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SPIRIT of,FFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS/OBITUARIES PAGE A5 Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Robert "Doc" Thatcher Robert "Doc" Thatcher of Shepherdstown West Virgin- ia died October 25, 2018 at age 79 from complications from a stroke, his beloved wife Gloria by his side. He was a proud trans- plant to Shepherdstown, WV where, with his white beard, straw hat and suspenders, he cut a distinctive figure about town. Visitors to O'Hurley's General Store would have seen him proudly sporting his bowler cap while offer- o, ing a welcoming, "Top of the " morning." cal Center. Born September 11, 1996 in Winchester, VA he is the son of Joseph Allen "Joe" Curtis, Sr. and Misty Gall Elliott Cur- tis. JJ was an avid hunter, skate boarder, and gaming enthusi- ast, loved nature, and most of all loved>spending time with his daughter. In addition to his parents he is survived by one daughter Helena Naomi Jane "Lenabug" Curtis; one sister Emily Brooke Curtis and her significant oth- er Alex Brumbaugh; grand- mother Dorothy Curtis; grand- leigh and Sabrina Bohrer; and great-grand-children Alexis and Cody Hagan. He was preceded in death by sisters, Juanita Shaffer, Norton Kenney and Mary C. "Kitty" Sheldon. Wayne was a wonderful hus- band, father, brother, poppy, friend and neighbor. Wayne was a member of the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Veterans Association where he served as commander for many years, 40+ year member and past president of the Pleasant Valley Ruritan, 45+ year member of Roy Lee "R.T." Thomas enough he spent every summer on the farm helping his Uncle with milking the cows and all of the other associated farming chores. Raleigh kept up this schedule until he enlisted in the Navy on February 13, 1942. In the United States Navy Raleigh achieved the rank of First Class Aviation Machinists Mate and was stationed at Ana- costia Naval Air Station where he was trained as a Diesel En- gine Mechanic working on Air- craft Engines during World War 11. Additional duty stations Ra- leigh was assigned to during his Ro Lee "R T" Thomas father Donald Phillip "Don- the Brunswick Moose Lodge time in the United States Navy y *, me Elliott; great grandmother #1582, member of the Bruns- were the Memphis Naval Air Sr, 67, of Charles Town, WV " " n "" rda Mary Evelyn Longerbeam; and wick Eagles Aerie #1136,Station, Honolulu Naval Air passeo away o atu y, . . . October 27, 2018 at his resi, a num. her ot aunts, uncles, and Brunswick American Legion Station and Johnston Island in , COusins. Post 96, National Association the Pacific. Raleigh loved his aence. Born October 17, 1951 in tae was, prec eo maeamoy of Destroyer Veteran US Navy, time while serving his coun- granamomer Agnes .lane El- Harpers Ferry High Alum- try in the United States Navy Charles Town, WV, he was the son of the late Elmer Lee Thomas and Bertha Marie Knight Thomas. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by three daughters, Diane Housden and husband, Tony of Kear- neysville,WV; Nancy Mobley and husband, Scott of Kear- neysville; and Dorothy Stil- ni, 30+ years as Chairman of the Brownsville Church of the Brethren Cemetery Commit- tee, Chief Judge for elections at PVES for several years, and member of the USS Stickell Association. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Frederick County, Maryland, which helped him and the fam- :liott; grandfather Glenn Alvin Cm'tis, Sr.; great grandmother Hilda Shutts; great grandmoth- er Arvella Gertrude Unger; un- cle Rudy Elliott; and two cous- ins Aden Edward Curtis and Lora May Curtis. Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brown Funeral ily tremendously during the last year and a half of his life, or Brownsville Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund or the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Veterans Association. A memorial service honor- ing Wayne will be held at the Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, MD 21758, Saturday, November 3,2018 at 11 a.m with family receiving friends starting at 10 a.m. ,i Doc fell in love with trains lions and companion, Don- "' as a boy and became an avid ald Jenkins of North Caroli- ' ; model rail roader. From na; two sons, Roy Dillow of * 1996-2006 he owned Gran-Kearneysville, and Raymond dad's Hobby Shop in Spring- Stillions of Harpers Ferry, -field, VA where it was "nev- three brothers, Vernon Thom- er too late to have a happy as and wife, Linda, Roger ; childhood." Folks called it Thomas and wife Debbie and ; the best hobby Shop ever. He Junior Thomas, 24 grandchil- ' wag also an opera buff. dren, two of whom, Rochelle While he originally hailed. Housden and Veronica Wol- from New Jersey, he headed ford, were his caregivers. He ,:. : to Virginia in 1960 to join the was also survived by numer- army as a computer program- ous great-grandchildren and ? .:, mer. A Renaissance man, he nieces and nephews. ) ; was also a Red Top cab driv- He was preceded in death er and general services man- by his life companion, Rho- . i:: ager at a DC law firm. da G. Dillow, two sons, Rog- , ':: Doc was happiest on Sun- er Stillions and William Stil- l:; day mornings relaxing with lions, Sr. and three sisters, his beautiful bride of nearlyLucy Housden, Anna Mae 37 years, laughing at Sun- Thomas and Susie Thomas. day'comics and listening to Services will be held. at t !;(30 a.m. on Thursday, NO- :: vember 1, 2018at Eackles- : He as survived by his wife Spencer & Norton Funeral Thatcher; brother Home, 256 Halltown Road, Ron Thatcher; daughter Lisa Harpers Ferry, WV with Pas- i Susan Thatcher; step daugh- tor Diana Ferguson officlat- Home South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood. Funeral service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the South Berkeley Chapel with Pastor Mark Ung- er will be officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to City National Bank in Joseph (JJ) Curtis. Online condolences may be offered at wwwJ3rownFuner- PAID MEMORIAL PAID MEMORIAL i ' ~" ter hsa Marie Eversburg and ing. ;;:jhusband Rudy Eversburg;The family will receive 'step son Rod Thatcher; friends at the funeral home grandchildren Mollie Ever- tonight from 6-8 p.m. Wayne Eston sburg and fiance Devin Ryn- Condolences may be ex- Smallwood Raleigh Ashby ex, Steven Rosensteel, and pressed at www.eacldes-Mr. Wayne Eston Small- Donley, Jr. Melonie, Michael, and Mat- wood, 80, passed away on Fri- Born on May 23, 1921 in thew Thatcher; and great- PAID MEMORIAL granddaughter Audrey Ryn- day, October 26, 2018 at his Washington, DC to Raleigh ex.]-le leaves his family, plus home in Knoxville, MD. He Ashby Donley, Sr. and Mary Joseph Allen "JJ" Curtis Joseph Allen "JJ" Curtis, Jr 22 of Inwood, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Berkeley Medi- the many who called him friend and neighbor, with special memories. was born on December 22, 1937 in Charles Town WV. He was the son of the late Marshall C. Smallwood and Ruth Virgin- ia Kelican Smallwood Biller. Wayne graduated from Harp- ers Ferry High School in 1956 and served in the United States Navy from 5/28/56 to 6/30/60. Wayne is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth, daughter Kim Hagan and husband Tim; son Terry and wife Wendy; grand- children Tim Hagan, Gabrielle and Lydia Smallwood andAsh-; ginia. and especially the time spent on Johnston Island. Many who knew him got to hear his sto- ries of his time spent on John- ston Island and his fond memo- ties of those days. Upon discharge from the Navy in December 1945, Ra- leigh joined his father in start- ing a printing business in Cot- tage City, Maryland that be- came known as The Donley Company. Raleigh and his dad then started an Office Supply and Office Fumiture Business under the name of R. A. Don- ley and Son, Inc. Upon retirement and after selling his businesses in 1989, Raleigh moved to Twin Oak Farm, located outside Shep- herdstown, WV. Raleigh was a charter mem- ber of BPOE Lodge 1778 in Riverdale, Maryland and Past President of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce. After retirement Raleigh also served as a volun- teer to the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. On August 16, 1946 Ra- leigh married Jean Drescher to whom he was still married for 72 years. Together they had one son, Gary Ashby Don- ley of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Raleigh