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PAGE A6 , Wednesday; April 4, 2018 NEWS / OBITUARIES SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE By JEN YOU i: /:: Special to the ,i ! :: CHARI Es - Bill Senseney s political career began more than;25 years ago as he had lunch with s0 attorney friends in Charles Town. ' ,7 "The sheriff we had at the time was always in the news for doing ::. something wrong," Senseney said. 'One day, jokingly, I mentioned at the table at lunch, 'Well, I could do a better job than that.' And they all looked at me and said, 'Well, why don't you run?'" Senseney, who had a business ad- ministration degree from West Vir- ginia University, had been manag- ing his family's store at the time, the Western Auto in Charles Town. As Senseney looked into the job, he learned that the sheriff was not only responsible for supervising deputies and helping crime victims but also managing the treasury for the county, collecting property taxes and helping with estate auctions. Although he did not have a law enforcement background, he didn't worry about trying something new. He credits his background in Boy Scouts. Growing up in Jefferson County, Senseney was a Boy Scout in troops 42 and 23. He went on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and now is the 2018 Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Jefferson County. The Scouts will present the honor at a dinner this weekend at the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. "When you are working on your advanced ranks and earning mer- it badges, you really go out of your comfort zone, and you have to try new things, learn new things," said Bill Senseney, who grew up in Charles Town and attained the rank of Eagle Scout, will be honored Saturday as the Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Jefferson County. Senseney, who won election as a county magistrate after serving eight years as sheriff. "I have always sort of had that quest for knowledge even after scouting." Senseney says serving as sheriff "was the most interesting and chal- lenging job I've ever had. You had anywhere from eight to 12 deputies with guns and fast cars. You have got to supervise them. They needed a lot of supervision back then, may- be not as much now. They had train- ing, but the older deputies wanted to do things their way." Senseney brought in new blood. "The folks that I hired, stepped up and took the training seriously, and did good jobs as far as officers were concerned." He also faced funding challenges while sheriff. "Jefferson County didn't have a whole lot of money back then. It was a fight to get money back then for new automobiles. Some of the cars had over 100,000 miles on them," he recalled. He also established the deputy re- serve organization. "The deputy re- serve is still going on now. They help out a lot," Senseney said. After his two terms as sheriff were up, he made the choice to stay in law enforcement and try for another new job - as a county magistrate. He has spent 18 years as one of three magistrates for the county. He handles both civil and criminal cas- es, and oversees hearings and trials. In his spare time, Senseney is a runner and bicyclist as well as an avid reader with a great love of his- tory. "When I graduated from college, before I went into the Army, I back- packed through Europe and went to every major museum. I absorbed all that and started reading more histo- i31, then I started getting interested in local history - the history of the (See SENSENEY Page A10) Wayne Layton . Sprouse i Wayne Layton Sprouse, 45, died peacefully in the compa- . ny of family and close friends " in North Conway, NH, on March 12,2018. disease (ALS). Shortly there- after he was diagnosed with stage-three lymphoma; he won that battle but the ALS remained. After a courageous and dignified fight, he finally yielded to the destructive ef- fects of this merciless disease. Wayne is survived by his wife Karen Glimes; two sons, Cody Clausen Sprouse and Timothy Thompson Sprouse; half brother Mark Sprouse; uncle, Joseph Crane, Rich- mond, VA. A Celebration of Life is planned for Tuesday, April 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at White Mountain Hotel, North Con- way, NH. In lieu of flowers, mehaoti- al contributions may be!made to Jen's Friends Cancer Foun- dation,!P.O. Box 1842, North Born February 7, 1955 in Winchester, VA, he was the son of Elizabeth Cooper and the late Calvin Cooper. