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Obituaries

January 11, 2004

Christopher C. Nixon


WINCHESTER, Va. - Christopher C. Nixon, 81, of Winchester, Va., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born May 12, 1922, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Lawson C. and Maude Henry Nixon.

He retired from Potomac Edison Co.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Crabtree Nixon; three sons, Virgil of Winchester, James of Maugansville and John of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; one sister, Ruth Bender of Cumberland; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va.




Paul A. Ritchey Sr.


Paul Arnold Ritchey Sr., 62, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Malaba, West Kenya, where he was doing missionary work.

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Born Feb. 2, 1941, in Wells Tannery, Pa., he was the son of the late William Clay and Goldie May Stains Ritchey.

He was a 1959 graduate of John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Pa.

He was a member of Bible Brethren Church in Hagerstown.

He was employed by Mack Trucks since 1968.

He is survived by his wife, Dulce M. Ritchey; two daughters, Paula A. Hutchinson of Warwick, Md., and Dulce M. Banks of Shreveport, La.; four sons, Raymond P. Ritchey of Pensacola, Fla., Marcus C. Ritchey of Pittsburgh; Daniel L. Ritchey of Hagerstown and Paul A. Ritchey of Maugansville; three sisters, Vivian Black, Phyllis Szabo and Mary Kohler, all of Harrisburg; two brothers, Roswell Ritchey of Burnt Cabins, Pa. and James Ritchey of Arizona; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. David Hutchinson will officiate.

Burial will be in Bethel Church of God Cemetery in Grenada, Pa.

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




Donald N. Wright


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Donald N. Wright, 55, of Hedgesville, and formerly of Mount Airy, Md., died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born April 5, 1948, in Washington, Pa., he was the son of the late Eugene Wright and Dorothy Louise Antill Wright Baldwin.

He worked for Raytheon in Falls Church, Va., for 25 years.

He was a member of Woodville District Citizens Association of Frederick County, Md.; was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; and was a member of the Handicap Commission of Frederick County. He volunteered at Star Therapeutic Riding Program in Hagerstown and was a Civil War re-enactor with the 4th U.S. Infantry.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Irene Wright; two sons, Daniel N. Wright of Martinsburg and Jonathan P. Wright of Mount Airy; and one grandson, Evan M. Wright.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Louis H. Baldwin.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. Walter Bowers will officiate.

Entombment will be in Washington Cemetery, Washington, Pa., on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Star Therapeutic Riding Program, 13678 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740; or to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg WV 25401.




Mildred A. Burdette


FREDERICK, Md. - Mildred Ardean Burdette, 91, formerly of Clarksburg and of Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Frederick, Md., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Northampton Manor Health Care Center in Frederick. She was the wife of the late Edgar Calvin Burdette, who died Sept. 1, 1987. They were married 56 years.

Born Sept. 9, 1912, in Stringtown, Md., she was a daughter of the late Thurston B. and Pomona Burdette King.

Mrs. Burdette was retired from the Montgomery County School System as cafeteria manager of Gaithersburg High School and Clarksburg Elementary School. She was a longtime member of Clarksburg United Methodist Church and an active member of the United Methodist Women of the Church.

Surviving her are two children, Shirley B. Kling of Clear Spring and Edgar Allan Burdette and his wife Mary of Boyds, Md.; five grandchildren, Ruth Ann Burdette of Little Hocking, Ohio, Joseph A. Burdette and his wife Pamela of Boyds, Ron Kling and his wife Linda of Grantsville, Md., Laurie K. Bucher and her husband Martin of Clear Spring and Alana L. Burdette of West Palm Beach, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren, Andrea and Mickey Burdette of Boyds, Branden, Amber and Chelsi Kling of Grantsville, Levi and Collin Bucher of Clear Spring; one sister, Doris Mullican; and one brother, Kenneth King, both of Damascus; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Burdette was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Mills of Rockville, Md.; and a brother, Robert King of Clarksburg.

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