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Obituaries

May 31, 2008

James Towner, 71



MARCH 13, 1937-MAY 29, 2008

CORDOVA, Tenn. - James Towner, 71, of Cordova and formerly of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Memphis, Tenn.

Born March 13, 1937, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late James Russell and Elizabeth Ramsburg Towner.

He was a 1955 graduate of Martinsburg High School and a 1959 graduate of Shepherd College.

He was a retired program analyst with the Internal Revenue Service.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by one brother, Richard Towner of Noblesville, Ind.; one niece; and two nephews.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Pastor Kevin Greene will officiate.

Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Lizzie M. Hutzler, 62



DEC. 11, 1945-MAY 29, 2008

GLENGARY, W.Va. - Lizzie Minerva Walters Hutzler, 62, formerly of Glengary, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Care Haven Center.

Born Dec. 11, 1945, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Harold James and Helen Carbaugh Mills.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel E. Walters; and her second husband, Ward C. Hutzler Sr.

She was previously employed as a nursing assistant with the Western Maryland Center.

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Walters and Sandy Duncan, both of Martinsburg; one son, Samuel E. Walters II of Funkstown; stepchildren; four sisters, Patricia Henson and Emma Reger, both of Big Pool, Susan Hornbaker of Mercersburg, Pa., and Frances Hart of Clear Spring; three brothers, Amos H. Mills and Albert Mills, both of Hagerstown, and Edgar Mills of Clear Spring; four grandsons; stepgrandchildren; and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Steven D. Walters; one stepdaughter, Debbie Viller; four sisters, Verda Mills, Sarah Mills, Gladys Mills and Mary A. Rankin; one granddaughter.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at South Berkeley Funeral Chapel in Inwood, W.Va. The Rev. Don Preston will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glengary, W.Va.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.




Phillip S. Cogar, 36



FEB. 28, 1972-MAY 29, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Phillip Shawn Cogar, 36, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at his home.

Born Feb. 28, 1972, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Phillip P. Cogar of Inwood, W.Va., and Norma J. Faircloth Cogar of Martinsburg.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Dozer Cogar of Martinsburg; and one brother, Shane R. Cogar of Martinsburg.

Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at South Berkeley Funeral Chapel in Inwood, W.Va. Pastor Don Cherry will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.




Philipp Spencer, 60



MARCH 17, 1948-MAY 28, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Philipp Spencer, 60, of Martinsburg, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at his home.

Born March 17, 1948, in New York City, he was the son of William Spencer of New York City and the late Louise Golden.

He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was CEO and founder of Philme Services.

He was a member of Men of Valor and Vision, Veterans on the Rise and the Masonic Lodge.

He was a notary public.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Pauline Spencer; one daughter, Dr. Alizzi Stanchel of Laurel, Md.; one son, Jamar Spencer of Temple Hills, Md.; two sisters, Joanne Beard and Tywanda Jackson, both of Manassas, Va.; two brothers, Bruce Spencer of New Jersey and Kevin Downs of New York; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony Downs, Michael Downs and Joseph Downs.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Destiny Baptist Church. The Rev. Carl Que Hickerson will officiate. Military graveside services will be at Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.




Staley Shafer, 82



SEPT. 20, 1925-MAY 30, 2008

BOONSBORO - Staley Shafer, 82, of Mapleville Road, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home.

Born Sept. 20, 1925, in Downsville, he was the son of the late Charles E. Shafer Sr. and Edith F. Staley Shafer.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence A. Gsell Shafer, in 1989.

He attended The Downsville School.

He was owner and operator of San Mar Produce Market for 52 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Air Corps.

He was a member of Mount Zion Mennonite Church in Benevola, Md.

He was a member of the VFW of Brunswick, Md.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Shafer, whom he married Dec. 7, 1991; two daughters, Donna L. Renner of Boonsboro and Norma J. Horning of Marlow, W.Va.; one son, Gregory L. Shafer of Hagerstown; one sister, Catherine McCauley of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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