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,) SPIRIT of,FFERS( N and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS/OBITUARIES PAGE A9 Wednesday, June 13, 2018 By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@ spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - Fellow- ship, fun, free food and games will be part of Jefferson County's June- teenth celebration set for Saturday at Evitts Run Park, but organizer Ja- net Jeffries says it's the day's formal program that's most important. "We think everybody ought to know what Juneteenth means and why we celebrate," said Jeffries, who heads the NAACP's Commu- nity Relations Committee. "That's the day African-Americans in Tex- as were told they were free. We're celebrating our freedom." The first Juneteenth happened on June 19, 1865. The celebration came more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, ending - at least on paper - 400 years of slavery of African-Americans in the United States. Nearly 200,000 black men had enlisted to fight against the Con- federates in the final years of the Civil War, but news of the South- ern surrender on April 9, 1865 took until June 19 to reach Texas. Jefferson County has had a June- teenth celebration since 2001, Jef- fries said, and the event grows big- ger every year. The first Juneteenth celebration was held in Austin, Texas, in 1867 and as Texans moved to other parts of the country after the war they took their celebrations with them. Today, 9 Jefferson County's Juneteenth celebration starts at 11 s.m. Saturday at Evitts Run Park in Charles Town, get-togethers around the nation in- clude public readings of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclama- tion, performances of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and other songs, the reading of works by Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou and other noted Af- rican-American writers, histori- cal reenactments, worship services, and even parades, street fairs, barbe- cues, fish fries and rodeos. At the time, there were some 250,000 African-Americans en- slaved. The order in Galveston on June 19, 1865, read in part: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclama- tion from the Executive of the Unit- ed States, all slaves are free. This in- volves an absolute equality of per- sonal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore ex- isting between them becomes that between em- ployer and hired labor." This year the Juneteenth cele- bration happens the same day that Charles Town holds its WV Fest and it's unfortunate that com- munity members have to choose between the two, Jeffries said. When the county's Juneteenth started, the city didn't have such a June event, she noted. Back then, the city marked a Heritage Day in September. Fireworks FROM PAGE A1 their opposition to any restrictions to fireworks use, Noland gave up. "Let me tell you what I'm going to do," she said to Compton, who is the president of the JCC. "Whenever I hear from these people I'm going to direct them to you and say, 'I'm OK with this, but you're going to have to convince the other three commission- ers because they don't care whether you have fireworks waking you up in the middle of the night or not.'" But the dispute flared up over the weekend after Compton made a Facebook post midday on Satur- day in which he offered his take on Thursday's discussion and then is- sued a warning to county residents about the importance of the Novem- ber race between Onoszko, the Re- publican appointed to the JCC in 2016, and Ralph Lorenzetti, the re- tired county prosecutor who won the Democratic primary last month. "It is very clear that should No- land and Tabb regain control of the Commission next year we will see a hard-left turn where more ordi- nances are placed upon county resi- dents under the disguise of so-called 'common sense.' There is nothing 'common sense' that infringes on the private property rights of county residents." Compton began his post by say- ing: "Last Commission meeting Commissioners Noland and Tabb relentlessly tried to impose more or- dinances on county residents in a form of a fireworks ordinance where there was discussion of potentially having to get a permit and pay a fee to use fireworks on your own pri- vate property. I stand strong against such Maryland-style agendas being pushed upon residents in Jeffersotl County." Tabb fired back, posting the com- ment: "There was no discussion on a fee you brought that up, not me' Private property rights include the 'peaceful enjoyment of your property' which is tough when someone is set- ting off fireworks all night long es, pecially for those with young children and those that work the early shift." During the JCC's discussion on Thursday, Noland had said the coun- ty should put in place "reasonable guidelines." The proposed ordinance "doesn't prohibit anyone from doing any thing that is reasonable," she said, "We're trying to promote reason and consideration for our neighbors, and I think that's what this does." During that debate, Compton said: "I frankly don't think its any of the government's business what people do on their private property. Who are we to restrict and charge a fee they have to pay to do something on their private property?" Later he added: "what individuals do on their private property is their right, and I certainly, absolutely dis- agree with charging a fee. God forbid you want to light a firework off dur- ing a different time period for your children's birthday or something." While county attorney Nate Co- chran added language to the pro- posed ordinance that would in- clude residents requesting permits to light fireworks outside of des- gnated times, Tabb pointed out that that needn't be a requirement. "And I don't see the need for a fee unless it becomes a very cumbersome is- sue," she said. Carl J. Beyeler Carl J. Beyeler, 82 of Charles Town passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the Hospice Inpatient Facility. Born August 27, 1935 in Holmes County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Noah