March 02, 1999

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Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Edition

James T. Dresher Sr.

BEL AIR, Md. - James Thomas Dresher Sr., 79, of Bel Air, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at Glenangus Farms.

Born April 9, 1919, near Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late John and Agnes Johnston Dresher.

He was a graduate of Robert Morris College.

He began his business career as a member of a public accounting firm in 1943 and became a Pennsylvania CPA in 1947. He worked for The Glenn L. Martin Co. in Baltimore, Hiller Aircraft Corp. in Palo Alto, Calif.; Fairchild Engine and Airplane Co., subsequently Fairchild Industries; Swearingen Aircraft in San Antonio; American Industries in Delaware; Baker International Corp. and York International Corp.

He was active in McDonald's franchises in Harford and Baltimore counties, Md.


He was a director of National-Oilwell Inc., MassMutual High Yield Partners LLC; and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was a director of Boston-based Ardent Software; and was chairman and owner of Glenangus, a residential real estate development company in Harford County. He was founder and a trustee of The Dresher Foundation Inc., a private family foundation that makes gifts to educational, scientific, religious and community organizations.

He was the recipient of many awards, the most recent the Good Scout award.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia Morgan Dresher; four children, Ginny Meoli, Jeanne Butcher, Jim Dresher and Jeff Dresher; a brother, Ronald J. Dresher of Pittsburgh; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at McComas Funeral Home in Abingdon, Md.

Memorial donations may be made to Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, 1916 Bel Air Road, Fallston, MD 21047; or American Heart Association, Harford County, 415 N. Charles St., P.O. Box 1725, Baltimore, MD 21203.

William S. Berry Sr.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - William Silas "Wash" Berry Sr., 74, of Charles Town, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at his home.

Born Dec. 31, 1924, in Leesburg, Va., he was the son of the late John E. and Charlotte Randall Berry Sr.

For more than 55 years, he owned and trained thoroughbred race horses at Charles Town Races and Shenandoah Downs Race Track, both of Charles Town, and tracks in Maryland and Delaware.

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

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a member and on the board of directors of Charles Town Division Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. He was awarded the certificate of appreciation from the Maryland Jockey Club, presented by former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer, for being the leading African-American trainer in Maryland.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille A. Rideoutt Berry; a son, William S. Berry Jr. of Charles Town; six sisters, Charlotte Fassette and Ada Cook, both of Middleburg, Va., Robbie Lett, Lena Edwards and Edna Randolph, all of Philadelphia, and Evelyn Brooks of Washington, D.C.; a brother, James R. Berry Sr. of Chambersburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia A. Berry, in 1985; a sister, Dorothy Thomas; and a brother, John E. Berry Jr.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. Victor Lawson will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Dorothy E. Smith

Dorothy Elizabeth Smith, 76, of 10825 Allen Ave., Hagerstown, died Monday, March 1, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 12, 1922, in Firth, Idaho, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred W. and Elva M. Lyon McCurdy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Thomas "Jim" Smith, in 1997.

She retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1980, after 33 years.

A veteran of World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps.

She is survived by a son, Kevin J. Smith of Baltimore; three sisters, Jeanne Meyer of Martinsburg, W.Va., Ruby M. Mickelsen of Ruppert, Idaho, and Wanda E. Walters of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and three grandsons.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bardi J. Ebersole; and five brothers, Wilbert W. McCurdy, Wesley T. McCurdy, Milton J. McCurdy, Willie McCurdy and Merton L. McCurdy.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Andrew J. Cooney will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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