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,PAGE A8 Wednesda~ January 10, 2018 NEWS / OBITUARIES S " " ' ~' 2 ~ - - PIRY[ of JLt D LRSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Annex FROM PAGE A2 sel Kin Sayre cites a 2009 state law that set up a new process for annexing land in growth counties 'that have adopted zoning ordinances. "This has been a process for 15 years, adopted .twice by the county," Ward said. "The logical next - step is, it's very clear law that says within the urban growth boundary the city can annex and within that ' urban growth boundary the city can annex without - the county refusing it for any number of reasons." Ward said the consent of the property owner is not required under the 2009 change in the law, which he credited to a move made by the cities of Charles Town and Ranson following a smorgasbord of an- ,nexations by both cities more than a decade ago. "If you're going to do the things to have effec- tive jurisdictional management, provision of pub- lic safety, provision of public works, maintenance of infrastructure, pro-active economic growth, you - can't go to five people and Say, 'This all makes sense, you in, you in, well I'm out because I don't 'like your shirt or I hate the city of Charles Town or whatever," ward said. "That's why the state Legisla- ture used the t0ol that is used in other urban growth boundaries across the country, which is, within the urban growth boundary there is fhe municipal right to do this without the uncertainty of having to get permission of everybody and their brother." City Planner Seth Rivard said residents absorbed in the annexation would be able to keep the same land development rights that they now enjoy under the county's zoning ordinance. "We would adopt the county's zoning classifi- cation here," Rivard said. "(Residents) could keep their zoning, meaning the use or density or how Matt Ward Seth Rivard much commercial aspect they could get based on their current zoning. We're not proposing to change anybody's zoning." Conversely, the city wouldn't force a zoning change on any property owner, Ward said. Rogers disputes reports that the city will reap a $1 million windfall from the annexation. He said the move would have a minimal effect on county revenue and notes that it takes away some of the county's costs by taking on services the county now provides. Rogers called the annexation a "revenue-neutral" move, owing to the rollback provision in state law that prevents the city from collecting more than 1 percent more in state law than it collected the pre- vious year. "This isn't about us getting millions of dollars," Rogers said. "But as we go out and bring in these new businesses and continue to plan for new busi- nesses that will come in because we're pro-actively going to go out and get them, we're going to be in a much better situation with our sales tax and that's going to give us more money to benefit everyone who is now in a whole, united Charles Town." Honor FROM PAGE A7 someone in need, we can help that per- son. "If Dr. King were alive today, he would want us to be kind to every- one, no matter how they look or where they live or whether they're rich or poor." That same year, a poster that Claire made - a giant peace sign made up of dozens of faces - also won first place in her age category, and the often te- dious work that she put into making it remains one of my fondest memories from that time: Claire and her sisters at the kitchen table, scouring stacks of magazines for images reflecting our country's diversity. For me, it was eye-opening to real- ize that so many of the ads we're bom- barded with feature only white people. As Claire sought out photos of people of various ages, various colors, various jobs and backgrounds, we had time to talk about King's work and other big is- sues - slavery, what motivated Brown to fight in Harpers Ferry and then die on the gallows in Charles Town, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, the basics of what's now called "white privilege." We were a homeschooling family then and I'm grateful for the time we had to ask questions and read aloud together from biographies borrowed from the kids' section of the library as the girls spotted images, cut them out and then piled them up for Claire to ar- range and carefully glue into place. I credit hours spent on that and similar projects for helping my kids begin to see that although they hap- pened to live in a state with a popu- lation that's largely white, they did not want to grow up looking at the world from an outdated, misguided, limiting, whites-only lens. When we were doing that work in late 2006, as in centuries past, as today, too many white people act as if the only histo- ry that ought to count is history told from their vantage point and that what benefits them is the only course to be considered now. I'm hoping that this year on MLK Day, all of us who cherish equality will fully recommit ourselves to work- ing hard to make West Virginia and the rest of the nation a place where the Confederacy is finally relegated to the history books, a failed idea rather than any kind of ideal. I want to live in a time and place where the aim is a better life not just for some of us, but for all of us. Can we try that for a change? - Christine Snyder, a native of Berkeley County who lives in Ranson with her husband and four daughters, began her professional journalism career in 1985. She is the managing editor of the Spirit Jay Kenneth McCoy Jay Kenneth McCoy, 69, passed away peacefully at his ,home in Charles Town, WV -on Wednesday, January 3, .2018. Jay was born September 30, 1948 to the late J.K. McCoy and Mary Ellen Berry Mc- .Coy. His early life was spent in Durham, NC. Upon his fa- 'ther's death in 1959, Jay and his family moved to Morgan- town, WV where he attend- ed St. Francis de Sales High School. Upon graduation, he earned his machinist's license from the Naval Research Lab and the University of Mary- land. He retired in 2004 from the US Army Corps of Engi- neers in Washington DC after 21 years of service. Jay was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in In- wood, WV. Jay was preceded in death by his parents and a very spe- cial aunt, Joan Berry, in addi- tion to several other aunts and .uncles. Jay is survived by his loving wife Diann, whom he married on December 6, 1969, He is also survived by his son, Jay McCoy, Jr. ("Mac,') and his daughter-in-law Lis of Shep- herdstown, WV, his broth- er, Danny McCoy (Pare) of Greensboro, NC, his sisters Barbara (George)Sarris of Morgantown and Patricia Mc- Coy of Apex, NC and sever- al nieces and nephews, all of Robert whom remember their "Gen- tle Giant," Uncle Jay, for his warmth, his humor and his love. