Obituaries for 3/17

March 17, 2003

Vernon W. Davenport Sr.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Retired Master Sgt. Vernon W. Davenport Sr., 69, of 10839 Old Forge Road, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born March 1, 1934, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, he was the son of the late Cyrus and Temperance Green Davenport.

He was a 1954 graduate of Fort Fairfield High School and attended Gordon College in Boston.

He served with the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, including service during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1977 from Fort Ritchie.

Following his discharge, he was a civilian employee at Fort Ritchie, retiring in 1991. He then worked part time in the motor pool at Fort Ritchie.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Fairfield.

He was a member of Eagles Club Inc. and William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695, both in Waynesboro; and the National AARP.


He is survived by his wife, Carolyn G. McIntosh Davenport, whom he married July 9, 1957; one daughter, Sandra J. Gaffur of Pittsburgh; two sons, Vernon W. Davenport Jr. of Fort Fairfield, and Robert W. Davenport of Austin, Texas; six sisters, Margaret Lavin of Framingham, Mass., Rita Butler of Caribou, Maine, Greta Totten and Carole Gilbert, both of Manchester, Conn., Shirlene Roseman of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Evelene Chapman of Toronto; four brothers, John Davenport of San Antonio, Cyrus Davenport of Salisbury, N.C., Frederick Davenport of North Carolina, and Frank Davenport of Florida; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Lennon; and two brothers, Jerome Davenport and an infant brother.

Memorial services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. Pastor Ky Searcy will officiate.

There will be no public viewing, however, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Doris E. Sinner

Doris Elaine Sinner, 72, formerly of Sun Valley Drive in Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village in Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 19, 1930, in Fairview, she was the daughter of the late Preston I. and Mary S. Spickler Cearfoss.

Her husband of 15 years, Steward L. Sinner, died in 1979.

She was a registered nurse with Western Maryland Center in Hagerstown, retiring in 1991 after more than 28 years of service.

She was a member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in Fairview.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary E. Smith of York, Pa.; one son, John S. Sinner of Ellicott City, Md.; and four grandsons.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert K. Cearfoss.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, Fairview. The Revs. Mary L. Amundson and Thomas L. Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 14615 Fairview Church Road, Fairview, MD 21722.

Lillian M. Kriner

BIG SPRING - Lillian Mae Kretzer Kriner, 91, of Big Spring, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at her home.

Born Nov. 6, 1911, in Conococheague, she was the daughter of the late Millard Edgar and Lillie Mae Drury Kretzer.

Her husband of 65 years, William Emmett Kriner, died in 1995.

She attended Charlton School.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Clear Spring.

She was a member of Clear Spring District Historical Society.

She is survived by seven sons, W. Donald Kriner of Clear Spring, Warren E. Kriner, Kenneth E. Kriner, J. Dale Kriner and James M. Kriner, all of Big Spring, and Wayne E. Kriner and Richard A. Kriner, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Madeline Clopper of Big Spring; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, H. Christine Bair; two sisters, Helen Miller and Ethel Rowe; three brothers, Paul Kretzer, Ralph Kretzer and Millard Kretzer; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Clear Spring. The Rev. Charles Mackley will officiate. Burial will be in Little Rose Hill Cemetery, Clear Spring.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 157, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

George R. Teel

George Robert "Jack" Teel, 81, of 25 Sunbrook Lane in Hagerstown, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 21, 1922, in Bent Mountain, Va., he was the son of the late Robert Scott and Minnie Clarisse Kelley Teel.

He retired from Mack Trucks and was employed by ACO Realty.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 134 A.F. & A.M., Freeland, Md.; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; BPO Elks Lodge 378; and served on the board of directors at Summerland Manor.

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