April 21, 2013
John Leather wears earplugs to church, but it's not the sermon that the 88-year-old World War II veteran is trying to muffle. He said he wears the earplugs to drown out the rumble of a drum that's played when the congregation sings hymns. “I've had to leave the service a couple of times,” Leather said with a shiver. “It reminds me of artillery coming in.” Nearly 70 years ago, Leather was a sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, a unit of paratroopers and glider soldiers who saw some of World War II's most ferocious fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.
April 2, 2013
Russell Ray "Bub" Smoot, 90, of Sharpsburg, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Golden Living Center. Born May 12, 1922, in Slanesville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ray and Hilda (Rowzee) Smoot. Russell worked as a cabinet maker for 41 1/2 years at Statton Furniture Co., retiring in 1989. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II with 41st Company A, Tank Division, 11th Armour Thunderbolts. He served in Europe and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
April 16, 2012
Maj. Joseph Thomas Forney, U.S. Army, retired, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., passed away Saturday, April 14, year of our Lord 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Aug. 7, 1914, in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of the late Harry Frederick Forney and Mary E. Howe Forney, and stepmother, Elizabeth V. Main Forney. He was a graduate of Bath District High School, Berkeley Springs, Class of 1933. He also attended George Washington University and American University, both in Washington, D.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Lou Johnson, and his brother, Richard M. Forney.
February 13, 2012
Donald E. "Donnie" DeBold Sr., 88, of National Pike, Hagerstown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home. Born Sept. 11, 1923, in Eylers Valley, Md. (Sabillasville), he was the son of the late William John “Billy” DeBold and Katherine Matilda Naylor DeBold. He was married to Jane Louise Cromer DeBold on July 31, 1948, and she preceded him in death in 1997. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, having served during the Battle of the Bulge in the 76th and 90th Infantry divisions. He was a 1941 graduate of Thurmont High School.
December 12, 2010
Bundled in their winter coats and shivering from the December cold, members of Hagerstown Choral Arts streamed into Trinity Lutheran Church on a recent evening for rehearsal. Their weekend performance of Handel's "Messiah" was just days away and on this night it was about fine tuning. Clutching their scores, the singers did what comes naturally. First one voice, and then another, and soon the room was swelling with song so rich and strong it almost spilled outdoors. While the local choral group's performance will not approach the extremes that some productions have reached over the centuries, member Jack Myers is confident their rendition will leave a lasting impression on audiences.
December 8, 2009
DEC. 25, 1923-DEC. 6, 2009 Lee E. Rephann Jr., 85, of Hagerstown, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home. Born Dec. 25, 1923, in Eckhart Mines, Md., he was the son of the late Lee and Gladys (Eisel) Rephann. He was in the first graduating class of Beall High School in Frostburg, Md. Lee was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart. He retired as an automobile insurance adjuster and most recently had worked at Mace Auto Body Shop in Smithsburg, Md. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Hagerstown.
September 14, 2009
APRIL 15, 1925-SEPT. 13, 2009 Wayne E. Alter Sr., 84, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born April 1, 1925, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Ira Doran and Eva May (Bower) Alter. He was the husband of the late Patricia Ann (Glesner) Alter, who died Jan. 23, 1994. Wayne served in the United States Army during World War II, where he was a corpsman in the Battle of the Bulge. He was later honorably discharged and returned to Hagerstown.
January 30, 2009
MARCH 15, 1924-JAN. 28, 2009 CUMBERLAND, Md. - Raymond J. McCabe, 84, of Cumberland, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 15, 1924, on top of Green Ridge, he was the son of the late Michael E. and Effie (Hartman) McCabe. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Reta (Hiett) McCabe; and nine of his siblings, Arlie Ray Byrd, Edna McCabe, Mollie Robinett, Pat McCabe, Arveda Piper, Elva Slider, Michael McCabe, Roy McCabe and Viola (Sissy)
January 3, 2009
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back -- through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others -- at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Allen William Myers, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 84. His obituary appeared in the Dec. 31 edition of The Herald-Mail. By ALICIA NOTARIANNI MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- People often are remembered for the things they have said.