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iv PAGE A6 Wednesday, March 21, 2018 NEWS / OBITUARIES SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE 6 * ~iPatrick Gainer, who died in 1981 at the age of 77, is known for establishing the ~ii~West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville that s still running today. A musician and , ~ educator, he dispelled some of the prejudice and negative attitudes about mountain music and Appalachian people. Pat Gainer's folk songs in the spotlight at Shepherd's Appalachian Studies event Staff report SHEPHERDSTOWN - The late Pat- rick W. Gainer isn't a household name, even in his home state of West Virginia, but the coordinator for the Appalachian Studies Program at Shepherd University would be happy to see that change. "Gainer is one of the important voices to change attitudes about the music, tra- ditions, and heritage of Appalachians, at a time when 'hillbilly' was the operating descriptor," explains Sylvia Bailey Shur- butt, who heads the program that includes the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Resi- dence Project, the West Virginia Fiction Competi- tion, the annual Anthology of Appalachian Writers, the Appalachian Heritage Festival and more. Gainer, born in Parkersburg in 1904, "gave West Emily Hilliard Virginians, in particular, the opportunity to under- stand that their music has a long cultural tradition and tells us much about ourselves and our roots." Shurbutt said. A special West Virginia Humanities Council pro- gram will bring Gainer's music to campus next week. "An evening with Patrick Ward Gainer and his Folk Songs from the West Vir- ginia Hills" will begin at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Con- gressional History and Education. Emily Hilliard, the West Virginia state folklorist and founder of the West Vir- ginia Folklife Program at the Humani- ties Council, will present next week's free program. A fiddle and guitar musician, Hilliard holds a master's in folklore from the University of North Carolina and teach- es in the graduate humanities program at Marshall University. At the March 28 event, Hilliard will talk about the re-publication of Gainer's "Folk Songs from the West Virginia Hills" and the significance of his work in ethno-musicology. John William Flester Jr .:, John William Flester, Jr 41, of Keameysville, WV : passed away on Saturday, 'i'-"March 10, 2018 at his resi- :; dence. Born January 27, 1977 in ' . Baltimore, MD, he was the . son of John William Flester, i Sr, and Charita Jones. He was of the Christian In addition to his parents, he is survwed by his lov- ing wife of 3 years, Tammy Flester, at home; three sons, " Donovyn Flester of Aurora, WV; Andrew Brode of Mar- *:tinsburg, WV and Canon Brode of Middleway :' WV; two brothers, Jason and John- ny Flester and granddaughter, Averie Brode. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Cora Orlando and aunt, Sher- ry Nazelrod. i t Services will be held at i i 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Destina- i) tion Church, Border Road in Kearneysville, WV with Pas- tor Shawn Coley officiating. The family will receive ( friends at the Eackles-Spen- cer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, WV on Tuesday eve- ning from 6-8 pm. Condolences many be ex- "!'-:pressed at www.eackles- Ward Lloyd Zigler Mr. Ward Lloyd Zigler, age 83, formerly of Charles Town, WV, currently resid-' ing in Frederick, MD passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Frederick Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Pa- tricia Crnm Zigler. Born on April 12, 1934 in Bernville, PA he was the son of the late-/glSr. enjoyed life. In addition to his wife, Mr. Zigler is survived by his son-in-law John Snyder of Keedysville, son Richard A. Zigler and wife Susan of Charles Town, WV, daugh- ter Patricia Zigler Wachter of Frederick and daughter Jean Zigler and husband Robert Kotch of Pompano Beach, FL; his grandchildren Andria Snyder, Laura Snyder Tinney, Amanda Zigler Habel, Joshua Zigler, Thomas Wachter, and Kirsten Wachter Teal; great- grandchildren Evan Marvel Snyder and Juniper Habel. Mr. Zigler is also survived by his brothers Harold Zigler of Frederick, Donald Zigler and wife LaRue of Taneytown, and sisters Mae Cleveland of Tattahassee, FL and Rachel Paneck of Frederick. Mr. Zi- gler is preceded in death by his daughter Susan Snyder, granddaughter Ashton Wa- .chter ,and brother David Zi- Ward Hamilton and Miriam Miller Zigler. Mr. Zigler was a graduate of Frederick High School in the class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He dedicated his life to dairy and beef farming. He served as president of Capital Milk and was later a member of MD/VA Milk Producers. He was a member of the Jef- ferson County, WV Ruri- tan Club, the National Ad- vertising Committee, help- ing to develop the Read Seal dairy logo, and the Jefferson County, WV Farm Bureau. He also served as the United States Representative to pro- vide instruction in agriculture in European countries for the Center