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July 05, 1998

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Ashleigh J. Gaither

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Ashleigh Jordan Gaither, 2, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, July 3, 1998, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.

Born May 18, 1996, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va., she was the daughter of Nelson Howard and Trisha Lynn Holmes Gaither of Great Cacapon, W.Va.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She was a social member, with her parents, of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60, Berkeley Springs.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandparents, Grace Howard Holmes of Berkeley Springs and Robert Holmes of Wynne, Ariz.; paternal grandmother, Alice Youngblood Gaither of Hancock; maternal great-grandparents, Roseanna Clayton Rankin of Berkeley Springs, and Raymond Howard of Moundsville, W.Va.; aunts, uncles and cousins.


She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Bernard Gaither; maternal great-grandparents, Paul "Sam" Rankin, Roy F. and Mary Ann Riggins Holmes; paternal great-grandparents, Otis and Agnes Gaither, Arthur and Rosie Youngblood.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Roger E. Burtner will officiate. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ashleigh Jordan Gaither Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 37, Great Cacapon, W.Va. 25422.

Hazel C. Reed

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Hazel C. Reed, 74, a resident of ManorCare and formerly of 2328 Community Center Road, died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Nov. 23, 1923, in Ovett, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Lee and Ethel Cooley Cannon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover W. Reed, in 1985.

She was a 1944 graduate of Whitfield High School, Ovett.

She was a fruit packer with Mountain Brook Orchard in Edenville, Pa., for eight years. She also worked three years as a teacher's aide at St. Thomas Assembly of God Nursery School.

She was a member of Christian Life Assembly of God Church, Chambersburg.

She was a member of Norland Chapter of AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Pittman of St. Thomas; one son, Daniel W. Reed of Chambersburg; two sisters, Nell Parkerson of Memphis, Tenn., and Bobbi Sandford of Seminary, Miss.; one brother, Theodore Cannon of Hattiesburg, Miss.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and companion, Harold Blattenberger of Mercersburg, Pa.

She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Christian Life Assembly of God Church, 1400 Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Howard L. Beaver will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas.

Visitation will be at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Christian Life Assembly of God Church, 1400 Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Arthur G. Peiffer

Arthur G. Peiffer, 75, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at Coffman Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 18, 1923, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Aaron Gilbert and Ruth Minerva Sprankle Peiffer. He lived his early life in Waynesboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Mae Shultz Peiffer, in 1990.

He was a 1941 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

In his early life, he was employed by Landis Machine Co., Waynesboro, and Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing, Hagerstown. He then worked for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he worked on the Underground Pentagon Project known as Site R. Prior to retiring in 1981, he worked for Washington County Hospital as comptroller for 26 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was assigned to the 1214th Military Police Co. in the China-Burma-India Theater and was discharged as a corporal.

He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, where he served on the church council, was a lay liturgist and was Sunday School superintendent for 10 years.

He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Hagerstown; Acacia Lodge 586 Free and Accepted Masons, Waynesboro; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Consistory of Harrisburg, Pa.; Hospital Financial Management Association; charter member of Maryland Chapter of the IIFMA; member of Financial Advisory Committee of the Maryland, D.C., and a member of the Delaware Hospital Association; the Financial Review Board of the Health Services Cost Review Commission and served on various PTAs and CAC committees. He also served on the advisory council of the Ravenwood Lutheran Retirement Village.

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