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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 NEWS/OBITUAttI . I By JUSTIN GRIFFIN Special to the Spirit RANSON - Municipal election ballots for four City Council seats are set for June 5, but the results are already assured. In fact, Mayor Keith "Duke" Pierson congratulat- ed the winners during a coun- cil meeting in February. The results became even more official when the dead- line for write-in applications passed on April 17 with no one signing up. Jay Watson and Dave Cheshire face no challeng- er to retain their current at- large council seats. Also without opposition are Don- nie Haines, who is running for a Ward 2 council seat, and Scott Coulter, who is running for a Ward 1 council seat. Each council position pro- vides for a four-year term. Stacey A. Dodson Pfal- tzgraff, the Ranson city clerk, said that even though the re- suits are a foregone conclu- sion, there's still work to be done. "We still have to advertise and post a sample ballot," Pfaltzgraff said. On top of that, early voting starts May 23 and will con- tinue until June 2. Except for the two at-large members, council candidates must live in the ward they represent. However, regis- tered Ranson voters will have an opportunity to vote for ev- ery council candidate if they wish. The council members will be sworn in on July 1. Ranson's 2017 municipal election for mayor and two council seats saw 143 voters out of 3,591 total registered voters, roughly, a 4 percent turnout. Pfaltzgraff said that the rea- sons for the low turnout are due likely to a lack of infor- mation and in some cases, a lack of time. A good percentage of Ran- son residents work out of county, with some working as far away as Washington DC. "They're spending the ma- jor part of their days out of state," Pfaltzgraff said. The voter turnouts for Ran- son, however, don't tell the complete story in terms of citizenship participation. Keith "Duke" PiersOn will formally win another four-year term as Ranson's mayor on June 5. No one else filed to oppose him and the deadline for write-In candidates to file also has passed. Pfaltzgraff said that she's seen a stark improvement in support during community events. "We have high turnout for community events, like a car show, that was unthink- able 15 years ago," Pfal- tzgraff said. "As a commu- nity, there's been a great im- provement there.",' Having what amounts to an uncontested election isn't likely to increase voter turn- out in Ranson this year. And with no municipal election for the next three years, Pfal- tzgraff looks to help educate , and motivate the citizens of Ranson. Her next project will be to,", work on census participation for the city. ," "We're going to spend money on outreach of all , kinds including advertising events, you name it," Pfal- ; tzgraff said. "People have no idea how important the " census is when the govern- ,', ment is allocating resourc- ' es. We need to make sure our community is well rep-, resented." ** ' .ili~ :~ ' ~:ii .i~I::!" :: ~ ~ ~:i~i~<::i:::.~:~i ~:/ ~ ~ [!{~.{iii::~!%, ~: ~4iii!i!{~ Sherry Bazzie Adams Sherry Bazzie Adams, 80, of Shenandoah Junction, WV, passed away April 25, 2015. Born June 26, 1937, in Win- don WV, she was the daugh- ter of the late Amerigo Bazzie and Virginia Cook Bazzie. A lifelong educator, Sherry began her teaching career as a high school English and read- ing teacher, later transition- ing to adult literacy, and then finally, to English as a sec- ond language for elementary school children. A proud and dedicated teacher to the end, Sherry has donated her body to West Virginia University School of Medicine. After retiring, Sherry be- came a member of SAIL (Shepherdstown Area Inde- pendent Living). In addition, she volunteered with several other local educational pro- grams. She was also a stead- fast supporter of the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. She is survived by her hus- band of 58 years, Joseph C. Adams; two daughters, Hi- lary Adams and her husband Timothy Moore of Alexan- dria, VA, and Meredith Ad- ams of Charles Town, WV; and her brother Michael Ba- zzie, of Skin Fork, WV. A celebration of Sherry's life will be held at the fami- ly home in Shenandoah Junc- tion on Saturday, May 12th 2018, from 3pm-5pm. In lieu at Ilowers, memon- al gifts may be made to any of the following charitable organizations: the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pan-, the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County (, or the Hospice of the Panhandle (hospiceotp. org). PAID MEMORIAL Kenneth Baxter Rives Kenneth Baxter Rives also known by his friends as "Kenny Who," passed away Wednesday April 25, 2018 at the Hospice of the Panhan- dle facility in Keameysville, WV. Kenny was born January 28, 1940 in Gainsville, NY. He was the son of the late James R. Rives and Flora Baxter Rives. He grew up in Purcellville, VA. where he at- I Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. o Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. 