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January 03, 2004

Ethel M. Williams


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Ethel May Williams, 85, of Charles Town, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town.

Born Nov. 11, 1918, in Rippon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Russell and Bessie Robinson Adams.

Her husband, Herbert J. Williams, died in 1983.

She was employed for more than 30 years with Janet S. Micou and Katherine Childs in Charles Town.

She was a Baptist.

She is survived by a niece, Violet M. Lowery of Charles Town; and other nieces and nephews. She was the last of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marie Morris, Elizabeth Page and Bessie Young; and two brothers, Robert Adams and John Adams.

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Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Meyerstown Cemetery in Meyerstown, W.Va. The Rev. Lawrence Wilson will officiate.

There will be no visitation.

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




Robert F. Lown


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert F. Lown, 83, of 245 S. Church St., and formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died Tuesday, Dec. 30 at his home.

Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Johnson City, N.Y., he was the son of the late George B. and Grace Smith Lown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Flosmae Lown, in 2001.

He was a 1939 graduate of Johnson City High School.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1982.

He was a veteran of World War II in the Army Air Corps. He participated in the liberation of the Philippines, the battle for Okinawa and the Pacification of Japan.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post 2332 in Binghamton.

He is survived by one daughter, Dorothy L. McCauley of Waynesboro; one son, Robert G. Lown of Naperville, Ill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Jessie Lown, Florence Lown, Dorothy Lown and Elizabeth Preston; and one brother, Raymond Hill.

A memorial service will be held in May in Marathon, N.Y.




Robert A. McDowell


LEMASTERS, Pa. - Robert A. McDowell, 95, formerly of Lemasters, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Menno Haven Nursing Home in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born Sept. 5, 1908, near Lemasters, he was the son of the late William B. and Laura Kendall McDowell.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Kathryn Rickabaugh McDonnell, in 1964.

He was a graduate of Penn State University's two-year agriculture program.

He had been the State Sewage Enforcement Officer for Antrim and Peters townships and other townships in Franklin and Fulton counties.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Upper West Conococheague in Mercersburg, Pa., where he was a trustee and an elder.

He was the former chairman of Peters Township Sewer Authority; a member and former treasurer of the local American Field Service; a member of Lemasters Community Improvement Association; Franklin County Township Supervisors Association; and a former board member of Spring Grove Cemetery Association.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline M. Yaggie McDowell, whom he married in July 1966; two sons, William R. McDowell of Lemasters and John H. McDowell of Greencastle, Pa.; one sister, Elizabeth Thomas of Wyomissing, Pa.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; and three brothers, James W. McDowell and infant twin brothers.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Upper West Conococheague in Mercersburg. The Rev. Michael K. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery in Lemasters, with military graveside services by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599.

Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home in Mercersburg; and Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.




Margaret L. Renner


WILLIAMSPORT - Margaret L. Renner, 79, of 15 Venten Ave., died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Citizens Nursing Home in Frederick, Md.

Born Jan. 5, 1924, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Martha L. Robinette Banzhoff.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellsworth M. Renner, in 1998.

She was employed by the American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy M. Tenney of Inwood, W.Va., and Connie L. Wahl of Frederick; one brother, Hank Banzhoff of Williamsport; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park in Williamsport at the convenience of the family.




Wilbur E. Little


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Wilbur Edmund "Wib" Little, 91, of 11309 Airport Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at his home.

Born Aug. 8, 1912, in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Edmund P. and Alice V. Spangler Little.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Griffin Little, in 1987. They were married July 25, 1935.

He was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Post Office in Waynesboro for 31 years, retiring in 1973.

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