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February 10, 2003

Mehrl E. Kline

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Mehrl E. Kline, 90, of Pleasant Walk Road, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Beverly Healthcare Center, Frederick, Md.

Born Sept. 29, 1912, in Wolfsville, Md., he was the son of the late Equilla E. and Edna R. Wolfe Kline.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine Kline, in 1974.

He was a farmer in the Wolfsville area and also worked for various construction companies as a truck driver and laborer.

He attended Garfield United Methodist Church and Harmony Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by a daughter, Joyce L. Forrest of Myersville; three sons, Meredith M. Kline, James W. Kline and Darrell R. Kline, all of Myersville; two sisters, Hilda E. Cartee and Darlene D. Moser, both of Wolfsville; two brothers, Paul W. Kline of Wolfsville and Gerald F. Kline of Myersville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Hatfield and Pauline Kline, and two brothers, Ralph E. Kline and Ray Kline.

Services and burial will be private.

Viola E. Yates

RIPPON, W.Va. - Viola Elizabeth Yates, 65, of Rippon, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home.

Born Feb. 9, 1937, in Charles Town, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James Herman Thompson and Mazie Newman.

She retired from Rose Hill Nursing Home where she worked as a nurse's aide for 19 years.

She attended Sylvannah Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women's Auxiliary and Golden Age Club.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Emanuel Yates Sr.; three daughters, Diane L. Johnson of Manassas, Va., Sharon K. Gray of Charles Town and Darlene M. Yates of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; a son, Harry E. Yates Jr. of Rippon, W.Va.; three sisters, Shirley Walker of New York City, Nancy Johnson of Winchester, Va., and Lillian Tanner of Baltimore; four half brothers, James Jones, Richard Blande and William Blande, all of Baltimore, and Deroy Thompson of Atlanta; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Herbert.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sylvannah Baptist Church. Pastor Lawrence Wilson Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Myerstown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Myrtie M. Minnich

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Myrtie Mae Minnich, 76, of Gerrardstown, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at War Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 9, 1926, in Wynnewood, Okla., she was the daughter of the late John Blevins and Opal Nelson Blevins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence David Minnich.

She attended school in Oklahoma and Tulare, Calif. She received her GED in 1981.

She was a homemaker for many years after her retirement from Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.Va.

She is survived by four daughters, Catherine M. Hart of St. Albans, W.Va., Diana Rizer and Christine Minnich, both of Gerrardstown, and Gwendolyn Bennis of Allentown, Pa.; two sons, Richard McCowan of Kansas and Ernest McCowan Sr. of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; 21 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Emory Vaughn McCowan; a sister, Wanda F. Dodd; two brothers, Amos L. Blevins and John Blevins; and a grandson.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel Funeral Home, Inwood, W.Va.

Burial will be private.

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

Janis T. Goodwin

FAIRPLAY - Janis Taylor Goodwin, 51, of Fairplay, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at her home.

Born Sept. 3, 1951, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Henry Neil Taylor Sr. and Julia Mae Arnett Taylor.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park.

She had been an employee of The Washington School for Secretaries in Washington, D.C.

She was a member and treasurer of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Raymond Goodwin, whom she married Nov. 24, 1977; a son, Matthew N. Goodwin at home; and a brother, Henry N. Taylor Jr. of Silver Spring, Md.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport. The Rev. Mark Sandell will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport, which will open at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795.

Howard L. Sigler

JASPER, Ala. - Howard Leroy Sigler, 80, of 3208 Pineville Court and formerly of Weslaco, Texas, and Hagerstown, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, Ala.

Born Jan. 27, 1923, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles I. and Pearl E. Durbin Sigler.

He was employed by Rein Printing Co. of Houston, retiring in 1974 after 30 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Merchant Marine.

He was a Protestant.

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