August 16, 1999

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Monday, August 16, 1999 Edition

Mary E. Crunkleton

Mary E. Crunkleton, 101, of East Washington Street, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at her home.

Born Sept. 20, 1897, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and Rebecca Jane Pensinger Crunkleton.

She had been employed by M.P. Moller Pipe Organ Co. in Hagerstown.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by one brother, Floyd R. Crunkleton of Smithsburg; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah J. Souders; and four brothers, Lester G. Crunkleton, H. Preston Crunkleton, Charles L. Crunkleton and Paul P. Crunkleton.


Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Rest Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

Mary L. Kearse

Mary Lee Kearse, 84, of 14014 Marsh Pike, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999, at Avalon Manor Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 15, 1915, in Allendale, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Willie and Henrietta Williams Conley.

Her husband, William Kearse, died in 1968.

She attended school in Allendale County, S.C.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Kings Apostle Holiness Church where she was a deaconess and was on the missionary board.

She is survived by three daughters, Janie Todman of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sylvia Freeman of Suitland, Md., and Gertrude Racks of Hagerstown; one son, William Kearse Jr. of Landover, Md.; one stepdaughter, Betsy Smalls of Denmark, S.C.; three sisters, Pearlene Allen of Olar, S.C., Adele Grimes of Denmark and Kathlene Jones of Philadelphia; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Earlene Orr; one brother, Willie Conley Jr.; and one grandson.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Kings Apostle Holiness Church, 125 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Joe Fowlkes will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

A viewing will be held today from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Watson Funeral Home in Hagerstown.

Martha J. Houser

SHARPSBURG - Martha Jane Houser, 73, of 18519 Horseshoe Bend Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Williamsport Nursing Home in Williamsport.

Born March 21, 1926, in Samples Manor, Md., she was the daughter of the late Roy W. and Nellie Smith Houser.

She was a retired telephone operator with Bell Atlantic of Baltimore.

She was a member of Samples Manor Church of God.

She was a member of the Pioneer Club of Bell Atlantic.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Betty Curley with whom she lived.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Houser; three brothers, George Houser, Franklin Houser and Roy Houser Jr.; and her fianc of 45 years, Frank Maggio.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.

Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Trayer B. Howe Sr.

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Trayer B. Howe Sr., 83, of 6413 Lincoln Way East, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Jan. 21, 1916, in Rouzerville, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles E. and Iva N. Fox Howe.

He attended Waynesboro, Pa. schools and was a 1934 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

He retired in 1981 from Grove Manufacturing Co. where he was director of purchasing. From 1934 to 1940, he was a radio announcer in Easton, Pa. and at WJEJ in Hagerstown. He also worked as an ammunition inspector for Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. From 1946 to 1957, he was owner-operator of Howe's Bicycle Shop in Chambersburg.

He served in the Merchant Marines.

He was a member of Belvedere Yacht Club in Severna Park, Md. from 1970 to 1980. He was a former member of B.P.O. Elks 600 in Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife Mary F. Donegan Howe, whom he married Aug. 12, 1939; one son, Trayer B. Howe of Shippensburg, Pa.; one sister, Camille Gilbert of Michaux Manor, South Mountain, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held Tuesday in Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate.

There will be no public viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, Franklin/Fulton Division, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Clark M. Davis

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Clark Mason Davis, 85, a resident of Carroll Lutheran Village, formerly of Hagerstown and Griffin, Ga., died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center.

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