May 30, 2006

Gary H. Carper, 56

MARCH 25, 1950-MAY 29, 2006

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Gary H. Carper, 56, of Hedgesville, died Monday, May 29, 2006, at his home.

Born March 25, 1950, in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Jacob and Edna Owens Carper.

He was the owner and operator of Carper's Construction.

He was a member of Falling Waters (W.Va.) Presbyterian Church at Spring Mills.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Cushwa Carper; one daughter, Beth Henry of Falling Waters; two sons, Gary H. Carper Jr. and Justin Carper, both of Hedgesville; one sister, Ann Darlington of Martinsburg; three brothers, Jake Carper, Frank Carper and Larry Carper, all of Martinsburg; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. The Rev. John Cushwa will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.


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

Memorial donations may be made to Falling Waters Presbyterian Church, 2928 Hammonds Mill Road, Hedgesville, WV 25427 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Ruth K. Plume, 90

DEC. 27, 1915-MAY 28, 2006

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Ruth Koons Plume, 90, of Westminster, Md., died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Lorien Mount Airy Rehabilitation Center, where she was admitted after recent hospitalization.

She was a daughter of the late Charles Jacob Koons and Elva Edith Stine Koons. She was born Dec. 27, 1915, in Shady Grove, Pa.

Ruth grew up in the Hagerstown, Md., area. She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1935.

Her loving husband, Lester H. Plume, whom she married June 8, 1935, died Sept. 12, 1970. Ruth and Lester moved to Martinsburg, W.Va., shortly after they were married and she resided there until 2001. She last lived with and was cared for by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Libby and Jerry Fuss.

Ruth was a person of faith all of her life. Her years of upbringing were associated with Christ's Reformed United Church of Christ in Hagerstown. She was an active and devoted member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ in Martinsburg for more than 50 years. Most recently, she was a member of Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ, Westminster. Throughout most of her life, she was an active participant in many church-related youth and women's organizations. She was a Sunday School teacher, a youth leader, a choir member and a faithful servant of her churches. At Christ Reformed Church, Martinsburg, she was a member of Dillon Sunday School Class. She served on numerous committees in her local church as well as in the wider church fellowship of Catoctin Association and Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. At Emmanuel (Baust) Church, she loved being part of Kathryn Frock's Adult Bible Class and the church's Mature Christians' Fellowship.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Plume loved her family, extended family and her friends. She knew how to be a true friend to many people. In later life, she enjoyed immensely communicating with friends and family both near and far. She loved and was a constant encourager of children and young people. She faithfully studied the Bible, devotional and inspirational literature. She had a great appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and all living things.

Since her husband and several family members served in the military during World War II, she was quite involved in voluntary activities related to supporting those in the armed services. Ruth was primarily a homemaker and devoted mother. She worked as an office clerk at Interwoven Stocking Co. in Martinsburg, an Avon representative and as a clerk at Stephens and Trenary antique and gift shop in Martinsburg. As a poll worker for many years in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was dedicated to the proper execution of the election process.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Linda Plume Snyder and Donald William Snyder Jr. of Shepherdstown, W.Va., Elizabeth Plume Fuss and Gerald D. Fuss of Westminster and David Lester Plume and Barbara Stewart Plume of Martinsburg; grandson, Donald William Snyder III and his wife, Christine Snyder; granddaughter, Susan Snyder Quintas and her husband, Col. John Quintas; grandson, Timothy Charles Flory Fuss and his wife, Jennifer Flory Fuss; grandson, Joshua Lee Fuss; grandson, Benjamin David Plume; one great-granddaughter, Bethany Flory Fuss; sister, Naomi Koons Doll of Hagerstown; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jacob S. Koons, George L. Koons and Roy C. Koons.

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