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Obituaries 4/26

April 25, 2000

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Wednesday, April 26, 2000 Edition


Ellsworth L. Spring

GREAT CACAPON, W.Va. - Ellsworth Lee Spring, 73, of Great Cacapon, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his home.

Born Sept. 15, 1926, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Lee Hamil and Mildred Munson Spring.

He was a crane operator for International Operating Engineers Union in Baltimore, retiring in 1986.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. His decorations included the Pacific Theater Ribbon.

He attended Calvary United Methodist Church in Great Cacapon.

He was a member of American Legion Post 60.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Spriggs Spring; four daughters, Susan D. Hardesty of Baltimore, Dawn Marie Kyne of Berkeley Springs, Roxanne L. Spring of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Debbie A. Weaver of Great Cacapon; and eight grandchildren.

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Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Great Cacapon. Steve Dawson will officiate. Burial with military honors by Tri-State Honor Guard will follow.

A viewing will be held at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401; or to Calvary United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 223, Great Cacapon, WV 25422.

Donald L. Nines

Donald L. Nines, 63, of Hagerstown, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born June 21, 1936, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Harry L. and Vera Harbaugh Nines.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Nines of Cumberland; and three brothers, Melvin Nines of Spring Gap, Md., John Nines of Willow Grove, Pa., and Charles Nines of Temple, Ga.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Cumberland.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Donald L. DeBow

BANNING, Calif. - Donald L. DeBow, 70, of Banning, died Thursday, March 30, 2000.

Born April 18, 1929, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles and Martha DeBow.

He worked in the computer field until retiring.

He attended Hagerstown High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Claire; a daughter, Bobbie Jean; two sons, Donnie Jr. and Darin, all of Southern California; a sister, Patsy of Hagerstown; two brothers, Charles L. of Loudoun County, Va., and Robert W. of Hagerstown; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, April 9.

Norris B. Groves

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Norris Blaine Groves, M.D., 76, of Martinsburg, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Gassaway, W.Va., he was the son of the late Albert and Della Faye Workman Groves.

He was a graduate of West Virginia University and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

He was a retired family physician who had practiced in Martinsburg. In 1968, he founded and obtained funding for Eastern Panhandle Training Center, and served as chairman of the board of directors. In 1999, the center was renamed Dr. N.B. Groves Work Center.

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

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

He was a member of Berkeley County Board of Education and West Virginia Board of Education.

He was the physician for Martinsburg High School football team, General Motors and Charles Town Race Track.

He was a member of West Virginia School Building Authority; Secondary Activities Commission; Region 9 Planning and Development Council; WVSAC Board of Appeals; a member and past president of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce; a member and first district president of Rotary International; and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a board member of Suburban National Bank; Old National Bank; One Valley Bank; American Red Cross; Kings Daughter's Hospital; and City Hospital.

He was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of General Practice.

He volunteered at the Martinsburg/Berkeley County Health Department.

He was a member of Eastern Panhandle Comprehensive Health Planning Agency; a 4-H volunteer; and a member of Exhausted Roosters.

He was named 1999 Berkeley County Citizen of the Year. In 1998 Gov. Cecil Underwood honored him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award. He was honored in 1998 by the Mountaineer Alumni Association; and in 1999 he received the West Virginia University James McCartney Alumni Award, among other awards.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Hardin Groves; three daughters, Deborah Groves of Charlotte, N.C., Carolyn Groves and Nancy Bowers, both of Martinsburg; three sisters, Mary Lou McCune of Martinsburg, Patricia Stewart of Morgantown, W.Va., and Eleanor Stedman of Maryland; a brother, Albert Groves of Grafton, Ohio; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

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