and Viola Mast Beyeler. He at- tended Asbury United Meth- odist Church. Carl earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociol- ogy from Madison College in 1963 and a Master of Sci- ence Degree in the Adminis- tration of Justice from Ameri- can University. Carl was employed for thir- ty-one years with the Arling- ton County Juvenile and Do- mestic Relations Court in Arlington, Virginia working with juvenile delinquents and domestic relations. He loved life, his family and friends and the outdoors, hunting, fishing, skiing and traveling. Carl spent two and a half years in Germany and A1- geria helping to build hous- es for WW2 refugees and earthquake victims plus six months in international vol- unteer work camps in France, Austria and Finland. Prior to his marriage he joined a 1962 transcontinen- tal Model A Ford tour with other Model A Ford owners and traveled from New York to San Francisco and return. Carl pursued a lifelong pas- sion of antique cars and held membership in multiple local car enthusiast clubs. Carl is survived by his wife of fifty five years, Betty Barb, children, Tom Beyeler and wife Robin of Broadway, Virginia and Cindy Beyeler of Leander, Texas, sisters; La Verne Shedoudy of E1 Cajon, California and Anne Burk- holder and husband Amos, sister-in-law, Pat Massanri all of Goshen, Indiana, broth- er, Darrell Beyeler and wife Orpha of Fishersville, Vir- ginia, sister-in-law Elizabeth Beyeler of. Waynesboro, Vir- ginia, five grandchildren, one great grandchild, and nu- merous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings John, Harold, David, Don and Mary. Carl's body was donated to the West Vir- ginia University Human Gift Registry. A memorial service in lov- ing memory will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 " r Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations For more infgrmation about hospice care: (304) 264-04 www.hospiceotp.org J.B, Barr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 www, mtstrider.com at the Asbury United Meth- odist Church, 110 W. North Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 with the Reverend Duane Jensen officiating. Family request donations be made to charities of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuner- alHomesWV.com PAID MEMORIAL Philip Gerald "Friz" Dorsey Philip Gerald "Friz" Dors- ey, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2018, sur- rounded by his family, un- der the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Friz was born in Charles Town, on Jan. 15, 1926. He was the son of the late Charles N. and Virginia Spinks Dors- ey. He was a 1945 graduate of Charles Town High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball, re- ceiving 11 varsity letters. Friz was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Navy in the Special Armed Guard, manning guns on merchant vessels. After the war, Friz attended Shepherd College, where he was vot- ed "Most Popular Male" in 1950. He was the Rams quar- terback from 1946 to 1949 and played one year of semi- professional football in 1950. He was a member of Phi Sig- ma Epsilon. Friz married Jean Ferrell, of Brunswick, Maryland, in June 1950. Friz was employed by Met- ropolitan Life from 1950 to 1962, and was honored as "top salesman" for many of those years and was the past president of the Frederick ,priers, donations cards. Your kindness will never be forgotten. wife Betty and family EACKLES-SPENCER & NORTON FUNERAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown RO. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. Spencer (Licensee) (Licensee-In-Charge) 304.724.6500 Life Underwriters Associa- tion. He was the salesman for the Daily Racing Form from 1960 to 1996, and was the distributor for the Washing- ton Post from 1962 to 1987. Friz was a life-long mem- ber of the Charles Towti Pres- byterian Church, serving as a deacon, an elder and a member of the choir. He was known as "Mr. Cool" while serving as a table parent for the LOGOs program. He served as charter pres- ident of the JayCees, chair- man of the Recreation Park Committee and life member of the Knights of Pythias, of Brunswick, Maryland. Friz was a board member of the Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), past board member of the Horseman's Assistance Committee, past treasurer of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America - Charles Town Di- vision, and past member of the Bob Leavitt Golf Tourna- ment. Friz bowled duckpins for 40 years, bowling profession- ally for several years. He also coached youth duckpin bowl- ing for ages 8 to 18-years- old. He was a member of the WV Emmaus Community. He was a member of the Loy- al Order of the Moose No. Jennifer, Christopher Dorsey and wife, Amanda, and Ty- ler Torlone and wife, Nicole; great-grandchildren, Marlee, Jordan, Easton, Sofia, Taryn and Jaxon. Additionally, he is survived by one sister, Vivian "Biddy" Dorsey Smoot; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Dorsey Grant; and brothers- in-law, Patsy Grant and Ed- gar "Buddy" Smoot. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. June 21, 2018, at Charles Town Pres- byterian Church, followed hy a gathering in the church fel- lowship hall. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Pan: handle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 or Charles Town Presbyteri- an Church, P.O. 89, Charles Town, WV 25414. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to LaVern Armel and Jackie Maney, WVU Home Health, Tammy Lancaster, RN and Tonia Jenkins, CNA. Arrangements by the Mel- vin T. Strider Colonial Funer-' al Home, Charles Town. Please sign the online guest- book and view his obituary at www,mtstrider.com PAID MEMORIAL 948, American Legion Post No. 71, and the VFW Post No. 03522. Friz is survived by his lov- ing wife of 68 years, Jean Ferrell Dorsey; his daugh- ter, Laura Dorsey Crosby and husband, Bing; and his son, Philip "Flip" Dorsey and wife, Patty; grandchil- dren, Blake Crosby and wife, Ryan, Philp Dorsey and wife, :