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Obituaries

April 20, 1998
(Page 2 of 4)

FREDERICK, Md. - Helen Rodgers Tucker Lewis, 82, formerly of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick, where she had been a resident since 1991.

Born May 30, 1915, in Page County, Stanley, Va., she was the daughter of the late Vernon Jackson and Bessie Mae Parks Rodgers of Bardane, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray M. Lewis.

She graduated from Charles Town High School in 1932.

She was a longtime employee of the Diana Shoppe and Interwoven Stocking Co., serving as a sales clerk with Nichols Discount Stores until her retirement in 1976.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Martinsburg.

She was a member of Women of the Moose, Martinsburg Chapter 738; the Shenandoah Forest and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Cedarettes 150; the Pythian Sisters; and various sales organizations.

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She is survived by her twins, a daughter, Wanda Lee Keebler of Martinsburg, and a son, Wayne Rodgers Tucker of Frederick; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Rodgers of Cordova, Tenn.; a nephew; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Sheldon W. Rodgers.

Services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg. The Rev. Michael Davidson of People's Baptist Church of Frederick will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 1582, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401 or St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25401.

Ruth M. Keefer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ruth M. Overcash Keefer, 85, formerly of 25 Mercer Ave., Mercersburg, Pa., died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at ManorCare Health Services in Chambersburg.

Born March 2, 1913, in Welsh Run, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry M. and Anna Mae Myers Overcash.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph E. (Tommy) Keefer, in 1994.

She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in the operation of Tommy's Coin Operated Laundry in Mercersburg.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mercersburg.

She was active in the WSCS and the Hoch Bible Class of the church.

She is survived by two sons, H. Ronald Keefer and C. Randall (Butch) Keefer, both of Mercersburg; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Nevin M. Overcash.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mercersburg. The Rev. Samuel L. Sheffler and the Rev. W. David Kent will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave. in Mercersburg, and Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Central Pa., 6041 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 17112-1208.

Clifford E. Cordell

HALFWAY - Clifford Edward Cordell, 84, of Halfway, died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 28, 1913, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Roy Wingert and Elsie Clever Cordell.

He was a lifetime member of Western Maryland Sportsmen's Club Inc., and a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and the American Association for Retired People.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hedderman Cordell; two daughters, Rosalie M. Miller of Hagerstown and Judy A. Myers of Spring Hill, Fla.; three sisters, Anna Freet and Hulda Russell, both of Chambersburg, Pa., and Fay Hoke of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, Ross Cordell of Waynesboro, Pa., and Donald Cordell of Greencastle; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Cordell (infant) and Herbert Cordell.

Private graveside services will be in Rest Haven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

There will be no viewing.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown.

Ralph M. Baker

Ralph M. Baker, 88, of 20 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown, died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at his home.

Born in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late James Vinson and Elizabeth May Slick Baker.

He attended Leitersburg School.

He was a retired employee of the Local Cab Co.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, stationed in Africa, where he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936 in Hagerstown.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Barbara Heck of Hagerstown; a grandson, Richard L. Heck Jr. of Hagerstown, whom he raised; four additional grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St. The Rev. J. Norman Mayer will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Gap Veteran's Cemetery in Flintstone, Md.

Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service.

Evelyn E. Yorgey

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