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Obituaries

April 25, 2005

Jay T. Cloud, 87


APRIL 9, 1918-APRIL 21, 2005

WILLIAMSPORT - Jay Thomas Cloud, 87, of 16505 Virginia Ave., died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Homewood at Williamsport.

Born April 9, 1918, in Morristown, Tenn., he was the son of the late Thomas Nathan and Victoria Wolfe Cloud.

He was a 1936 graduate of Ellicott City High School and attended Johns Hopkins University.

He was employed by Baltimore Gas and Electric for 26 years, retiring May 1, 1974.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine Cloud, and one son, Jay B. Cloud of Lawrenceville, Ga.

He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers.

Arrangements are being handled by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown.




John H. Hickey


Memorial services for John H. "Jack" Hickey, of Hagerstown, who died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown. The Rev. Scott P. Bellows will officiate.

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The family will receive friends following the service at the church's Trimble Hall.




Verda J. Fisher, 66


JULY 16, 1938-APRIL 23, 2005

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Verda J. Fisher, 66, of 1153 Geibs Road, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at her home.

Born July 16, 1938, in Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Grace Barnhart Benedict.

She was the bookkeeper for the family farm, Fisher Farms.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn E. Fisher, whom she married May 29, 1960; four sons, Marvin E. Fisher, Nelson L. Fisher, Steven R. Fisher and Kenneth A. Fisher, all of St. Thomas; one sister, Doris Nead of Kansas; two brothers, Raymond Benedict of Chambersburg, Pa., and Merle Benedict of Ohio; and two granddaughters.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Brandt's Church of the Brethren, St. Thomas. The Revs. Rick E. Hostetter and Harold E. Yeager will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg, Pa., and Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Franklin Unit, 383 Floral Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Gwendolyn A. Boland, 84


AUG. 8, 1920-APRIL 23, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. - Gwendolyn A. Boland, 84, of Salisbury, formerly of Hagerstown, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury.

Born Aug. 8, 1920, in New York, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Wilson) Davis.

She was employed as a secretary prior to leaving the work force to become a full-time, stay-at-home mother.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, AARP Chapter 623 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. She enjoyed bowling and bingo while living in Hagerstown.

She is survived by three sons, Andrew Boland of New York, Frederick Nastri of Williamsport and Robert Boland of Salisbury, with whom she resided for the past two years; two granddaughters, Kristine Boland and Jennifer Nastri; four grandsons, Andrew Boland, Matthew Nastri, Ryan Boland and Sean Boland.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Andrew Boland; one son, Thomas Boland; four sisters, Frances Hauser, Margaret Hauser, Anna Hauser and Edna Davis; and two brothers, Charles Hauser and Robert Davis.

Funeral services will be conducted at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 9:30 a.m., with the Rev. Robert E. Morey officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m., where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 7 p.m.




Mary K. Ragan, 73


-APRIL 22, 2005

ELGIN, S.C. - Mary K. Armstrong Ragan, 73, of Elgin, died Friday, April 22, 2005.

Born in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence W. and Cora B. Meyers Armstrong.

She retired from civil service at Fort Jackson, having worked in finance and accounting.

She is survived by her husband, William E. "Bill" Ragan; two daughters, Cheryl Ray of Elgin and Rebecca South of Lugoff, S.C.; one brother, Marshall Armstrong of Gaithersburg, Md.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Poline Clark, Anna Scott, Helen Kirby, Edith Poole and Ruth Maugans, and brothers, Clarence Armstrong, John Armstrong and George Armstrong.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Blaney Baptist Church, Elgin.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Palmetto Chapter, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202-7044.

Arrangements are by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden, S.C.




Larry E. Sowers Sr., 58


SEPT. 22, 1946-APRIL 24, 2005

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Larry E. Sowers Sr., 58, of 896 Lincoln Way West, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg.

Born Sept. 22, 1946, in Needmore, Pa., he was the son of the late Margaret D. Shives Sowers.

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