February 04, 2005

Thelma G. Wheatley, 93

JUNE 10, 1911-FEB. 2, 2005

WILLIAMSPORT - Thelma Gaynell Hill Wheatley, 93, of 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born Saturday, June 10, 1911, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Earl Edison Hill and Sarah Brown Hill. Ms. Wheatley's husband, Frank E. Wheatley, died in 1967.

Mrs. Wheatley was co-administrator of Bellvue Home and Coffman Home in Hagerstown. She was employed for seven and-a-half years with J.C. McCroy Co. as a salesclerk and floorwalker. She graduated from and then was employed by Baltimore City Hospitals as a licensed practical nurse. She was a matron at Washington County Jail with the Sheriffs Department, was co-owner and operator of the Boulevard Market in Hagerstown, worked for the Maryland State Roads Commission as toll collector at Williamsport and was manager of Pic-A-Wenner in Ocean City, Md. She also was involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council and Maryland Commission on Aging.


She was an avid bowler. She participated in the Washington County Rediscover America 76 pageant. She was a member of the Honored Society The Liberty Belles and participated in the Madcaps. She was a member of AARP and Women of the Moose Chapter 0342.

She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, where she taught Christian Endeavor and Sunday school and was a member of the choir and former member of the Downsville Homemakers.

She is survived by a daughter, Nadia S. Taylor and husband Donald T. of Middletown, Md.; granddaughters, Deanna L. King and husband Tom of West Jordan, Utah; Donna R. Gaver and husband Mark of Middletown; grandsons, Frank W. Taylor and wife Joan of Keedysville, Md., David T. Taylor and wife Danielle of Frederick, Md.; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Brian and Emily Pope, Daniel and Adam Taylor, Jaclyn, Samantha and Ashley Gaver, Kelly Merrbach and husband Greg; sisters, Jane Snook and Betty Rudy, both of Florida; and brother, Earl E. Hill Jr. and wife Pat of Hagerstown; and a number of nieces; cousins and their families.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown with the Rev. Mark Wakefield officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homewood Nursing Home, Williamsport, MD 21795; Alzheimer's Association of Western Maryland, 5 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Hospice of Washington County, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Mayburn S. Finney, 91

DEC. 27, 1913-FEB. 2, 2005

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Mayburn S. Fitz Finney, 91, of 8818 Stottlemyer Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at her home.

Born Dec. 27, 1913, in Monterey, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Harvey J. Fitz Sr. and Laura E. Muth Fitz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Finney, in 1985. They were married in August 1931.

She attended Washington Township (Pa.) schools.

She worked at the Waynesboro Knitting Mill.

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.

She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca A. Dill of Houston and Emily D. Wingert of Hanover, Pa.; two sons, Randolph M. Finney of Waynesboro and George E. Finney of Mont Alto, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six sisters, Pearl Sanders, Eleanor DeWeese, Hazel Stem, her twin sister, Florede LeGore, Letha Harbaugh and Lorraine Stevens; two brothers, Harvey Fitz Jr. and Hubert Fitz; and two grandsons.

Services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro. The Rev. A. Robert Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Herbert G. Freeland, 82

FEB. 19, 1922-FEB. 2, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Herbert G. "Herb" Freeland, 82, of 1785 Wisteria Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Born Feb. 19, 1922, in Elmira, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lester and Susie Snover Freeland.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude Abbey Freeland, in 2000.

He retired in 1987 as a contract negotiator.

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

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, was a vestry member and greeter.

He was a member of VFW Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599, Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46 and BPOE 600.

He was a master gardener for Franklin County (Pa.) extension and a member of Penn National Golf Course.

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