October 29, 1998
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A retired career foreign service officer, he had a number of foreign postings with the Department of the State. He previously had been a secondary school teacher and a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune.

He served as diplomat-in-residence and visiting professor of government at the University of South Dakota; and was a member of the teaching faculty at the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va. After retirement from the Diplomat Service in 1976, he lectured at universities and colleges.

He was a member of American Foreign Service Association; National Committee on American Foreign Policy; and Pi Sigma Alpha. His biography was included in Marquis Who's Who in America in 1974-1975.

He served as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U.S. Maritime Service.

He was a member of the National Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Small Business for Trade Policy Matters.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rosa Baylor Hankey Hall; a daughter, Barbara Neill Hall of Yerevan, Armenia; a son, Stephen Baylor Hall of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren, Nicholas Hall and Peter Hall.


Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Churchyard Cemetery. The Rev. John Alfriend will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Episcopal Churchyard Cemetery, Charles Town, W.Va.

The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the family home.

Memorial donations may be made to Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, Route 3, Box 256, Kearneysville, W.Va. 25430.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Melvin Johnston

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Melvin "Monty" Johnston, 71, of Hedgesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, when an earth mover he was operating upset.

Born Feb. 5, 1927, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, he was the son of the late Floyd and Isabel Smalling Johnston of Janesville, Iowa.

He graduated from Montevideo, Minnesota, High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He had been an Iowa conservation officer, superintendent of Black Hawk County (Iowa) Parks, and was a real estate broker and developer for 22 years.

He was the principal developer of the 8Sleepy Hollow Recreational Community in Berkeley County, W.Va., and developed waterfront communities on Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, Va. He was the founding president of Smith Mountain Lake Association, an organization of several hundred citizens formed to protect the 20,000 acre lake.

He retired from business in 1989, after which he built a nine-hole golf course at The Woods Resort, Hedgesville.

He was involved in many public service projects. over the last two years , he built a lake and football field at Berkeley County's Poor House Farm Park.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeraldine Johnston; three children, Richard Johnston of Moneta, Va., Stephanie Johnston of Richmond, Va., and Connie Jo Latham of Lexington, Ky.; a brother, Ray Johnston of Hedgesville; five sisters, Florence Conrow of San Jose, Calif., Dorothy Hites of Waverly, Iowa, Helen George of Janesville, Iowa, Ruth Dewey of Antioch, Tenn., and Mary Kourey of Des Moines, Iowa; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Johnston.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Hedges Chapel at The Woods. The Reverends Rose and David Wayland will officiate. Following the service, there will be a get-together at The Woods Walden Restaurant for family and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

A memorial is being planned at the golf course he built.

Orvel R. Reed

Orvel Raphael Reed, 78, of 901 Kuhn Ave., who died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Washington County Hospital, was the son of the late Samuel E. and Rebecca McCormick Reed.

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