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Obituaries

December 31, 2002

John M. Souders

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - John M. Souders, 62, of 129 W. Walnut St., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg.

Born Jan. 13, 1940, in Cito, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank and Hazel Seville Souders.

He was a self-employed truck driver.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He had been a member of the National Guard.

He is survived by his companion of 16 years, Ferne Mellott; one son, Frank Souders Deshong of Harrisonville, Pa.; four daughters, Karen Gordon and Sonnie Souders, both of Harrisonville, and Bellinda Ulsh and Edith Souders, both of McConnellsburg; four brothers, Grant Souders and Jim Souders, both of McConnellsburg, Jack Souders of Greencastle, Pa., and Roger Souders of Big Cove Tannery, Pa.; four sisters, Yvonne McQuade, Judy Speer and Deborah Souders, all of McConnellsburg, and Cindy Starr of Greencastle; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Feagley; and one brother, Harvey Souders.

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Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, McConnellsburg. The Rev. Rodney Truax will officiate. Burial will be in Clear Ridge Methodist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home, which will be open from 2 to 9 p.m.




Alan W. Daulbaugh

Memorial services for Alan W. Daulbaugh, who died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at his home, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Pa.




Olan E. Martin

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Olan E. Martin, 84, of 292 W. Second St., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Oct. 10, 1918, in Paramount, Md., he was the son of the late Rev. Abram E. and Eula M. Horst Martin.

He was a 1934 graduate of Shippensburg (Pa.) High School. He attended Messiah Bible College in Grantham, Pa., and Huntington (Ind.) College. He received his bachelor of science degree in elementary and secondary education from Shippensburg Teachers College and received his master of education degree from Western Maryland College in 1952.

Prior to retiring in January 1986, he was an education specialist at Marine Corps Institute in Washington, D.C., for 20 years. Prior to that, he was a teacher for the Washington County School District for 10 years. He also served as a principal in Washington Township for several years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II with the 885th Chemical Company in the European Theater.

He was a member of Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, where he was a member of the Sunday school.

He was a member and past vice president of South Chapter 2977 AARP, and member of the National AARP.

He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Gladys N. Spangler Martin; one daughter, Martha M. Bailey of Waynesboro; one brother, Harold G. Martin of Waynesboro; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Donald O. Martin.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. Pastors Bill Schuit, Michael V. Newman and Rick Everswick will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, with military graveside services being conducted by the Honor Guard of the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, Pa.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Home Care Services, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Neva D. Simmers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Neva D. Simmers, 89, a resident of Alterra, and formerly of Appleway in St. Thomas, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Alterra.

Born April 29, 1913, in St. Thomas Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Bingham Dixon.

Her husband, Irvin Simmers, whom she married Feb. 9, 1937, died March 30, 1984.

She attended the former Mount Parnell Elementary School, St. Thomas Elementary School, was a 1931 graduate of St. Thomas High School and a 1932 graduate of Wilfred Academy and Beauty Culture in Philadelphia.

She and her husband owned and operated orchards on Appleway from 1945 to 1965. She also was employed by the former H.J. Heinz Co. in Chambersburg.

She is survived by two nieces.

She was preceded in death by one son, Bryan Simmers in September 1993; twin infant sons in April 1939; one sister; and one brother.

Private services will be today at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Larry R. Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas High School Scholarship Fund, c/o Marvin L. Shubert, 5379 Polktown Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Inc., 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Bruce A. Dawson

Bruce Allen Dawson, 56, of 101 Sunbrook Lane, Hagerstown, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

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