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PAGE A8 Wednesda. . January 24, 2018 NEWS / OBITUARIES S " " ' ~ "? 2 ~ 2 , PIRH of JL.t LRSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Charles Town or horses from California, Racing FROM PAQE A1 so to speak, why we would want to give that much money away for one race." serious jeopardy. "We can't justify ran- The purse fund is a guaranteed ning the race for $300,000," Zimny said. amount available for stakes races and is "They would never get the horses here for that. We're going way outside the bounds of what usually happens here." Racing commissioners Ken Lowe and Anthony Figaretti both voted for the purse cut. The Charles Town Classic is on the calendar for April 21. The 2018 stakes schedule was set to be voted on at a meeting last month, but that was tabled after Lowe indicat- ed he wanted more purse funds to be made available for other stakes races throughout the year. On Tuesday, Lowe said he would have agreed to OK more for the race if Hollywood Casino had matched that amount. He said he believes $1.2 mil- lion is too much for a single race. Lowe said it makes no sense to pay $12. million for the Charles Town Clas- sic. "The Triple Crown is $1 million," Lowe said. "I can't justify why any race in calculated from the total paid in over- night purses from the previous year. The racetrack receives 8 percent of the total purse fund as per contract from the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevo- lent and Protective Association. "In our country, the average Grade 2 race has an average purse of about $200,000," Lowe said. "What that does is that takes $1.2 million out of the purses that could be used at Charles Town, so instead of taking that money away, I compromised. "I said my motion is $300,000 if there's no matching number. Howev- er, if you want to make it more, let's do this, let's make it $400,000 if Hol- lywood Casino matches it. So, we allow $400,000 out of the purse account and match it with $400,000 more and it's an $ 800,000 race. Furthermore, if you approve half a million dollars and the casino matches it. If you want to go to $600,000 then the casino matches it and you have a $1.2 million race. I thought that was more than a fair compromise." The area horsemen's association has mixed feelings about the size of the purse for the Classic. In a letter submitted to the Rac- ing Commission following Tuesday's vote, CTHBPA President Randy Funk- houser agreed a large purse is good for the Charles Town track, but he said lo- cal horsemen can't compete in a stakes race with such a large purse. In his letter, Funkhouser said the Horsemen have no comment on the "amount of the purse account allocated to the (Classic) race." "We do take the position that Horse- men have and are seriously hurting from pensation debt in 2015 and the passage a year earlier of the so-called "Haircut" bill, which took 10 percent from rac- ing and breeding funds, has resulted in a 46 percent decrease in the number of occupational permits issued for "thor- oughbred participants" "by the state Racing Commission. Funkhouser said the number of foals born in West Virginia dropped by more than 34 percent after lawmakers' actions. "Without stability and growth to the purse and breeders funds, the thorough- bred industry in West Virginia is in jeop- ardy," wrote Funkhouser, who called on the racing commission to fight to get workers' compensation money returned and the Haircut bill reversed. Zimny said cancelling the Charles Town Classic does the racing industry successive have undermined the finn standing of the horse racing and breeding industry in West Virginia," Funkhouser wrote. Funkhouser said the failure of the Legislature to return purse fund monies want to make it a $1 million race, we'll used to repay the state's Workers Com- legislative actions which " no favors. "This would hurt the industry for this race not to continue," he said. "I don't know how anybody could say that canceling your biggest day would help your industry. To have this happen is really a blow to this industry." - Zach Cumberland contributed Ken Lowe Randy Funkhouser ebration of Randy's life. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to: House of Hope 2484 Bonita St. Stuart, Fla. 34997 hohm- PAID MEMORIAL . . i i Randolph Jennison Hayes Randolph Jennison Hayes passed away peacefully on January 19th. He is survived by Betty his beloved wife of almost sixty years. Addition- ally he was the cherished fa- ther of Randolph Hayes Jr. (Lisa) and Pamela Willman (Bertram) as well as beloved grandfather of Reid, Jenni- son, Allison, and Kelly. Randy was born 1932 in West Newton, Massachusetts to Roscoe and Alice Hayes. He attended Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College as well as the Tuck School of Business. While attending Dartmouth, Ran- dy lettered in both football and lacrosse. He maintained a strong bond with his many Dartmouth friends. Randy served as a Naval Officer prior to beginning a distinguished thirty-year ca- reer with IBM. The follow- ing ten years he was vice president of an international consulting firm. He retired to Jensen Beach, Florida in 1996. Additionally, Randy continued to enjoy summer- ing at "Vin'ton," his ances- tral historic home in Charles Town, West Virginia. During his retirement, Ran- dy and Betty pursued their mutual interests in golf and international travel. They also became active mem- bers in the Unity Church of Jensen Beach. Randy was an avid reader, sports fan, and crossword puzzle enthusiast. :Most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his fam- ily. Randy is remembered as a loyal friend and amentorto many. He had a life well-lived :and will be truly missed. There will be a future eel- Mildred B. Hoffmaster Mildred B. Hoffmaster, 95, of Linthicum, formerly of Charlestown, WV, passed away on January 17, 2018. She was born in Charlestown to the late Clarence and Mary Barton. During World War II, she was a secretarial contrac- tor typing up war documents for the government. She was an active member of Linthi- cum Heights United Method- ist Church and the Women's Auxiliary. In her earlier years, Mildred was a den mother in scouting and then in her later years, she ran the gift shop at Benson Hammond House. She participated in many church activities and fundraisers, en- joyed sew g and cooking. She was known as the "Holi- day Cooking Specialist." In ad tion to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Forrest G. Hoffmaster. Mildred is survived by her sons, Alan B. Hoffmaster and his wife, Susan, Paul W. Hoff- master and his wife, Cindy; four grandchildren, Joshua, Timothy, Chrissy and Charlie; and three great-granddaugh- ters, Merissa, Abigail and Ha- ley. The family received visi- tors at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A 1 2nd Ave, SW (at Crain Hwy), in Glen Bumie, on Sunday, January 21st, from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service was on Monday, 10 a.m at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum, 21090. Interment followed at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charle- stown, WV. For condolences, please visit www.singletonfu- PAID MEMORIAL d St. Ranson, WV 25438 Phone: 304-725-5321. Fax: 304. 