April 17, 2005

Anna B. Taylor, 84

NOV. 21, 1920-APRIL 16, 2005

Anna Bernice Sowers Lynch Taylor, 84, of 721 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md., went to be with her Lord on Saturday, April 16, 2005.

Born Nov. 21, 1920, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Sarah Preston Williams and Basil Leroy Sowers.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Howard Reichard Taylor, in 1986.

She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1938.

She had worked at Troy Laundry, Accelerated Transport Pony Express, Fahrney-Keedy Home and the State of Maryland.

She was a lifelong member of Hagerstown Bible Church, a member of Mary and Martha Sunday school class and served in various positions in the church as well as the church choir.


She was a member and secretary of Halfway Senior Citizens and attended Manor Church Senior Citizens. She also was a member of AARP.

She is survived by one daughter, Sara Melinda Miller Killmeier of Hagerstown, one son, Thomas Arthur Lynch and his wife, Betty Jean, of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren, Laura Tengeres and husband Joseph, Julie Monninger and husband, Carl, David Miller, Thomas Lynch II, and Pamela Mohn and husband Craig, all of Hagerstown.

She also is survived by stepdaughters, Dana Whittington, Phyllis Zittle, Gloria Rudisill, Shirley Lowe and Linda Everhart, all of Hagerstown, and Margaret Heleine of Minnesota; eight stepsons, Gerald, Howard, Raymond, Robert, Charles, David, Richard and Gary Taylor, all of Hagerstown; one brother, John L. Sowers and wife Elta; one nephew; and many cousins. She left behind countless friends and neighbors who loved and respected her.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Dale R. Carver officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Hagerstown Bible Church or Community Rescue Service.

Mary B. Dawson, 82

APRIL 23, 1922-APRIL 15, 2005

LOUDOUN HEIGHTS, Va. - Mary Boone Dawson, 82, of Loudoun Heights, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg, Va.

Born April 23, 1922, in Stanford, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Marshall T. and Nell Newland Boone.

She retired as a secretary from Cives Steel Co. and Respiratory Therapy at Winchester Medical Center, both in Winchester, Va.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winchester.

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha E. Gochnauer and L. Sue Dawson, both of Loudoun Heights; one son, R. Sidney Dawson of Loudoun Heights; one sister, Elisabeth M. Jones of Berkeley, Calif.; and one grandson.

Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or Neersville Fire Co., P.O. Box 4A, Purcellville, VA 20132.

Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Margaret C. Houpt, 82

MAY 7, 1922-APRIL 15, 2005

BOONSBORO - Margaret "Pinkie" Cronise Houpt, 82, of 310 S. Main St., died Friday, April 15, 2005, at her home.

Born May 7, 1922, in Funkstown, she was the daughter of the late Esby Eugene and Annie M. Smith Cronise.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. "Bud" Houpt, in 1977.

Her family started E.E. Cronise Mountain Fruit Stand in Boonsboro in 1928. Today, her family owns and operates Cronise Market.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda B. Barney of McConnellsburg, Pa., and Bonnie J. Pereschuk of Rohrersville; one son, Jerry E. Houpt of Funkstown; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her 12 sibling family.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bast Funeral Home, Boonsboro. The Rev. Joseph Downs III will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

George F. Harnish Jr., 50

DEC. 17, 1954-APRIL 15, 2005

George Franklin Harnish Jr., 50, of 20020 Gilbert Hills Drive, Hagerstown, Md., went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 15, 2005, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

Born Friday, Dec. 17, 1954, in Hagerstown, he was the son of George Franklin Harnish Sr. and Leda Spielman Harnish of Hagerstown.

George was a 1972 graduate of Boonsboro High School, and was employed with Safeway for 31 years.

George was a member of Evangel Baptist Church since 1969, where he served as choir director, Sunday school superintendent, youth director, song leader and also served on the board of directors at Camp Pamadeva. He also attended Grace Brethren Church and was active in the Fundamental Church Softball and Volleyball League.

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