June R. Sparrow, 94

February 08, 2011

JUNE 20, 1916-FEB. 5, 2011

WILLIAMSPORT — June Rose (Shank) Sparrow, of Hagerstown, died early in the morning of Feb. 5, 2011, at Williamsport Retirement Village, 154 N. Artizan St., Williamsport.

Oddly, she departed this world only a block away from where she was born, at 117 N. Artizan St., Williamsport, on June 20, 1916. She was 94.

June was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Martin H. Sparrow; and her parents, Holliday Hicks Shank Jr. and Mary Addie (Tice) Shank.

She is survived by her son, William Holliday Sparrow (and wife, Sybil) of Midlothian, Va., and daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sparrow of Hagerstown. Her pride and joy were her surviving grandsons, Jeffrey Martin (and Annie), Gregory William (and Virginia) and Alexander Paul, all of Richmond, Va.; and great-grandchildren Audrey Sybil, Camden Gwendolyn, Andrew Jeffrey and namesake Charlotte June; and stepgreat-grandsons, Sam and Ben Gentry, all of Richmond.

June graduated first in her Class of 1934 from Williamsport High School and attended Hagerstown Business College.

She was employed as a deputy clerk of the Washington County Circuit Court until her retirement.

A devoted wife to Martin and mother to Bill and Mary, she was surrounded in life by a vast array of aunts, uncles and cousins, especially her innumerable Shank relations and Martin’s Pittsburgh relatives. In her earlier years, a square dancer and bowler, she became an avid card player and was especially known as a champion at pinochle. Surprisingly, late in life she became an avid Washington Redskins fan.

As June was a lifelong member of Williamsport United Methodist Church, the family would suggest contributions in lieu of flowers be made to that institution at 25 E. Church St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Williamsport United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Susan Boehl officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be private.

Arrangements were handled by Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport. Online condolences may be made to

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