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January 04, 2004

James M. Foland


FREDERICK, Md. - James Michael Foland, 68, of Frederick, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at his home in Falling Waters, W.Va.

He was the son of Helen Irene Kaufman, of Hampton Nursing Home in Frederick and the late John Michael Foland.

He was a carpenter for more than 30 years.

He is survived by four daughters, Debora Follin and Tammy Foland, both of Frederick, Cathy Gembe of Greencastle, Pa. and Karen Good of Atlanta; one sister, Shirley Pesuti of Frederick; two brothers, Richard Kaufman and John Kaufman Jr., both of Frederick; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, John Kaufman Sr.; and two sisters, Judy Spurlock and Sue Strube.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of James and Debora Follin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

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Galen N. Hanks


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Galen Nathan Hanks, 79, of Fulton County Medical Center Extended Care Unit and formerly of RD1, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Born Feb. 9, 1924, in Emmmitsville, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry and Elizabeth Garlic Hanks.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot as an engineer.

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

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in McConnellsburg.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Barnard Hanks, whom he married Aug. 14, 1947; five daughters, Sharon Coch of Hummelstown, Pa., Saundra Hanks and Guyda Hann, both of McConnellsburg, Kari Hanks of Virginia, and Tammy Cooper of Harrisburg, Pa.; two sons, Galen H. Hanks of Waynesboro, Pa. and John Landvater of Harrisburg; two sisters, Thelma Zeger of Fort Loudon, Pa. and Shirley Shaw of Bedford, Pa.; one brother, Harry Hanks of Wisconsin; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Nathan Hanks; one sister, Vera Bishop; and two brothers, Harold Hanks and Wayne Hanks.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in McConnellsburg.

Arrangements are by Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home in McConnellsburg.




Herbert W. Moreland


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Herbert W. Moreland, 88, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Eden Pines Assisted Living in Hagerstown.

Born Dec. 24, 1915, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles and Isabelle Moreland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Shores Moreland.

He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant View Memory Gardens. The Rev. Arnold Brown will officiate.

Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Rhoda A. Kerns


HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Rhoda A. "Dena" Kerns, 98, of Mission Road, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at her home.

Born Nov. 9, 1905, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Laura Staubs Painter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Kerns, in 1955.

She was a member of Murrill Hill United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry, where she was a member of the Murrill Hill Aid Society.

She is survived by one daughter, Charlotte Beahm of Harpers Ferry; two sons, James Kerns of Charles Town, W.Va. and Gene Kerns of Halltown, W.Va.; three sisters, Dorothy Dillow and Louise Penwell, both of Harpers Ferry, and Eva Bell of Charles Town; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.

Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Murrill Hill United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry. The Revs. Wesley Beahm, James Boyce, and Donnie Jane Cardwell will officiate. Burial will be in Murrill Hill Church Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.

Memorial donations may be made to Murrill Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Kerns, P.O. Box 238, Halltown, WV 25423.




Elmer L. Payne


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Elmer L. Payne, 79, of Hedgesville, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Sept. 17, 1924, in Morgan County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Roy E. and Ollie Fox Payne.

He retired from The Martinsburg Journal after 39 years as a paper carrier.

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

He was a member of Snyder's Bible Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Betty I. Youngblood Payne; two daughters, Patricia Fitzwater of Hedgesville and Anna Deem of Parkersburg, W.Va.; three sons, Robert Payne, Mark Payne and Ron Payne, all of Hedgesville; one brother, Willis Payne of Hedgesville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd Payne, Paul Payne and Bruce Payne.

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