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February 10, 2009
SEPT. 14, 1942-FEB. 8, 2009 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Benjamin Rowe Jr., 66, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Born Sept. 14, 1942, in Orangeburg, S.C., he was the son of Ruth Thomas Rowe of Lincolnville, S.C., and the late James B. Rowe Sr. He retired from the U.S. Army as a communication specialist, having served two tours in Vietnam and awarded the Purple Heart. He was part of the ministerial staff and a member of Mount Zion AME Church in Duffields.
April 30, 2009
AUG. 26, 1933-APRIL 28, 2009 BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Lawrence J. Hamill Jr., (SFC, Ret. U.S. Army), 75, of Bunker Hill, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Born Aug. 26, 1933, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Lawrence J. Hamill Sr. and Gladyse Stevens Hamill. He was retired from the U.S. Army with 33 years of service, including serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of VFW Post 896, American Legion Post 42, AMVETS - MD Post 10, and DAV - WV 8. Mr. Hamill also was retired from Rubber Maid with 10 years of service and Western Maryland Railroad with 11 years of service.
September 12, 2009
FEB. 15, 1949-SEPT. 10, 2009 WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Richard Edgar Hutzell, 60, of Waynesboro, Pa., died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the home of his companion. Born Feb. 15, 1949, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Leroy and Mamie Hutzell. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army. He received the Purple Heart. He is survived by his companion, Janet Weidner; five stepchildren, Lisa and James Houser, Dina and Mike Anderson, and Erona Cissel; six stepgrandchildren, Renee, Katie, Robbie, Vanessa, Edward and Joel; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Chloe and Hudson; and numerous other family members.
May 27, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Military Order of the Purple Heart, in partnership with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg and WorkForce West Virginia, will host a Job Fair & Business Opportunity Summit on June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the medical center. The event is geared toward veterans seeking assistance in finding employment and in identifying new business opportunities. Representatives from businesses and government agencies in the greater Martinsburg area will be on hand to help qualified individuals meet their employment needs.
April 18, 2009
Lloyd I. Divelbliss, 80 JULY 4, 1928-APRIL 16, 2009 HANCOCK -- Lloyd I. Divelbliss, 80, of Hancock, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his home. Born July 4, 1928, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Oliver M. and Ivy Grace Deshong Divelbliss. He attended Price Wesleyan Church in Little Orleans, Md. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, receiving the Purple Heart and numerous other medals. He was a music enthusiast, playing the guitar and harmonica.
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 12, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday honored a fallen soldier from Chambersburg, Pa., and his family. State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg, authored House Resolution 295 in tribute to Pfc. Aaron Genevie, who was promoted to the rank of specialist posthumously. From the House floor, Kauffman recited John 15:13, which says, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. " Genevie graduated from McConnellsburg (Pa.)
January 8, 2009
JULY 20, 1925-JAN. 2, 2009 CALABASH, N.C. - Marvin Lewis Lowrey, 83, of Calabash, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born July 20, 1925, in Cogan Station, Pa., he was the son of the late Donald Lowrey and Mattie Kramm Lowrey. He was a Christian. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Aileen Noske Lowrey; three daughters, Patricia Beall of Woodsboro, Md., Cindy Cissel of Greenbelt, Md., and Jan Broom of Calabash; two sons, Steve Lowrey of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
March 14, 2009
Ronald E. Speer, 65 OCT. 8, 1943-MARCH 13, 2009 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ronald E. Speer, 65, of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and formerly of Waynesboro, Pa., died Friday, March 13, 2009, at the hospital. Born Oct. 8, 1943, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Clifford and Leatha Wilhide Speer. He was a 1963 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
November 17, 2012
Kent Pine Hedges, 68, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Born May 27, 1944, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Cecil "Snooks" Hedges and Dorothy Viola "Vi" Pine Hedges. Mr. Hedges was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He had retired from the Washington Health Department in Hagerstown as a sanitarian. He had a Bachelor of Science Degree from Shepherd College and his master's degree from Shippensburg, Pa. He is survived by his daughter, Jennell R. Hedges of Carroll County, Md.; and one brother, Scott M. Hedges and wife, Mary, of Martinsburg.
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