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Obituaries 5/11

May 10, 2000

NOTE: The HERALD-MAIL Online publishes the obituaries that run in The Morning Herald edition. To view previous obituaries, please see our archives section.

Thursday, May 11, 2000 Edition


Robert P. Boward

Robert Perry Boward, 72, of 212 Rockwillow Ave., Hagerstown, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at his home.

Virginia A. Gilroy

Services for Virginia Alice Gilroy, 87, of 905 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, who died Sunday, May 7, 2000, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Brett M. Ray

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Brett Miller Ray, infant son of Russell T. "Rusty" and Karen K. Stomps Ray of 990 Leidig Drive, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

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In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers at home, Adam K. Ray and Alexander C. Ray; maternal grandparents, Thomas F. and Sharron L. Mesojednik Stomps of Severna Park, Md.; paternal grandparents, Russell W. and Frances S. Ray of Mount Airy, Md.; aunts; uncles and cousins.

Memorial service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to March of Dimes, 550 Cleveland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

Alpha L. Hall

CLERMONT, Fla. - Alpha Leora Hall, 95, of 13549 Oak Knoll Road, died Monday, May 8, 2000.

She was born in Tishomingo County, Miss.

She retired as a drugstore clerk.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Clermont.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary H. Carpenter of Encino, Calif. and Hildred H. Lee of Clermont; a son, Dr. Wyman E. Hall of Charles Town, W.Va.; two sisters, Jewel Bullard of Iuka, Miss. and Mona Hamlin of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Royal N. Gober of Grenada, Miss. and Claudis Gober of Iuka ; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Clermont. Pastor Danny Davis will officiate.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home in Clermont. Burial will be in Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, Fla.

Jeanne L. Hockensmith

HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - Jeanne Louise Hockensmith, 61, of 1583 Little Egypt Road, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Feb. 11, 1939, in Brownsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Grace Fulton O'Neill.

She was a medical office manager in Washington, D.C.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church in Brownsville.

She is survived by her husband, Richard P. Hockensmith, whom she married in March 1970; a daughter, Deena Louise Hofstetter of Glenelg, Md.; a son, William Albert Hockensmith of Fort Collins, Colo.; a stepson, Richard Harold Hockensmith of Jessup, Md.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Sipes Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Pastor Roger Truax will officiate. Burial will be in Sideling Hill Christian Cemetery in Needmore, Pa.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mary V. Earman

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Mary Virginia Earman, 88, of 108 W. Walnut St., and formerly of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Marian Manor in Stafford, Va.

Born March 9, 1912, in Harrisonburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary May Deck Earman.

She retired from the Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Post Office as postmistress.

She was a member of Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry.

She is survived by a brother, Ernest Earman Jr. of Alexandria; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Deck Earman; and a brother, Randolph N. Earman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry. The Rev. Douglas Fraim will officiate. Burial will be in Harper Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

Grace M. McKnight

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Grace Margaret McKnight, 86, of 505 East A St., died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

Born Jan. 6, 1914, in Littlestown, Pa., she was raised by the late Ada Taylor.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Edgar L. Montgomery and Richard "Mutt" L. McKnight.

She worked in the Brunswick area as a waitress at the Eagles Club and American Legion.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1136; Steadman-Keenan Post 96 American Legion; and Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Co.

She is survived by three sons, Richard H. McKnight and Franklin L. McKnight, both of Frederick, and James C. McKnight of Jefferson, Md.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

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