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Obituaries

July 29, 1999

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Thursday, July 29, 1999 Edition




David M. McElroy

WILLIAMSPORT - David Milford "Toots" McElroy, 87, of 111 W. Salisbury St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1911, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late George and Eliza J. McCoy McElroy.

He was employed at Hagerstown Junior College, retiring in 1977. He previously was employed by Federal Silk Mill in Williamsport.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Potomac Post 202 American Legion in Williamsport, and AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Albertha Scott McElroy; one daughter, Linda M. Shirley of Maugansville; and one sister, Sylvia Barnhart of Homewood Retirement Center, Williamsport.

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He was preceded in death by one sister, Blanche Bent; and three brothers, Ernest McElroy, Joseph McElroy and Leonard McElroy.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The Rev. Richard A. Kroll will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will be open after 9 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

Louise V. Porter

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Louise Virginia Porter, 93, of 22 N. Virginia Ave., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Northampton Manor in Frederick, Md.

Born Nov. 2, 1905, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Chauncey Shepard and Florence Thompson Nicodemus.

She worked as a florist, retiring from Brunswick Florist.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Brunswick, United Methodist Women and a former choir member.

She was a member and past worthy matron of Brunswick Chapter No. 97 of Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Bruce Porter of Brunswick and Gary Porter of Bridgewater, Va.; a sister, Norma Knepp of Augusta, Ga.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Shafer.

Services will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick. The Rev. Clark D. Carr will officiate. Burial will be in Park Heights Cemetery, Brunswick.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will be open today from 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Brunswick, MD 21716.

Thomas C. Barges

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Thomas C. Barges, 67, of 1054 St. Thomas-Williamson Road, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Mercersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Christ George and Sarah Catherine Bryan Barges.

He worked as a machinist for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 22 years, and for Chambersburg Implement Co. as a lawn mower repairman, retiring in 1985.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 until 1961.

He attended St. Thomas Assembly of God Church.

He was a member of St. Thomas American Legion Dietrich-Brechbill Post No. 612.

He is survived by his wife, Nora H. Davis Barges, whom he married March 8, 1958; two daughters, Cindylee Fogal and Cathy Blacker, both of Chambersburg; two sons, Alan T. Barges and Harry C. Barges, both of St. Thomas; a sister, Viola Christ Higgins of St. Thomas; a brother, John Barges of St. Thomas; four grandchildren; five nieces and 10 nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Barges; and three brothers, Harry G. Barges, Stephen Barges and George Barges.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Assembly of God Church, St. Thomas. The Rev. Alvin J. Hezlep will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery with military services by St. Thomas American Legion, Dietrich-Brechbill Post No. 612.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 6492 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas; and Friday at 10 a.m. at the church. The funeral home will be open today from 2 p.m.

Vivian O. Vesper

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Vivian Onalee Vesper, 76, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her home.

Born Nov. 6, 1922, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry B. and Thailia Keyton Barton.

She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, and was a charter member of Church Women and a Sunday school teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Vesper; a daughter, Melanie D. Kozmon of Martinsburg; a son, C. Victor Vesper of Martinsburg; nieces; nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon V. Vesper.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the home of Melanie and Joe Kozmon, Route 11 North, Martinsburg.

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