August 21, 2003

Evelyn M. Snyder

GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Affectionately known as "Mimi" by her grand- and great-grandchildren, Evelyn Marie Strauss Snyder (1910-2003) of Yearling Drive, Stratford Acres, in Goldsboro, N.C., died one month before her 93rd birthday while rehabilitating at the Brian Center.

She is survived by three children, her daughter, Roberta Snyder Wachter of Goldsboro and Hagerstown, Md.; sons, John W. Snyder of Bishopville, Md. and James R. Snyder of Davidsonville, Md.; six grandchildren, David Wachter Jr., Debra Wachter Mowery, Kristin Snyder Woodacre, John Snyder Jr., Daniel Snyder, and Brad Snyder; 12 great-grandchildren, David Luke, Hannah, Adriana, Luke, Grace, Summer, Sarah, Robbie, Max, Katie, Evan, and John; sister, Dorothea Fisher and brother, Merle Strauss.

Evelyn was born in Hebbville, Md. and was married for 68 years to Robert O. Snyder of Randallstown, Md. They lived in Baltimore, Hagerstown and Annapolis. After her husband's death, Evelyn moved in 1999 to Goldsboro to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Wachter.


Evelyn was one of the first women in Maryland to acquire a motorcycle license. As a young girl, she attended St. James Lutheran Church in Rockdale, Md. She grew up on her father's truck farm, often milking cows and feeding the animals before walking to school. She sang in her high school choir and participated on school athletic teams at Randallstown High School (Md.). She graduated from Towson Normal School (Md.) in 1929.

During her years in Hagerstown, Mrs. Snyder was active in Trinity Lutheran Church and taught elementary school. After moving to Annapolis, Evelyn was a proofreader for the Maryland State Legislature for many years. Upon retirement, Evelyn was an active member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Annapolis, where she quilted and served on the prayer group.

While in Goldsboro, Evelyn attended many Spring Creek High School athletic, theatrical, and musical events. Her life-long hobbies were cooking holiday meals, crocheting for, and writing to her family and friends.

The family wishes to acknowledge the years of friendship and loving care given to Evelyn by Leslie Millard and her family, the Gary Patterson family and Kathy Watson.

Because of her unique heart condition and interest in education, Mrs. Snyder donated her body to science at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held sometime in October at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro and at St. Martin Church in Annapolis.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution may send a donation to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Richard B. Staley

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Richard Brown Staley, 87, of 933 Penn Circle, Apartment B-305, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Paoli (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Feb. 8, 1916, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Edward H. and Mary Ripple Staley.

He was a 1934 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

He was employed as a manager for REA Express in Waynesboro, Pa.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Allentown, Pa.; Norristown, Pa.; Annapolis; Dover, Del.; and Norfolk, Va. He retired in 1981.

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

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Norristown, Pa.

He was a member of Acacia Lodge 586 Free and Accepted Masons of Waynesboro.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Lowe Staley, whom he married Aug. 27, 1947; one daughter, Christine S. Cassidy of Eagleville, Pa.; one son, Richard A. Staley of Norristown, Pa.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Edna Whitlock; and two brothers, Paul Staley and Guy Staley.

Graveside services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Green Hill Cemetery. Pastor Sharon Van Dam will officiate.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 488 W. Market St., York, PA 17404.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

Charles E. Brown Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Charles E. Brown Sr., 83, of 913 Hamilton Park Circle West, and formerly of 641 Hollywell Ave., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 28, 1919, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late Henry J. and Hulda Tyson Brown.

He was a 1938 graduate of Lincoln High School in Frederick, Md.

He retired in 1994 from the Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of John Wesley AME Zion Church in Chambersburg, was president of the Trustee Board and the Steward Board, was vice president of the Usher Board and assisted with the grounds and maintenance.

He was a member of Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 of Greencastle, Pa.; Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW of Chambersburg; and a former member of Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association; and Laurel Lodge 133 I.B.P.O.E. of Chambersburg.

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