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August 04, 1998

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Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Edition

Bryan E. Hoffmaster

BAKERTON, W.Va. - Bryan Emanuel Hoffmaster, 79, of Bakerton, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Dec. 15, 1918, in Bakerton, he was the son of the late Walter Bryan and Katherine Kidwiler Hoffmaster.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Fraley Hoffmaster, in 1993.

He was a retired lab technician with Martin-Marietta Corp., Martinsburg.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II.

He was a member of Fellowship Bible Church, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Deckers of Laurel, Md., and Kathryn Pfister of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son, Tommy Hoffmaster of Bakerton; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Schlack.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Van Marsceau will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Bible Church, P.O. Box 1148, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 25425.

Thornton O. Black

NEW OXFORD, Pa. - Thornton Orville Black, 77, of Cross Keys Brethren Home, died Monday, Aug. 3, 1998, at the home.

Born Dec. 23, 1920, in Unionville, Md., he was the son of the late Sherman Leslie and Dorothy Ray West Black.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen A. Legore Black, in 1988. They were married on Nov. 18, 1946.

He was a 1938 graduate of Mount Airy High School. He earned a degree in business administration at Johns Hopkins University.

He had been employed as a credit and collection clerk with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

He was licensed to the ministry in 1950; completed courses at Elizabethtown and Bridgewater Colleges and was ordained to the set-apart ministry in 1957 at Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren near new Windsor, Md.

He served with Woodberry Church of the Brethren in Baltimore; West Charleston Church of the Brethren near Dayton; Beaver Creek-Harmony Churches in Hagerstown; Uniontown Church of the Brethren in Uniontown, Pa., and Beaver Dam Church of the Brethren in Union Bridge, Md.

He was on the Church of the Brethren District Board in four districts, and was district moderator of the Western Pennsylvania District.

After moving to the Brethren Home at Cross Keys near Hanover, Pa., he accepted a part-time position on the pastoral staff. He retired in 1994. He was a volunteer at the home until his death.

He enlisted in Maryland State Guard at Westminster in 1941, serving as a combat medical technician. He served with the U.S. Army, 73rd Anti-aircraft Battalion from September 1942 until December 1945. He was awarded five battle stars; four combat arrowheads; a Silver Star and a purple heart.

He is survived by a son, David Black of York, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Sarah Ickes, Shalom Black, Karra Black, Jessica Black and Kaitlin Black.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Janice Black and Sue Ellen Black; a son, Sherman Wayne Black; and two brothers, Galen Keith Black and Leslie Ray Black.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren, 2736 Marston Road, Dennings, Md. The Rev. Franklin Keller and Jeff Grosh will officiate. Burial will be in Sam's Creek Church Cemetery in Dennings.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Burrier-Queen Funeral Directors, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Samaritan Fund at The Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, Box 128, New Oxford, Pa. 17350-0128.

Harold G. Pryor

Harold G. Pryor, 85, of Jefferson Boulevard, Hagerstown, died Monday, Aug. 3, 1998, at Colton Villa Nursing Home.

Born April 5, 1913, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late James Walter and Olive Idella Wolfe Pryor.

He was a 1931 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He was employed as a consumer credit officer at First National Bank of Maryland, retiring in 1973.

A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He also was a member of Friendship Lodge 84, AF&AM; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Hagerstown Forest 95; and American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Theresa E. Pryor; one daughter, Jean L. Minor of Hagerstown; one sister, Catherine O. Delauter of Hagerstown; two brothers, Morris W. Pryor and James R. Pryor, both of Hagerstown; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Pryor Mills; and two brothers, Earl H. Pryor and Lauren W. Pryor.

Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. David M. Buchenroth will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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