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Town prepares for Roy funeral

October 26, 2000

Town prepares for Roy funeral



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


Parking on Main Street in Keedysville Saturday will be limited to people attending the funeral of U.S. Navy Fireman Patrick Howard Roy.

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Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said the street will be closed to other parking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The funeral service for Roy, who was killed in the Oct. 12 USS Cole explosion in Yemen, will be at 2 p.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church at 25 S. Main St.

Burial will follow at Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg.

VIP, handicapped and media parking for the funeral will be at the Keedysville Post Office. The county highway garage on Md. 34 will be used as an overflow parking lot, Mades said.

Vehicle traffic on Coffman Farms Road will be restricted to people going to and from the funeral.

Those attending the burial should park in a field near the maintenance building at the cemetery, said Paul Dean, the funeral director at Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro, which is handling the arrangements. Police officers will supervise parking at the church and the cemetery.

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The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro will host a reception at its social hall following the burial.

Roy's closed casket will be at the church today from 4 to 9 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring mementos of Roy to post on a memorial board.

Well-wishers also can show their support by lining Main Street in Boonsboro, Md. 34, Coffman Farms Road and South Main Street in Keedysville as Roy's body is taken from the funeral home to the church today and Saturday.

Roy, 19, of Keedysville, and Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, were among the 17 sailors who died in the explosion. Wibberley was buried Oct. 21 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Cemetery at Lappans Crossroads.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was among the dignitaries at Wibberley's funeral and burial.

Neither Townsend nor Gov. Parris Glendening will attend Roy's funeral and burial, according to Raquel Guillory, deputy press secretary for the governor's office. Instead, Col. Warner Sumpter of the Maryland National Guard will represent the state.

A U.S. Navy spokeswoman said the department will be represented by Admiral Dennis Dwyer, director of U.S Navy Strategic Systems Programs.

Dean estimated that up to 150 people can fit into Salem United Methodist Church's main room for the funeral service. Others can sit in a downstairs room and watch the service on a large-screen TV.

Additional chairs will be set up outside the church, along with a speaker system.

An estimated 600 people attended Wibberley's funeral.

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