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NEWS/OBITUARIE S 30, 2o18 SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE The Rev. John Daingerfield Alfriend MIDLOTHIAN, VA- The Rev. John Daingerfield A1- friend, an Episcopal priest and community advocate who presided over numerous parishes in Virginia and West Virginia for over 53 years, died at his home on May 22, 2018. He was 91. Born in Weston, WV, and raised in Charles Town, WV, he was the son of John Shadrach A1- friend, Jr. and Eliza Harrison Alfriend. Following his high school graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he enrolled in Hampden Sydney College, where he was an active mem- ber of the Sigma Chi Fraterni- ty and graduated with a Bach- elor of Arts degree in 1950. He accepted a management position with Colonial Stores, Inc then one of the nation's largest grocery chains, which took him to its national head- quarters in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Alfriend entered Virgin- ia Theological Seminary in 1956. As a student, he was of- fered the position of lay min- ister at St. James and Christ Churches in Boydton, VA and St. Timothy's in Clarks- ville, VA. He graduated from VTS with a Master in Divinity de- gree in 1959, accepting the position of rector at St. James. He was ordained as an Epis- copal priest in 1960. In 1963, Mr. Alfriend was one of only 25 Episcopal clergymen in the U.S. invited to attend a prestigious summer session at St. Augustine's in Canter- bury, Kent, England (the cen- tral college of the Anglican Communion). In 1964, he was called to fill the position of rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown, VA. Among oth- er objectives, Mr. Affriend made it a priority to em- brace the young people of the municipal leaders to form an Charge of the newly formed parish and community. He outreach program known as Nelson Cluster of Churches, was a proud principal of the the Norfolk Interfaith Coali- often traveling up to 50 miles church's non-denomination- tion for the Elderly. Mr. A1- each Sunday to hold services al kindergarten, organized friend returned to Charles for small parishes scattered the first Grace Church Boys' Town in 1988; responding tothroughout the Eastern Pan- Choir (inspired by his time in an invitation to serve as inter- handle of WVA. Following England) and revitalized the im priest at his Childhood par- the dissolution of the Clus- parish youth group, ish, Zion EpiscoPal Church,ter, he was called to St. Paul's Mr. Alfriend was honored a position once held by hisChurch in Sharpsburg, MD, to join clergy colleagues on grandfather, where he was rector for eight behalf of the Episcopal Di- Always a champion of hu- years until his retirement in ocese of Southern Virginia man rights, he continued to2010. Never one to stay away in .the planning, fundraising reside on numerous faith- from the work he loved, he and installation of a spiritual based and civic boards to fos- joined the staff at Trinity sanctuary and summer camp ter aid for the socially disad- Church in Shepherdstown, in Surry County, VA, now a vantaged or ease interracial WV, assisting with various thriving retreat, Chanco on tensions among residents inpastoral duties. In 2015, Mr. the James. Another focus of Jefferson County. In 1990, He Alfriend and his wife relo- Mr. Alfriend's ministry was was instrumental in the cre- cated to Richmond, VA. He his Compassion for the elder- ation of FOCUS, a social ser- preached his last sermon at ly. vices group formed to combat the age of 89 as a guest minis- During a Sabbatical, he re- drug abuse in the community, ter at the Church of the Good ceived a grant to complete He was elected Board Presi-Shepherd. coursework at Fordham Uni- dent in 1995. In 2003, Mr. Mr. Alfriend was a man versity in NYC, earning an Alfriend applied for and was of unwavering faith, and his Executive Education Certifi- awarded a $750,000 grant door was always open. The cate in Advanced Studies on from the Robert Wood John- eternal optimist, he will be Aging and Gerontology. He son Foundation to create the remembered for his quick later sat on the Board of Di- Eastern Panhandle Free Clin- wit, bright spirit and sage rectors of the National Coun- ic; an endeavor conceived to counsel. cil on Aging. address the lack of healthcare In addition to his beloved In 1984,he accepted the po- available for the poor and un- wife of 44 years, Nancy de- sition of rector at The Church derserved in five WV coun- Neufville Alfriend, survivors of the Epiphany in Norfolk. ties. include six children