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December 16, 1998

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William F. Jackson

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - William Francis "Bill" Jackson, 67, of Tuscawilla Hills, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born March 7, 1931, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late William F. and Nora Elizabeth Owens Jackson.

He was a graduate of Charles Town High School.

He was employed with Peoples Security-Monumental Life Insurance Cos. since 1980 as an insurance agent. Prior to that he was employed with U.S. Steel Co., Millville, W.Va., and Powhatan Brass and Iron Works Co., Ranson. He also was a police officer for the cities of Ranson and Berryville, Va.

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He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71, Charles Town; VFW Memorial Post 3522, Charles Town; and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948, Charles Town.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Viola "Vi" Jenkins Jackson; three daughters, Amber M. Jackson at home, Elaine M. Long of California, and Crystal Robin Gray of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; three sisters, Julia Martin, Agnes Anderson and Edna Gifft, all of Ranson; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney V. Shiflett and Jack A. Shiflett; and one brother, Philip M. Jackson.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. Richard E. Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596.

Norbert A. Parker

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Norbert Allen Parker, 85, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at his home in Berkeley Springs.

Born Sept. 2, 1913, in Monroeville, Ind., he was the son of the late Albert Randolph and Iva Evelyn Steele Parker.

He was a 1931 graduate of Northside High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a 1936 graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind, where he was a member of Delta Chi National Social Fraternity.

He served in the Merchant Marine as an officer and purser during World War II.

An international geologist during the last years of the British Raj of the Iraq Petroleum Co., he worked in the Near East, Middle East and the United States.

He was co-inventor of an electrical treater for crude oil emulsions and a natural gas dehydrator. He was instrumental in founding Electrofrac Corp. of Kansas City, Mo., and Carpco-Kewanee of Jacksonville, Fla., where he was an officer and on the board of directors.

He was employed with the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Energy, at posts in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs.

He skated with figure skating clubs and bobsledded. He built and sailed his own sailboat and was a licensed land and sea pilot.

From 1986 through 1996, he was maitre d' of Treetop Restaurant at Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve Kathryn Hickman Parker; two daughters, Jacquelyn S. Propst of Martinsburg, W.Va., and K. Brooke Parker of Unger; and a grandson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Stuart Lowell Parker.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St., Berkeley Springs, with military honors by Tri-state Honor Guard. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004; Humane Society of Morgan County, 4100 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411; or Building Fund of Morgan County Public Library, 201 N. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Virginia P. Williams

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Virginia Porterfield "Jinks" Williams, 78, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, W.Va.

Born Nov. 6, 1920, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of the late Philip Terrill and Mollie Moore Porterfield.

She was a 1938 graduate of St. Hilda's Hall, Charles Town. She received a bachelor of science degree in 1942 from Brenau College, Gainesville, Ga.; and a master of science degree in 1948 from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

She retired as a biochemist at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. She was a school teacher in San Bernardino County, Calif., and Fairfax County, Va. school systems.

She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church.

She was a member and past president of Jefferson County Garden Club; a member and past president of Friday Book Club; a member of Millbrook Orchestra Auxiliary of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Old Opera House Guild of Charles Town; and an associate member of Shenandoah Garden Club.

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