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2 In Memoriam MERLE R. WILTSHIRE, SR. Merle R. Wiltshire, Sr., 76, of Bolivar, died Thursday, July 31, at his home. Born November 11, 1926, in Millville, he was the son of the late Lewis E. Wiltshire and Mary Kain Wiltshire. He was a retired security guard with the Corps of Engi- neers at Mt. Weather, Va. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the Harpers Ferry High School Alumni Association and the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans. He was a lifetime member of VFW Memorial Post 3522, Charles Town. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Pa- cific on cruiser USS Dayton with the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Audrey Wiltshire; one daughter, Veronica Bennett, Harpers Ferry; one son, Merle R. Wiltshire, Jr., Winchester, Va.; one sister, Genevieve Russell, Williamsport, Md.; two brothers, James "Dixie" Wiltshire, Charles Town and Glen Wiltshire, Kearneysville; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Wiltshire. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home. Rev. James K Hamrick officiated and burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gar- dens, Martinsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Pan- ANNABEL W. GRIFFIN Annabel Wait Griffin, 40, of Jefferson, Md., died Thursday, July 24, at Frederick (Md.) Me- morial Hospital. Born April 16, 1963, in Con- cord, Mass., she was the daugh- ter of Robert Atwood Wait, Washington, D.C. and Patricia McCary Wait, Shepherdstown. She was married to Christo- pher Griffin on February 14, 1995. She was employed as a qual- ity assurance manager at MedImmune, a biotechnology company in Gaithersburg, Md. She graduated cure laude and received the Headmasters prize at St, James School, Hag- erstown, Md, She was a Na- tional Merit Scholar. She ~aduated from the U~iverBity of Virginia with a B.A. in chem- istry and earned her master's degree in environmental biol- ogy from Hood College, Frederick, Md. In addition to her husband and her parents, she is sur- vived by three children, Ben- jamin Griffin, Genevieve Griffin and Rachel Griffin, all at home; two sisters, Patience Wait and Meredith Wait, both of Shepherdstown; and a step- mother, Carol C. Wait, Wash- ington, D.C. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 2 at the sanc- tuary of the James School, Hagerstown, Md. Robert E. Dailey & Son Fu- neral Home handled arrange- ments. Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity School, 6040 New Design Road, Frederick, MD 21701. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, August 7, 2003 STEPHEN A. DISERVIO Stephen Albert DiServio, 45, of Charles Town, died Satur- day, August 2, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in New York, N.Y., he was the son of Alfred and Ida DiServio, of New Port Richey, Fla. He was a graduate of the State University of New York at Delhi. He was owner and president of Heating & Cooling Solutions, Inc. He produced fine wood- craft items under the name of Four Generations Woodwork- ing. Mr. DiServio was a member of Catholic Family Network and St. James Catholic Church. He was a participant in the cultural preservation of his- toric Charles Town and ran for City Council. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 17 years, Kathleen Anne DiServio; one daughter, Molly K. DiServio; one son, Michael F. DiServio; two sisters, Michele Van Doren, St. August- ine, Fla., and Paula Deter, of Findley, Ohio; and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Burial was in" St. Peter's Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Wake and vigil services were held Monday at 8 p.m. at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to St. James Social Con- cerns, P.O. Box 370, Charles Town, WV 25414. HAROLD B. HARDING Harold Bernard Harding, 87, of Bakerton, died Saturday, August 2, at Shenandoah Health Care Center. Born March 31, 1916, in Bakerton, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Etta Mac Jones Harding. He was a retired welder at Martin-Marietta Corp. in Martinsburg. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a Protestant. Mr. Harding was a member of Logan Lodge 25 A.E & A.M. in Harpers Ferry. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bertha Loudan Harding; one son, John H. Harding, Brunswick, Md.; one sister, Hilda Longerbeam, Bolivar; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Elsie Higgs, Arelda Gifft and Edra Welty; and two brothers, Warren Harding and Harvey Harding. Services were conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home. Rev. Noni Sigler and Pastor Cedric Sullivan offici- ated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown. Memorial donations may be made ~ Bethel United Method- ist Church, P.O. Box 236, Bakerton, WV 25410; to Bakerton Church of God, P.O. Box 71, Bakerton, WV 25410; or to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martins- burg, WV 25~101. ROSALIE K. WILLIS Rosalie Kern Willis, 90, of Charles Town, died Wednes- day, July 30, at Shenandoah Health Village Center. Born June 27, 1913, in Harpers Ferry, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Diasy Merritt Kern. