of Martinsburg, died Friday, April 10, 1998, at City Hospital.

Born Aug. 3, 1952, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Evelyn Hall Salyers and the late Malcolm Crockett.

He served with the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Cummings Crockett; three sons, Gabriel Lee Crockett of North Carolina, Michael Lewis Crockett, at home, and Christopher Lindsey Crockett of Baltimore; and his stepfather, William Salyers.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. Jack T. Sutor Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

Nellie B. Butts

NEERSVILLE, Va. - Nellie Blanche Butts, 87, of Neersville, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, at Heritage Hall, Leesburg, Va.

Born Nov. 8, 1910, in Loudoun County, Va., she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Rachel Amanda Bagent Stone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Butts, in 1988.

She was a member of Loudoun Valley Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by two sons, David Butts of Sterling, Va., and Russell Butts of Neersville; four grandchildren, Tonya Thornberry and Tyann Kurkowski, both of Raleigh, N.C., Kevin Butts of Purcellville, Va. and Brianne Butts of Neersville; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Perry Stone and Elbert Stone.

Services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The Rev. Anthan Burch will officiate. Burial will be in Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, Va.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to J.A.M. at Loudoun Valley Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 32055, Hillsboro, Va. 20134.

William H. Gerken

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - William Harry Gerken, 93, of Martinsburg, died Friday, April 10, 1998, at his home.

Born July 10, 1904, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Wilhelm and Anna Dieckmann Gerken.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Mullarkey Gerken; two sons, Bruce Gerken of Martinsburg and William R. Gerken of Tucson, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Dreher and Helen Swan.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. John V. DiBacco Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

Charles C. Wolf

Charles Coulson Wolf, 79, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, at University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore.

Born Nov. 29, 1918, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles Welty and Mary Rachel Reece Wolf.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School. He attended the University of Maryland for one year. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1939.

An employee of Potomac Edison Co., he was appointed the company's director of engineering and construction in 1970. He retired in 1982 after 43 years of service.

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