Anniversary announcements

September 18, 1998

The Powells

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. "Pete" Powell of Martinsburg, W.Va., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, March 26, 1998.

Their three daughters,` Sharon Butts, Glenda Fletcher and Bonnie Grove, accompanied them to Walt Disney World and West Palm Beach, Fla. Upon their return from Florida, they were surprised with an open house at St. Luke's United Methodist Church social hall. More than 150 relatives and friends attended the celebration hosted by their daughters and their families.

The Powells were married March 26, 1948, by the Rev. Berry Plummer of St. Paul's United Brethren parsonage in Hagerstown.

Mrs. Powell is the daughter of the late Clyde K. and Susan Grove Sperow. She retired from City Hospital in 1992.

Mr. Powell is the son of the late Elmer and Georgia Barney Powell. He retired from Mack Trucks Inc. in 1990.


They own Powell Rentals of Martinsburg.

They have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Shulls

Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Shull of Hagerstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Golden Corral, in Waynesboro, Pa. The reception was hosted by their daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Steve Guyton, daughter Sharon L. Rucker, granddaughter Liberty Rucker and friend Tom Greenfield.

The Shulls were married in 1948 by the Rev. W.V. Garrett of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, Md.

Mrs. Shull is the former Virginia E. "Peggy" Smith, daughter of the late Milton S. and Hilda L. Smith. She retired from Hagerstown Leather Co.

Mr. Shull is a 1948 graduate of Hagerstown High School and is retired from Mack Trucks Inc.

The Shulls have one granddaughter and two foster granddaughters.

The Burgers

Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Burger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, June 11, 1998, at Williamsport Community Building. The buffet dinner was hosted by the couple's three daughters and their families, Karen and Richard Beckwith of Canterbury, Conn., Anne and Larry Plotner of Williamsport and Dorothy and Ronald Kozura of Pottsville, Pa.

Approximately 100 family members and friends gathered to join the celebration.

Mr. and Mrs. Burger were married June 11, 1948, by the Rev. Fillmore Kohler at Rehoboth Evangelical United Brethren Church in Williamsport.

Mrs. Burger is the former Nancy Lizer, daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy Lizer. She retired from Bell Atlantic in 1989.

Mr. Burger is the son of the late William and Hilda Burger of Hagerstown. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving more than two years in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and was called by the U.S. Army Reserves in 1950-51 during the Korean Conflict. He worked on Western Maryland Railroad for seven years and retired from C&P Telephone Co. in 1984 with 32 years of service.

They have six granddaughters, two grandsons, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.

The Russes

The Revs. Milton J. and Mary K. Russ of Hagerstown celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, at their home.

They were married Aug. 9, 1939, by the Rev. Herbert Cooper in his home in Rockville, Md.

The Russes have one son, Milton J. Russ Jr. of Fairplay, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The Forrests

Frank and Ethel Forrest of Hagerstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998. A surprise luncheon was held at Ramada Inn in Hagerstown, hosted by the couple's four children and their spouses, Darlene and Tom DiGiovanni, Mary and Frank Forrest Jr., Brian and Kathy Forrest and Scott and Rhonda Forrest.

The Forrests were married Aug. 29, 1948, at First Episcopal United Methodist Church of Jamaica Plain, Mass. They met when Mr. Forrest was stationed in Boston, serving in the Army Medical Corps.

The Davises

Command Sgt. Maj. Derward E. Davis, U.S. Army retired, and Evalena G. Davis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 25, 1998, at a surprise party at the home of their son-in-law, Stan Neal, hosted by their six children and their spouses. Friends and family, including their 14 grandchildren, attended.

The Davises were married July 31, 1948, in Cowen, W.Va., by the Rev. Bruce Woods.

Mrs. Davis is the former Evalena G. Hamrick, daughter of the late Herbert and Lura Hamrick. She retired from Washington County School System in 1989 after 22 years of service.

Command Sgt. Maj. Davis is the son of the late Lester and Ada M. Davis. He retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service and from Grove Worldwide after 20 years of service.

The Davises have lived at their Smithsburg residence since 1971.

The Rauschenbergers

Alyce and Otto C. Rauschenberger Jr. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 1, 1998, with a luncheon at South Mountain Inn. The event for family and close friends was hosted by their son Chris and their niece, Patricia Divelbiss.

The Rauschenbergers were married July 31, 1948, at Welsh Run Robert Kennedy Memorial Presbyterian Church in Welsh Run, Pa.

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