John P. Ebersole, 80

AUG. 26, 1931-DEC. 30, 3011

January 04, 2012

John P. Ebersole, 80, of Breezewood, Pa., passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at home.

Born Aug. 26, 1931, in Clear Spring, Md., he was the son of the late John A. Ebersole and Lucy Ann (Gordon) Ebersole.

He is survived by his son, John F. Ebersole of Big Cove Tannery, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Ann Head and husband, Mike Head, of Hedgesville, W.Va.; a daughter-in-law, Debbie S. Ebersole; his companion, Naomi Smith; six grandchildren, Chris Ebersole and wife, Melanie, of Big Cove Tannery, Scott Ebersole of Big Cove Tannery, Tony Shives of Williamsport, Md., Johnny Ebersole and wife, Megan, of Shippensburg, Pa., Jenny Betts of Lebanon, Pa., and Laurence Ebersole of Big Cove Tannery; and 11 blessed great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Ebersole and Paul Ebersole.

Mr. Ebersole was a member of Hancock United Methodist Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving as a sergeant with Headquarters Section 3400th Army Service Unit between 1950 and 1953, and receiving the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Occupation Medal Japan and Good Conduct Medal.

After returning home, John was employed as a truck driver for many years, also working at H.B. Mellott in Warfordsburg, Pa. He then worked as an automobile mechanic at Fox Chevrolet in Mercersburg and for Shaw Motor Co. of Hancock, Md., until retiring in 1972.

He was a member of the Everett American Legion Post 8, a lifetime member of Breezewood VFW Post 8333 and Sideling Hill Sportsmen’s Association, and throughout his lifetime enjoyed racing stock and sprint cars on many different tracks, including Hagerstown, Port Royal and Bedford, and also started driving a sprint car for Walter Dyer in 1967 and for several years thereafter.

A memorial service with military honors will be Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church, 168-170 W. Main St., Hancock.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, and you may share memories online at

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to Damascus Church, c/o Barbara Pittman, 199 E. Pittman Road, Needmore, PA 17238 or to the humane society of your choice.

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