Obituaries for 4/23

April 23, 2003

Charles J. Socks Jr.

Charles Jacob Socks Jr., 76, of 14202 Gossard Mill Road in Hagerstown, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in Hagerstown.

Born Jan. 26, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles Jacob Socks Sr. and Nellie Mae Messner Socks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ocie Mae Socks, in 2002.

He was employed as a postal worker, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of New Hope Alliance Church.

He was a member of Old Timers Club.

He is survived by four sons, Richard L. Socks, Demsey L. Socks and Gregory L. Socks, all of Hagerstown, and Jerry Hughes of Pulaski, Va.; and five grandchildren.


A memorial service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Todd Stroud will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

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

William L. Cover

ENFIELD, Conn. - William L. Cover, 54, of Enfield, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Conn.

Born Dec. 15, 1948, in Orrstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Leroy and Ethel Cover.

He was employed as an electromechanical technician. He also was as an automotive instructor at the Baran Institute of Technology in Windsor, Conn.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He attained the rank of master sergeant in the Air Force Reserves.

He was a drag-racing participant, a member of the International and National Hot Rod Association, a former instructor of country-western dance and a member of the American Legion in Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Miriam J. King Cover; three children, Wendy Beam, Julie Green and Brandon Cover, all of Pennsylvania; two stepsons, Jeffrey Crowley of Enfield, and Greg Crowley of East Windsor, Conn.; three sisters, Susan M. Sites and Bonnie K. Barrick, both of Pennsylvania, and Anna Jean Moody of Florida; one brother, Donald L. Cover of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg, Pa. Burial will follow in Middle Spring Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Enfield Community Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 1249, Enfield, CT 06083-1243.

Eugene H. Bostwick Sr.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Eugene H. Bostwick Sr., 88, of 10403 Monta Vista Drive, died Monday, April 21, 2003, at his home.

Born March 25, 1915, in Palmyra, N.J., he was the son of the late Isaac E. and Sarah Elizabeth Kandel Bostwick.

He was a graduate of Carson Long Military School in New Bloomfield, Pa. He also attended Penn State Mont Alto.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II from 1944 to 1945.

From 1956 until his retirement in 1978, he was the founder, owner and president of Rouzerville Fabricating and Welding Inc. In the early 1950s, he worked for Maryland Machine and Foundry and for Pangborn.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Pitman, N.J., and Waynesboro Presbyterian Church.

He was a member of Pitman Masonic Lodge 197, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alberta L. Spangler Bostwick; two daughters, Anna K. Bostwick-Foley and Judith L. Zafft, both of Waynesboro; two sons, Eugene H. Bostwick Jr. of Smithsburg, and Robert C. Bostwick of Waynesboro; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth L. Bostwick and Elberta B. DeMaris.

A memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Waynesboro Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Charles B. Jessen will officiate.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be no public viewing. However, the family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, where Masonic services will be held at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to AOPA Air Safety Foundation, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701.

Robert D. Kline

BRADENTON, Fla. - Robert Denton Kline, Ph.D., 83, of Bradenton, and formerly of Albuquerque, N.M., died Sunday, April 20, 2003.

He was born Aug. 26, 1919, in Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mildred N. Kline.

He was a teacher and principal for the Washington County Schools, and retired from the University of New Mexico as a professor in the education department.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He received the Purple Heart.

He was a member of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Hagerstown Masonic Lodge 217 A.F. & A.M.; and a member of Ballut Abyad Temple, VFW, and past president of Kiwanis Club, all of Albuquerque.

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