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Obituaries

March 23, 1999

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Edgar R. Buffington

BOONSBORO - Edgar Robinson Buffington, 90, of Boonsboro, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 6, 1908, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late James Edgar and Lillian Robinson Buffington.

He attended public schools in Baltimore City; and graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he was a member of Beta Theta Phi; and won swimming titles in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

He was employed by the state of Maryland at the Department of Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, retiring in 1974. He also worked at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown; and Workmens' Compensation Commission in Baltimore.

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He was a member of Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

He is survived by two sons, John L. Buffington of San Francisco and Daniel J. Buffington of Hagerstown; and a granddaughter, Rachel K. Buffington of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Buffington in 1991.

He donated his body for research to The Anatomy Board of Maryland.

Memorial services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association of Maryland, 1840 York Road, Suite M, Timonium, MD 21093.

Catherine V. Caudo

Catherine V. Caudo, 83, of 48 Madison Ave., Hagerstown, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born June 14, 1915, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Cora E. Selby Roberts.

She had been a waitress in Baltimore.

She was a Jehovah's Witness.

She is survived by a son, Anthony J. Caudo Sr. of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. James Fowler will officiate.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Melda V. Duckworth

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Melda Violet Duckworth, 77, of Hedgesville, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at her home.

Born March 13, 1922, in Moore, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo Dow and Sarah Elizabeth Harper Knapp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Duckworth Jr, in 1980.

She was a 1940 graduate of Parsons High School, Parsons, W.Va.

She did clerical work at Montgomery Ward in Baltimore. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Cherry Run (W.Va.) United Methodist Church.

She was a member of AARP; and Order of the Eastern Star, Walter Chapter 43, Davis, W.Va.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra G. Ziler of Hedgesville and Mary F. Geiger of Burtonsville, Md.; two sons, James F. Duckworth III of Hedgesville and Milton D. Duckworth of Seven Valleys, Pa.; a sister, Mary B. Hoskins of Alexandria, Va.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Leota Whitehair, Lura M. Bell, Estee Knapp and Elsie Knapp; and two brothers, Robert A. Knapp and Ralph N. Knapp.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cherry Run United Methodist Church, Cherry Run, W.Va. The Rev. Daniel L. Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Va.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church and Thursday at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Cherry Run United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 359, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411; Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401; or Gateway Foundation, Tavern Road, P.O. Box 1418, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Ralph F. Buddenhagen

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Ralph Franklin Buddenhagen, 95, of Charles Town, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 13, 1903, in Charles Town, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Irene Fidinger Buddenhagen.

He had been employed by the B&O Railroad; painted houses; and delivered ice in Charles Town.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

He is survived by nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Ahalt, Mabel B. Johnston and Dorothy Conert; and two brothers, his twin, Robert Henry Buddenhagen Sr. and Joseph Buddenhagen.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. James Chambly will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Family Council at Care Haven of Berkeley, Route 5, Box A-167, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Katherine E. Beckley

FAIRPLAY, Md. - Katherine Elizabeth Beckley, 86, of 9024 Bob Lane, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 17, 1912, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Otho and Elizabeth Neikirk Foltz.

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