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Allen Cooper and Terry Cooper. David was a very dedicated son, husband, father, grand- father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. His tireless work ethic and devotion to his family sustained his diligent and benevolent nature. He will be remembered fondly by his kindhearted hugs and "forehead kisses." He was an avid fan of all sports and thoroughly enjoyed watching his children play the sports they loved. He was a lifelong skilledcraftsman and carpen- ter. He is survived by his wife ,'iBorn May 8, 1972, Wayne Conw y, NH 03860; or Youth of 40 years. Carol Smoot was the son of George GolfP . gram, North Conway Cooper; one son, C. Brad- 7 Sprouse, Louisa, VA and Club; rMt.Was g Val- ley Cooper and wife, Ste- ' Elizabeth(Dee) Sprouse, ' ' ley SoCc Club v . fanie, of Charles Town; one : Shepherdstown, WV. He at - r. PAIDMEM AE' ':7 daughter, Marsha Brown and tended schools in Jefferson County and was a graduate of husband, Dustin, of Martins- burg; six beautiful grandchil- Episcopal High School, A1- dren, Sofie Cooper, Brael- exandria, VA and Washing- yn Brown, Greenley Cooper, ; -" ton College(1994), Chester- . ton, MD. Following college, " " Wayne worked in Shepherd- stown area until his mamage (2 in 1997 when he relocated to .* New Hampshire. Wayne's passion in life was golf. His ear! y%nthu-: siasm was nurtured "Pardner", grandfather, Jo- seph (Jodie) Crane; wherever "Pardner" played golf, Wayne was by his side, learning and honing his skills. In New Hampshire, Wayne worked various jobs until being given his dream job as a golf pro- fessional at Hale's Location Golf Course, where he shared the course rec'ord with anoth- er player. David W. "Coop" Cooper David W. "Coop" Cooper, of Ranson, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA, surrounded by his loving family. In eariy-;20!4:, Wayne was diagnosecl Mth Lou Gehrig s Maci Brown, Braxton Coo- per and Duncan Brown; sis- ter, Donna Simpson of Ste- phen City, VA; sister-in-law, Ivy Cooper of Bunker Hill. In addition to several brothers- in-law, sisters-in-law, neph- ews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, he leaves two special individuals, niece, April "Shelly" Smoot and brother-in-law, William "Billy" Smoot. Family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mon- Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Faiffax Blvd. CharlesTown / Ranson Full Service Fune ls & Cremations J.B. Ban" Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 www.mtstrider.com I day, April 2, 2018 at Eackles- Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Charles Town-Harpers Ferry, WV. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3,2018 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home with Pastor Derick Amsler offici- ating. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions are accepted through the David W. Cooper Me- morial Fund at www.plum- fund.com/memorial-fund/ david-w-cooper-memorial. Condolences may be ex- Custer Harmison. She married John A. Ward on November 30, 1946 in Emmitsburg, MD. Ruth was a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, Columbia Business School in Hagerstown, MD and the IBM School in Balti- more, MD Ruth was employed at the Berkeley Springs Cold Stor- age, Soil Conservation Com- mission in Berkeley Springs; Pangborn Corp in Hager- stown, MD; Kodiak Alaska Military Library as Head Li- brarian and Joseph R. Harris 40 and 8. She was the perfect hostess, traveling everywhere with John. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Andrea Ward; her niece, Laurie Ditto Gi- angola; her nephews, M.S. Harmison IV; and William H. Morrow III, three grandsons, John and Richard Kennan, J. Michael Ward, and four granddaughters, Alexandra, Gabrielle, Regan and Ryann. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, John Ward, her son, John Ward H, one brother, Morgan S. Harmison III and pressed at www.eackles- Co. in Alexandria, VA as the her sisters, Natalie H. Mor- row and Carol Harmison Dit- . Assistant Mah iger spencerfuneralhomelcom P)~iD@O-RIA~).; to. : : ' : . ', Pari l bf NM 'ladfial ias was held Rg n Catholic ransr f ~l'J~ i 'L3~,-?~'~'r~"~" " " ' -" James the Greater mCharles at 10 a.m. ,on Tuesday, April T0 I-/, WV. 3, 2018 at St. James Catholic First and foremost Ruth was Church in Charles Town, WV Ruth Harmison Ward Ruth Harmison Ward, 94, of Charles Town, WV passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Born May 6, 1923 in John- stown, PA, she was the daugh ter of the late Morgan Samuel Harmison and Nellie Blanche a:wife, mother and the Matri- with Rev. Father John Led- arch of the family. When she ford as the Celebrant. mah'ied John Ward, she be- The family received friends came the ultimate military at the Eackles-Spencer & wife. She volunteered for ev- Norton Funeral Home on e thing. From 1943 to itsMonday evening from 7-9 closing in 1946 she worked pm with a Vigil that was held at the USO in Hagerstown,at 8:00 pm. MD. She was a supervisor for Condolences may be ex- Meals on Wheels in Jefferson pressed at www.eackles- County, a member of the Loy- spencerfuneralhome.com al Order of the Moose Lodge PAID MEMORIAL and attained the office of Jr. Regent and a member of the Daughter's of the American Revolmion in Charles Town 60 s. She were a team in everything. She was a Char- memb,:a d President of th