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April 27, 1999

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Lester L. Stewart

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lester Lee "Bubbie" Stewart, 80, of Martinsburg, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at City Hospital.

Born May 27, 1918, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late, Boyd C. and Minnie Shipman Stewart.

He retired as a mechanic from Schmidt's Bakery.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of Johnsontown Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Gregory Shade Stewart; three daughters, Linda Leonard and Peggy Herrell, both of Martinsburg, and Kitty Horner of Inwood, W.Va.; one son, Randy Stewart of Martinsburg; three sisters, Dorothy Bowers of Martinsburg, Catherine Crawford of Inwood and Mary Stewart of Shippensburg, Pa.; one brother, Arthur Stewart of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Mills; and three brothers, Gilbert Stewart, Charles Stewart and Isle Stewart.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg. The Rev. L. Jack Rudy will officiate.

Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery with military services by Newton D. Baker Post 896, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Berkeley Post 14, American Legion.

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

James T. Butts

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - James "Jim" T. Butts, 77, of Bunker Hill, died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Rose Hill Nursing Home in Berryville, Va.

Born Aug. 30, 1921, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Butts and Margaret Richmond Butts Shade.

He was a member of Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church and served as an elder.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Elizabeth Walters Butts; one daughter, Betty L. Butts Fulk of Bunker Hill; one son, Curtis Wayne Butts of Bunker Hill; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Madeline Butler, Izola Hite, Bessie Miller and Frances Shirley; and four brothers, Robert Shade, Mearle Shade, Clifford Shade and Denny Shade.

Services will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. The Rev. John E. Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church, in care of Treasurer, P.O. Box 660, Bunker Hill, WV 25413.

Ward W. Keesecker II

LOVELY, Pa. - Ward W. Keesecker II, 60, of Lovely and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Saturday, April 24, 1999, at his home in Lovely.

Born July 27, 1938, he was the son of the late Dr. Ward W. and Mary Mish Keesecker.

He was a 1957 graduate of Baxter (Tenn.) Seminary. He attended Salem (W.Va.) College, West Virginia Institute of Technology, and earned a bachelor's degree from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 1961.

He was a school teacher in Prince George's County, Md.; was supervisor and ski shop manager with Hecht Co. in Washington, D.C.; manager of Potomac Ski Shop in Kensington, Md.; owned and operated Graystone Hotel and Ski Specialties Shop in Bedford, Pa.; worked with Blue Knob Ski Resort, and had worked as a purchasing agent with Ball-Healy Co. in Arlington, Va. He earlier had worked at Stine's Drug Store in Berkeley Springs, was a lifeguard at Berkeley Springs State Park and served with West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He had attended Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1483; Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60; and Tri-State Honor Guard, all in Berkeley Springs. He was a founding member of Fagowee Ski Club in Washington, D.C.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Emily M. Keesecker, in 1993.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Providence Cemetery in Johnsontown, W.Va., with military honors by Tri-State Honor Guard. The Rev. Kelly L. Scott will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60, 1950 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs.

Philip R. Parker

Philip Ray Parker, 62, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

He was the son of Mittie Hardison Parker of Holly Ridge, N.C., and the late Kirby Parker.

He is survived by two daughters, Pam Parker-Knight of Austin, Texas, and Lisa Parker of Florida; a sister, Irene King of Holly Ridge; and two grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Holly Ridge. The Rev. Ed Dowd will officiate. Burial will be in Sealawn Memorial Park in Hampstead.

Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ida May C. Small

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