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Obituaries 5/3

May 03, 2002

Edward S. Pritchard


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Edward Seaman Pritchard, 59, of Smithfield Farm, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at his home.

Born July 30, 1942, in South Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of Frances Seaman Pritchard of Sistersville, W.Va., and the late Stephen Edward Pritchard.

He was a 1960 graduate of South Charleston (W.Va.) High School; and received a bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1966 from West Virginia University. He was the WVU Mountaineer Mascot from 1963 to 1965, and was a past president of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

He worked for the U.S. government as a contract specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, the Voice of America and Smithsonian Institution for 35 years.

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He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Henry Kyd Douglas Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, Mountain Association, and VFW Post 9760 of Berryville.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ruth Smith Pritchard; one daughter, Betsy Pritchard of Berryville, Va.; one son, Forrest Pritchard of Berryville; and one sister, Allison P. Metzler of San Diego.

A memorial service will be Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

A private service will be held later at Baxter Presbyterian Church in Dunmore, W.Va.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mountain Honorary Fund, c/o West Virginia Foundation, One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26507.

Gwyneth J. Holder


KNOXVILLE, Md. - Gwyneth Juanita Holder, 84, of 19081 Miller Ave., died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at her home.

Born Jan. 11, 1918, in Brunswick, Md., she was the daughter of the late Henry Herbert and Ida Carey Shaffer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry W. Holder.

She was a member of Brownsville Church of the Brethren.

She was a member of Pleasant Valley Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by one son, Edwin Isard of Stuarts Draft, Va.; two sisters, Helen Hitt and Emily Keller, both of Brunswick; one brother, John Shaffer of Brunswick; one granddaughter, Shelli Lewis, whom she raised; one grandson; four great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Vicki Holder-Lewis; one sister, Elizabeth Smallwood; and three brothers, Delbert Shaffer, Irvin Shaffer and Charles Shaffer.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Brownsville Church of the Brethren. Pastor Dan Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Old Brethren Cemetery, Brownsville.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville, MD 21715; or Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Margaret E. Bream


QUINCY, Pa. - Margaret Elizabeth Brown Bream, 90, of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 271 Avenue One North, Waynesboro, Pa., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at Quincy United Methodist Home.

Born Jan. 29, 1912, in Greensburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Otha and Lucille Masters Brown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond G. "Boyd" Bream, in 1985. They were married Oct. 31, 1930.

She attended Ringgold schools.

She was employed as a machine operator at Waynesboro Shoe Factory for 25 years. She was a family babysitter.

She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Waynesboro.

She is survived by three daughters, Ella J. Caraway of Louisville, Ala., Margaret R. Bowman of Quincy, and Katrine E. Izer of Waynesboro; five sons, James H.E. Bream of Hamlet, N.C., and Raymond L. Bream, Donald M. Bream, Mervin E. Bream and Marvin F. Bream, all of Waynesboro; one sister, Lillian Morton of Greensburg, Md.; one brother, Ray Brown of Waynesboro; 28 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Delores J. Martin; one son, Boyd G. Bream; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. The Rev. James T. Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Anna R. Beachley


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Anna Ruth Beachley, 87, of 336 Falling Spring Road, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at the home of her daughter in Mystic, Conn.

Born July 1, 1914, in Fayetteville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Chambers and Mary Adeline Ankerbrandt Ross.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Gilbert Baker. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Raymond Ellsworth Beachley, in 2000. They were married April 30, 1983.

She was the manager at the downtown Chambersburg Bon-Ton for 50 years, retiring in 1983.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Fayetteville.

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