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lloyd T. Writt and John H. Willis. She was a Methodist. Surviving are a son, Gerald L. Writt, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; one brother, Thomas P. Kern, Charles .Town; two grandchil- dren; and five great-grandchil- ~n. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters. A memorial service was held last Saturday at 11 a.m. at Samples Manor Cemetery in Maryland. Rev. Douglas Fraim officiated. Arrangements were made by the Eackles-Spencer Fu- neral Home in Harpers FerD: MARY B. PORTERFIELD Mary Burdett Porterfield, 91, of Charles Town, died Tues- day, July 29, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home, Winchester, Va. Born November 13, 1911, in Glens Falls, N.Y., she was the, daughter of the late William Elliott and Claribel McIntosh Burdett. She was married to the late Philip T. Porterfield, Jr., on July 27, 1946. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1999. She had been employed at the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Mass., and taught at several schools including St. Hflda's Hall in Ranson. She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church. She was a 1929 graduate of Emma Willard School, Troy, N.Y. and a 1933 graduate of Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. . She was past treasurer of the Old Charles Town Library, a volunteer Girl Scout leader and a volunteer at the Charles Town Hospital. She served in the U.S. Navy Waves during World War II gaining thd rank of Lt. Com- mander and was the Disburse- ment Officer at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. She is survived by two IIII III F~- EACKLES SPENCER FUNERAL HOME Since 1918 ROBERT L. i SPENCER FUNERAL DIRECTOR Pre-Arrangement Plans Available A Member of The National Funeral Directors Association Harpers Ferry; W. Va. 535-6500 daughters, Susan R Gollada), Stephens City, Va., and Vir- ginia "Jinks" P. Crawford, Bridgeport, W. Va.; one son, Philip T. Porterfield, Ill, Charles Town; and seven grandchildren. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 2 at 11 am. at Zion Episcopal Church. Rev. Melanie McCarley officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Arrangements were by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu- neral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Old Charles Town Library, 200 East Wash- ington Street, Charles Town, WV 25414; Blue Ridge Hospice, Inc., 330 Cork Street, Winches- ter, VA 22601, or to the charity of one's choice. CHRISTINE HUNTER Services for Christine Hunter, 88, of Belmont Farm, were conducted last Sunday at 1 p.m. at Elk Branch Presbyte- rian Church. Rev. Karen Willis officiated and burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Shep- herdstown. Ms. Hunter died Tuesday, July 29, at the Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town. She was born May 19, 1915, in Jefferson County, the daugh- ter of the late Warren Hampton Hunter and Ann Elizabeth Osbourn Hunter. She was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School and a 1938 graduate of Shep- herd College. She retired in 1987 after 47 years with the Jefferson County Board of Education, teaching at Charles Town High School and working in the Ad- ministrative Department at the school system's central of- rice. She was a member of Elk Branch Presbyterian Church at Duffields, where she was a member of the Women of the Church. She was also a member of ETA Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educa- tors Honorary Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society, Al- pha Sigma Tau Sorority, Pack Horse Ford Chapter NSDAR in Shepherdstown, and the West Virginia Retired Teachers As- sociation. She is survived by a niece, Ann H. Hunter, Kearneysville;. two nephews, James O. Hunter, Jr., Halltown, and Ernest M. Hunter, Durango, Colo.; and two great-nieces. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jane W. Hunter; and a brother, James O. Hunter. Arrangements were made by the Melvin T. Strider Colo- nial Funeral Home. Remembrances may take the form of donations to Elk Branch Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 110, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442. FRANCIS E. PIFER Francis E. "Gus" Pifer, 65, of Middleway, died ThurSday, July 31, at Shenandoah Health Village Center. Born October 17, 1937, in WadesviUe, Va., he was the son of the late George C. and Edna W. Nicely Pifer. He was a 1956 graduate of Charles Town High School. He was employed by the Po- lice Department at FEMA in Bluemont, Va. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Pifer was a member of Middleway United Methodist Church. He also held membership in the Better With Age Antique Car Club and was a former mem- ber of Citizens Fire Company. Survivors include his ~ of 41 years, Joyce M. Drish Pifer; two daughters, Tammy M. Johnson, Summit Point, and Sarah L. Arscott, Charles Town; one son, Francis Pifer, II, Ranson; two sisters, Edna Owens, Brucetown, Va., and Betty Nicodemus, Middleway; one brother, William C. Pifer, Middleway; and three grand- children. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Longer- beam and Mary Leight; and two brothers, George Pifer and Mason M. Pifer. Services were held last Sat- urday at 11 a.m. at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Embrey and Rev. Henry Styron officiated. Burial was in Middleway Ma- son Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Citizens Fire Com- pany, P.O. Box 927, Charles Town, WV 25414; or Middle- way United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 580, Kearneysville, WV 25430. HENRY A. PRICE Henry A. Price, 58, died July 21, in Baltimore, Md. Born July 8, 1945, in Charles Town, he was the son of the late Henry Price and Pauline Russell Chopin. He was formerly employed at the Laurel Race Course, Laurel, Md. He is survived by one daughter, Tammy Gray, In- wood; one son, Henry "Peanut" Price, Charles Town; two grandchildren; four brothers, Tommy Watson and Gary Chopin, both of Charles Town, Tony Price, Ohio, and George Chopin, Winchester, Va.; and three sisters, Wanda Kelly, of Maryland, Fern Mothershed, of Florida, and Linda Chopin, Charles Town; and several nieces and nephew's. Burial services, held in Maryland, were private. SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING Substitute Teacher Training will be conducted August 22, 6 to 9 p.m. and August 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Martinsburg High School. This training is re- quired according to V,W Board of Education Policy 5202. If you have a bachelors degree and are interested in becoming a substitute teacher or wish to renew your substitute permit, contact Erin Starliper, RESA VIII Professional Development secretary at (304) 267-3595, ext. 180. If you receive no an- swer, please leave your name and address and indicate the purpose of your call and a reg- istration letter will be sent to you. Deadline to register is Au- gust 15. Registrat~n fee is $50 payable to RESA VIH. DANCING CLOVERS HAVING A "FAIR" TIME IN AUGUST The 4-H Dancing Clovers will be having a "Fair" time t~s August. On August 15, the Dancing Clovers will be square dancing at the West Vh'ginia State Fair. Then, on Sunday, August 17, at 7 p.m., the group will be on stage at the Jefferson County Fair. AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL Continued from Page One clan Dewayne Hill, Gospel re- cording artist Karl Miller and his revue from Bramwell, W.Va., local R&B bands, the 5th Step and Special Blend. For the young at heart, other free events include pony rides from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and moon bounce from 1 to 5 p.m. The day concludes with an "old time" block party for the young from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, festivities wind up with a Special Tribute Cer- emony, during which a bronze plaque will be placed at Lancaster Circle in Ranson at 3 p.m. honoring the late Bishop E.E. Baltimore, D.D., one of the prominent pioneer civil rights leaders of Jefferson County and president of King's Apostle Holiness Churches of God, Inc. A march will take place from Baltimore Temple (526 West Third Avenue) to the circle prior to dedication of the plaque. Marchers will as- CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALE Singles, Side-by-Side Double and four-grave lots. Perpetual Care Included. Make your arrangements in advance rather than l~a~dng more decisions for your family at a difficult time. [,For More lnformatian ~ 725-2532 ] EDGE HILL CEMETERY Chades Town, W. Va. Jefferson County Monument Sales Granites .Bronze .Marble .Plaques .Vases Cemetery Engraving Service J. Thomas Dailey P.O. Box 216 5S5-2278 W. Va. 25425 semble at the churCh p.m. Bring a friend to, during the festival cultural event in Panhandle. All and open to For more tact Rutherford at small MARDI G Bourbon Martinsburg on tember 5, as City the Hos Mardi Gras Purple Iris ets are $75 person and d'oeuvres, tainment. Prizes awarded for the and unique masks. from the Mardi be used to care tal. For more tickets, contact Foundation at AU6UST 23 & 24 . 9AM" All portable spas include solid cedar cabinet& thermal cover, mood light, $159 POOLS & N, MILDRED 724-2022 5 2 2 4 21 4 i 25 2 9 i 1 3 l 3 i 1 " ' 2 13 15 [ 52 m FARM USE FORMS and File before September 2, 2003 PERSONAL PROPERTY RETURNS Due by October I, 2003 BUSINESS RETURNS (Corporation & Business Forms) Due by October 1, 2003 JEFFERSON COUNTY DOG TAGS Due by July 1, 2003 (DOG WARDEN WILL PICK HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (65 or Older)