Obituaries for 1/22

January 21, 2001

Obituaries for 1/22

Russell J. Baker

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Russell J. "Bub" "Shorty" Baker, 77, of 3938 Brethren Church Road, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at his home.

Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Myersville, he was the son of the late James E. and Etta Mae Summers Baker.

He was sexton of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown, Md., and was the caretaker of Zion Lutheran Cemetery for many years.

He was a member of Harmony Community Lutheran Church, Myersville, and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown.

He was a member of Harmony Hunting Club and managed in the Harmony baseball league.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi Stine Baker; a son, Conard Baker of Myersville; two grandchildren, Tammy Kline of Middletown and Jessica Baker of Myersville; and two great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by six sisters, Julie Baker, Kate Martin, Dorothy Wolfe, Agatha Wolfe, Ruth McBride and Evelyn Baker; and five brothers, Guy Baker, Clark Baker, David Baker, Henry Baker, and Raymond Baker.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown. The Revs. Victor Slayman and Tracy L. Wiser will officiate. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown, which will be open from 9 a.m. There will also be a viewing Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702-0799.

Maurice E. Forsythe

Maurice Elwood Forsythe, 86, of 141 S. Main St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Reeder's Memorial Home, Boonsboro.

Born Jan. 18, 1915, in Brethedsville, Md., he was the son of the late Samuel Franklin and Emma Elizabeth Sheppley Forsythe.

His wife, Beulah M. Penwell Forsythe, died in 1974.

He was retired from B.P. Motor Express Company.

He was a Methodist.

He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Lee Rauth of Hagerstown; a son, Harold Lee Forsythe of Baltimore; three sisters, Clover R. Stringfellow of Elton, Va., Catherine E. Stine of Boonsboro, and Edith G. Miller of Hagerstown; three granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Hester L. Wilson, Cora Mae Rose, Elva Pearl Kershaw, and Margarite Forsythe; and four brothers, Frank Forsythe, Frederick Forsythe, Clarence Forsythe and Dick Forsythe.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday one hour prior to the services at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, 40 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

Dennis W. Overcash

PALM COAST, Fla. - Dennis W. Bowers Overcash, 50, of 46 Bannbury Lane, and formerly of the Mercersburg, Pa., area, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at his home.

Born Jan. 14, 1951, in Mercersburg, he was the son of Harold L. Overcash Sr. of Needmore, Pa., and the late Edna L. Bowers Overcash.

His wife, Gertrude B. Bowers, died June 7, 1993.

He was a former employee of PP&G of Carlisle, Pa. He was a supervisor of the cement plant for Florida Mining and Material in Holly Hill, Fla.

He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose of Palm Coast.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a daughter, April A. Bowers of Falling Waters, W.Va.; a son, Dennis W. Bowers Jr. of Williamsport; two sisters, Vikki Eckstine of Myersville, Md., and Carla Strait of Clear Spring; two brothers, the Rev. Harold L. Overcash Jr. of Chambersburg, Pa., and Darren L. Overcash of Mercersburg; four grandchildren; nine stepchildren, Kristian Bush, Joseph Bush, and Cheryl Bartlett, all of Palm Coast, Rita Friedley, Bert Witcraft, Bob Witcraft, Jim Witcraft and John Witcraft, all of New Jersey, and Patricia Capoferri of Holly Hill; and 13 step-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at noon at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg. The Rev. Harold L. Overcash will officiate. Burial will be in Welsh Run Brethren Cemetery, Welsh Run, Pa.

There will be no viewing.

The family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Marion L. Courtney

Warfordsburg, Pa. - Marion L. Courtney, 80, of Buck Valley Road, died Jan. 20, 2001, in Lineboro, Md., at the home of his son.

Born Aug. 18, 1920, in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., he was the son of the late William McKinley and Martha Alderton Courtney.

His wife, Betty A. Boden Courtney, died April 10, 2000.

He was a 1940 graduate of Hancock High School.

He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for 35 years in the Hancock area.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in France and Germany.

He was a member of Hancock United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Hancock Lions Club and Warfordsburg Lions Club. He was a member of the Democratic Club in Pennsylvania and the Elks Club of Hagerstown.

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