Obituaries for 4/30

April 30, 2003

Richard R. Clopper Sr.

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Richard Rowland Clopper Sr., 85, of Carroll Lutheran Village, died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Health Care Center.

Born Sept. 3, 1917, in Indian Springs, he was the son of the late Samuel Edgar and Margaret M. Rowland Clopper.

He was a 1934 graduate and valedictorian of Clear Spring High School. He attended Lynchburg College, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1938. He received a master's degree in education in 1942.

He began teaching at Elkridge in Howard County, Md. He retired in 1977 as the assistant superintendent of secondary schools for Anne Arundel County Board of Education.


He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the Navy Reserves from 1943 to 1946 in Plymouth, England.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

He was a member of Maryland Retired Teachers Association, Carroll County Retired Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa, AARP, Carroll County Genealogical Society and the board of directors for Carroll Lutheran Village.

He was is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Elizabeth Summers Clopper; one daughter, Susan S. Clopper of Finksburg, Md.; one son, Richard R. Clopper Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y.; one sister, Catherine C. Quandt of Hagerstown; one brother, Samuel E. Clopper of Catonsville, Md.; two grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster. The Rev. Jimmy Schwartz officiated.

Private burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Pulaski, Va.

The family received friends Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Carroll Lutheran Village.

Memorial donations may be made to Carroll County Hospital, General Fund, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Arrangements are by Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, Westminster.

Dottie J. Miller

CLEAR SPRING - Dottie Jean Miller, 60, of 13634 Cresspond Road, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Manorcare in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born March 29, 1943, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late James Cleatus and Dorothea Virginia Balcom Smith.

She was employed by Willcraft Custom Kitchens and Maryland Maid Kitchens.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

She was a member of AARP.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Elmer R. Miller Jr.; one daughter, Brenda K. Smith of Clear Spring; two sons, Richard E. Smith of Hagerstown, and William E. Smith of Clear Spring; three sisters, Kathleen Rinehart, Donna K. Harne and Linda M. Brown, all of Hagerstown; two brothers, Ralph E. Smith of Falling Waters, W.Va., and James A. Smith of Hagerstown; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Connie M. Smith.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Wavy L. Mills

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Wavy L. Mills, 92, of Bethel Church Road, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Born July 27, 1910, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Susan McEntyre Mills.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Mills Sr., in 1968.

She worked for Sagner Inc. in McConnellsburg.

She was a member of Black Oak Mennonite Church.

She is survived by seven daughters, Kathleen Yuen of Caldwell, N.J., Judith Truax and Susan L. Peck, both of Warfordsburg, Nettie M. Tucillo of Middle Village, N.Y., Margaret R. McAllister of Hancock, and Alice Younker and Edna R. Knable, both of Needmore, Pa.; four sons, Harold E. Mills, John Peck and Roger D. Mills Sr., all of Warfordsburg, and Jearl A. Mills of Shippensburg, Pa.; 48 grandchildren; 98 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Lou Mills; and one son, Harry T. Mills Jr.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Black Oak Mennonite Church, Warfordsburg. The Revs. Roger Sipes and Clarence Strite will officiate. Burial will be in Warfordsburg Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Black Oak Mennonite Church, c/o Alice Younker, 480 W. View Road, Needmore, PA 17238; or Alzheimer's Association, Western Maryland Chapter, 108 Byte Drive, Suite 103, Frederick, MD 21702.

Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

Louis A. Holmes

ESSEX, Md. - Louis A. Holmes, of Essex, died Monday, April 28, 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy C. Comes Holmes; four children, Joan M. Tabor, Timothy W. Holmes, Brian M. Holmes and Michael R. Holmes; three sisters, Helen Kuhn, Valeria Grams and Hazel Dunkin; one brother, Russell Holmes; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Erseel Webster and Elsie Robinson; and three brothers, Garfield Holmes, Cleveland Holmes and Franklin Holmes.

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