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Obituaries

October 15, 2003

Franklin J. Harris Sr.


FREDERICK, Md. - Franklin Joseph Harris Sr., 45, of Frederick, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 23, 1958, in Frederick, he was the son of William A. Harris Sr. and the late Clara Doris Harris.

He was employed by Frederick County Board of Education as a facility groundskeeper for the maintenance department and also was a supervisor at Cover All Cleaning Co.

He is survived by three daughters, Korea Rollins of Baltimore, Dreamea Disney of Hagerstown and Latasha Harris of Frederick; two sons, Franklin J. Harris Jr. and Derek Coleman, both of Frederick; six brothers, Tyrone and Gregory Thomas, both of Frederick, William Harris Jr. of Sunnyside, Md., Michael Harris and Jeffrey Harris of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and William Edward Diggs of Mount Airy, Md.; two sisters, Shelby Harris and Clara Bowens, both of Frederick; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; maternal grandmother, Florence Wedge of Sunnyside; companion Pam Johnston; and special friend Van Henderson.

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He was preceded in death by two great-aunts, Erma Thomas and Regina Thomas; and two aunts, Thelma Jefferson and Willa Patsy Thomas.

Services will be today at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Brethren, Fairview Ave., Frederick, Md. The Rev. Rex R. Bowens will officiate. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, Md.




Virginia J. Yeager


Virginia Josaphine "Ginny" Yeager, 44, of Hagerstown, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003.

Born Sept. 17, 1959, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Jack Yeager of Hagerstown and the late Patricia Smith.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Seibert and Mark Seibert, both of Hagerstown; two half brothers, Jeffrey Yeager and Todd Yeager, both of Hagerstown; one half sister, Debbie Smith of Hagerstown; one grandchild; one nephew; one niece; and companion Terry Mills.

She was preceded in death by one half brother, Greg Yeager.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.




Charles T. Ott


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -Charles T. "Buddy" Ott, 71, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.

Born March 18, 1932, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Bailey T. and Virgie Wilt Ott.

He attended Charles Town High School.

He had been employed as the foreman for 30 years by Ayer Corp. in Annapolis Junction, Md.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a Methodist.

He was a member and former officer of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71 of Charles Town; a member of the Veterans Memorial Monument Committee at Jefferson Memorial Park; VFW Memorial Post 3522 of Charles Town; and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948 of Charles Town.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane R. Staubly Ott; one son, Donald T. Ott of Kearnesyville, W.Va.; two sisters, Marie Hummer and Thelma Whitmore, both of Charles Town; and one granddaughter.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town. Pastor Richard E. Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7320 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; or the American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.




William E. Monroe


RANSON, W.Va. - William E. "Bill" Monroe, 65, of Ranson, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at his home.

Services will be Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The Rev. S. Shane Wilt will officiate. Burial will be private.

Visitation will be Oct. 24, one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.




Ida A. Hanson


A Mass of Christian Burial for Ida Ann Hanson, 77, of 430 Fair Meadows Blvd., Hagerstown, who died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Thomas Polk will be celebrant. Burial will be private at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown.




Beulah Fields-Pottorff


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Beulah Fields-Pottorff, 84, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at her home.

Born Feb. 8, 1919, in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Puckett.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, the Rev. B.C. Fields; and by her second husband, Russell Pottorff.

She attended Bethel Assembly of God Church in Martinsburg.

She is survived by one daughter, Wanda C. Hardy of Martinsburg; three sons, Harmon Fields of Raleigh, N.C., Leland H. Fields of Port Orange, Fla., and Billy C. Fields of Luray, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Ranson, W.Va. The Rev. William Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, W.Va.

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