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March 14, 2000

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Leona M. Caldwell

HANCOCK - Leona Marjorie Zimmerman Caldwell, 72, of Orchard Ridge Road, Hancock, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Caballo, N.M.

Born Aug. 12, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Herman Franklin and Etta Mae Zimmerman.

She was employed by McKinley's Food Market in Hancock for more than 20 years; Valley View Nursing Home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for five years; and at the Rock Shop of Bryce Canyon, Utah, for five summers.

She was a member of Orchard Ridge First Church of God; the Women's Ministries, and played piano for evening services.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, George "Mick" Caldwell; one daughter, Lana Etta Weller of Hancock; two sons, Philip George Caldwell of Martinex, Ga., and Darrell Wayne Caldwell of Hagerstown; one brother, John Herman Zimmerman of Mercersburg, Pa.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Orchard Ridge First Church of God. Pastor Jeffrey Hawbaker will officiate. Private burial will be Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Orchard Ridge First Church of God in Hancock.

Lula B. Brown

HANCOCK - Lula Belle Brown, 87, of 215 Baptist Road, and formerly of Grantsville, Md., died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Born Dec. 27, 1912, in Jennings, Md., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Hoover Bittinger.

Her husband, Arthur P. Brown, preceded her in death.

She was a purchasing agent for Montgomery Ward in Baltimore.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Grantsville.

She as a member of Senior Citizens and Grantsville Firemen's Auxiliary, both in Grantsville; and Hancock Lioness Club.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Newman Funeral Homes in Grantsville. The Rev. George R. Loar will officiate. Burial will be in Salisbury Cemetery in Salisbury.

Friends will be received at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Pauline T. Fritts

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Pauline Thayer Fritts, 84, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born Jan. 15, 1916, in Ivy Depot, Va., she was the daughter of the late Norman Tyree and Beulah Harp Thayer.

She was a graduate of Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) High School, where she starred in basketball; and a graduate of Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore.

She retired from Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Charles Town General Hospital, as a registered nurse.

She was a member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, J. Russell Fritts; a daughter, Carol F. Kable of Charles Town; a son, Larry R. Fritts of Charles Town; a brother, Richard Thayer of Titusville, Fla.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Birdie Elizabeth Thayer; a sister, Nellie Hackley; and a half brother, Lt.Col. Harry Graves.

A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. The Rev. William Everhart will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bolivar, W.Va.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.

Memorial donations may be made to Citizens Fire Company, P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, WV 25414; Independent Fire Company, P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, WV 25414; or Jefferson Memorial Hospital, 300 S. Preston St., Ranson, WV 25438.

Ronald L. Eckrich

Ronald L. Eckrich, 51, of 16 Cypress St., Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at his home.

Born July 2, 1948, in Carlisle, Pa., he was the son of John A. and Margaret M. Kelly Eckrich Jr. of Shippensburg, Pa.

He attended Harrisburg Area Community College; and was a 1966 graduate of Carlisle High School.

He was an Eastern sales manager for Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd. in Winchester, Va.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in U.S. Army Security.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Deborah L. Crusey of Chambersburg, Pa. , Linda K. Perry and Susan M. Ott, both of Shippensburg; three brothers, Terry D. Eckrich of Carlisle, John A. Eckrich III of Greenville, S.C., and Lester E. Rockey of Newville, Pa.; nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home in Shippensburg. The Rev. Paul L. Tatum will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Greene Township.

There will be no viewing; however, the family will receive friends Thursday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wilmer F. DeShong

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Wilmer Floyd DeShong, 58, of 1467 Overly Raker Road, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg.

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