Obituaries for 3/8

March 07, 2001

Obituaries for 3/8

Ernest M. Shank

Ernest Melvin "Ump" Shank, 74, of 16356 Mount Tabor Road in Hagerstown, and formerly of Williamsport, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 14, 1926, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late McKinley Hobart and Lelia Jane Myers Shank.

He was employed by Western Maryland Railway for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

He served in the U.S. Navy with the Seabees during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of Evangel Baptist Church in Hagerstown.

He was a member of AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Barr Shank; a daughter, Linda Shank of Williamsport; two sons, Stephen Shank of Severna Park, Md. and Bruce Shank of Crownsville, Md.; two sisters, Ruth Miller and Hazel Burger, both of Halfway; two brothers, Eugene Shank of Spring Mills, W.Va. and Kenneth Shank of Williamsport; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.


Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport. Pastors John F. Huff and Ron Faith will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Williamsport, with military honors by the U.S. Navy.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 9 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Evangel Baptist Church, 17922 Broadfording Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Melvin L. McCarney

ELKHART, Ind. - Melvin L. "Sonny" McCarney, 69, of 1901 N. Silver Maple Lane, and formerly of Hagertown, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Elkhart General Hospital.

Born Dec. 30, 1931, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank McCarney and Helen Everly.

He was a retired painter, working in construction.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela K. McCarney of Elkhart; two daughters, Tina Smith of Hagerstown and April Hann of Boonsboro; two sons, Frank Barton of Mont Alto, Pa., and Scot Brown of Hagerstown; two sisters, Betty Drury of Hagerstown and Shirley McDonald of Falling Waters, W.Va.; five brothers, Frank McCarney Jr., Leonard McCarney, Jack McCarney and Eugene McCarney, all of Hagerstown, and Raymond McCarney of Chewsville; one granddaughter, five grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Maxine Drury and Dorothy Myers; and two brothers, Robert McCarney and Ronald McCarney.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m., at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Elkhart Community Hospice, 2020 Industrial Parkway, Elkhart, IN 46516; or Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Arrangements are by Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart.

Herbert C. Rudisill

INWOOD, W.Va. - Herbert C. "Herb" Rudisill, 62, of Inwood and formerly of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at his home.

Born Jan. 14, 1939, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Bruce M. and Doris L. Kaniper Rudisill.

He was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He was a sports writer and columnist for The Morning Herald from 1964 to 1973. From 1973 to 1974, he was a chart taker and caller for The Daily Racing Form, a national publication reporting thoroughbred horse racing records and results. In 1974, he joined the staff of the publicity department of the Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.Va. as a racing writer, radio broadcaster, public relations representative and back-up race announcer, among other duties. He retired in February 2001.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963.

He was a member of Darkesville United Methodist Church in Inwood.

He was coordinating the revival of the Tri-State Futurity Race. He also worked as an independent race caller and chart writer of the National Steeple Chase Association Hunt Meets in Virginia.

He was a member of Tuesday Night Duck Pin League at Pikeside Bowl in Pikeside, W.Va.

He was a co-founder and activity leader of Sulphur Springs Super Stars 4-H Club of Inwood; was active in Berkeley County 4-H Leaders Association; and a member of the board of directors of Berkeley County 4-H Foundation.

He was a West Virginia 4-H All-Star; and in 1999 was named Berkeley County's Outstanding 4-H Leader.

He supported the Tri-County 4-H camping program conducted at Camp Frame near Hedgesville, W.Va.; and operated the spotlight for the annual Miss Youth Fair Contest at the Berkeley County Youth Fair near Martinsburg, W.Va.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathryn "Kathy" DeHaven Rudisill; a daughter, Barrie W. Rudisill of Spring Mills, W.Va.; a son, Damon C. Rudisill of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Bruce M. Rudisill Jr. of Mount Laurell, N.J.; nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Nelson Rudisill and William Rudisill; and a nephew.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. The Revs. Khrista Ferguson and Patricia Drake will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg.

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