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Obituaries

February 01, 1999

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Tuesday, February 02, 1999 Edition




Robert V. Conner

FLORENCE, Ala. - Robert Vincent "Bob" Conner, 80, of Florence, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999.

Born in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late David and Marie E. Conner.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he served in World War II.

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church, Florence.

He was a member of IBEW Local 558; and Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hazel Lovelace Conner of Florence; one daughter, Brenda Phillips of Florence; one son, David Conner of Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Faustine Gindlesperger of Johnstown, Pa., and Marie Berry of Hagerstown; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by a brother, Warren D. Conner.

Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Greenview Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Children's Home, c/o Highland Baptist Church; or American Lung Association of Alabama, P.O. Box 1967, Birmingham, AL 35201-1967.

Howard I. Bitner

LEITERSBURG - Howard I. Bitner, 73, of Leiter Street, Leitersburg, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Dec. 11, 1925, in St. James, Md., he was the son of the late Riley Daniel and Loretta Warrenfeltz Bitner.

He was employed at G and G Metals, Venice, Fla.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served during World War II, in Iwo Jima, He received the Purple Heart.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Smithsburg.

He was a member of 5th Marine Division Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia Bitner; three daughters, Deborah K. Poff of Florida, Darlene G. Muse of Georgia, and Dawn V. Lewis of Maryland; two sons, David I. Bitner of Florida and Donald E. Bitner of Pennsylvania; five sisters, Ruth Smith, Blanche Ebersole, Evelyn Keebaugh, Coquesia Domer, and Margaret Miles; three brothers, Walt Bitner, Joseph Bitner, and Omer Bitner; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Riley Bitner Jr.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg. The Rev. Mark Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, with military services by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church social hall.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD 21783.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg.

Margaret L. Gray

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Margaret L. Gray, 86, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at Heartland of Martinsburg.

Born Feb. 2, 1912, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Samuel B. and Montie L. Grove Fizer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence R. Gray

She was employed by Interwoven Mills.

She was a member of Rosemont Grace Brethren Church.

She is survived by one sister, Kathleen D. Wilson of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eleanor Lacey, Mary B. Hess and Geraldine Couchman; and two brothers, Samuel Fizer and Paul Fizer.

Graveside services will be Thursday at noon at Rosedale Cemetery. The Rev. Carl L. Baker will officiate.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Alta R. Parker

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alta R. Parker, 90, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at City Hospital.

Born Jan. 17, 1909 in Sharpsburg, she was the daughter of the late Howard Franklin and Susie Stephens Renner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Benjamin Parker.

She is survived by one son, William K. Louden Jr., of Hollywood, Fla.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Harold Louden; two sisters, Agatha Riley and Pearl Elwood; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Paul C. Stanley will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Middleway, W.Va.

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

Mary E. Keefauver

Mary Elizabeth Keefauver, 73, formerly of Hamilton Boulevard, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Avalon Manor Health Care Center, Hagerstown.

Born May 10, 1925, in Mount Airy, Md., she was the daughter of the late Garrison and Virginia Baker Norwood.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vinson T. Keefauver, in 1991.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Hagerstown.

She was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 42; VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1936, and FOE Ladies Auxiliary Post 694, all of Hagerstown, and AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia L. Horst of Hagerstown; one sister, Evaleen Moxley Leon of Mount Airy, Md.; and two grandsons.

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