7254767 Robert C. Fields, LIC Margaret Hollis Ahrens Margaret Hollis Ahrens, 95, of Charles Town, WV passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born October 31, 1922 in Mayfield, GA, she was the daughter of the late Samuel B. Hollis and Florin Allen Hol- lis. She was of the Christian faith. She was an avid seamstress and also loved to garden. She is survived by one son, Gerd H. "Chip" Ahrens and wife, Paulina of Charles Town, WV; one brother, Samuel B. Hollis, Jr. and wife, Mary of Bluffton, SC; two grandchil- dren, Adam Preston Ahrens and Gabriella M. Franklyn and husband, Anthony, one great-granddaughter, Holly Marie Franklyn, sister-in-law, Alma Hollis and nephew, Dr. Ron Freeman and wife, Mary. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gerd H. Ahrens, Sr. and one broth- er, Robert Wendell Hollis. Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Asbury United Meth- odist Church, Charles Town, WV. of Pentecostal Faith. He was preceded in death by his wife Alma V. (Hough) Henry, his parents and three sisters, Helen, Mae and Nel- lie Henry. He is survived by his daugh- ter Connie A. (Henry) Whit- tington and her husband Cal- vin Whittington. Two grand- children, Dana A. Whitting- iington of Nortla Carolina. Albert worked for Badger Fire Extinguisher Company. He also served as a Jefferson County Constable He also worked as a security guard at Winchester Hospital and Charles Town Races. Albert was an active member of the Shepherdstown Kiwanis until his illness. Albert loved music and played several instruments. He loved playing the pia- no. He played the piano in Church and for several Wed- dings, Funerals, and Social Functions throughout the years. He will be greatly missed by his family. Graveside services were held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2 pm at Masonic Cemetery in Middleway WV, with Dr. Henry Christie of- ficiating. Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home, Mar- tinsburg, WV. ~IDMEMORIAL PAID MEMORIAL Albert L. Henry Jr. Albert L. Henry Jr. went to be with the Lord January 16, 2018. Born November llth 1930, he was the son of the late Albert L. Henry, Sr. and Paige (Moore) Henry. He was Chad William Walden Chad William Walden, 33, of Ranson, WV passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018. Born August 4, 1984 in I I COlonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B, Ban" Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 3 4-725. 706 Ranson, W-V, he was the son of Debbie Walden of Ran- son, WV and the late William Walden. He was of the Christian faith. Chad was full of life and loved everything it had to of- fer. He especially loved play- ing golf and the beach. He was a family man that loved thing else in the world. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daugh- ter, Caylee Walden; two step- brothers, Mark Walden and William Joe Walden; maternal grandparents, John and Vir- ginia Marscher; special aunt and uncle, Jennifer and Dave Williams; close cousins, Brad Williams, Aaron Winters and Casey Williams and several other aunts, uncles and cous- ins. Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Fer- ry, WV with Dr. Henry Chris- tie officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- PAID MEMORIAL Rufus "Rudy" K. Eiliott Rufus "Rudy" K. Elliott, born November 10, 1951 in Charles Town, WV passed away January 19, 2018. He was the son of Mary E1- liott Longerbeam and the late Forrest Elliott. In 1969, Rudy became a professional race horse jock- ey, mainly at Charles Town racetrack, until a serious track accident some years ago. He continued to work with hors- es and loved being part of the race horse culture. He loved reminiscing and talking about his days as a jockey and sto- ries about the racetrack, the one place where he was truly happy and defined him as a person. Rudy just recently started living with his brother, Donald Elliott in Chares Town, who will greatly miss his brother and companion. He is survived by his moth- er, Mary Elliott Longerbeam, sister, Betty Willett, broth- ers, Donald and Michael E1- liott, son, Christopher Elliott, daughter, Amy Caster and his grandsons, David Tyler, and Dylan. He has many nephews and nieces who thought the world of him. t-I preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Elliott. He is loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at a lat- er date. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- PAID MEMORIAL Reverend Ellen K. Biackweil DEC. 13, 1913 to JAN. 12 2018 Our beloved Pastor Black- well went peacefully into the presence of the Lord to her eternal reward, Friday, Janu: ary 12, 2018, at Poriya Hos- pital very close to the Retreat Center she directed in Migdal, Israel. During her 104 years she was the founding and Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion Assembly of God in Charles Town and founding and former Senior Pastor and Director of Way of Faith Assembly of God and Christian Training Center in Fairfax, Virginia. She conducted monthlyI Fasting Prayer retreats at Mt: Zion Retreat Center on the Shenandoah River and minis- tered to many local residents since the 1970's. She was buried January 21 in Haifa, Israel, where she had lived and ministered at the Migdal Retreat Center for the last number of years. A memorial service is in the planning stage and you can view a picture of Pastor Black- well and follow the plans at the Mt. Zion Assembly of God website. Mt. Zion Assembly of God is located at 141 Seven Springs Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 728-0774. PAID MEMORIAL A i Since 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) 304 724 6500 (Ucensee-ln-Charge)