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Obituaries for 3/3

March 02, 2001

Obituaries for 3/3



Esther A. Newton

DeRIDDER, La. - Esther Alberta Robinette Newton, 75, of DeRidder and formerly of Cumberland, Md., Florida and Moss Bluff, La., died Thursday, March 1, 2001, in a DeRidder hospital.

She was a member of Moss Bluff Bible Church.

She formerly served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and was a Campfire Girl leader.

She is survived by four daughters, Cathy Newton Hoffpauir and Debbie Newton Scritchfield, both of Lake Charles, La., Ruth Lucius of Sunset, La., and Janice Montie of Sulphur, La.; two sons, Robin Newton of Converse, Texas, and David Newton of Lake Charles; four sisters, Velda Clanton of Hagerstown, Eunice Clarine Robinette and Norma Ella Robinette, both of Boonsboro, and Charlotte Clippinger of Warfordsburg, Pa.; a half sister, Lena Payne of Baker, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Arneda Robinette; a brother, Donald Robinette; and a half brother, John Franklin Robinette.

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Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. The Rev. Eddie Simmons will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m. at the funeral home.




Sgt. 1st Class Hobart Phillips Jr.

Sgt. 1st Class Hobart Phillips Jr., 45, of 11422 Fawnbridge Drive, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 7, 1956, in Welch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Hobart Phillips Sr. and Barbara Harriston Phillips.

He retired from the U.S. Army after 19 years of service. He was sergeant first class, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service from the Provost Marshal Security Office at Site "R."

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Deborah D. Phillips; a daughter, Kia R. Phillips, at home; a son, Eric R. Phillips, at home; two sisters, Karen Holiday of Gary, W.Va., and Myrtle Hardy of Charlotte, N.C.; and two brothers, Keith Phillips of Charlotte and Bobby Phillips of Tulsa, Okla.

A memorial service will be Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at Great Commission Tabernacle of Deliverance in the Renaissance Building in Waynesboro, Pa. Pastor Franklin Gordon will officiate.

Burial will be Wednesday in Rest Lawn Cemetery in Princeton, W.Va.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North in Hagerstown.




Verna A. Bercaw

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Verna A. Kepner Bercaw, 91, of 114 N. Broad St., died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Oct. 31, 1909, in South Mountain, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Simon and Mary Alice Baker Kepner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rice Kenneth Bercaw, in 1977. They were married Dec. 19, 1928.

She attended a one-room school in Hamiltonban Township in Adams County, Pa.

She was employed by JC Penney in Waynesboro for 37 years, first as a salesclerk and later in the office. She retired in 1973.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.

She was a member of the Waynesboro Fish and Game Association and National AARP.

She is survived by two daughters, Jean E. Stambaugh of Chambersburg and Janet B. Grissinger of Surprise, Ariz.; two sons, Kenneth K. Bercaw of Falling Waters, W.Va., and James E. Bercaw of Smithsburg; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Audrey P. Wagaman and Lorraine K. Smith, and a brother, Glenn E. Kepner.

Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St. in Waynesboro. The Rev. John L. Rauch will officiate. Burial will be in Strang's Cemetery in South Mountain.

There will be no public viewing; however, the family will receive friends Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers.




Charles E. Thomas Sr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Charles Edgar "Sonny" Thomas Sr., 50, of 43 Verbana Terrace, who died Thursday, March 1, 2001, is survived by a stepsister, Pam Swanger of Sharpsburg, and was preceded in death by a brother, Russell L. Thomas.




Mabel Cosey Durling

WILLIAMSPORT - Mabel Cosey Durling, 96, of Williamsport Nursing Home and formerly of 1028 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the nursing home.

Born Aug. 6, 1904, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Harry Edgar and Laura Virginia Grosh Robison.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William M. Cosey, in 1960 and her second husband, William E. Durling, in 1983.

She was a member of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, where she was a member of Ruth Circle.

She was a member of AARP.

She is survived by a son, William M. Cosey of Arnold, Md., four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward L. Poling will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday at noon at the funeral home.




Joseph C. Weeks

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