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Obituaries for 7/31

July 31, 2003

Beulah I. Beckner


Beulah I. Beckner, 93, of 18 1/2 Belview Ave. in Hagerstown, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Coffman Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 7, 1909, in Shepherdstown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Luther and Ella Mae Swope Kindall.

She was a member of Virginia Avenue Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Glenn C. Beckner Sr.; one daughter, Mary E. Allen of Airville, Pa.; three sisters, Louise Faulhaber of Hagerstown, Mae Thompson of Denton, Md., and Frances Gardner of Laurinburg, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Glenn C. Beckner Jr.; three sisters, Catherine Blenkey, Helen Eyler and Cordelia Glenti; and four brothers, John Kindall, Charles Kindall, Frank Kindall and Joseph Kindall.

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Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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




William J. Sommerville


ROHRERSVILLE - William Joseph "Joe" Sommerville, 66, of 20114 Hogmaw Road, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at his home.

Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ila Belle and Roy J. Moss.

He retired from Waverly Industries in Richmond, Va.

He was a member of Central United Brethren Church in Rohrersville.

He was a member of Hagerstown Eagles Club and Loyal Order of Moose in Funkstown.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sarah Josephine Sommerville; four daughters, Vicki Palazzetti of Pittsburgh, Virginia Garry of Hagerstown, Marie Stover of Beaver Creek, and Joanna Horine of Keedysville; three sons, Mike Wesmiller of Rohrersville, and Larry Wesmiller and William Sommerville, both of Hagerstown; one sister, Christine McCardell of Mapleville; one brother, Roy J. Moss Jr. of Boonsboro; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Rev. Vic Moon will officiate. Burial will be in Brownsville Heights Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County Inc., 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.




Earl H. Henesy


Earl Hoffman Henesy, 81, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

Born May 20, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John and Blanche Hoffman Henesy.

He was raised in Tressler Orphanage in Loysville, Pa.

He was a self-employed contractor.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty J. Slayman Codori Henesy; four daughters, Janet E. Mongan of Reisterstown, Md., Patricia L. Henesy of Hagerstown, Carol A. Henesy of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Deena J. Dillashaw of Federal Way, Wash.; two sons, Arthur W. Henesy of Hagerstown, and Robert A. Henesy of Winthrope, Wash.; and one sister, Francis Couchman of Kissimmee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one son, Larry E. Henesy.

A memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown. Pastor John Koontz will officiate. Fellowship will immediately follow the service.

A graveside service will be Monday at 1 p.m. in Rest Haven Cemetery. Pastor Edward Heim will officiate. Military honors will follow.

Memorial donations may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Maryland Chapter, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.




Rosalie K. Willis


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Rosalie Kern Willis, 90, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Shenandoah Health Village Center.

Born June 27, 1913, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George R. and Daisy Merritt Kern.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lloyd T. Writt and John H. Willis.

She was a Methodist.

She is survived by one son, Gerald L. Writt of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; one brother, Thomas P. Kern of Charles Town; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sisters and brothers.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Samples Manor Cemetery, Samples Manor, Md. The Rev. Douglas Fraim will officiate.

Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry.




Billie Joe King


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Billie Joe King, 77, of Martinsburg, died Monday, July 28, 2003, at City Hospital.

Born April 27, 1926, in Dyersburg, Tenn., he was the son of the late Herbert Lee King and Nancy Tackett King.

He retired from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab after 27 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of American Legion Post 14, and James Island, S.C., VFW Post 445.

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