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Obituaries

September 08, 1998

Russell J. Ripple

SMITHSBURG - Russell James Ripple, 90, of Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

Born Nov. 17, 1907, in Breathedsville, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Franklin and Lulu Louise Smith Ripple.

He was employed by Pangborn Corp. in Hagerstown for 32 years and retired in 1972.

He was a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Leitersburg.

He was a member of UAW and a former of South Mountain Rod and Gun Club, Smithsburg.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clarabelle Hartman Ripple, whom he married on Oct. 29, 1938; three daughters, Beverly J. Dando of Kiawah Island, S.C., Ellen L. McNamee of Smithsburg and Mary Geletta Ripple of Port Deposit, Md.; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Isanogle, Lillian Carroll and Delilah Clark; and two brothers, Omer Ripple and Charles Ripple.

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Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. Pastor Odell Stone will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

Helen E. Atherton

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Helen E. Atherton, 83, of 9936 Reeder Road, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 19, 1914, near Claylick, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Amos and Clarabelle Robinson Harnish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Atherton, in 1996.

During World War II, she was employed by Fairchild Industries of Hagerstown. She was later employed by Mercersburg Dress Factory. She also worked as a housekeeper in the Mercersburg area.

She was a member of Kasiesville Bible Church, Kasiesville, Pa., where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

She enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie Hornbaker of Mercersburg and Kay Funk of Waynesboro, Pa.; one sister, Leona Pfoutz of Mercersburg; one brother, George C. Harnish of Mercersburg; four grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. James A. Dodge will officiate. Burial will be in Meyers Cemetery, Mercersburg Road, Mercersburg.

A viewing will be at the funeral home Thursday one hour prior to the service.

Earl F. Wilson

Earl Franklin "Doe" Wilson, 87, of 12808 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at the home of his nephew, Harry Steven Blair in Taylor Township, Pa.

Born Jan. 24, 1911, in Bedford, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Mary King Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna L. Wilson, in 1968.

He was owner and operator of Wilson Dairy Bar and Tress Tavern for many years.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

He was a member of BPO Elk Lodge 378 for 50 years; Potomac Fish and Game Club; North American Rod and Gun Club; Fraternal Order of Police; and a life member of Red Men, Williamsport Conococheague Tribe 84.

He is survived by three brothers, Raymond Wilson of Smithsburg, Vernon Wilson of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Frank Wilson of Arizona; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six sisters and three brothers.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to San Mar Childrens Home, 8504 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

May P. Long

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - May Porterfield Long, 88, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born Feb. 2, 1910, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Milton and Hester Naomi Sperow Porterfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H. DeNeen Long, in 1994.

She was a homemaker.

She was a life member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a member of Circle 6, United Methodist Women, Philathea Sunday School Class and was active in many church activities.

She delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered with various school and community activities.

She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Rickard of Martinsburg, Mary Ethel Michael of Thurmont, Md., and Susanne Horner of Inwood, W.Va.; one sister, Naomi Wangeman of Martinsburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lloyd and Helen McIntyre; five brothers, L. Burr Porterfield, A. Robinson Porterfield, William R. Porterfield, J. Milton Porterfield and W. Philip Porterfield; and one grandson.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. G. Edward Grove will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

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

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