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Obituaries for 9/26

September 26, 2002

Frederick T. Wolford

Frederick Theodore "Teddy" Wolford, 57, of 837 Chestnut St., Hagerstown, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 19, 1944, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Frederick Rich and Gloria Lorraine Mullenix Wolford.

He was formerly employed by Jamison Door Company.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Williamsport Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Baker Wolford; one daughter, Natawna Wolford of Hagerstown; one son, Frederick Wolford of Funkstown; four sisters, Phyllis Layhue of Hagerstown, Patricia Sipes and Audrey Wolford, both of Hagerstown, and Mary Llewellyn of Hagerstown; three brothers, Robert Wolford of Pennsylvania and Walter Wolford and Frank Wolford, both of Hagerstown.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown. The Rev. Barbara Steigerwalt will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Christine Wolford, 837 Chestnut St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Alston W. Specht

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alston W. Specht, Ph.D., 95, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at his home.

Born July 7, 1907, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Calvin Milton and Sarah Susan Welshans Speck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Grantham Specht.

He was a 1925 graduate of Martinsburg High School, a graduate of Shepherd College, received a master's degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.

He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a chemist. He was a beef cattle farmer.

He was a member of Robert White Lodge 67 AF & AM.

He is survived by one son, John Specht of Martinsburg.

Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. William C. Crowe will officiate.

Private burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.




Obera C. Stum

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Obera C. Stum, 82, of Clearwater, and formerly of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.

Born Aug. 24, 1920, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Clarance and Ida Cleveland Myers Stum.

He retired from Newton D. Baker Veterans Affairs Center in 1975.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star.

He was a member of NRA.

He is survived by his companion, Ethel Atkins; eight children, James R. Stum of Falling Waters, W.Va., Linda L. McKinney of Stephenson, Va., Lois E. Pennington of Hedgesville, W.Va., Paul A. Stum of Martinsburg, W.Va., Betty Simpson and Nancy Magaha, both of Clearwater, Peggy Nicodemus of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and Louis Atkins of Canvas, W.Va.; two sisters, Ada Canby and Ola Mauphin, both of Martinsburg; 25 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Rise K. Kees; and three brothers, Roy A. Stum, Bruce Stum and Elmer W. Stum.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Harold Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, W.Va.

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




Ruth S. Bartle Snider

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ruth S. Bartle Snider, 85, of Manor Care Nursing Center, and formerly of 736 Broad St., died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at Manor Care Health Services.

Born Nov. 16, 1916, in Franklintown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Earl W. and Sarah J. Clever Shoap.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ellis W. Bartle, in 1979; and by her second husband, James A. Snider, in 1996.

She was a food processor at Knouse Foods in Chambersburg, retiring after 28 years.

She was a member of Macedonia United Brethren Church in Greencastle, Pa.

She is survived by two daughters, Naomi R. Kessinger and Joyce M. Brown, both of Chambersburg; three sons, George R. Bartle, C. Dean Bartle and Jaye M. Bartle, all of Chambersburg; two stepdaughters, Cindy Smith and Beverly Spangler, both of Greencastle; one stepson, Ronald Snider of Greencastle; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Eckert and Martha Eckert; and two brothers, David Shoap and Walter P. Shoap.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Gayle L. Ruble Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

The family will receive friends Friday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.




Donna R. Taylor

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Donna R. Taylor, 59, of 334 E. King St., died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born April 7, 1943, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of Mildred Truett Reitz Kennedy of Chambersburg and the late Norman Reitz.

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