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Harwood Emory "Woody" Kidwiler, 89

January 18, 2011
  • Harwood Emory "Woody" Kidwiler
Harwood Emory "Woody" Kidwiler

JULY 11, 1921-JAN. 17, 2011

Harwood Emory “Woody” Kidwiler, 89, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, W.Va.

Born July 11, 1921, in Bakerton, W.Va., he was the only child of the late Harvie Lee Kidwiler and Ada Dopson Kidwiler.

Woody was employed by the Standard Limestone Co. of Millville, served as a Shepherd College campus policeman, as well as a policeman for the city of Shepherdstown, W.Va. In addition, he was an independent farmer and caretaker for the farms of the late Frank Ikard and later for the Henry Willard Farm.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Bakerton.

Woody was an accomplished musician and once played with country music star Roy Clark at a Bakerton event. He was also a well-known baseball player throughout the Tri-State area.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Charlotte Morrison Kidwiler, at home; three daughters, Judith “Judy” Ficklin and husband, Jerry, Myna L. Wandless and husband, Steve, and Linda D. Halter and husband, Rick, all of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; one son, Emory “Sonny” Kidwiler and wife, Patricia “Patty Ann,” of Harpers Ferry; six grandchildren, Dee Ficklin, Jerry David Ficklin II, Mylene Billmyer, Marla Tennant, Ronald Kidwiler and Wayne Kidwiler; 10 great-grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Ficklin, Danielle Smith, Ryan and Holly Kidwiler, Corey McDonald, Elicia Elkins, Casey Billmyer, Stephanie Craze Freeman and Jeffery Craze; two great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, U.S. 340 at Halltown Road, Charles Town/Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with Chaplain Doug Knupp officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Uvilla United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. F.V. McKee, 573 Whitmer Road, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442; or Elmwood Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 561, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at

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