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends. The family received friends Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Eackles-Spen- cer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Morgan- town, WV. In lieu of flowers, memori- als may be made to the Ani- mal Welfare Society of Jef- ferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- cerfuneralhome.com :PAID MEMORIAL Betty Lou Whitney Bryant Betty Lou Whitney Bry- ant, 911/2, of Shepherdstown, beloved wife, mother, grand- mother, great-grandmoth- er and friend, died Dec. 31, 2017, at Hospice of the Pan- handle in Keameysville, due to complications from a fall on Dec. 6. Born April 16, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Wil- liam Henry and Lucile (Fin- kel) Whitney. She attended schools in Shaker Heights and CleVeland Heights, Ohio, un- til: she was 12, when her fam- C. Fields, LIC ily moved to Oxford, Ohio, where her father taught ac- counting at Miami Universi- ty. She graduated from Wil- liam McGuffey High School in 1943. She attended Miami Uni- versity until the middle of her junior year when she left school to marry Robert Wil- liam Bryant. She later gradu- ated from The University of Alabama in June 1948. She was a librarian in the pub- lic schools of Prince Georges County, Maryland, at DuVal High School, Northwestern High School and Bladensburg Elementary School. She was an active volunteer in the Jefferson County com- munity, While living in Shan- nondale, she Women's Club, Citizens of Shannondale Club Ltd. After moving to Shep- herdstown, she devoted six years in many different capac- ities to the Millbrook Orches- tra and the Millbrook Auxilia- ry. She was on the board of di- rectors of the Shepherdstown Men's club, donated time to the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center, The Good News Paper as a writer and proofreader, and was a member of SAIL, WISH and The Club at Cress Creek. She was secretary of the Friends of Music board of directors and president of the Friends of Music Guild. She was elected to the Friends of Music Hall of Fame in De- cember 2009. She was devoted to and proud of her family. An avid reader, she also loved classical music, playing bridge with her friends and watching her fa- vorite football teams - Navy, Ohio State, Alabama and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 67 years, Bob, on May 15, 2013. She is survived by four daugh- ters and sons-in-law, Beck Fleck and husband, Larry, of McLean, Virginia, Dr. Bonnie lee Bryant and husband, Keith Bird, of Shannondale, Barbara Zingg and husband, Robert, of Shannondale and Beth Bryant Carroll and husband, John, of New Lenox, Illinois. She also leaves 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister-in- law, Gerry Whitney; 12 niec- es and nephews; and many de- voted neighbors and friends. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was pre- ceded in death by her only brother, David Gwin Whitney, in 1984. A Celebration of Life ser- vice was held at 1:30 pan. Feb. 10, 2018, at St. Peters Luther- an Church, in Shepherdstowri, with Pastor Karen Erskine- Valentine officiating. An or- gan recital by organist Linda Snyder preceded the service. Interment was private. Light refreshments were served in the church social room after the service. In lieu of flowers, contribu- tions may be made to Friends of Music, P.O. Box 220, Shep- herdstown, WV 25443 or Hos- pice of the Panhandle Inc 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430, or the charity of ybur choice. Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. Please sign the guest book and view her obituary at www.mtstrid- er.com PAID MEMORIAL John Gellert McDowell John Gellert McDowell, 84, of Charles Town, WV passed away on Friday, January 5, Colonial FUneral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. Ban' Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 www.mtstdder.com 2018 at his residence. Born October 4, 1933 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late William Woods McDowell and Hannah Gel- lert McDowell. John loved antiques, golf- ing, his dogs and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by long-time companion, Bonnie Turner and her children, Linda At- water and husband, Joe; Scott Turner, and Ben Turner; two daughters, Alisa Anania and husband, Allen Fine; Jacquie Hull and husband, Matthew; one son, Philip McDowell and wife Kelly; 10 grand- children and one great-grand- daughter. He was preceded in death by three brothers. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jeffer- son County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackies- spencerfuneralhome.com PAID MEMORIAL John Robert Harrison John Robert Harrison, 80, of Sandy Hook, MD, passed peacefully on Monday, Janu- ary 8, 2018 at his residence. Born September 26, 1937 in Brunswick, MD, he was the son of the late John Sam- uel Harrison and Ethel Deener Harrison. He was a member of San- dy Hook United Methodist Church. John was the oldest resi- dent of Sandy Hook, MDat the time of his death. He re- tired in 1999 after 38 years of employment with Capital Ce- ment Corporation in Martins- burg, WV. He liked his proj- ects around the house, his trips to town and time with his friends talking over coffee. He was an animal lover and en- joyed watching the squirrels, deer and other critters. His sense of humor will he missed by those who knew him well. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Lee Whit- tington Harrison, at home; two daughters, Robyn Hard- son-Taft and husband, David of Harpers Ferry, WV; and Beth Ripka and husband, Aar- on of SandyHook, MD; three grandchildren, Alex Taft, Des- tinee Ripka and Aaron Eu- gene Ripka, Jr.; nieces, Con, nie and Karen and nephews, Craig, Charlie, Joe, George and Chip. He was preceded in death by one brother, James Eugene Harrison and a niece, Katie. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Fer- ry, WV with Toni Dufficy of- ficiating. Interment will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, WV. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memo- rials may be made to Hos- pice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hager- stown, MD 21742. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- . cerfuneralhome.com PAID MEMORIAL ~ince 1918 EACKLES.SPENCER & NORTON FUNERAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown Rd. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. Spencer (Licensee) (Ucensee-ln-Charge) 304.724.6500 www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com I