6arr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 www.ndsbldehcom tended Loudoun County High School. He graduated with honors from Oneida Institute in Oneida, KY. Kenny spent his adult life in Charles Town and Ranson, WV. Kenny worked at vari- ous companies and varied jobs including Royal Vend- ers, Thomason Ford, Charles Town Race Track, Peoples Life Insurance Company, and most recently he drove a cab for Kams Cab out of Ranson. Kenny was truly a peo- ple person, he made friends wherever he happened to be. He loved music, and dancing, fishing, playing pool, attend- ing auctions and interacting with people. He was also a great roller skater and a fan of the Washington Redskins. At various times during his life he was a member of the Charles Town Moose, Amer- ican Legion, and the APA (American Pool Association) where he played for a travel team based in Charles Town and Ranson. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy Rives of Ran- son, his son Shane (Robin), and beloved grandson, Oli- ver Rives of Georgetown, Texas. He also leaves behind his brother James Rives (Lin- da) of Leesburg, VA and his sisters Carolyn Funkhous- er (Gary)of College Station, TX, Jeannie Misenheimer (Tony) of Rockwell, N.C and Lurene Call of Hampton, VA and many nieces and nephews. A private interment will be held at a future date at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. PAID MEMORIAL Paul G. "Chipper" Edwards Paul G. "Chipper" Edwards II, 70, of Charles Town, died Monday, April 30, 2018, at Jefferson Medical Center, Ranson. Born Nov. 2, 1947, in Charles Town, he was the son of Paul Grayson Edwards and Dulcie Made (Ramey) Ed- wards. Chipper owned and operat- ed Chipper's Barber Shop for 40 plus years. He also worked at Collins Barber Shop. He attended Charles Town Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Charles Town High School, class of 1965. Chipper loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Malta Masonic Lodge No. 80. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, where he was a military policeman. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy (Furr) Ed- wards, at home; daughters, Amy M. Edwards, of Charles Town and Lindsay A. B urghart and husband, Jerod, of Mid- dleburg, Florida; grandchil- dren, Jace P. Burghart and Jaxon K. Burghart; two niec- es and two nephews; and four legged babies, Max, Sam, Hank and Joe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his best friend, Sosa; and sis- ter, Lorna L. Wade. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E.Washington St Charles Town, with the Rev. John Bethard officiat- ing. Interment will be at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town. Granites ,Bronze ,Marble oPlaques oVases ,Cemetery Engraving Service Serving the Tri-State Area since 1971 524 Fillmore Street P.O. Box 216, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-2278 email: 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 (Ucensee) (Ucensee-ln-Charge) 304.724.6500 Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements by the Mel- vin T. Strider Colonial Funer- al Home, Charles Town. Please sign the online guest- book and view his obituary at Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jeffer- son County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. PAID MEMORIAL Virginia Childress Edwards Virginia Childress Ed- wards, 87, of Ranson, WV passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at her residence. Bom January 19, 1931 in Upperville, VA, she was the daughter of the late Ed- gar and Martha Brooks Chil- dress. She was a member of Up- perville Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Bob Edwards; and two daughters, Linda Jenkins and Joyce Hindman and husband, John; 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 6 great- great grandchildren, one sis- ter, Helen Poland and numer- ous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Franklin Edwards in 1976, and one daughter-in-law, Lin- da Edwards. Virginia was a strong fam- ily orientated woman. She liked to play bingo and the slots. Services will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Fer- ry, WV with Pastor David Craun officiating. Interment will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville, Virginia on Friday at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memori- als may be made to Hospice - of the Panhandle, 330 Hos- " pice Lane, Kearneysville, - WV 25430. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles- spencerfuneralhome .cam PAID MEMORIAL St. Ranson, WV 25438 Phone: 304-725-5321. Fax: 304-725-4767 Robert C. Fields, LIC DO NOT HESITATE- If you feel an emergency e ids, call 911 immediddy! e eIsol ions REMAIN CALM {he mos| impor}an} }hing you can do! Id fi0/ fi, Suite LET US HELP YOU- Lisfen and answer each question when you are asked. KNOW YOUR LOCATION -lhe location of your emergency is viral! If you find jefi'm~J h. polc~j~s~& Flip Oire~or o~ Cor~mu~'t~ ns yourself in fhe middle of a field or in a barn, provide dispafcher wifh fhe closes} known address. 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