May 21, 2006

Earle W. Brown, 83

-MAY 18, 2006

OCEAN PINES, Md. - Earle Willard Brown, 83, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at his home in Ocean Pines.

Born in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of Ethel R. and Julian O. Brown, both deceased.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, June M. Brown; four daughters, Denise Nuno of Dallas, Texas, Lynne Brown of Dayton, Ohio, Susan Norland of Falls Church, Va., and Carol Erbach of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, Neil Brown of Berlin, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister, Vivian Neikirk and her husband, William, of Hagerstown and their children.

Mr. Brown was a graduate of Hagerstown High School in 1941, and the University of Maryland in 1950 with a bachelor of civil engineering degree. He received his masters of public health degree from the University of Minnesota in 1955.

During World War II, he was a navigator on B-24s with the 2nd Division of the Eight Air Force in England, flying 35 combat missions over Germany. After the war, he transferred to the U.S. Army as a public health engineer with the Army Medical Service Corps. He served as sanitary engineer for the First, Third and Fourth Army Headquarters RYUKUS Command on Okinawa, Headquarters U.S. Army Command Zone in Orleans, France, and Headquarters 9th Hospital Center U.S. Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1970, he retired from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and accepted a teaching position with the University of Nebraska. After seven years as instructor, he became director of the Division of Occupational Health and Safety, retiring from the university in 1989. With his wife, June, he moved to Ocean Pines in 1993.


He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Maryland, the Loyal Order of the Boar in the military, American Public Health Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, Military Officers Association of America, included in the National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables, and a member of Taylorville United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Taylorville United Methodist Church, Berlin. The Rev. Harold Spedden will officiate. A graveside service with full military honors will be Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery. Please assemble at the administration building by 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Taylorville United Methodist Church, c/o Hilda Murray, P.O. Box 456, Berlin, MD 21811 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Arrangements are being handled by Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at

Chris D. Farmer, 32

APRIL 11, 1974-MAY 19, 2006

FREDERICK, Md. - Mr. Chris D. Farmer, 32, formerly of Frederick, Md., died Friday, May 19, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare of Hagerstown (Md.).

Born April 11, 1974, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was a son of Thomas D. Farmer Sr. of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kenni Shaw of Hagerstown.

Chris was a graduate of Frederick High School class of 1992, and he had attended Great Falls College in Great Falls, Mont., and Frederick Community College.

He was employed by EDCO in Frederick.

Surviving in addition to his parents are half brother, Thomas D. Farmer Jr., and stepbrother and stepsister, Gregg Gregory and Shelia Baker and husband, Dale, all of Indianapolis; nephew, Dale Baker Jr.; and niece, Ashley Baker.

He also will be remembered by his grandmother, Betty R. Shaw of Frederick; stepmother, Mildred Farmer; and his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Chris was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Shaw; and his grandparents, Talmadge and Fern Farmer.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Christopher S. Garland, youth pastor of The Good Shepherd Ministries of Hagerstown, will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Frederick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Good Shepherd Ministries, 19763 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Washington County Hospice, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences may be expressed at

James O. Beaver, 69

SEPT. 22, 1936-MAY 19, 2006

WILLIAMSPORT - James Ottomer Beaver, 69, of Williamsport, Md., passed away Friday, May 19, 2006, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1936, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Park O. Beaver Sr. and Thelma P. Beaver.

He was a graduate of Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy and Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

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