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Obituaries

April 17, 2008
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MARCH 24, 1931-APRIL 13, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - William Francis Miller, 77, of Martinsburg and formerly of Middletown, Del., died Sunday, April 13, 2008, in Martinsburg.

Born March 24, 1931, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Joseph and Pearl Dorand Miller.

He was a 1950 graduate of Martinsburg High School, where he played on the Bulldog football team. He attended Delaware State College.

He was employed by General Motors, retiring in 1982.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was an auctioneer, coached little league baseball and was a member of Middletown Lions Club in Delaware.

He is survived by one daughter, Dixielee Gordanier of Middletown, Del.; one brother, Robert J. Miller of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; three grandsons, Christopher, Dillon and Pete Jr.; and nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Miller.

A celebration of life memorial service will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at South Berkeley Funeral Chapel in Inwood, W.Va. Evangelist Curtis Palmer will officiate.




James A. McCracken, 73



MAY 16, 1934-APRIL 15, 2008

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - James Adam Elwood McCracken, 73, of Kearneysville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at his home.

Born May 16, 1934, in Meadow View, Va., he was the son of the late Jake Lewis McCracken and Hazel Viola Perry McCracken.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cardelia E. Fitzgerald McCracken.

He retired as a groundskeeper at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill, Md.

He was a Baptist.

He is survived by six children, Laretta Wells and Darlene McCracken, both of Kearneysville, James McCracken Jr., Donald McCracken and Pattie Ripa, all of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Bessie Persiani of Northfork, W.Va.; one sister, Wanda L. Jones of Glade Springs, Va.; one brother, Elbert J. McCracken of Louisa, Va.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Rebecca McCracken; and two brothers, Emmett B. McCracken and Dolphus B. McCracken.

Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va. Dr. Michael Bageant will officiate.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.




Virginia E. Johnson, 85



SEPT. 5, 1922-APRIL 16, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Virginia E. Johnson, 85, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Heartland of Martinsburg.

Born Sept. 5, 1922, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Alton Mullin and Minnie Wiley Mullin Blair.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Johnson.

She was a member of Independent Church of God, where she taught youth Sunday school. She also attended Bethel Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Younker of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Delores French of Martinsburg; one son, Bernard Johnson of Clear Brook, Va.; six sisters, Nancy Rudy, Janet Poisal, Patricia Whitacre, Ada Wilson, Darlene Miller and Shirley VanMetre; two brothers, Thomas Blair and Freddie Blair; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Walburn and Betty Moss; and four brothers, Mac Blair, Alton Mullin, Roger Blair and William Mullin.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Independent Church of God (Miracle Center) in Hedgesville. The Rev. Charles Donivan and the Rev. Louis Whitford will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Hilda K. Brown



-APRIL 15, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hilda K. Brown, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at City Hospital in Martinsburg.

Born in Berkeley County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Kohler Keyton and Mary P. Fritts Keyton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Brown.

She retired from Criswell Florist, as a floral designer.

She was a Methodist.

She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis L. Smeltzer and Becky Linton, both of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, William K. James; one sister, Jane K. Sirbaugh; and one brother, Robert W. Keyton.

Graveside services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Theodore W. Brindle, 87



APRIL 21, 1920-APRIL 15, 2008

Theodore "Ted" Wilson Brindle, 87, of Hagerstown, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Autumn Assisted Living.

Born on April 21, 1920, in St. Thomas, Pa., he was the son of the late Wilson G. and Eva (Brake) Brindle.

He was a member of Van Lear Brethren In Christ Church in Williamsport.

Ted was a 1938 graduate of St. Thomas High School and spent two years at the Universal Chiropractic School in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He served with the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, as a Chief Pharmacist's Mate with the U.S. Navy.

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