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August 27, 2003

Dan H. Harman Jr.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dan H. Harman Jr., 83, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at City Hospital.

Born Feb. 17, 1920, in Summers County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Daniel Howard and Hallie Smith Harman.

He was educated in schools in Hinton, W.Va., and at Mountain State College in Parkersburg, W.Va.

He operated a public accounting and tax practice until his retirement in 1999.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, he participated in the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge.

He was a member of the board of directors of Old National Bank and Suburban National Bank.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruby Whitlock Harman; one son, Daniel H. Harman III of New York City; and one granddaughter, Victoria C. Harman of New York City.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Joe Harman.

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Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Al Clipp will officiate. Private burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

Viewing will be today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.




David B. Garman


David Bernell Garman, 80, formerly of 11225 Hollywood Road, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Coffman Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 7, 1923, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John C. and Bessie Hetzel Garman.

His wife, Mary M. Garman, died Feb. 21, 2000.

He was the general manager of Hagerstown Auto Parts for 47 years, retiring in 1990.

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

He was a member of First Brethren Church.

He was a member of the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42; AMVETS Post 10 and Moose Lodge 2435 of Funkstown.

He is survived by one son, Gary D. Garman of Fairfax Station, Va.; three sisters, Helen Sweeney of Hagerstown, and Joanne Hendershot and Mary J. Myers, both of Clear Spring; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John P. Garman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown. The Rev. Brian H. Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 113 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Paul W. Churchey


TAMPA, Fla. - Paul W. Churchey, 73, of Tampa, and formerly of Keyser, W.Va., died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at the Tarpon Bayou Center in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Born Aug. 5, 1930, in Sharpsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Otho and Margaret (Griffith) Churchey. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clinton and Leon Churchey.

Paul accomplished many things in his life, but the thing that he was proudest of was when he could help someone else. He started working on the railroad at an early age, then worked at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown as a supervisor for 17 years. He then began employment in the construction trades, where he discovered he was the happiest. He started out as a carpenter's helper, and was then employed as a millwright and welder for 30 years. Through his local union, he began working with Giant Foods in the construction aspect of the business, and eventually rose to the position of maintenance supervisor, a position he held for 14 years.

After his retirement in 1991, he returned to Keyser, where his heart always truly was, and got involved in another love - golf. He belonged to the Mill Creek Country Club for many years, where he made many good friends.

Mr. Churchey was a member of Lodge 662, Loyal Order of Moose, Keyser; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1758, Waynesboro, Pa.; JR OUAM Liberty Council 137, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Millwright Local 1548, Baltimore; and National Rifle Association.

He attended the Sunnyside Church of the Brethren in New Creek, W.Va., where many lasting friendships were formed.

In 1997, Paul's health began to fail and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In October of 2002, he and his wife, Janet, moved to Florida so that he might become a resident of an Alzheimer's facility and join a new family since he had ceased to recognize his old family. Everyone who knew Paul found him to be a true friend, because he never met a stranger.

Surviving is the love of his life, his wife Janet Griffith Churchey; two sons, Gregory Churchey and wife Joyce of Ellerslie, Md., and David Churchey and wife Donna of Littleton, Colo.; two sisters, Anna Mason and husband Jerry of Sharpsburg and Iola Metz of Fairplay; two brothers, Harold Churchey and wife Eva of Sharpsburg and Carroll Churchey and wife Catherine of Hagerstown. Also surviving are two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

At Mr. Churchey's request, he will be cremated and there will be no visitation or services.

The Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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