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December 28, 2003

John E. Hendricks


SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - John E. Hendricks, 77, of Spring Hill Farm, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at his home.

Born Nov. 15, 1926, at Spring Hill Farm, he was the son of the late Ernest W. and Martha R. Mohler Hendricks.

He was a graduate of Shepherdstown (W.Va.) High School, received a bachelor of science degree from Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., and a master's degree from West Virginia University.

He taught high school in Inwood, W.Va. and Winchester, Va.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was of the Episcopal faith.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Francesca Crane Hendricks; one daughter, Rosalind T.M. Hendricks of Milan, Italy; and one son, John C. Hendricks of Shenandoah Junction.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest W. Hendricks.

Burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, W.Va.




Bruce Van Wyk


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Bruce Van Wyk, 63, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, following surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Born in Clifton Springs, N.Y., he was the son of Herbert and Julia Van Wyk of Holland, Pa.

He received a political science degree from Oberlin College and master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

He was an entrepreneur, land developer and philanthropist.

He was a past president of the Board of Directors of WVU Entrepreneurial Studies and Development and was a board member of West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Roundtable, Ponderosa Franchise Association and Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia among others.

He was named "West Virginia Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1992 by Inc. Magazine, Ernst and Young and Merrill Lynch. In 1997, he was named "West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year" by West Virginia University School of Business and Economics and in 2001, he was named "Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year."

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mikki Van Wyk; one daughter, Heather White-Van Wyk of Falling Waters, W.Va. and Potomac, Md.; two brothers, Paul Van Wyk of Greencastle, Ind., and Carl Van Wyk of Tall Timbers, Md.; four nieces and three nephews.

Memorial services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Inc., 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21204-2186.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Violet M. Mumaw


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Violet M. Mumaw, 85, of Martinsburg, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at City Hospital.

Born Feb. 28, 1918, in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Samuel Elwood and Bessie Violet Dillow Penwell.

Her husband, Alston Mumaw, died in 1976.

She had been employed by Interwoven Mills.

She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Delores Foltz of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Edward A. Mumaw and Marvin G. Mumaw; two sisters, Ethel Whitacre and Sarah Evans; and one brother, Eugene Penwell.

Services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Paul C. Stanley will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25401.




Jeanne W. Wilson


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeanne Weller Wilson, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Charlotte Health Care Center. Born Nov. 6, 1911, in Hagerstown, Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Merle D. and Mary Spigler Weller.

Mrs. Wilson graduated from Towson University in Towson, Md., and earned her master's degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She taught elementary school for over 60 years, retiring at the age of 80.

A graveside committal will be held at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, Md. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her son, Glenn Wilson Jr., of Matthews, N.C.; two grandsons, Jeff Wilson of Gainesville, Ga. and Eric Jackson of Newnan, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn B. Wilson Sr.; and her sister, Dennise Renner.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins and Whittington Dilworth Chapel, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.




Donald R. Walter


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Donald R. "Don" Walter, 72, of 8919 Goods Dam Road, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at his home.

Born Oct. 1, 1931, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Lawrence Edward and Elsie Catherine Welty Walter.

He was a 1949 graduate of Waynesboro Area High School.

He retired in 1997 from Beck Manufacturing Inc. in Waynesboro where he worked as a machinist with 25 years of service.

He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

He was a member of Eagles Club Inc. of Waynesboro, National AARP and Bald Eagle Rod and Gun Club in Snyder County, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Hollinshead Walter, whom he married Aug. 19, 1961; two daughters, Mary A. Myers of Waynesboro and Deborah K. DeWees of Fairfield, Pa.; one sister, Joyce Harbaugh of Shady Grove, Pa.; two brothers, Robert G. Walter and Carroll E. Walter, both of Waynesboro; one grandson; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Waynesboro. The Rev. Thomas J. Hemler will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery, in Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro, where a rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.

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