Obituaries for 2/23

February 22, 2001

Obituaries for 2/23

Jerry Provard

Jerry Provard, 76, of Avalon Manor in Hagerstown, and formerly of 265 N. Carlisle St. in Greencastle, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 4, 1924, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Jerry Provard and Anna Beard Provard Bowers.

He was appointed a patrolman in 1960 and later police chief for Greencastle Police Department. He also worked as a salesman and a well driller, among other jobs.


A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Force, assigned to bombing missions in the Pacific Theater. He completed 23 combat missions and was shot down Nov. 10, 1944, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; Purple Heart; and three campaign ribbons.

He was a member of Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 of Greencastle; Frank L. Carbaugh American Post 373 of Greencastle; and Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 of Greencastle.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Johns Provard, whom he married May 11, 1944; two daughters, Sandy Izer and Lana Provard Gray, both of Greencastle; a son, Jerry Provard of Williamson, Pa.; two sisters, Irene Brumage of Hagerstown and Thelma Stevens of Mercersburg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Earl Bowers; a sister, Mary Ellen Houpt; a brother, David Provard; and a grandson.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St. in Greencastle. The Rev. John Huff will officiate. Burial with military honors by Chambersburg VFW Post Honor Guard will be in Fairview Cemetery in Mercersburg, Pa.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Greencastle VFW Post will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Rescue Hose Co. No. 1, P.O. Box 340, Greencastle, PA 17225.

Robert E. Stull

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Robert Eugene Stull, 65, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at his home.

Born Feb. 25, 1935, in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Paul Eugene and Edna Irene Everett Stull.

He was a 1953 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School.

He was a materials handler for Mack Trucks in Hagerstown, retiring in 1990. He worked as the night auditor at Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley Springs, served on the vestry, held the offices of junior warden, senior warden and treasurer. He was a lay reader with the Order of Jerusalem.

He was a member, finance officer and commander of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs. He was finance officer and past president of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60. He was a member of Tri-State Honor Guard, and past president of Shirley Farms Homeowners Association.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia May Ferris Stull; three daughters, Gaynell L. Stull of Charlotte, N.C., Sharon Abdelaal of Berkeley Springs, and Theresia Hayes of Paw Paw, W.Va.; two sons, Alexander Parker of Minneapolis and Andrew Parker Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va.; three sisters, Paulette Stull of Berkeley Springs, Mary Helen Snow and Sylvia Stull, both of Martinsburg; one brother, Paul Edgarlee Stull of Berkeley Springs; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be offered Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Washington St. in Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Sarah E. Bailey will officiate. Tri-State Honor Guard will provide military honors. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Cholangiocarcinoma Research, c/o Donna Biggert, 57 Merrywoods Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union St. in Berkeley Springs.

Anthony G. Blessing

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Anthony G. Blessing, 7, of 118 Simmons Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born May 9, 1993, in Carlisle, Pa., he was the son of Tony E. Blessing and Deiedre A. Seibert Croumer, both of Mechanicsburg.

He was in second grade at Monroe Elementary School in Mechanicsburg.

He was raised a Protestant.

He also is survived by his stepfather, Daniel W. Croumer; two half-brothers, David W. Bellomy and Dustin J. Bellomy, both of Mechanicsburg; maternal grandparents, Barbara and Gilbert Wimer of Mechanicsburg; maternal great-grandparents, Dora and George Shetler of Orrstown, Pa.; and his father's fiance, Angela Hines of Mechanicsburg.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph Salisbury and Cathryn Blessing.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Laurel Grove United Methodist Church, Amberson Road, in Spring Run, Pa. The Rev. William Bair will officiate. Burial will be in Amberson Union Cemetery in Amberson, Pa.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

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