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Obituaries

April 16, 2005

Homer L. Vance, 84

MARCH 11, 1921-APRIL 15, 2005

CLEAR SPRING - Homer Leroy Vance, 84, of 12421 Nesbitt Ave., died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare Center in Hagerstown.

Born March 11, 1921, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Kenneth C. Vance and Retha N. Shives Vance.

He was a 1939 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

He retired in 1986 from Fairchild Aircraft after 46 years.

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

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clear Spring, where he served on the church council, as former Sunday school treasurer and a member of the senior choir.

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He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Leila Starliper Vance; one son, David A. Vance of Clear Spring; seven nieces; and five nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Vance.

Graveside services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cemetery, Clear Spring. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring. The Rev. Elaine Swinehart will officiate.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Clear Spring, which will open at 1 p.m.

The family requests the omission of flowers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, ATTN: Treasurer, P.O. Box 198, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

Robert W. Sparks, 64

-APRIL 10, 2005

NEWBURGH, Ind. - Robert Wayne Sparks, 64, of Newburgh, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Newburgh.

He was employed by Southern Indiana Mineral Inc., a subsidiary of SIGECO in southern Indiana, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge Mystic Tie 194 of Uhrichsville, Ohio, a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, a member of the American Society for Quality Control, a past member of the Lions Club and a volunteer for the March of Dimes.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, June Sparks, and one daughter, Cheryl Eppens of Stanton, Calif.

Services and visitation were Friday in Newburgh.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin will officiate.

There will be no viewing in Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes.

Arrangements are by Minnich Funeral Home, East Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown.

Charles T. Swartz, 81

AUG. 7, 1923-APRIL 13, 2005

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Charles T. Swartz, 81, of Myrtle Beach, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Myrtle Beach.

Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Bedington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Austin and Laura Odin Swartz.

Charles came to Myrtle Beach from Hagerstown, Md., in 1979.

He was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Hagerstown and a disabled World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of Forestbrook Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach.

Survivors include his wife, Theda Brooks Swartz; two sons, Chuck Swartz of Hagerstown, and Todd B. Swartz of Conway, S.C.; two daughters, Paula Bernadyn of Raleigh, N.C., and Sheilah Harmison of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Winnie Swartz of Hagerstown, and Ginnie Stewart of Camp Hill, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach. The Rev. Jim Shriver and the Rev. A. Diaz-Rivera (JR) will officiate.

Burial with military honors will be in Florence (S.C.) National Cemetery on Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Forestbrook Baptist Church, 2051 Forestbrook Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.

Glenna M. Johnson, 53

APRIL 9, 1952-APRIL 14, 2005

Glenna Mae Johnson, 53, of 23 Madison Ave., Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 9, 1952, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Hillard F. and Doris V. Socks Grove Sr.

She worked for the Washington County Board of Education as a crossing guard for 10 years. She retired in 1998 due to her health.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Wayne E. Johnson Sr., whom she married April 9, 1973; a daughter, Mindy Jo McNamee of Hagerstown; a son, Wayne E. Johnson Jr. and his wife Holly of Hagerstown; a sister, Loretta C. (Cathy) Perrott of Hagerstown; two brothers, Hillard F. (Fred) Grove of Woodstock, Va., and Richard E. (Rick) Grove of Hagerstown; four grandsons, CJ and Casey Green, Colby Johnson and Isaiah M. Barton, all of Hagerstown; special cousins, Anna and Dan Coons of Hagerstown; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Mae Dayhoff, and a niece, Sue Ellen Dayhoff.

Services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at 11:30 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. N., Hagerstown, with the Rev. David B. Kaplan officiating.

Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 18, 2005, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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