for Excellence In Ed- ucation. In his free time, Mr. Zigler enjoyed hunting with his friends in South America and on the Eastern Shore. He enjoyed the life-long friends made through the dairy busi- ness, neighbors, people he grew up with, family, and as- sociations to which he be- The family will receive friends on Wednesday; March 21,2018, from 1-3 & 5-7 PM at the Keeney & Basford Fu- neral Home, 106 E. Church St Frederick, where servic- es will be held in the Etchi- son Memorial Chapel of the funeral home on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Tay- lor will officiate. The inter- ment will be private in the Resthaven Memorial Gar- dens, Frederick. Contribu- tions in honor of Mr. Zigler may be made to The Center for Excellence in Education, C/O Joann DiGennaro, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite #215, McLean, VA 22102. Please visit his online memo- rial by going to www.keeney- PAID MEMORIAL longed. He worked hard and Betty Jane Longerbeam Betty Jane Longerbeam, 82, of Harpers Ferry, WV passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Georgetown Uni- versity Hospital. Born February 20, 1936 in Pleasant Valley, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Myers and Kath- erine Fritts Myers. She the Christian faith and attended Bolivar United Methodist Church. Betty was employed with Weis Markets in Ranson, WV for 12 years. She is survived by one daughter, Rita Harrison and husband, Larry of Ran- son, WV; three grandchil- dren, Curtis Harrison and fi- ance' Jessica; Melissa Nich- ols and Christina Harrison; great grandchildren, Kay- le Nichols, Haley Harrison, Ralyn Nichols, and Aubrey Harrison; two brothers, Mar- vin and Denny Myers and two sisters, Ann Breeden and Dorothy Shoemaker and nu- merous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Lon- gerbeam, her brother, Donald Myers and her sister, Patsy Hamilton. Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. Barr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 Ranson, WV 25438 Phone: 304-725-5321 Fax: 304-725-4767 www'Br wnFunerahq mesWV'e m Robert C. Fields, LIC Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Fer- ry, WV with Pastor Samuel Tryon officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery in Bolivar, WV. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles- PAID MEMORIAL Randy A. Breeden Randy A. Breeden, 76, of Charles Town, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Christiana Hospital Season's Hospice Center, Newark, Delaware. Born May 5, 1941, in Jef- ferson County, he was the son of Dan H. Breeden and Vernie Virginia (Fellers) Breeden. Mr. Breeden retired after 30 years from General Mo- tors as a computer technician; and was employed with EDS Corp. He was of the Christian faith. Randy was a long-time member and past president of the Citizens Fire Company, Charles Town. He was a West Virginia State Fire Marshall; had served on the Charles Town City Council; was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town; and a member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post No. 71, Charles Town. Mr. Breeden served in the U.S. Air Force during Viet- nam, receiving the rank of staff sergeant. He is survived by four daughters, Mary L. Breeden and husband, Elwood, of Ranson; Kathryn C. Kis- er, of Front Royal, Virgin- ia, Michelle C. Whetzel, of Charles Town, and Valeria J. Knotts and husband, Luther, of B entonville, Virginia; son, John D. Breeden and wife, Karlynn, of Newark, Dela- ware; grandchildren, Woody Breeden, Matthew Walk- er, Joshua Walker, Court- ney Fraley, Andrew Breeden, Emily Kiser, Randy Walker, Benjamen Kiser, Katelynn Luzzi, Brooke Luzzi, Grant Breeden, Timothy Whetzel Jr, Taylor Whetzel and Tori Knotts; 12 great-grandchil- dren; sister-in-law, Sandy Breeden; and numerous niec- es and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Val- eria C. Breeden, who died Feb. 15, 2016; three sis- ters, Imogene Breeden, Sue Ann Breeden and Lucy Lee Hough; and two brothers, Ir- ving Breeden and Daniel H. "Danny" Breeden. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, at Melvin T. Strider Fu- neral Home, Charles Town, with the Rev. Phillip Pollard officiating. Interment was at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Mar- tinsburg. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sun- day at the funeral home. Please sign the online guestbook and view his obit- uary at Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffer- son County Relay for Life, c/o Patricia Ott, 145 Donald Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414. PAID MEMORIAL oGranites .Bronze .Marble oPlaques oVases Cemetery Engraving Service Serving the Tri-State Area since 1971 524 Fillmore Street o P.O. Box 216, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-2278 email: jcm0numentl@a01.c0m Since 1918 EACKLES-SPENfER & NORTON FUNERAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown RO. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. Spencer (Licensee) (Ucensee-ln-Charge) 304.724.6500 www.eackles-s