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January 22, 2000

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Sunday, January 23, 2000 Edition

James E. Kline

James Elmer Kline, 68, of 428 W. Antietam St., Hagerstown, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at his home.

Born Jan. 2, 1932, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Russell and Naoma Williams Kline.

He was the owner and operator of Kline's Cabinet Shop in Boonsboro and Kline's Woodworking in Ocala, Fla.

He was a Baptist.

He is survived by a daughter, Darlene Elizabeth Violet of Keedysville; a brother, Charles Robert Kline of Lonaconing, Md.; and a grandson, Wayne Elmer Violet of Keedysville.


He was preceded in death by a brother, William Kline.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The Rev. Bruce Gephart will officiate.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown.

Effie M. Socks

Effie Mae Socks, 82, of 210 Devonshire Road, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 30, 1917, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late David Albert and Lydia Grace Curfman Gossard.

She retired from the Washington County Department of Social Services.

She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and was a Sunday school teacher.

She was a former Girl Scout leader.

She is survived by seven daughters, Nancy Jean Langenstein of Summerville, S.C., Connie Perry of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Clara Ann Buchanan of Greencastle, Pa., Shirley Stephens and Sharon Schrock, both of Hagerstown, Glenda McLucas of Myersville, Md., and Alice Gettel of Falling Waters, W.Va.; three sons, Robert Socks and David Socks, both of Hagerstown, and Donald Socks of Clear Spring; three sisters, Edith Gaylor, Mary Ruth Craig and Freda Wempe, all of Hagerstown; two brothers, Charles Gossard of Hagerstown and Evers Gossard of Salisbury, Md.; 30 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ethel Bowman, Alice Lumm and Nancy Slifer; and four brothers, Joseph Gossard, Albert Gossard, Robert Gossard and William Gossard.

Services will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Dennis L. Upton will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Dorothy L. Mellott

CLEAR SPRING - Dorothy Louise Mellott, 84, of 13530 Blairs Valley Road, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph Medical Hospital in Baltimore.

Born Dec. 14, 1915, in Blairs Valley, she was the daughter of the late Amos James and Minnie Mae Clopper Rowland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alvin Mellott, in 1993.

She was a homemaker.

She was a life member of Blairs Valley First Church of God, where she was a member of Church of God Women's Ministry Group.

She is survived by six daughters, Peggy J. Helser, Bonnie R. Mills, Brenda K. Myers, Patty A. Barnhart, Beverly L. Hawbaker and Nancy L. Rosenberry, all of Clear Spring; two sons, Ronald M. Mellott and Charles A. Mellott, both of Clear Spring; a sister, Thelma Bragunier of Clear Spring; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis James Rowland.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Blairs Valley First Church of God. The Rev. Sterling Keeney will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike in Clear Spring. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will be open Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Blairs Valley First Church of God, Community Building Fund, c/o Teresa Deeds, Treasurer, 13241 Draper Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

Jaunita F. Bishop

PHOENIX - Jaunita F. Bishop, 63, of 4417 12th Street, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Casa Grande, Ariz.

Born Feb. 16, 1936, in Taylor, Neb., she was the daughter of Mildred Carr of Torrington, Wyo. and the late Walter Todd.

She was a Mormon.

She was active in both the Martinsburg, W.Va., and Hagerstown Alcoholics Anonymous chapters.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Barnes of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Jolene Guessford and Caroline Horst, both of Hagerstown; a son, Donald William Reigh of Hagerstown; five sisters, Barbara Fraze of Chandler, Ariz., Marge Kaufman of Lymon, Neb., Joyce Graziano of Commerce City, Colo., Patsy Knighton of Reading, Calif., and Doris Todd of Lander, Wyo.; three brothers, William Todd of Brighton, Colo., George Todd of Belen, N.M., and Bernard Carr of Yoder, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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