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Obituaries for 8/12

August 11, 2000

Obituaries for 8/12



Preston W. Blair

Preston William Blair, 59, of 16138 Spade Road, Hagerstown, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born July 16, 1941, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late Raymond T. Blair and Elizabeth Carpenter Blair.

He attended Middletown High School.

He was employed for 30 years as a farmer with Bruce N. Hoffman and Sons, retiring in 1991.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jacqueline D. Hayes Blair of Hagerstown; a daughter, Jennifer R. Hendershot of Clear Spring; six sisters, Mary Gearhart of Greencastle, Pa., Olive Robinson of Williamsport, Edna Young of Waynesboro, Pa., Ella Mae Laird of Mercersburg, Pa., and Florence Blair and Marie Echert, both of Hagerstown; two brothers, Albert Blair of Greencastle, Pa., and Aden Blair of Hagerstown; two grandsons; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Blair.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Robby Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Broadfording Memorial Gardens in Hagerstown.

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The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. For the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jennings R. Gifft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jennings R. Gifft, 65, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at Integrated Health Services in Charles Town, W.Va.

Born July 24, 1935, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late William I. Gifft Sr. and Ada Mae Jordon Gifft.

He is survived by two daughters, Eugenia Cogle of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Heather A. Gifft of New York; two sons, Michael R. Gifft Sr. of Martinsburg and William C. Gifft of Brunswick, Md.; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nettie M. Gifft and Helen A. Gifft, and a brother, William I. Gifft Jr.

Services will be today at 3 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg. The Rev. Khrista Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in Gerrardstown Presbyterian Cemetery.

Carolyn A. Faircloth

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Carolyn A. Faircloth, 54, of Gerrardstown, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Winchester Medical Center.

Born May 17, 1946, in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late David and Beulah Messick Davis.

She is survived by four daughters, Tammy A. Davis of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Loretta M. Rogers of Gerrardstown, Deanna L. Smith of Kearneysville, W.Va., and Shirley M. Faircloth of Glengary, W.Va.; four sons, Junior Wesley Faircloth Jr., Jeffrey C. Faircloth and Randy S. Faircloth, all of Gerrardstown, and Guy A. Faircloth of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; five sisters, Lottie Crim and Helen Dodson, both of Martinsburg, Barbie McKenzie of Hedgesville, W.Va., Ruth Baracosa of Manteca, Calif., and Phyllis Davis of New Port Richey, Fla.; a brother, David Davis Jr. of Findley, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Donald Willeham of Gerrardstown.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bowers.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg. The Rev. Johnny Faircloth will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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

Marilyn S. Lesher

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Marilyn Sue Lesher, 51, of 3855 Wayne Road, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her home.

Born Jan. 16, 1949, near Clayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Louise Boone Garber.

She was a graduate of Brookville High School in Brookville, Ohio, and received her nursing degree in Richmond, Ind.

She was a homemaker. Earlier, she worked as a licensed practical nurse while living in Richmond.

She was a member of Old German Baptist Church in the Browns Mill District.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin R. Lesher, whom she married Oct. 12, 1968; four daughters, Jennifer Miller of Denair, Calif., Sara Bauman of Pasco, Wash., Susan Lavy of Eltopia, Wash., and Maribeth Lesher at home; four sons, Michael Lesher of Chambersburg, and Marc Lesher, David Lesher and Donald Lesher, all at home; her stepmother, Elizabeth Garber Hess of Waynesboro, Pa.; her stepfather, Abram Hess of Waynesboro; three brothers, Jerry Garber of Ohio, Kenneth Garber of Wertz, Va., and Larry Garber of Chillicothe, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Garber.

Services will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St. in Greencastle and at 2 p.m. at Old German Baptist Church, Browns Mill District on Grindstone Hill Road in Chambersburg. Ray Garber, Harold Slothour, Richard Hess, Mark Garber, Eldon Hess and Matthew Hess will officiate. Burial will be in Browns Mill Cemetery in Kauffman, Pa.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Michael J. Andrauskas

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