July 29, 2008

Kenneth E. Wheat Jr., 59

SEPT. 4, 1948-JULY 27, 2008

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Kenneth E. Wheat Jr., 59, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born Sept. 4, 1948, in Sacramento, Calif., he was the son of the late Kenneth E. and Annie Margaret Dyer Wheat.

He was retired from the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and earning the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

He worked for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 15 years.

He was a member of Tomahawk Christian Church.

He was a member of Combined Honor Guard and D.A.V.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol E. Butts Wheat; two sons, Daniel W. Wheat of Hedgesville and Kenneth E. Wheat III of Tacoma, Wash.; one sister, Kay Wheat of Tennessee; and three grandchildren.


Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. Pastor Gene Grasham will officiate. Burial will be in Tomahawk Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

James R. Martinez, 73

-JULY 27, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - James R. Martinez, Cdr. USNR (Ret.) 73, of 1252 Lacebark Circle, Chambersburg, Pa., died peacefully at home on July 27 after a 15-month battle with leukemia.

Born in Ashland, Pa., he was the son of the late James and Anna Martinez. A former naval and civilian pilot, he was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. James then attended naval flight training in Pensacola, Fla. He was designated a naval aviator in July 1961. In October 1965, James graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Md.

Following his discharge from the United States Navy in 1968, he went to work as a pilot with Pan American World Airways for a one-year period. From 1970 to 1987, James was employed at Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown, Md. During his tenure at Fairchild, he served as chief test pilot and director of flight operations.

James returned to work for Pan American World Airways in 1987. In 1991, he went to work with Delta Airlines, flying as lead check airman, retiring from the company in 2004.

During his extensive career in flight testing, he flew many varieties of aircraft ranging from rotary wing to supersonic fighters. He amassed more than 20,000 flight hours during his aviation career.

He held membership in the Clarence Armstrong VFW Post 6241, Mercersburg, Pa., and was an associate fellow with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

James is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary Nell (Cambron) Martinez and a sister, Helen Washchysion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Martinez and Mary Oppenheim.

Private services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 2325 Country Road, or to the Menno Haven Benevolent Fund, 2011 Scotland Ave., both in Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

Condolences may be expressed at

T. Aubrey Kemp, 97

T. Aubrey Kemp, 97, of 13218 Briarcliff Drive, Hagerstown, Md., died 27 July 2008, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born in Hagerstown on July 19, 1911, he was the son of the late Hugh L. Kemp and Mettie P. Kemp.

He attended and graduated from Washington County public schools and from Columbia Business College in Hagerstown. While attending Columbia Business College in the daytime for 1 1/2 years, he worked at night as a telegraph operator on the Pennsylvania Railroad, working at the Railroad Towers from Halfway, Md., to the stations at H.J. Tower, Maugansville, Md., Marion, Pa., and Shippensburg, Pa.

He attended and graduated from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., with a B.A. degree. He was awarded a fellowship from Bucknell upon graduation. He worked his way through Bucknell with a scholarship awarded to him by the university; was employed as secretary to Dr. Lester P. Fowl at the university infirmary; was proctor of the men's dormitories; was co-director of W.P.A. of the U.S. government at the university; served as a member of the Student-Faculty Congress of the university; was co-chairman of the Social and Dance Committee of the university; and worked every summer in the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.

He attended and graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., from which he received his law degree. While attending law school, he worked in the Housing Department of the U.S. government, Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., for five years.

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