Early in life, he was a farmer in the South Mountain area. He worked at Samuel Dixon State Hospital, now South Mountain Restoration Center. Following military retirement, he owned and operated Baker's Tavern in South Mountain, was a bartender at BPO Elks in Waynesboro, and was manager of Eagles Club Inc. of Waynesboro.
He was a member of Air Force Sergeant's Association, William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695, Order of the Owls Nest 1073, and Eagles Club Inc., all in Waynesboro; and South Mountain Fish and Game Association.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Tressler Baker, whom he married Aug. 21, 1975; three sons, Richard L. Baker of Carlisle, Pa., John W. Baker of Waynesboro, and Marvin R. Preston of Milford, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Lavinah J. Sanders of Waynesboro; four stepsons, Richard J. Turner, Steven R. Turner, S. Tony Turner and Gary A. Turner, all of Emmitsburg, Md.; one sister, Ada Sites of Chambersburg; two brothers, Luther D. Baker of South Mountain and Alfred L. Baker of Chambersburg; two grandchildren; more than 10 stepgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Pansy Funk, Goldie Bumbaugh, Madeline Mae Ringenary and Beatie Kimple; and four brothers, Jesse Baker, Kenneth Baker, Clifford Baker and Crawford Baker.
Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. The Rev. Sterling C. Keeney will officiate. Burial will be in Strang's Cemetery in South Mountain, with military graveside services conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association of your choice.
Mary L. White
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Mary Louise "Peggy" White, 51, of Charles Town, died Monday, April 20, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, W.Va.
Born Nov. 10, 1946, in Myerstown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Laura Elizabeth White.
She graduated from Charles Town High School.
She had been employed by the Sav-A-Lots Store, Charles Town. Prior to that she was employed as a nursing aide at the Knott Nursing Home, Charles Town.
She was a member of Kabletown United Methodist Church.
She was a member of Women of the Moose, Chapter 1028, Charles Town.
She was the last of her immediate family.
She is survived by her close friend and companion, Betty L. Watson; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by three aunts and four uncles.
A memorial graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town. The Rev. James Chambly will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial donations may be made to Kabletown United Methodist Church, in care of Betty White, 304 Peartree Court, Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.
Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.
Joel E. Clayton
TEMPLE, Texas - Joel E. Clayton, 24, of Temple, died Monday, April 13, 1998, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.
Born Dec. 5, 1973, in Killeen, Texas, he was the son of Rick and Sue Hykes Clayton, of Temple and formerly of Smithsburg.
He was a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service in Austin, Texas.
He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sally Toombs Clayton; his sister, Amy Clayton Hunt of Moffat, Texas; paternal grandmother, Virginia Clayton Brown of Smithsburg; maternal grandmother, Betty Hughes Eakin; paternal step-grandfather, Richard A. Brown; maternal step-grandfather, C.D. Eakin of Temple, Texas; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by an infant son.
Services were at Lakeview Baptist Church. He was buried in Roberts Cemetery in Troy, Texas.
Rosannah V. Hoover
Rosannah Virginia Hoover, 83, of 132 S. Valley Drive, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.
Born Sept. 11, 1914, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Raymond C. and Mabel G. Stouffer Beard.
Her husband, Joseph H. Hoover, died in 1968.