November 16, 1998

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Gabrielle Carden

Gabrielle Carden, infant daughter of Francis Deleveaux Carden III and Traci Benedict Carden of Hagerstown, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

She was baptized Episcopalian.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandparents, James E. and Dixie J. Benedict of Williamsport; paternal grandparents, Francis D. and Anne Morrison Carden II of Hagerstown; and maternal great-grandfather, James H. Benedict of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents Harry E. and Mary Jane Rupp Jr.; maternal great-grandmother, Violetta V. Benedict; paternal great-grandparents, Francis D. and Velma Carden I; and paternal great-grandparents, John A. and Carrie Albright Morrison.


Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. Stuart Dunnan will officiate.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to St. James School, St. James, MD 21781; or Johns Hopkins Children Center, 111 Market Place, Suite 901, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.

William R. Hitt

William Roscoe Hitt, 78, of 1820 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at Coffman Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 5, 1920, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Herbert Dewey and Edna Blanche Richards Hitt.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Maxine Hitt, in 1987.

He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years, retiring in 1970. He was supervisor of the night shift and was postmaster from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. He received six Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

He was a member of American Legion Morris Frock Post 42; and former member of Hagerstown Lions.

He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Sue Huntsberger and Brenda Seipler, both of Hagerstown; two sons, Terry Hitt and Edward Hitt, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Edward B. Hitt of Bedford, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Hitt.

Services will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Dennis L. Upton will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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

Yolande V. Gehri

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Yolande Virginia Gehri, 94, a resident of MonPointe Continuing Care Center, and formerly of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998, at the center.

Born Nov. 6, 1904, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Homer C. and Yolande E. "Daisy" Coates Malone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William G. Gehri, in 1946.

She was a 1922 graduate of Shepherd State Normal School, now Shepherd College.

She was a pianist and organist.

She participated in church and area organizations in Morgantown and Memphis, Tenn., including Morgantown Music Club. During World War II, she was active in Traveler's Aid Society and YMCA Board. During the 1950s, she was active in the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown, and had served as organist. From 1987, she was associated with the congregation of St. Thomas, a Becket Episcopal Church in Morgantown.

She and her daughter opened the first interracial nursery school in the Shepherdstown area.

She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia Yolande Sperow of Morgantown; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Virginia Lee Solomon; and one grandson.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown. George T. Schramm will officiate. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MonPointe Activities Fund, 30 Vandervort Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Dorothy V. Thomas

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Dorothy Virginia Thomas, 75, of Kearneysville, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at her home.

Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Charles Town, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Rowland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin E. Thomas Sr.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Kearneysville Presbyterian Church.

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