was preceded in death by his sister Helen Broderick. Raleigh is survived by his wife Jean, his son Gary, his sister Edith Sherman, Granddaugh- ter, Wendy Donley, Daughter- In-Law, Linda Layne-Donley, Cousins Samuel Donley and William Donley as well as nu- merous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, Latapie Donley, Raleigh passed 2018 at Bethesda United Meth- away peacefully on October 29, odist Church, Molers Cross 2018. Shortly after birth he moved to and was raised in Cottage City, Maryland. He attended and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in Washing- ton, DC. As a child Raleigh loved to spend time on his grandpar- ents farm, Fertile Plains, locat- ed atMolers Cross Roads, out- side Shepherdstown, West V'tr- Once Raleigh was old Colonial Funeral Home 310 S. Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town / Ranson Full Service Funerals & Cremations J.B. Barr Licensee-in-Charge Family Owned since 1889 Roads, Shepherdstown, WV at I 1:00 a.m. with interment to be at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers contri- butions may be made to Eim- wood Cemetery Association, Attn: Superintendent's House Restoration, FO Box 561, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- ceffuneralhome .com -, A celebration of life :for tiais happy, kind and chival' , rous man is planned for Sat- ,urday, November 17, 2018 at 25 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 233 II ',:, Lowe Dr, Shepherdstown, i ; 25443. In lieu of flow- ers, please donate to your fa- ~ ) 7: vonte chanty. .: Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home. ' Online condolences may be offered at www.Brown- ~: PAID MEMORIAL St. Ranson, WV 25438 Phone: 304-725-5321 Fax: 304-725-4767 Robert C. Fields, LIC www, Margie Lee Boyd Adams Margie Lee Boyd Adams died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Adventist Shady Grove Med- ical Center in Rockville, Mary- land. Mrs. Adams was born Dec. 13, 1940 in Jefferson County, West V' Enia, daughter of Fan- nie C. and H01mes Ercel Boyd. She was educated in public schools in Jefferson County, and graduated from Shepherd- stown High School. Mrs. Ad- ams was a graduate of Shep- herd College, with a bachelor's degree in education and earned a master's degree from West Vhginia University in 1992. Mrs. Adams taught in ju- nior high and middle schools in Charles Town from 1963 until her retirement in 2013. Upon her retirement, she was noted as the longest tenured teacher in Jefferson County. Mrs. Adams is survived by her sister, Nancy B. Leiden- frost (Mrs. Charles B.) of Fred- erick, Maryland and two niec- es, Ann Watson Phillips and her husband, Richard A. Phillips of Berryville, Virginia; Elizabeth Watson Martin of Winchester; and brother-in-law. The Rev. Dr. Raleigh H. Watson, of Ber- ryville, V'trginia. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Patricia Boyd Watson (Mrs. Raleigh H.) and a brother, Holmes Er- cel Boyd, Jr. Margie was a member of Pack Horse Ford Chapter of the West Virginia Society, Daugh- ters of the American Revolu- tion, and the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. Margie was a long-time member of the Keameysville Presbyterian Church from her childhood into adult life. Her hobbies and interests in- cluded reading, traveling, and collecting antiques and rare books. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. i0, 2018 at Melvin T. Strider Co- lonial Funeral Home, Charles Town with the Rev. John Bethard officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Memory Gar- dens, Martinsburg. Friends will be received 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. l0 at the funeral home. Please sign the online guest- book and view her obituary at PAID MEMORIAL PAID MEMORIAL Mary Smith ' Payton Mary Smith Payton, 68, of Rippon, died Tuesday, Oct. i6, 2018, in Hospice of the Panhan- dle in Kearneysville. A funeral was held Oct. 23 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel in Berryville, Va. PAID MEMORIAL Since1918 EACI E$-SPENCER & NORTON FUNERAL HOME Family Owned & Operated Rte. 340 at Halltown RO. Charles Town/Harpers Ferry West Virginia Alan H. Norton Robert L. 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