January 14, 2000

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William J. Rayson

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - William James Rayson, 76, of 5538 Turkey Road, Cowans Village, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at his home.

Born July 5, 1923, in Hazelton, Pa., he was the son of the late James Stanley and Olive Dorothy Letcher Rayson.

He was a 1941 graduate of Hazelton High School.

He was employed with Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company, Fisher Body General Motors and Middlestad Machine Company. He retired with 28 years of service.


He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during World War II. He was discharged as a corporal.

He was a lifetime member of Wesley Yeager American Legion Post 606 of Fort Loudon, and served as commander for two years; Clarence Armstrong VFW Post 6241 of Mercersburg, Pa.; James McKibben American Legion Post 561 of McConnellsburg, Pa.; and Landis McCleaf Marine Corps of Chambersburg, Pa. He was 22nd District Deputy Commander for years representing Post 606. He worked with the Gardenville Little League, serving as president for two years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, F. Lucille Menscer Rayson, and three cousins, Margaret Ann Kruznuski of Reading, Pa., Edward Rayson of Albuquerque, N.M., and Harrison R. Rayson of Chalmette, La.

Services will be Monday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Ted A. Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Stenger Hill Cemetery, Fort Loudon.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Monday in the funeral home.

The Fulton County Honor Guard will perform graveside military services.

Velma Viola Jean Harshman

Velma Viola Jean Harshman, 77, of 12042 Mayfair Avenue, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 28, 1922, in Pinesburg, she was the daughter of the late Earl Leon and Helen Davis Shank.

She was the owner of Jean's Ceramic Hut.

She was a member and a Sunday school teacher at Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville and a member of the AARP.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Russell Harshman; one daughter, Connie L. Anderson of Hagerstown; one son, Ronald L. Harshman of Hagerstown; four brothers, Harold Shank, Leon Shank, Richard Shank, all of Pinesburg, and Eugene Shank of Hagerstown; two sisters, Lillian Scott of Lelo, Kan., and Mary Ward of Warfordsburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Lynn, and one brother, Charles Shank.

Services will be held Monday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport. The Rev. John W. Schildt will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. on Sunday for the convenience of family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville, P.O. Box 37, Chewsville, Md. 21721.

John I. Foster

HANCOCK - John Irby Foster, 81, of Hancock, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 1, 1918, in Newberry, S.C., he was the son of the late Otto Klettner and Cora Lee Spoon Foster.

He attended public schools in Newberry, S.C.

He retired as an automobile salesman in 1977 from Rosenthal Chevrolet in Arlington, Va. He was the first salesperson to work with Rosenthal.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and was stationed at Fort Moultrie, S.C. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines as a private with Company E, 544th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, U.S. Army. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Ribbon, and World War II Victory Ribbon.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was a member of Hancock Memorial VFW Post 10502; and Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post 26, both of Hancock.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary Jean Weller Foster; five daughters, Susan Dvorsky of Latham, N.Y., Julie Tips of San Antonio, Linda Barringer of Dallas, Nancy Fitzgibbon of Herndon, Va., and Lisa Hinsley of San Francisco; six sons, John Foster of Baltimore, Craig Foster of Fairfax, Va., Brian Foster of New York City, John Rodney Foster of Prince Frederick, Md., Gregory Foster of Herndon and Steven Foster of Tysons Corner, Va.; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Keliher of Hagerstown and Francine McCarty of Hancock; three sisters, Katherine George of Taylors, S.C., Lucille Sency of Weatherly, Pa., and Dorothy Brewton of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Russell Foster of Aiken, S.C.; 21 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Klettner Foster, Frank Foster, Stanley Foster and Joe Foster.

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