July 25, 2008

Raymond H. Bartles Jr., 43

AUG. 26, 1964-JULY 23, 2008

Raymond Howard "Sam" Bartles Jr., 43, of 807 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Easton (Md.) Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 26, 1964, in Washington County, he was the son of Shirley Ann Ardinger Bartles of Falling Waters, W.Va., and the late Raymond Howard Bartles Sr.

He is survived by two daughters, Clarissa Bartles and Shirley Bartles, both of New York; two sons, Jeffrey Bartles of New York and Daniel Bartles of Woodbridge, Va.; five sisters, Faith Bryan and Tammy Bartles, both of Hagerstown, Mary Kemph and Margaret Allen, both of Indiana and Kim Hill of Texas; and nine grandchildren.


Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert V. Robinson will officiate.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Rev. Fred E. Gross, 71

-JULY 23, 2008

The Rev. Fred E. Gross, 71, of 13633 Paradise Drive, Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Washington County Hospital.

Born in York, Pa., he was the son of the late Clyde A. and Ethel E. Fritz Gross.

He was the last surviving member of his family.

He graduated from William Penn Senior High School, York, in 1954. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg (Pa.) College in 1958, the Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1962, and the master of Education degree from Shippensburg (Pa.) University in 1975. He also studied at the Hagerstown Community College, Western Maryland College, and Lehigh University.

From 1962 to 1973, he served as an associate pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, with responsibility for the programs of Christian education, youth ministry, and church music. From 1974, he was employed by the Washington County Board of Education as an elementary teacher. During his 24-year tenure, he taught primarily at Bester, Winter Street and Cascade elementary schools. In addition, he served as Minister of Music at Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro, Pa., Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Md., and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Beaver Creek, Md. He performed substitute organist duties in many area churches, including Trinity Lutheran, Mt. Nebo United Methodist, Church of the Brethren, Mt. Lena United Methodist and the Presbyterian. For more than 35 years, he was engaged as a counselor and group leader on the summer staff of various church camps.

Since his full-time retirement, he worked as an interim kindergarten teacher at the Hagerstown YMCA Child Care Center and as a substitute teacher for the Waynesboro Area School District. In past years, he was affiliated with the Washington County Ministerial Association, the Washington County Council of Churches, the American Guild of Organists, the Junior Choir Festival Committee and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

Services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, with the Rev. Linda M. Alesssandri officiating. Burial will be in the Greenmount Cemetery, York, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday following the service.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any agency or organization that ministers to hungry and homeless persons.

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

Online condolences may expressed at

James Apperson, 61

MARCH 13, 1947-JULY 21, 2008

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - James "Ap" Apperson, 61, of Harpers Ferry, died Monday, July 21, 2008, at his home.

Born March 13, 1947, in Leesburg, Va., he was the son of the late James V. Apperson and Cleo Boone Apperson.

He was a stonemason with T. F. Chamblin Stone Masonry Inc. in Hillsboro, Va. for more than 30 years.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U. S. Army as a military police officer.

He is survived by two sons, James Apperson of Harpers Ferry and Elijah L. Apperson of Purcellville, Va.; his former wife, Vickie Apperson Fuog of Purcellville; one brother, Roy L. Apperson of Asheville, N.C.; and one aunt.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer and Norton Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry. Dr. Henry Christie will officiate.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Jefferson County Chapter, c/o Patty Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Arthur C. Dunton, 39

AUG. 27, 1968-JULY 23, 2008

Arthur Clement Dunton, 39, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away, Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at his home.

Born Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1968, in Silver Spring, Md., he was the son of Delmar H. Dunton and Mary A. Dunton.

He enjoyed history and being outdoors.

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