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Obituaries

April 12, 2005

Charles Hamburg, 77


NOV. 17, 1927-APRIL 10, 2005

HAGERSTOWN - Charles "Don" Hamburg, 77, of Hagerstown, died, Sunday, April 10, 2005, at his home.

Born on Nov. 17, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late John K. and Mary Agnes (Douglas) Hamburg.

Don graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1945.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran from 1945 to 1947.

He was employed by C&P Telephone Company for 41 years, retiring in 1989 as an engineering assistant.

He was a member of First Christian Church for 64 years, where he led a very active Christian life. He was an elder and trustee for many years; served on the Finance Committee, the Community Outreach Program, leading him to several missionary trips. Commissioned as a Lay Minister of First Christian Church in September 2000. For many years, he taught the Christian Heirs Class and other Sunday School classes and helped with the MOPS program.

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Don was instrumental in the founding of REACH and its outreach programs. He served on program development and was an active volunteer for all three programs for 15 years and it became a big part of his life and as busy as he was, he always found time for his family and friends, giving of his time and energy and asking nothing in return.

He was a member of CWA (Retired Member Club), Association of Bell Telephone Retirees, AARP, Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211, B.P.O. Elks 378 and a former member of the Happy Face Travel Club.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen (Cave) Hamburg; one daughter, Cindy Hamburg Brezler and husband Ronnie; two grandsons, Brian Motz and Kevin Motz; one brother, John F. Hamburg of Hagerstown; two sisters, Phyllis H. Hunley of Martinsburg, and Audrey Yvonne Hull of Greensburg, Pa.; three step-grandchildren, Ronald, Kristin and David Brezler; one stepgreat-grandson, Christian; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by one sister, Lorraine Hamburg Carey.

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, on Friday, April 15, 2005, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Fred M. Harris officiating.

Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to services.

Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Washington County, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Western Maryland Center, 3rd Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21742; First Christian Church (Memorial Fund), 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to REACH, 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.




John J. Smoot, 63


OCT. 2, 1941-APRIL 9, 2005

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - John Jackson Smoot, 63, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 2, 1941, in Culpeper, Va., he was the son of the late Robert J. and Martha Jenkins Smoot.

He attended public schools in Leesburg, Va., and attended Mary Washington College.

He most recently worked with Thompson Chevrolet in Charles Town, W.Va.

He was a Protestant.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Victoria Payne Nichols Smoot, Berkeley Springs; two sons, John J. Smoot Jr. of Charles Town and Craig Smoot of Louisville, Ky.; three sisters, Shirley Swart of Aldie, Va., and Rachel Pierson and Elizabeth Moler, both of Charles Town; two brothers, Gideon Smoot of Midland, Va., and Kenneth O. Smoot of Charles Town; two grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Smoot.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home in Berkeley Springs. Pastor Wayne Frum will officiate. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Morgan County, 4100 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.




Dewey E. McCarty, 70


APRIL 17, 1934-APRIL 10, 2005

Dewey E. McCarty, age 70, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md.

Born April 17, 1934, in Hancock, Md., he was the son of Dessie L. Thompson McCarty of Hancock and the late Jacob E. McCarty.

He was a 1952 graduate of Hancock High School.

He retired from Maryland State Highway as an associate engineer.

He entered military service with basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he proudly served with the Army's Elite 82nd Airborne Division, assigned to the 325 Air, 501 Infantry.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge 271; the Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club; Hancock Son's of the American Legion Post 26; and the Airborne State Line.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association; North American Rod and Gun Club; 82nd Airborne Division Historical Society; 82nd Airborne Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 172.

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