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George E. "June" Lashley, 84

JULY 29, 1927-JULY 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

George E. Lashley, 84, of Hancock, Md., went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 11, 2012. He passed away at a loved one's home after a long battle with cancer.

Born July 29, 1927, in Hancock, he was the son of the late George B. And Anna Thompson Lashley. He was born again into the Family of God, July 20, 1969. He married Ruth Irene Boden on March 4, 1950. She passed away in October 2002.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph Lashley of Hancock and George A. Lashley of Needmore, Pa.; two daughters, Rebecca Hess of Needmore and Joyce Shives of Clear Spring, Md.; 10 grandsons; two granddaughters; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice R. Balco and Thelma Bishop; one infant brother; one daughter, Catherine Compton; one infant grandson; and one great-grandson.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He was assigned to Battery C. 611th Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Carson, Colo. His military specialty was artillery basic training and gun crewman, pack artillery. He assisted in assembling 75-millimeter pack guns in preparation for firing; set target range on range drum and target angle of site on angle of site scale; opened and closed breech and pulled lanyard to fire piece; assisted in maintenance of equipment, such as cleaning and oiling; and assisted the stable sergeant in the care and feeding of mules and keeping the stable clean. He worked with 43 mules in the pack. He was honorably discharged, T/5 rank.

His first job was with his father, cutting lumber the old-fashioned way, with a crosscut saw.

He became a Christian pastor beginning July 20, 1969, until his death. He was a member of the True Church Body of Christ. His first five years of ministry were in the Fulton Bedford County Christian Conference. He helped organize and build Rosedale Christian Church in Winchester, Va., where he was assistant pastor. The church has since become a college. He became the pastor of Bethel Independent Church in Sleepy Creek, W.Va., in 1974 until his death. He had ministered in retirement homes, home visitations and through telephone calls to God's Glory. He loved to bear his cross with the love of God and Jesus. He always would tell you that he loved you and that he loved everybody. He touched many hearts as he journeyed through life. Even without uttering a word, he touched someone. He was loved by so many.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman for souls, first of all. He was a member of Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club, beginning in 1949, and a member of the NRA. He was a feed deliverer for 17 years and store manager; and constable for Washington County from 1962 to 1966. He worked at Woodmont Rod and Gun Club for 20 years, as gamekeeper, game protector and grounds manager. In 1973, he was awarded the Forest Conservationist of the Year for Maryland. He was also a courier for Hagerstown Trust from 1988 to 2005. After retirement, he helped his dear friends on the Golden Orchards.

He volunteered as a Little League umpire in his younger years. He enjoyed watching the children play baseball. He supported the local Little League and high school teams. He enjoyed passing out Tootsie Rolls to the children at the games.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. The Rev. Glen Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Rehobeth United Methodist Cemetery near Hancock.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to American Cancer Society.

Online condolences will be accepted at www.grovefh.com.

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