August 25, 2003

Annabel Harp

CHEWSVILLE - Annabel "Beadie" Harp, 90, of Chewsville, died Saturday morning at Washington County Hospital.

Born in Chewsville on Sept. 26, 1912, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Cora M. Paulsgrove Harp.

Miss Harp was a 1938 graduate of Smithsburg High School, and a graduate of Columbia Business College in Hagerstown.

She was employed by Prudential Insurance Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1967.

She was a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville, where she served as financial secretary for more than 70 years. She was an active member of the Ever Ready Sunday School class and the Missionary Society.

For many years, Miss Harp prepared meals for the monthly meetings of the Chewsville Lions Club and the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table, for the benefit of her church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chewsville Community Center, of which she was a member.


Miss Harp was an avid gardener and quilter. She had a love of covered bridges, and had visited those located on the East Coast. Miss Harp had a vast knowledge of the Chewsville area and enjoyed sharing stories from the past. Miss Harp was a well-loved neighbor and friend.

She is survived by a sister, Nancy J. Brant of Norristown, Pa.; nephews, James F. Snyder of Smithsburg, and Charles Brant of Norristown; nieces, Judith L. Smith of Washington, D.C., Jennifer M. Taylor of Martinsburg, W.Va., Sigrid K. Knode of Chewsville, Hannah Sue Cramer of Funkstown, and Heidi L. Black of Hagerstown; four great-nephews; five great-nieces; and three great-great-nieces.

Miss Harp was preceded in death by sisters, Ruby H. Smith and Madelyn M. Snyder of Chewsville; and brother, Henry J.C. Harp of Funkstown.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville, with the Rev. John W. Schildt officiating.

Interment will be in Smithsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to Red Bird Mission, c/o Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Chewsville, MD 21721.

Sherman W. Shuff

LEWISTOWN, Md. - Sherman William Shuff, 76, of Lewistown, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Washington Hospital Center.

Born Oct. 24, 1926, in Catoctin Furnace, Md., he was the son of the late Curtis William and Gertrude Key Davis Shuff.

He worked as the meat manager at Safeway, working in stores in Frederick, Md., Mount Airy, Md., and Damascus, Md., and retiring in 1990 after 30 years of service.

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

He was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church, and served on the board of directors of Lewistown Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, H. Dolores Angell Shuff; two daughters, Laurie A. Gibbs of Lewistown, and Aimee L. Shuff of Frederick; two sons, S. Douglas Shuff of Sterling, Va., and Paul W. Shuff of Lewistown; one sister, Betty Mullineaux of Fairfield, Pa.; one brother, Curtis L. Shuff Sr. of Fairfield; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; four stepgrandchildren; one uncle; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gary W. Shuff.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, Thurmont, Md. The Rev. David Coakley will officiate. Burial will be in Lewistown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will be open after 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Way Station Inc., 230 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701.

Charles E. Gomer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Charles E. Gomer, 82, of 1970 Gomer Road, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Manorcare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he was a patient for six weeks.

Born May 11, 1921, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Ira E. and Nellie M. Burkholder Gomer.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot, where he was a gun inspector.

He attended Salem Lutheran Church in Marion, Pa.

He was a member of Chambersburg VFW; Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club; Letterkenny Rod and Gun Club; The Last Man Club in St. Thomas, Pa.; Ft. Loudon (Pa.) American Legion; St. Thomas American Legion Post 612; and was active in Thrivent Lutheran Brown Bag Food Distribution Program.

He is survived by his wife, Anna L. Stamy Gomer; one daughter, Debora G. Nagata of Santa Monica, Calif.; two sons, Charles S. Gomer of Gettysburg, Pa., and David I. Gomer of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two sisters, Jane Pollard and Helen McDonald, both of Chambersburg; one brother, Harold Gomer of Chambersburg; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, George R. Gomer.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home Inc., St. Thomas. The Rev. Denise Horn will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, with graveside services being conducted by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Wednesday. The funeral home will be open Tuesday from 2 to 9 p.m.

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