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June 26, 2007

Richard W. Hays, 58



OCT. 21, 1948-JUNE 24, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Richard William Hays, 58, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Charles and Lottie Hays.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Smith Hays; one son, William Walker of Martinsburg; and one granddaughter, Colleen Walker.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Rosedale Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. William Gambell will officiate.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.




Harlon B. Jessen, 56



MAY 8, 1951-JUNE 25, 2007

INWOOD, W.Va. - Harlon B. Jessen, 56, of Inwood, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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Born May 8, 1951, in Wauwatosa, Wis., he was the son of Roselyn Brother Chubb of Granton, Wis., and the late Victor Jessen.

He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Linda Miller Jessen; one son, James Morgan of Colonial Beach, Va.; three children, William, Pam and Judy; and one brother, Steve Odell of Inwood.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home.




Edith M. Southard, 86



FEB. 3, 1921-JUNE 23, 2007

Edith Merle Southard, 86, died Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Feb. 3, 1921, in Corinth, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Jessie Kisner.

She was a Baptist.

She attended Corinth schools.

She was a member of Women of the Moose and VFW in Terra Alta, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Southard, in 2002.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph Kisner, Bill Kisner, Harry Kisner and Edward Kisner; and one sister, Ginny Sanders.

She is survived by seven children, Nancy Wilt, Joseph Myers, Richard Myers, Donna Walker, Sue Kirk, Bill Myers, and Kimberly Staubs; one sister, Delores Walden of Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va.




William R. Walters Jr., 90



NOV. 20, 1916-JUNE 24, 2007

WILLIAMSPORT - William Roy Walters Jr., 90, a resident of Homewood Retirement Center, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport.

Born Nov. 20, 1916, in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of the late William Roy Sr. and Martha Dorothy Robinson Walters.

He was employed as a lithographer with Fancett-Haynes Printers in Rockville, Md., until retiring in 1976.

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

He was of the Brethren faith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Walters and Robert Walters.

A private graveside service will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Homewood Retirement Center Benevolent Fund, 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, MD 21795.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport.




Richard K. Wagner, 78



SEPT. 28, 1928-JUNE 25, 2007

Richard K. "Dick" Wagner, 78, of 2010 Starlite Lane, Hagerstown, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Eleanor Wagner.

He was employed by Blaine Window and Hardware, retiring in 1991.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Wagner; four daughters, Debra Bowman of Denver, Donna Wagner of Fairplay, Md., Diane Vanes of Hagerstown and Deidre Ford of Tampa, Fla.; one son, David Wagner of Smithsburg; one sister, Nola Discert of Florida; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. The Rev. Bill Warehime will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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




Margaret M. Kershner, 85



OCT. 3, 1921-JUNE 25, 2007

Margaret Mae Kershner, 85, of Hagerstown, passed away Monday, June 25, 2007, at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Born on Oct. 3, 1921, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Hilbert C. Williamson, who died in 1965, and Julia M. (Templon) Williamson, who died in 1999 at the age of 103.

She was a member of Christ's Reformed Church in Hagers-town, where she had taught Sunday school.

Margaret was a 1940 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

She retired as a Secretary with the UAW.

She married Edgar H. Kershner on Christmas Eve in 1940, and he preceded her in death in 1980.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn L. Chaney, and husband, Robert N., of Greencastle, Pa.; a son, Dr. Brian K. Kershner, and wife, Liping Wang, of Milford, Conn.; a stepgranddaughter, Nina Chang; a brother, Robert C. Williamson Sr. of Hagerstown; a niece; and nephews.

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