Obituaries for 6/22

June 24, 2002

Ruth R. Wilson

LEMASTERS, Pa. - Ruth R. "Betty" Wilson, 77, of 4995 Steele Ave., died Friday, June 21, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Nov. 25, 1924, in Creekside, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Gabriel and Mary Kathyrn Heilbrun Reed.

She was a graduate of Indiana High School in Indiana, Pa., and a 1946 graduate of Indiana State University in Indiana, Pa.

She taught for one year in Fulton County, Pa. She began her career with the Tuscarora School District in 1947 and taught home economics and was involved with Future Homemakers Association.


She was instrumental in starting the American Field Service Program in Tuscarora and hosted Dorothy Manfield Buttrick of Johannesburg, South Africa. She retired in 1979.

She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mercersburg, Pa., where she served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the Loyals Class.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority and Fulton Chapter 519 Order of the Eastern Star of McConnellsburg, Pa.

She is survived by her husband, James L. "Larry" Wilson, whom she married April 4, 1947; a brother, James M. Reed of Indiana; a niece; and two nephews.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael R. Brendle will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Lemasters.

Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg and Monday at 10 am. at the church. An Eastern Star memorial service by Fulton Chapter 519 will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Enhancement Fund, 8 Linden Ave., Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Charles D. Bailey

FUNKSTOWN - Charles D. Bailey, 75, of 37 E. Cemetery St., died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Funkstown, he was the son of the late Robert Lester and Rosa Lee Wolfe Bailey.

He retired in 1981 from Mack Trucks in Hagerstown.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown.

He was a member of Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 of Funkstown, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14 of Hagerstown and Funkstown Senior Citizens.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel Doris Bailey; a daughter, Pattie Hepperle of Hagerstown; two sisters, Thelma Shipley of Hagerstown and Doris Grimm of Bethesda, Md.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown. The Rev. Darrell L. Layman will officiate.

He donated his body to science.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 24 E. Baltimore St., Funkstown, MD 21734, or John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements are by Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro.

Russell U. Neff Sr.

Russell Unger Neff Sr., 86, of 9629B Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown, died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his home.

Born Dec. 13, 1915, in Broadfording, he was the son of the late John Henry and Ida Katherine Bingaman Neff.

He was the owner of T and C Construction, retiring in 1976. As a contractor, he was involved in the construction of Camp David in Thurmont, Md.

He was a member of Church of God and was an ordained bishop with the Church of God in Cleveland from 1934 to 1956.

He was a member of Redmen of Williamsport and Moose International.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Marie Carter Neff; a son, Russell U. Neff Jr. of Hagerstown; a sister, Estella L. Kuhn of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown. The Revs. Dale R. Carver and Carl B. Black will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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

Archibald R. Hoxton Jr.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Archibald R. Hoxton Jr., 86, of Shepherdstown, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, in Fairfax, Va.

Born April 20, 1916, in Fairfax, he was the son of A.R. and Sarah Taylor Hoxton.

He was a graduate of Yale University.

He taught at Episcopal High School and Hotchkiss School. He was headmaster of Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, Conn., and of The Green Vale School, Glen Head, Long Island, N.Y. In 1967, he became headmaster of Episcopal High School, as his father and grandfather before him, retiring to his family farm in Shepherdstown in 1981.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an ordnance officer during World War II.

He was a member of Skull and Bones at Yale, Shepherdstown Men's Club, Shepherdstown Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution and various educational associations.

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