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Obituaries

July 05, 2008

Claude Barton Smith Jr., 77



SEPT. 7, 1930-JULY 3, 2008

Claude Barton (Uncle Pete) Smith Jr., 77, of 17307 Claymont Drive, Hagerstown, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at his home.

Born Sept. 7, 1930, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Claude Barton Smith Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Fish Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Arlene Smith, on Dec. 24, 2001.

He was employed by Mack Trucks Inc., retiring in 1991, and Rose Hill Cemetery, retiring in 2006.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1960, during the Korean Conflict.

He was one of the founders of both the Halfway Little League and Hagerstown Junior Football League.

He was a life member of W.D. Byron Post 1936 Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS Post 10.

He is survived by two sons, Mark L. Smith of Danville, Ill., and Claude B. Smith III of Hagerstown; a sister, Alice M. Wingert of Hagerstown; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and very special friends, "Marty and Carolyn," "Paul M.," "Stu," "Boo" and "Bill D."

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He was preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Mae Levi; and an infant sister, Mary Leann Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery. William R. Divelbiss Sr. will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Halfway Fire Department, 11114 Lincoln Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Military graveside honors will be conducted by AMVETS Post 10.




The Rev. Croft M. Pentz, 77



MAY 14, 1931-JULY 2, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Rev. Croft M. Pentz, 77, of 13394 Meadow View Ave., died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.

Born May 14, 1931, in Roadside, Pa., he was the son of the late Daniel F. and Edna F. Miner Pentz.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances I. "Bunny" Cook Pentz, in 2001. They were married Dec. 25, 1952.

He was a 1949 graduate of Washington Township High School, where he lettered in football, baseball, basketball and track. He received theological training at Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo.

He began his ministry in Little Rock, Ark., in 1952. He established The Calvary Chapel of the Deaf in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1954 and served as pastor for 42 years. From 1996 to 2007, he served as pastor of the Senior Adults/Outreach of the Calvary Assemblies of God in Waynesboro, involving services to four nursing homes, teaching an adult Sunday school class and editing the Senior Adult Paper.

He wrote sermon outlines and Christian handbooks, with more than 1 million books sold and several translated into other languages; compiled books of quotes and Christian poetry; wrote for magazines; prepared gospel tracts, which were published in seven languages; and was writing a weekly column for The Record Herald.

He had served as the New Jersey deaf director for the Assemblies of God, chaplain of the New Jersey State School for the Deaf, appeared weekly on "The Evangel" television show in New York City from 1957 to 1971, interpreted for the deaf five of the Rev. Billy Graham's crusades, was featured in the Jan. 8, 1960, edition of "TV Guide," assisted organizations providing sign-language services and led the opening prayer for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene McClain Barkdoll Pentz, whom he married Aug. 2, 2003; two nephews whom he raised as sons, Jesse E. Hykes of New Fairfield, Conn., and H. Preston Hykes of Port Reading, N.J.; two stepsons, Brian G. Barkdoll of Greencastle, Pa., and Bradley E. Barkdoll of Chambersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Catherine Pentz of Waynesboro and Mary A. Coldsmith of Chambersburg; four brothers, D. Clinton Pentz and George W. Pentz, both of Waynesboro, Robert H. Pentz of Phoenix and John W. Pentz of Carlisle, Pa.; two grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, June Wolff; and one brother, Merle Pentz.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God, Waynesboro. The Rev. Dwan N. Newsome and the Rev. Carl J. Colletti will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery near Quincy, Pa.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, and Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Pentz Mission Fund, c/o Calvary Assembly of God, 116 Snider Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268.




John W. Elser, 68



APRIL 24, 1940-JULY 3, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - John W. "Wally" Elser, 68, of 6896 Nyesville Road, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born April 24, 1940, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Dora E. Saunders Elser.

He attended Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Penn State Mont Alto.

He worked for the federal government for 25 years, retiring from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

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