obituaries for 4/27 HM

May 03, 2008

N. Linn Hendershot, 63

NOV. 17, 1944-MAY 1, 2008

Noah Linn Hendershot, 63, former Hagerstown City Councilman and Community Activist, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 17, 1944, in Hagerstown, Md., he was raised in nearby Warfordsburg, Pa.

Linn is survived by his good friend, Patricia Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his father, Noah H. "Brownie" Hendershot, and his mother, Evelyn V. Kirk Hendershot, and an infant brother. Linn was the third of four children.

Upon graduation from Southern Fulton High School in 1962, Linn graduated from the University of Maryland in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


Linn spent most of his adult life working in marketing and public relations with organizations such as Bucknell University, the Atlanta Falcons, the U.S. Auto Club in Indianapolis, and NASCAR. He was also a founder of GATR (Great American Truck Racing). And eventually he became the Director of Communications at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Linn has always had an interest in genealogy and spent much time researching and teaching during his years living in Atlanta. He was also very involved consulting and planning regarding handicap accessibility for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Turner Field and the Georgia Dome.

He was a member of the Masons for decades. Linn spent his last 12 years in Hagerstown where he was an active member and leader of many community organizations such as MiHi (Many Individuals Helping Individuals), the CRS (Community Rescue Service) Board, Horizon Goodwill Board, the Washington County Commission on Aging and the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee. He also served as a Hagerstown City Councilman from 2001 to 2005.

One of Linn's most notable accomplishments was in 2002 when he was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela V. Hendershot Roberson; and three grandchildren, Benjamin M. Roberson, Justin D. Roberson and Kayla A. Roberson; and former spouse, Nancy K. Hendershot, all of Prattville, Ala. His siblings include, Marion Hardin and her husband, Herb, of Hagerstown and Tom Hendershot and his wife, Nancy, of Olney, Md. He also leaves three nieces, Cynthia Hardin Perini of Hagerstown, Stacy Hardin Olexy of Reading, Pa., and Beth Hendershot Riley of Grasonville, Md.; and two nephews, Brian Hardin of Playa Del Rey, Calif., and David Hendershot of Olney.

Services will be Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. John Barlow will officiate. Burial will be at the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Warfordsburg, following the service.

The family will receive friends Monday, May 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fiery funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to MiHi Inc., P.O. Box 3511, Hagerstown, MD 21742; Community Rescue Service, 110 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church, 12941 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267. You may also consider honoring Linn by taking his lead and giving the gift of life by becoming an organ donor.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Alberta J. Goldsborough, 97

MAY 11, 1910-MAY 2, 2008

Alberta Josephine Goldsborough, 97, of 1304 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Md., passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born Wednesday, May 11, 1910, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Harry Cleveland Snook and Julia Viola Ridenour Snook.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mahon Goldsborough, in 1977.

She was employed with several women's apparel shops in Hagerstown.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she was the oldest member of the church joining in 1920.

She is survived by three daughters, Lana D. Walzl of Manchester, Md., Lois A. Walzl of Hagerstown and Monna J. Goldsborough of Smithsburg, Md.; one stepson, Oscar R. Goldsborough of Smithsburg; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one stepson, William M. Goldsborough; sisters, Helen V. Kiracofe, Edna L. Wilson, Jane E. Hull and Aleda V. Blair; and one brother, Charles W. Snook.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. from Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Clark Carr officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or Coffman Nursing Home, 1304 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Robert D. Flagg, 83

JAN. 31, 1925-APRIL 24, 2008

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