and their His concern for homebound In 1998, Mr. Alfriend ac- spouses: Emily Alfriend Wil- parishioners led him to seek cepted the request of the son (Mark); Robert Amo- assistance from church and Bishop to become Priest-In-ry Clark; Margaret Alfriend Rudesheim (Fred); Nanette Clark Johnson (Kevin); Lucy Alfriend Thacker (Lynn); and Sarah Alfriend Kmetz (Walter); eleven grandchil- dren, three great-grandchil- dren, and two sisters: Gene- vieve "Jenny" Alfriend Bryan ; (James), of Newtown Square, PA and Gertrude "Lyn" At- * friend Kimbrough, of Den- ver, CO and numerous nieces ' and nephews. Special gratitude is extend- ed to adopted family members Sharon Stepp, Trina Haas and : Debbie Flynn, who have pro- vided dedicated and compas- - sionate in-home care for Mr. '" and Mrs. Alfriend. A celebration of Holy Eu- charist will be held at Grace v Episcopal Church in York- z" town at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, followed by a grave- "- side service and a reception!' in the church parish hall. " Expressions of condolenc- ~ es are welcomed as contribu- :~ tions to the National Cancer ~ Society and the Alzheimer's ' ; Foundation. Amory Funeral Home, of Yorktown VA. is ~ handling all funeral arrange- ments. PAID MEMORIAL "? *! Cheyenne E. Hibbitts Cheyenne "Chey" E. Hib- bitts, 37, of Inwood, West Vir- ginia passed away on Tues- day, May 22, 2018 in Win- chester Medical Center. Chey was born in 1980 in Falls Church, Virginia, the son of Phillip W. Hibbitts of Bunker Hill, West Virginia and Karen L. Hibbitts of In- wood, West Virginia. Chey had been active in FFA as a teen. After graduation from high school he attended Shepherd University. Chey worked at Lowe's as a sales specialist. He was an avid sports fan watch- ing all types of athletics. His favorite football team was the Denver Broncos. His greatest love was his family, especially children and enjoyed the time spent with them. In addition to his parents, Chey is survived by a daughter, A ia Victoria Hibbitts, a son, Jaxon Reese Hibbitts, and mater- nal grandmother, Joan M. Mock. A gathering of family and friends was held from 7 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th at Omps Funeral Home, 1600 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601. A funeral service was held at 11 am on Friday, May 25th at Omps, Amherst Chapel with Pastor Vernon Bray officiating. Imerment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuner- alhome.com. PAID MEMORIAL Gloria Jean Roper Meredith 3ioria Jean Roper Meredith, 77 of Charles Town passed away December 16, 2017. 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The NFL had a better (although not Brown's police encounter gets released? ideal) option - return to their previ- Mr. Brown's case is the quintessential ous policy of keeping all players in the example of why the NFL players have locker room for game-opening ceremo- been respectfully kneeling. However, nies. Nope, they opted for a punitive the NFL remains tone deaf. policy that gives 80 percent of the play- The NFL is more concerned about ers the big middle finger and a high five what the POTUS has to say. The NFL to external influencers. It's clear that shows more deference to police unions the owners of the NFL are all about the than to the NFL Players Association. money and that is their choice. I believe The NFL put more effort into getting that the new policy will hurt the NFL the ideal gas law pv=nRT explained in brand and cost it money. Brady's Deflategate case than it has to So chose to watch the game or not. aid 80 percent of its players in address- However, if you do watch, please re- ing a life and death issue. The NFL has member that the players kneel for Ster- one of the most extensive communica- ling Brown, Wayne A. Jones right in ~r Martinsburg, Sandra Bland, Stephon " Clark, Philando Castille, Lolade Siyon- bola, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Eric'~. Garner, Sam DuBose, Walter Scott, '~ William Chapman, Terrence Cmtcher, the 13 victims of convicted Oklahoma City, Okla police officer Daniel Holtz' L claw, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nel- ? J son, arrested for sitting at Starbucks, , and countless others. " As a veteran, I seriously question the need for a patriotism ceremony before - any sporting event professional or oth- erwise. It does not make sense. I am a , firm believer in the entire First Amend- ment - sit, stand, kneel it is your,; right. E. WILMER Martinsburg .tt Susan" S BCT 7" l" ' 1 p! 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