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Obituaries for 1/23

January 23, 2003

Erma C. Guessford

Erma Catherine Guessford, 78, of 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at her home.

Born Dec. 8, 1924, in Luray, Va., she was the daughter of the late Harry Benton and Mammie Catherine Judd Seal.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Guessford.

She was a Protestant.

She is survived by one daughter, Edith L. McIntire of Hagerstown; three sons, Michael E. Lichtenberg of Hagerstown, Lewis E. Miller of Silver Spring, Md. and William F. Miller of Alaska; three sisters, Mildred L. Snyder, Rebecca S. Turner and Gladys P. Gentry, all of Hagerstown; one brother, Kirby B. Seal of Hagerstown; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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




Howard S. Martin Jr.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Howard Sylvester Martin Jr., 85, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at his home.

Born May 2, 1917, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Howard S. Martin Sr. and Virginia May Taylor Martin.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lucille Martin.

He was a 1937 graduate of St. Joseph School. He attended Catholic University.

He worked with his father in the retail-wholesale grocery business at L.I. Martin and Son. He and his wife started Martin Distributing Co. at 528 W. Race St. in Martinsburg, in 1940.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 4th Division from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa from 1943 to 1946.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He was a member of VFW Post 896; a member, former commander and former member of Combined Honor Guard of American Legion Post 14; a member of Moose Club 120; Fraternal Order of Police; 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus; and Blue Ribbon Circle of St. Joseph Catholic School.

He was honored May 31, 2002, at the 100th anniversary of Elks Lodge 778 as one of the five oldest surviving members.

He was a founding member of West Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, and served on the board of directors.

He is survived by three sons, J. Craig Martin, Michael D. Martin and David A. Martin; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Howard S. Martin III; and two sisters, Dorothy Titus and Louise M. Walker.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rev. John V. DiBacco Jr. will be celebrant.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Perish School, 110 E. Stephen St., Martinsburg, WV 25401; or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.




Anna B. Bland

HELENDALE, Calif. - Anna Belle Bland, 78, of Silver Lakes and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at her home.

Born Feb. 17, 1924, in Lee Heights, Va., she was the daughter of the late Alvin Brooke and Addell Hattie Campbell Harrell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clayton Bland Jr., in 1991.

She attended public schools in Virginia.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a waitress. She was a homemaker.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda S. Hoffman of Helendale; three sons, Thomas C. Bland III of Colonial Beach, Va., and Michael A. Bland and Robert E. Bland, both of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Nettie M. Jenkins of Arlington; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lorraine B. Robinson.

Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs, which will open at 9 a.m.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 9 a.m.




Mary E. Musey

Mary Elsie Musey, 92, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Homewood in Williamsport.

Born Sept. 30, 1910, in Shenandoah, Va., she was the daughter of the late William H. and Lula Josie Smith Slye.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Musey.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Hagerstown.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy C. Haley of Chads Ford, Pa. and Susan L. Ott of Hagerstown.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and one grandson.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.




Richard A. Toms Sr.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Richard Aldine Toms Sr., 74, of 9264 Williamsport Pike, who died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1957.




Frank A. Bir Jr.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Frank A. Bir Jr., 81, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Oct. 24, 1921, in Reynolds, Ind., he was the son of the late Frank and Louise Maxwell Bir.

He was employed by the CIA in the Administration Department in McLean, Va.

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