May 13, 2008

Ernest Lee Burnett Sr., 77

APRIL 6, 1931-MAY 10, 2008

Ernest Lee "Ernie" Burnett Sr., 77, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at his home.

Born April 6, 1931, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Allen and Elizabeth Marguerite (Lewis) Burnett Jr.

Ernie attended North Street School, Hagerstown. He served in the United States Army as Cpl. Inf., USAR.

He was employed by Bethel Gardens, where he worked for 18 years, Letterkenny Army Depot as warehouseman, and Callas Contractors and Fort Dietrich as a contractor.

Ernie was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and Charles Harden American Legion Post 74, where he served as 1st Vice Commander and 2nd Vice Commander Pvt. (retired).


Ernie was a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church for 18 years, where he served as a member of the Trustee Board and a member of the Usher Board.

Ernie is survived by two daughters, Deborah Burnett and Valencia Burnett; one son, Ernest L. Burnett Jr.; four sisters, Nettie V. Russ, Jacqueline Harris and Lola Mosby, all of Hagerstown, and Alberta Freeman of Fort Washington, Md.; two brothers, Thomas Burnett and Austin Burnett, both of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren, Janell Burnett, Isis Moten Burnett, Avery Carey, Devon Carey and Clifton Carey, all of Hagerstown, Gary Robinson of Washington, D.C., and Ivy Burnett of Dunwoody, Ga.; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Ernie was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Simms and Lela Greene; and six brothers, William A. Burnett Jr., Mortimor Burnett, Clarence Burnett, Chester Burnett, John Burnett and Melvin Burnett.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Greater Campher Temple, Kings Apostle Holiness Church, 125 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Leroy Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown. Military honors will be accorded by Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion,


The visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 40 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Online condolences are accepted at

Joyce M. Gearhart, 74

OCT. 6, 1933-MAY 10, 2008

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Joyce M. Gearhart, 74, of 11862 Ridge Road, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Oct. 6, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Levi D. and Hazel M. Mentzer Heefner.

She attended Shady Grove Elementary and two years at Greencastle High School.

She was employed at Stationery House as a proofreader until her retirement.

She was a member of Macedonia United Brethren in Christ Church in Greencastle.

She was a member of AARP.

She volunteered with many community organizations.

She is survived by her husband, William L. Gearhart, whom she married July 1, 1955; one son, Brian L. Gearhart of Shady Grove, Pa.; two sisters, Jane Blair of Stateline, Pa., and Betty Gearhart of Shady Grove; one brother, Larry Heefner of Chambersburg; and two grandchildren.

Services and visitation will be private. Burial will in Parklawns Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Macedonia United Brethren in Christ Church, 11887 Worlytown Road, Greencastle PA 17225.

Arrangements are by Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc., Waynesboro.

Virginia "Ginny" A. Slifer, 85

MARCH 26, 1923-MAY 11, 2008

Virginia "Ginny" Anna Louise (Reeder) Slifer, 85, of Boonsboro, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 26, 1923, near Mount Carmel, she was the daughter of the late Amos E. and Margie Baker Reeder.

She was a graduate of Boonsboro High School, class of 1941. She also graduated from the Washington County Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1945. She was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.

She was a loving caregiver all her life for family and friends.

She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville, Md.

Over the years, she was employed as a registered nurse at Washington County Hospital, Reeders Memorial Home and with Dr. Robert Campbell's office in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William H. Slifer; and by her six children and their spouses, Dennis Slifer of Lexington, Va., Ann and the Rev. William A. Herche Jr. of Lothian, Md., Dorothy and Thomas Hammond of Marriottsville, Md., Debra and Kirk Karn of Falling Waters, W.Va., Laura and Tilghman Hemsley of Stevensville, Md., and William II and Susan Slifer of Falling Waters; a brother, James H. Reeder of Hagerstown; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

There will be no public viewing.

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